Friday, December 15, 2017

Judaism and Chanukah


The Story of Chanukah  As our unit on Judaism and the ancient Hebrews nearing an end, and with the celebration of Chanukah (or Hanukkah) happening now, I thought it would be fitting to learn more about the history and customs related to this important Jewish holiday. To learn more about the story of Chanukah, check out the video below. 


Why do Jewish people celebrate an event that happened so very long ago? Listen as these talented young men explain why through song. 


And in light of our recent poetry unit, what better way to understand the meaning of this important holiday than through a couple of poems. 



Video Treat: "Rugrats Chanukah"  The Rugrats learn about the "The Meaning of Chanukah" in this holiday special.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Spread of Judaism (Day 2)

The Diaspora of Jews followed the laws and rituals of Judaism wherever they were.











 Today's Focus Question  How did the influence of Judaism spread across time and place? 


The Spread of Judaism: Reading and Notetaking  Today we will continue to learn about the spread of Judaism, with a special focus on the time of judges and kings, the Diaspora, and the legacy of Judaism. You will be taking notes on these important ideas using the Spread of Judaism - Notetaking Study Guide, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. You have two different sources available to locate pertinent information. You may utilize the relevant section of your Social Studies textbook here, and/or you may reference the excerpt from your Social Studies workbook below. 

Judges could inspire an army of volunteers.

The time of judges came to an end when a warrior named Saul become king. 
After King Solomon's Death, the kingdom of Israel split into two parts.
After being conquered, many Jews were sent into exile

The synagogue allowed Jews to practice their religion wherever they were in the world. 
Yohann ben Zaccai was important for helping to preserve Jewish teaching and learning. 
Judaism introduced the idea of one God to the world.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Spread of Judaism


 Today's Focus Question  How did the influence of Judaism spread across time and place? 


Build Background Knowledge: The Spread of Judaism  Have you ever moved? Do you know anyone who has moved? Did you take your beliefs, thoughts, and memories with you when you moved? Do you think the Jewish people took took their beliefs, thoughts, and memories with them when they moved? Do you think that this is a way in which Judaism spread? Let's start to explore these ideas today. 

The Spread of Judaism: Vocabulary Study  First, we will study the key vocabulary related to the spread of Judaism, using the document The Spread of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which has  been attached to your assignment in your Social Studies Google Classroom (and which you can also find here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts. Some images have also been posted below to help you conceptualize these new terms.

Deborah was a judge (and not in courtroom) who inspired an army to win a great battle.

In addition to being a king of the Israelites, David was also the author of many psalms (or religious songs).

There were several times in history in which the Jews rebelled against those that sought to conquer them.

But there were also many times in history in which thew Jews were exiled from their homeland. 

Communities of Jews living away from their homeland made up the Diaspora



The synagogue is where many Jews go to worship God. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Beliefs of Judaism: Paragraph Writing


Beliefs of Judaism Paragraph: Overview  Today our objective is to transform what we have learned about the core beliefs of the religion of Judaism into a well-written and well-organized expository paragraph that demonstrates our developing understanding.

You can find the document Beliefs of Judaism: Expository Paragraph in your Social Studies Google Classroom. The document includes a paragraph graphic organizer and a list of helpful transition words (similar to what you see featured below) to help you with the construction of your paragraph. You will also need to utilize your Basic Beliefs of Judaism - Notetaking Guide as a resource. Today I will model how to use each tool and resource, and show you how to get started on writing your paragraph. A rubric outlining how the paragraph will be assessed can also be found below.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Beliefs of Judaism (Day 2)


 Today's Focus Question  What are the basic beliefs of the religion of Judaism?


The Beliefs of Judaism: Guided Reading and Notetaking  Today we are going to learn about three of the core beliefs of the religion of Judaism. As we read, your objective is to synthesize what you learn about each belief from two different sources (the Social Studies textbook and workbook) and take notes on what you find to be most important, using the Basic Beliefs of Judaism - Notetaking Guide (located in your Social Studies Google Classroom). Next week, you will use these notes to construct an explanatory (informational) paragraph about the beliefs of Judaism. 













Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 




























Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 













Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations textbook 
Source: Ancient Civilizations workbook 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Beliefs of Judaism

The Star of David: As a symbol, the six-pointed star has represented Judaism in many lands for many centuries. 


 Today's Focus Question  How did the ancient Hebrews develop and record their beliefs?


The Beliefs of Judaism: Vocabulary Study  Today we will study some of the key vocabulary related to the beliefs of Judaism, using the document Beliefs of Judaism - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbook, which can also be found in you Social Studies Google Classroom (as well as here), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Ancient Hebrews: The Origins of Judaism (Day 2)

Of all the stories in the Hebrew Bible the Exodus is among the best known and most influential.


























 Unit Focus Question  How did the Hebrews have a lasting impact on Western Civilization? 



 Today's Focus Question  What were the origins and early beliefs of the Hebrews?


The Origins of Judaism: Guided Reading  Today we will read in small groups about the 'Origins of Judaism' from an excerpt from our Social Studies workbooks below. As you read, please consider the following questions:
  •  How did the beliefs of the Hebrews differ from those of other people at the time?
  •  What happened during the Exodus? Why do you think this event is considered so  significant to the  ancient Hebrews and to Jewish people today? 
You will record the answers to these questions on the assignment Origins of Judaism - Questions, which can be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom. I've included a PDF of the reading passage below in your Social Studies Google Classroom as well.