Unit One: Welcome to Torah: Let’s Start with Genesis!
Students learn how to read the Torah text and understand how the Torah conveys its messages both through the story and the manner in which the stories are told. Students begin to master the plot—the p’shat (the plain meaning of the text or plot). They will know the characters, places and dramatic happenings in each segment studied. Students begin to understand the lessons of the Torah and learn about the Biblical stories from creation through Isaac.
Unit Two: Israel 101—People, Culture, Geography, Weather, Food, Language, Cities and History
Students develop an understanding of where Israel is located in relation to where they live and of the size of Israel relative to other places with which they are familiar. They will identify countries surrounding Israel, as well as the locations of key cities, bodies of water and regions within Israel. They learn why Israel is called the Jewish homeland.
Unit Three: Reviewing Our Jewish Year
Students will review the rhythm and flow of the year through the use of a spiral curriculum especially developed for Shir Tikva.
Ivrit (Hebrew Language Studies)
In Grade 3, students continue to refine their letter recognition and early reading skills. Syllables will be sounded out to pronounce words.
Every Wednesday, Grades 3-6 students attend Tefillah in our beautiful sanctuary where they will have time for engaging andreflective, personal and communal prayer. Throughout the year, they will review sanctuary etiquette. By the end of the school year, they will be able to stay on track within each prayer during an entire service, and also understand the choreography of the prayers they are learning. The focus is on the Shema and her blessings. Grade 3 leads the Shema during Wednesday afternoon tefillah and participates in two designated Shabbat morning services during the year. At Siyum Hasefer—our Grade 3 milestone event—students lead the community in prayer. Grade 3 students also learn to sing Israel’s national anthem. Grade 3 students also learn to sing Israel’s national anthem, recite the Chanukah blessings, and chant the Four Questions for Passover.
Grade 3 students attend Shabbat Mishpacha every 3rd Shabbat morning of the month, as well as Gesher Erev Shabbat Services throughout the year.
Grade 3 supports Birthday Angels—an organization based in Israel that creates birthday parties for underprivileged children.
#1: Let’s Learn About Israel
In a new interactive program at Temple Shir Tikva, parents and children will create a connection to the State of Israel. Parents will have a chance to learn about the Passport to Israel savings plan and will have an opportunity to share their own Israel experiences with the group.
#2: Preparing for Siyum Hasefer
Parents learn about the Siyum Hasefer service and this special milestone program at Shir Tikva. They study the prayer V’ahavta—its meaning, its place in the service and its choreography. Parents have an opportunity to ask questions and explore the concept of tefillah (prayer) in a general sense. They explore the purpose of tefillah and learn why students become part of a praying community in Grade 3. At this session, parents receive instructions about the inscription project. This project involves the creation of a special tribute which is pasted into each child’s siddur (prayer book). The inscription and the siddur are presented to the Grade 3 children at the Siyum Hasefer service.
The Grade 2 and 3 Pajama Party is a social highlight for our 2nd and 3rd grade students. They spend a Saturday evening at Shir Tikva in their PJs, where they share Havdalah, enjoy dinner, play games, watch a movie, and socialize with one another.