Akhlah is starting an ambitious project to write a Jewish Hebrew curriculum and the lesson plans that go along with it. This is an ongoing project that we need the participation of the Akhlah community to help us with lesson plans and ideas to help make this a success. The lesson plans that we envision include:

We will be uploading lesson plans so that you can see examples of them. Feel free to contact us about your suggestions.

Akhlah would like to thank Vicki Meltz and Julie Greenberg of Congregation Micah for their help in starting the project by letting us use their Hebrew Curriculum as a model for our curriculum.


HEBREW CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Congregation Micah Religious School Hebrew Goals, in order of priority:
1. Letter names and sounds
2. Fluent decoding
3. Prayer theme comprehension (i.e., location in the flow of a prayer service, “big picture” theme of the prayer and theological implications)
4. Writing/Vocabulary (i.e., individual word comprehension)

Kindergarten:

BEGINNING LETTER RECOGNITION
1. Names of the letters
2. Complete the series “Let’s Discover the Alef-Bet” (Behrman House)
3. Art projects using letters
4. Movement exercises imitating the letters
5. The “Alef-Bet Song”

Other Subjects: Kindergarten
HaShem Torah Israel/People Celebrations Ethics Prayer/Ritual
Shema, Hamotzi Exploration of the Torah  Who are the people in our synagogue community?
 Shabbat Introduction of terms: mitzvah, tzedekah
Synagogue people and places

First Grade:

LETTER RECOGNITION AND SOUNDS
1. Names of the letters
2. Sounds/Pronunciation of the letters, reinforced by aleph-bet yoga
3. Complete Shalom Aleph-Bet! pre-primer (Behrman House) – heritage vocabulary and single-syllable letter-vowel combinations
4. Creative arts/crafts projects using the letters as a theme
5. The “Alef-Bet” Song

Second Grade:

LETTER NAMES, SOUNDS, SMALL WORD/SYLLABLE DECODING
1. Sounds/Pronunciation of the letters, reinforced by aleph-bet t-shirts worn each week
2. Shalom Uvracha Primer Express (Behrman House) with online workbook and 25 related heritage vocabulary words
3. Games, drills, contests using letter names, sounds, decoding skills as the focus
4. Prayer formula + Shabbat & Study of Torah blessings
5. Jewish Values from Aleph to Tav (Torah Aura)

Other Subjects: First and Second Grade
HaShem Torah Israel/People
Celebrations Ethics Prayer/Ritual
What happens when we pray?
Stories of people in the Torah Stories from the backgrounds of our Members
Introduction to holidays and ritual objects
Introduction of terms: bikkur cholim, pikuach nefish
Ritual objects in the sanctuary

Third Grade:

LETTER NAMES, SOUNDS, FLUENT DECODING
(by the end of third grade, fluent decoding is expected & required for participation in Micah Midweek the following year)
1. Sounds/Pronunciation of the letters
2. Games, drills, contests using letter names, sounds, decoding skills as the focus
3. Aleph Bet Quest (Behrman House) with 30 heritage vocabulary words
4. Prayer formula + Study of Torah blessings
5. The Bible from Aleph to Tav (Torah Aura)

Fourth Grade:

(Midweek Hebrew begins)
FLUENT DECODING, PRAYER READING + ROOT RECOGNITION
1. Sounds/Pronunciation of the letters – extensive vowel review
2. Fluent decoding and sight reading skills
3. Weekly rehearsal of HaTikvah in preparation for Shalom, Israel!
4. Sunday AM – initial review using Torah Aura’s Hebrew Reading Adventure with continued focus on fluent recitation, root recognition and “big picture” understanding of the following prayers using Torah Aura’s Pirke Tefillah(PT) packets:
Brachot formula
Shabbat Brachot – neirot, motzi, and extended Kiddush
5. Wednesday PM – additional focus on the following prayers with PT packets:
Barchu
Shema
Shehechyanu
Birkat HaMazon

Other Subjects: Third and Fourth Grades
HaShem Torah Israel/People Celebrations Ethics Prayer/Ritual
How do you bring HaShem into your life?
Close reading of selected biblical texts
An imaginary visit to places in Israel
Holiday stories – central themes
Introduction of terms:bal tashchit, tza’ar ba’alei chayim, tikkun haolam
Prayer readings

 

Fifth Grade:

FLUENT DECODING, PRAYER READING + ROOT RECOGNITION
1. Fluent decoding and sight reading skills
2. Sunday AM – initial review using Torah Aura’s Getting Up to Speed 1 followed by work through the Saturday AM services with the following
V’ahavta
Yotzer
Mi Chamocha
3. Wednesday PM focus on fluent recitation, root recognition and “big picture” understanding of the following prayers using PT packets:
Avot V’Imahot
G’vurot
Kaddish

Sixth Grade:

B’NAI MITZVAH PREPARATION YEAR
1. Fluent decoding and sight reading skills
2. Understanding of the Shabbat and Weekday prayer services
3. Understanding of Torah Reading rituals and observances
4. Fluent recitation, root recognition and “big picture” understanding of the following prayers using PT packets:
Torah Blessings
Haftarah Blessings
Tallit Blessing
Opening the Ark
V’zot HaTorah

Other Subjects: Fifth and Sixth
HaShem Torah Israel/People Celebrations Ethics Prayer/Ritual
Does HaShem hear our prayers?
Weekly Torah portion
State of Israel, History, and people
Life cycle, focus on bar/bat mitzvah
In depth study of the subjects learned
Leading services