Religious School Summer Hebrew Contest

Instructions

1.  Click your new grade in the box below  (“rising” grade)

2.  There are 3 levels with 3 challenges for each level. Each challenge should take around 20-30 min.

3.  When you’ve completed a level, have your parent e-mail Barbara Brot Bailey at bbailey@templerodefshalom.org at the end to claim your prize.  Prizes will be available for pick up between August 1 and September 15.  Prizes get better for each level!

Click below for your new (rising) grade:

Rising Grade 3

Rising Grade 4

Rising Grade 5

Rising Grade 6

Got Questions?

Contact Barbara Brot Bailey, email or call 703-532-2207

 

Rising 3rd Grade

3rd Grade Level 1

Getting Ready:

Print two sets of Alef-Bet flashcards by clicking here.  Once you’ve printed them, you will need to cut them apart.  Keep them separate in zip bags.

1.  Take one set of the flashcards, and fold over the top of the flash cards towards the back so you can’t see the name of the letter as you look at it. Have someone hold up the card and you call out the name/sound. Work 20 minutes on the letters you don’t know.  Extra challenge: How many can you name in one minute?

2.  Take the flashcards, and arrange the letters in order! For help, listen to the alef-bet song from Debbie Friedman here.

3.  Once they are in order, check out this rap version of the alef bet from Israel here.

4.  Play “memory” or Old Maid, or another card game of your choosing OR go here  to play a game for Hebrew letter review.

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 1!   Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

3rd grade Level 2

This level uses a cool website that will help your reading in a fun way! For each activity on the website you will also see an enrichment activity in red if you are ready for more of a challenge.

You will need a parent to help you set up an account at this website. You will need to create a family login and password that you will use each time you go on this website. (Many of you have already done this so you could do the 2nd grade Hebrew reading homework.) If you do not have an account, click “Join Now” at the top of the page.  (This is a safe website that will not share your e-mail.)  Once you’ve logged in, click Learn on the toolbar and you will get a pull-down menu. Click Hebrew. Then,click on Click-n-Read Hebrew at home.

1.    Find Lesson 1 on the Table of Contents.  Click on the letter Bet in the column called Click Below. (Ignore the site instructions.)

a)    Listen to the “narrator” read line 1. Then you repeat it.  Read the words on lines 2 to 4 out loud. To check yourself, click on the word and listen to the narrator read it.

b)    Go back to Table of Contents (the button is on the top left), Chapter 1, and click on the letter Tav.  Practice reading lines 1, 2 and 3.  Click the word whenever you want to check yourself. (enrichment: Read lines 5-6 instead)

c)     Go back to Table of Contents (the button is on the top left), Chapter 1, and click on the letter Shin. Practice reading lines 1, 2 and 3.  Click the word whenever you want to check yourself. (optional – add line 4)  (Enrichment: read lines 3-8 instead.)

2.  Take sidewalk chalk and write the Hebrew letters in chalk outside on your driveway or sidewalk. You can use your book or flashcards as a guide.  (Optional: Take a picture of your creation and email it to us, and we’ll post it in the “Summer Shmooze” parent e-letter!) Super challenge: Have someone tell you a letter and then you write it.

3.  On the Behrman house website, go back to Click-n-Read Hebrew at Home. Beginning with the letters in Chapter 2, work only on lines 1-3 or 1-4.  Spend 20 minutes practicing reading by continuing through the chapters and reading the first few lines. (Enrichment: read Chapter 2, lines 3-8. Then, go to Chapter 3, and for each letter, practice lines 3-8.)

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 2!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

3rd grade Level 3

1.  Print list of “Hebrish” words at this here. (These are English words that are spelled with Hebrew letters, and are not really Hebrew words.) Try not to look at the English words!  Fold each sheet in half lengthwise so you can’t see the English words. Sound out each Hebrish word and see if you can guess what the English word really is.  Fold back paper to check yourself.

2.  Create a piece of art using at least 10 Hebrew letters.  As you write the letter, be sure to say its name and sound.  Your artwork can be anything!  Have fun.  (Bring in your artwork to the school office sometime and we’ll put it on our bulletin board.)

3.  Go back to the Click-n-Read Hebrew At Home on the Behrman House website. Do 20 more minutes of Hebrew reading (lines 1-3) from each chapter wherever you left off.  (Enrichment: Start with Chapter 4, lines 4-8, and continue through Chapter 10, lines 4-8.) Note: Starting with Chapter 11, the lines get more challenging, so do lines 1-8 or 1-6 as you progress.

(Personal challenge: You have completed our summer program but you now have the tools to keep going! Keep going and read lines 1-3 for each chapter; the words will get more difficult the higher you go but you should be able to read lines 1-3 and some of you may even read more!)

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 3!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

You have completed the Summer Hebrew Reading Contest!

 

Rising Grade 4

Getting Ready:

Many of the 4th grade activities are found on the Behrman House website here. You will need a parent to help you set up an account. You will need to create a family login and password that you will use each time you go on this website. (Many of you have already created this if you’ve done the gr.3 Hebrew reading homework for Alef Bet Quest online.) If you do not have an account, click “Join Now” at the top of the page.  (This is a safe website that will not share your e-mail.)  Once you’ve logged in, click Learn on the toolbar and you will get a pull-down menu. Click Hebrew. Then,click on Click-n-Read Hebrew at home.

4th grade Level 1

1.    Find Lesson 1.  Click on the letter Bet in the column called Click Below. (Ignore the site instructions.) Read all the words on lines 1 and 4 twice.

a) Go back to the Contents page (button is on the upper left) and click on the letter Tav (Read lines 2,4, & 6. Then, click the green arrow and see if you can read it with the narrator. (You can click an individual word to check yourself!)

b) Go back to the Contents and click on the Shin (Read lines 3,5.& 7. (For extra challenge read all the lines on the page.)

2.    On the Behrman house website here do the following:

a) Click on Play Games on the left side.

b) Click on Professor Gimelstein’s Hebrew Hunt. Play one game (or more if your parents say it’s okay!)

3.     On the Behrman house website here, go back to Click-n-Read Hebrew at Home. Beginning with the letters in Chapter 2, Spend 20 minutes practicing reading. You can go through the chapters in order or skip around. The words get harder as you go. Challenge yourself by reading lines 6-8 in each letter on each chapter.

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 1! Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

 

4th grade Level 2

1.    On the Behrman house website here, go back to the Click-n-Read Hebrew at Home section wherever you left off. Spend 20 minutes practicing reading. You can go through the chapters in order or skip around. The words get harder as you go. Challenge yourself by reading lines 6-8 in each letter on each chapter.

2.    Print list of “Hebrish” words by clicking here. (These are English words that are spelled with Hebrew letters, and are not really Hebrew words.) Fold each sheet in half lengthwise so you can’t see the English words. Sound out each Hebrish word and see if you can guess what the English word really is.  Fold back paper to check yourself.

3. On the Behrman house website here go back to the Click-n-Read Hebrew at Home section wherever you left off. Spend 20 minutes practicing reading. You can go through the chapters in order or skip around. The words get harder as you go. Challenge yourself by reading lines 6-8 in each letter on each chapter. (When you get to Chapter13, there are some words on line 8 you may recognize.)

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 2!  Have a parent go to http://2013hebrewlevel2.eventbrite.com/ to claim your prize!

4th grade Level 3

1.    On the Behrman house website here, go back to the Click-n-Read Hebrew at Home section wherever you left off. Spend 20 minutes practicing reading. You can go through the chapters in order or skip around. The words get harder as you go. Challenge yourself by reading lines 6-8 in each letter on each chapter. (When you get to Chapter13, there are some words on line 8 you may recognize.)

2.    Print the list of 8 Hebrew Home Words here. Practice reading each word. Next, cut out each word and tape to that item in your house.  For 2 days, try to use the Hebrew word instead of the English word when talking about that thing. For example, “May I have some yummy g’lidah”? (ice cream)  Try teaching a couple words to your parents/friends/siblings.

3.    Go back to the Behrman House Click-n-Read Hebrew at Home, Same instructions as before. Practice reading for 20 minutes doing any chapters you would like, but try doing lines you haven’t done before.

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 3!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

You have completed the Summer Hebrew Reading Contest!

 

Rising 5th Grade

Getting Started:

All of these activites are found here; the site uses RealPlayer for the audio portion.  Once on this website, choose the unit and lesson from the pull-down menu.

5th grade Level 1

1.  Using the pull down menu, choose Unit 1 Lesson 1.

a)  Read the information on בְּרָכוֹת at the top of the page.  Practice reading the five בְּרָכוֹת at the bottom of the page.  Read each line by yourself and then click the line to check yourself.  Repeat the blessings 2 times.  Surprise your family by substituting the word “lechem” for bread for the next two days!

b)    There is a Jewish tradition of reciting 100 blessings every day.  Saying blessings help us become more aware and thankful for the blessings in our lives.  Family challenge: Create a “top 10” list of things you are thankful for as a family.

c)     Go to page 2 of the lesson (arrow at the top of the page) and practice the words at the bottom in the clouds.  Click the word to check your reading.  Try to read them all without a mistake!

2.  Using the pull down menu, choose Unit 1 Lesson 4.

a)  Read the information on the top of the page.  Have you ever felt God’s presence or experienced God in some way?  Ask your parents to answer the same question!  You might be surprised by their answers…

b)  Practice reading the words on the bottom half of the page 2 times.  Check yourself by clicking the word after you read it.  Try to figure out any mistakes you’ve made.

c)  Go to page 2 and practice the בְּרָכוֹת on the top half of the page 3 times.  Optional – for fun, print out the page and do the word search activity on the bottom.

3.  Using the pull down menu, choose Unit 3 Lesson 1.

a)  Following the warm up prayers, the Bar’chu calls the congregation to prayer.  Officially, a minyan – a group of 10 adults over 13 is required for this prayer.  The root “bet-reish-chaf” means “to bless or praise”.  Find the 5 words at the bottom that contain that root.  Click “answer” to check yourself.

b)  Practice reading well the 11 words at the bottom of the page.

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 1!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

 

5th grade Level 2

1. Go to the same website as you did for Level 1 (here) and choose Unit 5 Lesson 2.

a)  Read the background information on the top of the page about the יוֹצֵר אוֹר .

b)  Practice reading the 9 phrases from יוֹצֵר אוֹר at the bottom of the page.  Click each phrase after you read it to make sure that you’re reading it correctly.  See if you can read them 3 times without a mistake!

c)  In the יוֹצֵר אוֹר prayer, we praise God for light and creation.  Saying this prayer also helps us to be more aware of the world around us and our responsibility to it.  Make up your own creation prayer and relate it to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  (Optional: illustrate your prayer and bring it in, and we’ll post it on our bulletin board.)

2.    Print the list of 8 Hebrew Home Words here. Practice reading each word. Next, cut out each word and tape to that item in your house.  For 2 days, try to use the Hebrew word instead of the English word when talking about that thing. For example, “May I have some yummy g’lidah”? (ice cream)  Try teaching a couple words to your parents/friends/siblings.

3.  Go to the same website as you did for #1 (here) choose Unit 5 Lesson 3.

a)    Read the information on the top of the page about the “hidden light of Torah”.  Ask a parent what he/she thinks the phrase means.  (There are many answers…)

b)    Practice reading the words in the middle of the page (2 times).  Read the last part of ‘וֹצֵר אוֹר  on the bottom of the page.

c)     Go to page 2 and practice the words at the bottom.  See if you can do them all with only 1 or 2 mistakes!

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 2!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

5th grade Level 3

1.     Using the same site as before (here) choose Unit 8 Lesson 1.

a)  Read the introduction to the   שְׁמַע וְאָהַבְתָּ

b)  Practice reading the first part of the prayer at the bottom of the page.

c)  Work on reading the lines at the bottom of the page backwards, word by word.  See if you can do it twice with only 1 or 2 mistakes!

2.     Follow the instructions below.

a)  Print the list of “Spring and Summer Words” here. (These are seasonal vocabulary words.) First, practice reading these words.  Then, write a couple of sentences, mixed with English, interjecting these words in place of the English ones and see what you can come up with!  Read your sentences to a parent.

b)  Using this site (here) choose Unit 8 Lesson 2. Practice reading the middle section of the V’ahavta (lines 1-6) three times.  (Be sure to check yourself if there are words you’re not sure about!)

3.     Follow the instructions below.

a)  Find Unit 8 Lesson 3 here. Practice reading the final section of the V’ahavta by reading the words in lines 1-6 backwards word by word. (2 times)

b)  Go to this site. Using “Sing 1” & “Sing 2”, practice chanting וְאָהַבְתָּ until you are fairly comfortable with it!

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 3!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

You have completed the Summer Hebrew Reading Contest!

 

Rising 6th Grade

Most of these activities are found here; the site uses RealPlayer for the audio portion.  Once on this website, choose the Unit and Lesson from the pull-down menu.

6th grade Level 1

1.  Go here and choose Unit 1 Lesson 2.

a)  As you know, “Adonai S’fatai” is the introduction to the Amidah section of the service.  It asks God to help us to pray meaningfully.  Read the story about King David at the top of the page.

b)  Practice reading lines 1-8, 4x (or until you’ve reached 20 minutes).  To check yourself, click the word.  These lines are all “chatimot” / prayer endings.

2.    Print list of “Hebrish for 6th Grade” words here. (These are English words that are spelled with Hebrew letters, and are not really Hebrew words.) Try not to look at the English words!  Fold each sheet in half lengthwise so you can’t see the English words. Sound out each Hebrish word and see if you can guess what the English word really is.  Fold back paper to check yourself.

3.     Find Unit 2 Lesson 1 here.

a)  Read the information about the Amidah at the top of the page.

b)  Practice reading the prayer words in lines 1-5 on the bottom of the page, 4x.  Be sure to check yourself on the harder words.

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 1!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

 

6th grade Level 2

1.  Choose Unit 3 Lesson 1 here

a)  Read the introduction to the אָבוֹת וְאִמָהוֹת at the top of the page.

b)  Practice reading the names of our ancestors in the middle of the page.  Then, read the beginning of the Avot prayer (lines 1-3), but read each line word by word backwards!  (If you’re not sure of a word or want to check yourself, just click the word.)

c)  Go to page 2 of this lesson (use the arrow at the top of the page)Print and complete the crossword puzzle.

2.       Follow the instructions below.

a)    Choose Unit 3 Lesson 2 here. Read the middle of the Avot prayer (lines 1-4) 3 times.

b)    Click the arrow at the top and go to page two of this lesson.  Practice reading the words in the bricks.  Once you’ve gone through them all, see how many words you can read correctly in one minute!

3.       Follow the instructions below.

a)    For some non-Hebrew reading fun, go here & check out the video for the Torah portion (parsha) of the week.  Share 3 things about it with your parents.

b)    Choose Unit 3 Lesson 3 here.  Read the ending of the Avot prayer (lines 1-3), but read each line word by word backwards!  Do this 3 times and check yourself when needed.

c)     Choose Unit 3 Lesson 5.  Practice the entire Avot prayer – reading or chanting.  Optional – show off your skill to a family member!

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 2!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

6th grade Level 3

1.  Choose Unit 4 Lesson 1 here.

a)    Read the introduction to the G’vurot prayer.

b)    Practice reading the beginning of the G’vurot prayer (lines 1-6) 2 times.  Then do it once backwards word by word.

c)     Go to page 2 of this lesson (use the arrow at the top of the page).  Practice reading lines 1-8.  Do it once, but aim for accuracy in reading.  Check yourself when needed.

2.  Print the list of 8 Hebrew Home Words here. Practice reading each word. Next, cut out each word and tape to that item in your house.  For 2 days, try to use the Hebrew word instead of the English word when talking about that thing. For example, “May I have some yummy g’lidah”? (ice cream).  Try teaching a couple words to your parents/friends/siblings.

3.  Follow the instructions below.

a)    Choose Unit 4 Lesson 2 here.  Practice reading the end of the G’vurot prayer (line 1-4) 2 times

b)    Choose Unit 4 Lesson 3.  Practice the whole G’vurot prayer, reading or chanting, 3 times.

c)     Choose Unit 5 Lesson 1 and go to page two of this lesson.  These are all phrases from different prayers that contain forms of the word “kadosh” (holy).  Practice reading these lines once, and try for accuracy.

Congratulations! You’ve completed Level 3!  Email Barbara Brot Bailey, email to claim your prize!

You have completed the Summer Hebrew Reading Contest!