“Through the Classroom Window” is an opportunity for teachers to share the inspiring learning that takes place in their classrooms, giving others a glimpse into the heartbeat of the school. Today, we hear from SK teachers Heather Moskoske and Hayley Pollak about how their students have been exploring the concept of measurement, interlinked with growing a strong neshama.
SK students have been learning about measurement as part of our generative topic: Jewish practices and learning give strength to our neshamas.
First, students imagined how big their neshamas grow when they perform Jewish practices and show kindness to others.
They listened to the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and explored the interactions that can fill our neshamas, helping them to grow big and strong! Students compared a big neshama, glowing bright with kindness, to a small neshama, burning out when we don’t take care of our friends’ feelings.
Next, students explored the concept of capacity by filling containers of different shapes and sizes with water and other mediums. Then, they learned about weight by experimenting with scales to see which items weigh more and which weigh less, also measuring the length of various objects, using everyday materials.
Finally, they explored the concept of height by measuring themselves with Tangram shapes.
They glued Tangram shapes onto a piece of paper, working from bottom to top thus learning that we must take height from the floor up.
In this learning, SK students have become measurement experts. Their nechamas are big and glowing bright!