Maimonides School

ECC 4 Photo Gallery

We explored the Seder plate and tried to make our own charoset.

We explored different chametz and kitniyot grains and made pictures using grains we had ground ourselves in our handmill.

We used a light box and magnifying lenses to check romaine lettuce for bugs.

We acted out the story of Pesach. Here the Egyptians are hurting the Jewish slaves and making them work hard.

Morah Robin came to our room and helped us make grape juice with our feet like they used to long ago.

The students are working hard on their Haggadot.

The students found chametz in their lunches or in the room to help them understand the meaning of chametz in the Mah Nishtanah.

The students picked out blocks to make their own pyramids.

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 We made buildings and cities using blocks and shaving cream as mortar.


 We put out cups to see what the children would make, and they not only built pyramids but an entire city.


 We worked together to make four special cups for our bulletin board about Pesach.


 We started working on our Haggadahs. Bella is helping Shiraz trace her hands for her Urchatz page.


 We squeezed grapes to make juice. Look how much came from five grapes.


 Exploring the Seder plate with Morah Yocheved.


 Morah Yocheved taught us how to check for bugs on lettuce or parsley.


 We did a karpas taste test. We tried parsley, celery, and potato to see which we liked best.


 We ground up different grains to see what types of flour came out.


 During Music class, we got rags and pretended to clean the room as Morah Leah sang a special cleaning song.


 We learned about how B’nei Yisrael carried the matzot in baskets on their heads then Morah Leah led us around the room.



 We made two kinds of dough, one with yeast and one without, and made observations about the differences between the two.

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 All the Tziporim came into school in amazing costumes on Shushan Purim!


 At the Purim carnival, we played games with the fifth graders’ help.


 We practiced making and reading the word Pesach in English with play dough.


 Morah used a mystery box to help find out what the students already knew about the symbols, story, and traditions of Pesach.


 The students explored the texture of burlap, and how the imprint it makes with a crayon rubbing on paper looks remarkably like matzah


 The students painted a box to turn it into a brick oven for matzah baking.


 They covered another box with red “bricks” made out of paper.


 The students used circles and squares in the room to make matzah paper to play with.


We took different heavy things in the room and carried them around to help us understand how Bnei Yisrael felt as slaves carrying the bricks to make Pharaoh’s cities.


 We explored how brick walls are made with mortar in between to stick it all together.


 Next we made our own “mortar” out of flour, salt, water and straw as that was also some of the work Bnei Yisrael did.


The final step was to work together to build a structure using recycled materials and our mortar.

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 The kindergarten came to teach us a weather game they had made in Hebrew.



The children made castles for Purim.



We had Daniel’s birthday party last Friday.


Morah Mimi and Morah Irit did beautiful face paint for us for Purim!


It was so nice to be out in the sun this week.


We explored the Megillah.  The children looked for letters in their Hebrew names.

The children set out a mishtei (feast), which is one of the four special mitzvot for Purim!


We decorated groggers for drowning out the name of Haman.


We also made yummy hamentashen!


 We had fifth grade visitors.  The elementary school had crazy hat day, and Dovid wore one to match his brother.

  “We’re making a gigantic castle with a million layers.”

We had so much fun dressing up together in honor of Purim coming!

We baked Hamantaschen and made sure to check the eggs before pouring them in!

We made sure to stir in each ingredient!

We decorated our Hamantaschen with sprinkles before putting them in the oven.

We decorated bags for mishloach manot to give to our families and friends.

We had a blast helping each other out on the playground.

We loved building towers with pegs!

We decorated faces, crowns, and clown hats using all different materials!

It was so silly when we traced our hands and painted the nails of the tracings with nail polish!

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The children used blocks to make an outline of the palace in Shushan.


 It was so much fun playing in the snow last week!

We took out some Purim costumes last week and have been dressing up as queens,,,

...and kings.


 We painted a box to be the puppet theater so that we could use our puppets to act out the story of Purim.

In Science, we made elephant toothpaste!

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We started learning the letters ם/מ and M, which come at the end of the word Purim, and also make the beginning sound of the special mitzvot of Purim: משתה/mishteh (feast), משלח מנות/ mishloach manot (gifts of food), מתנות לאביונים/matanot l’evyonim (giving tzedakah), and מגילה/megillah.

In Drama last week, we learned about all the work that Bnei Yisrael did to make the Mishkan, which all had to stop on Shabbat.

We started making puppets of the characters in the Purim story.

We explored what shapes we could use to build castles.

We also explored shapes by putting them on a projector and seeing how they looked on the wall. Some of the girls decided to make castles on their own.

We traced the letters P-U-R-I-M with loose parts.

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 Each child made a unique Choshen Mishpat by figuring out how to attach twelve egg carton pieces to a piece of oak tag and then decorating each to make them look like the special stones on the real Choshen.  


 The children work together to make bottles or other containers into puppets for us to use in retelling the Purim story in our class.  


 After talking about the Purim story taking place in a palace, the children went to the block area and created their own castles using wooden blocks and tunnel pieces.  


Other children made a castle out of magnatiles.


 We celebrated Morah Esther’s birthday with all of the ECC in our classroom.


 The fifth graders came to read to us.  They read us stories in English and Hebrew!


 In music, we made a Purim parade and danced to Mishenichnas Adar using a special dance that Morah Leah taught us!

 We went on a letter hunt around the school to find the Hebrew letters of Purim, פ-ו-ר-י-ם.



We took different objects out of a mystery box for Purim and one of the objects was a Megillah.

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We made pictures using loose parts and purple feathers after reading The Perfect Purple Feather by Hanoch Piven.

We used loose parts to make the letters R and I.

We used markers and water to make some fun coffee filters that we could later use to help us make the ice-cream flavors in our poems.

We celebrated Yeela’s birthday party in school at our Shabbat party on Friday.

We used translucent shapes to make letters and other images.

The fifth graders came to us for Reading Buddies activity and we loved it!

Going on a shape hunt outside in the warm weather

Continuing our ice cream theme.

The fifth graders did such a good job reading to us.

Working with clay

In Music class, we had dancing circles for the girls...

...and the boys!

We see some diamond shapes!

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When we can’t go outside, the children often have fun setting up their own obstacle courses.

We used loose parts to make faces, just like in the book Making Faces by Hanoch Piven

We added brown paint and/or paper to our Har Sinais to make them look more like mountains.

We made the letters R and S out of loose parts.

We counted out unifix cubes in amounts that matched the values of nickels, dimes, and quarters in cents.

We also sorted out actual nickels, dimes, and quarters.

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 We are still enjoying the ambulance in our classroom.



 Last Wednesday, Morah Irit taught us a new Hebrew song about a dancing doll (בוני בובוני / Boni Booboni)


Last week, we made Havdalah trays. They can be used at the end of Shabbat on which to place your kiddush cup, your besamim holder, and your Havdalah candle.

 Last Thursday, the Morahs put out treasure boxes with fun toys inside that we could build and play with.


 Yeela shared a book about the body that she had gotten from the Library.


 We finished up the makkot (plagues) from Parshiyot Vayeira and Bo. Here we colored the paper red and blue to represent fiery hail, and we added fabric that was colored like fire.


 We also made a black collage for darkness.


 Morah Mimi taught us about the word “reaction,” and we tested which liquids, when mixed with baking soda, made big or small reactions.


 Morah Yocheved taught us about germs and demonstrated for us how using a tissue can stop germs from spreading.


 After the lesson, we made our own germs using loose parts.


 We practiced making the letter ה and some of the other letters we had learned out of string and fabric.


We made almond trees (שקדיה) which are one of the flowering trees that bloom around this time (Tu B’Shevat) in Israel.

Obstacle courses with Morah Shaina were so much fun this week!

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We painted white poster board for the first makkah (plague) of blood. We made both blood and water, because Bnei Yisrael still had water, even when the Egyptians had none.

We made a snowstorm in a jar for the beginning of winter in Science class. We found that using alka seltzer tablets kept the “snow” moving up and down, so we kept the jars for a while.

Last Friday, Ellie’s parents came in and taught us some songs that we will be singing at the Havdalah event Saturday night.

Morah Marion acted out some of the makkot מכות with us. She taught us how to act out being sick animals for the punishment of dever דבר.

On Monday, we painted the backgrounds for our invitations to the Havdalah party! We hope to see you there!

We painted bones onto our body tracings.

We acted out more makkot with Morah Leah. In this photo, we are צפרדע tzifardayah/frogs.

Here all the children are the Mitzrim (Egyptians) with boils shchinשחין.

And here we are pretending to be hail as we jump off the chairs (which we know we only do with Morah’s or parent’s permission).

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We acted out the story of Chanukah. Elhanan was the lookout to warn the Jews when the Yevanim (Greeks) were coming.

We prepared for our Chanukah party by cutting up apples for applesauce.

We had Chanukah/Rosh Chodesh pizza in the cafeteria with the Elementary School for the whole school’s Mesibat Chanukah party!

On Friday, it was so nice out that we decided to daven outside on the playground!

On Monday the Morahs gave out magnifying lenses, and the children went around looking for missing marker caps.

Because we had fun making menus last week for our parents, on Tuesday, we used magnifying lens to look at real menus to find kind of information is on a real menu.

We made a list with Morah Yocheved of words that start with /d/.

We made the letter D with our bodies.

We painted the letter D on papers on the table...

...and on big easel paper.

We also made /D/s with loose parts.

We celebrated Morah Sara’s birthday together with the whole ECC!

 We put a real potato in the dramatic play area, and the children found it fascinating. Elhanan and Dovid worked together to create “potato latkes.”


We put out olives to see if we could squeeze out olive oil. Bella put on “special” gloves in order to see if she could squeeze out the oil by hand.

Last week for Parshat Vayeshev, we made our own k’tonet pasim (striped coats). Some of the children thought it would be fun to show the colored stripes using tape.

The tziporim traced or drew more Chanukah shapes so that we could decorate more for Chanukah!

Taking out the dreidels and seeing how they spin is a fun choice when the children first arrive in the morning.

We did some sponge printing to make the background of our new bulletin board outside the classroom.

Naomi and Noam E. helped grate some potatoes for our kugel.

On Monday afternoon, the students worked together on an elaborate structure in the block area. We kept it until the next morning so that they could continue to add to it and play with it.

We used tissue paper and cellophane to make window hangings in the shape of a jar of oil or a dreidel for the classroom.

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We learned about things that are flexible or rock hard, and related it to social thinking. Can we be flexible in our thinking, or will we get stuck on one thing?

When learning about T and ט, we made some train tracks.

For Parshat Vayeitzei, the children chose different materials to make ladders, like the one found in Yaakov’s dream.


We also acted out Yaakov getting married to Leah and Rachel.


Morah Mimi told us the story of Chanukah, and we learned about the difference between a menorah and a chanukiyah.


We explored the question, “What happens when we spin dreidels dipped in paint?”


We experimented with oil and water, and found that if we put drops of liquid watercolor paint in oil, you can see the little dots of color in the oil.




We also found out that you cannot paint with watercolor paints over oil.



 Something else that we found resisted watercolor paint was the wax from the Chanukah candles. We made drawings with candles, and then went over the paper with water-based paint, and saw our pictures appear where we had made marks with the wax.


We made chanukiyot out of loose parts to decorate our room for Chanukah.


We also made real kosher chanukiyot from pretty tiles that we can use at home on Chanukah.

We used clay to make dreidels…


...candles, and even Hebrew letters.

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Last week, Wednesday was so beautiful that we went for a walk around the school collecting natural treasures. The next morning we explored what types of pictures we could make by dipping the leaves in paint.

We used our leaves to make collages that we can hang in the window.



Morah Tzipi brought in a visitor for us to examine before she released it back outside. It was a woolly bear caterpillar! After looking at the catepillar, we tried to figure out what kind of butterfly it would be by looking in a butterfly book we have in the room.



The children enjoyed acting out the parsha. Elhanan, Naomi, and Yael all pretended to be like Yitzchak, who could not see, and had to figure out who was in front of him using his sense of touch.


 We helped decorate the donation box for the ROFEH toy drive. The children wrote the words, “Please bring in new toys.”



 Last Friday, we had Noa’s school birthday party! She had some very special guests come and join us for our Shabbat and birthday celebration.


 We made a small world in the sand table of the parsha. There was a ladder for Yaakov’s dream, a jar for a well, and recycled containers as tents for Lavan.



Noam E was building a bayit (בית), a house, out of magnatiles.



 Morah Leah taught us that, in music, loud is forte, and quiet is piano. We played a game that we were babies, and we asked if we could have a lullaby that was sung piano or forte.

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 Last Wednesday, Lily and Yael made Avraham’s tent with four doors out of blocks.

We practiced writing the letter א with different mediums to help us recognize it. Here the children were using crayons.

We made “Welcome” signs for our homes because we learned about the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, inviting guests.

We made salt pictures after learning that Lot’s wife turned to see the destruction of S’dom and turned into salt.

 Elhanan was proud of writing the word “apple” in a pattern of colors.


 Last week, our Shabbat Ima was Ellie, and Shabbat Abba was Noam S.


 We learned that the theme of this year is kehillah, community. The ninth graders came to our classroom to help our students make havdalah candles...


 ...and braid challah dough to make challot for Shabbat.


 The children decided to make their own Shabbat.


 We had a picnic party for Morah Marggie (Margalit).


 While it was rainy on Monday morning, Noa, Shiraz, Noam E, Yael, Yeela, and Bella set up an obstacle course for each other.


 We made self-portraits. The children had a choice of drawing and/or constructing their face from loose parts.


 The children also made necklaces to share with their friends.


We looked at natural seed pods, predicted how many seeds were inside, and guessed whether there would be more seeds in the black or green pods.


 Here is a chart of our experiment.

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 Last week on Wednesday, we learned about footprints in conjunction to the parsha, and how Avram and Sarai left Ur and Haran for Canaan.

 Noam E. showed us how to trace around a foot by tracing the Morah’s foot.


 After we had traced and cut out our own footprints, we used them to measure each other to see how long we were!



 Lily is helping Morah cut out and decorate star-shaped cookies for Curriculum Experience Night.



 We made star pictures to represent how HaShem promised that the children of Avraham would be as many as the stars in the sky



 We made pictures out of sand, because HaShem also promised that Avraham’s children would be as many as the grains of sand


on the shore.


 In Drama class, Morah Marion pretended to be a camel carrying Avraham (Daniel) and Sarah (Yael) through the desert. Toony was helping feed the camel along the way.



 On Friday, Naomi, Noa, Ellie, Noam E., and Shiraz helped decorate the table.

 On Friday, we also had fourth grade buddies come downstairs to read to us.


 This week, Toony and Naomi worked together to build a four-sided tent on a cube frame.


 We learned about the letter א.


We made our own alephs by covering the lines taped to the table with loose parts.


 We also learned the English letter “A.”


 Noa, Elhanan, and Daniel worked together to make a big A out of people and EZ-Aleph pieces.



We found the most As in books, because they have lots of words.

Here Bella, Ellie, and Shiraz are making As in the shaving cream.

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Last Wednesday, the children had their first Drama Class with Morah Marion. They had so much fun acting out the parsha!

We worked on self-portraits by making faces using beads and playdough.

Using the natural materials we collected, we made leaf creations and/or creatures that we could tell stories about, just like the author of Leaf Man, Lois Ehlert.

We made tracks in different ways. First, we made tracks using cars and trucks with ink pads...

...and in the sand.

Then we tried seeing how the tracks would look in shaving cream!

Speaking of making tracks, we traced our own feet…

...and then cut them out to use for a measuring project!

Thank you to everyone who brought in recyclable materials.  The children sorted them on Tuesday into bins so that we can use them in our projects and play.

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Pictures of Sukkot Preparation






Having fun on Sukkot


Learning about the Torah scroll


Then we unrolled the Torah scroll to see how long it was only to find that it was longer than our room.

Making flags for Simchat Torah


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