Friday, October 20, 2017

Mountains and Valleys, Islands and Lakes

Our earth is a pretty amazing place.  It is mostly water, with some land (1/4 of its surface is land).
The land has awesome natural formations made of rock and dirt. These formations are called landforms.
A landform can be as large as a continent.  
It is on our 7 continents that we will find a variety of land formations.
We will find mountains, steep and tall, standing solo or together in a chain.
We will discover valleys between those mountains. These valleys were formed by rivers flowing down the mountainsides eroding the rock away to create a V shape at the bottom.
Maya: For the river to keep going.

*Maia is in picture, Maya is quoted.
That river may flow into a lake.
Morah Katie: Lochlan, what is that body of water surrounded by the land called?
Lochlan: Lake? It's a lake if the water is in the front. 
Morah Katie: What are some things you might find in a lake?
Aura: Rocks. I went swimming in a lake, I just saw rocks.
Maya: Fish.
Carson: The rain is filling up the lakes.
Morah Katie: As I look at some lakes, it looks like the land is hugging the water.
Jade: Like a sukkah.
Morah Katie: Miles, if there was land in the middle, surrounded by water, what would it be called?
Miles: Milesland.
Morah Katie: That would be a great name for an island.
Morah Katie: Evan the pebbles are all in the middle, and the water is surrounding it, what did you just form?
Evan: An island.
It has been exciting to discover that rocks and dirt can look so different.
There are still plateaus, plains, hills, rivers to explore.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

We began last week by learning about a new holiday.
Morah Tzivie: We are going to celebrate another holiday! This holiday has a special hut with four walls, but no ceiling and no floor.
Matan: A Sukkah! 
Morah Tzivie: Yes! Let's look up. What do you see?
Lochlan: The ceiling.
Morah Tzivie: The ceiling of the Sukkah is special. It is called saicch. It is made of branches and leaves. When you go to the playground, look around and look up and see how it is different from the classroom ceiling.
Morah Katie: What do you see?
Lochlan: The sky.
Jade: The trees.
Morah Katie: If it was night time what would we be able to see?
Lochlan: The stars.
Morah Katie: How is it possible that we can see the blue sky through the roof?
Carson: The saicch.
Morah Katie: What is it made of?
Lochlan: Leaves and branches.
We went on a nature walk to collect some saicch, small branches and sticks, for our block sukkahs.
Morah Tzivie: Do you know why we build sukkahs? 
Matan: For Sukkot.
Maya: We eat in it.
Morah Tzivie: That is true, there is another reason.
Morah Tzivie told us a story. 
Many, many years ago, after the Jewish people left Egypt, they traveled in the desert. The desert was hot in day and very cold at night. The wind would blow sand at them as they walked.  They walked through bugs and snakes. It was very uncomfortable, and not safe.  
Hashem wanted the Jewish people be protected and comforted. 
Hashem placed clouds around them to protect them from the wind and sand, the bugs and snakes.  He covered them with a cloud to keep them safe from the hot sun and warm at night.  When we are in the sukkah surrounded by the walls and the saicch, it reminds us of how Hashem loves and protects us.
We had graham cracker sukkahs as a snack.
This week we ate lunch in the sukkah!
Rabbi joined us and helped us say the special blessings for the sukkah and for waving the lulav and etrog! 
Morah Katie: Friends, tell me why we build a sukkah for Sukkot?
Ozzie: The wind blows.
Morah Katie: The wind did blow. When? Where?
Carson: The clouds protect us.  The 4 walls ... are the clouds.
Miles:  The saicch too... is the cloud...
Lochlan: Protected from the sand too.
Morah Eden: Don't you feel cozy and protected in the sukkah?
Jade: Like a hug.
We will finish our week making flags and dancing with our Torahs for Simchat Torah.