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Curricular Highlights Experiential Learning Experiential learning at Chicago Jewish Day School encourages a sense of ownership, allowing students to construct their own learning and make it come to life. Students have the opportunity to acquire and apply knowledge in a setting that is both appropriate and relevant. The students will interact directly with the area of study, resulting in an authentic and meaningful learning experience. Rather than merely thinking or reading about the topic, the students live and breathe it!

Integration Integration is a central component of Chicago Jewish Day School’s curriculum. Integrated learning allows children to broadly explore knowledge in various subjects as they relate to a certain theme. At Chicago Jewish Day School, we strive to integrate all of the curricular disciplines, such as the humanities, communication arts, natural sciences, mathematics, social studies, music, art, and physical education. Judaic Studies and Hebrew are integrated throughout all of these disciplines in meaningful and authentic ways. This holistic approach to learning reflects the real world, which is interactive, and promotes lifelong learning.

Grade Five Theme and Highlights Marking Distinction • Havdalah

The Torah teaches that God created the world by marking distinctions — first between light and darkness, next between water and empty space, and finally between earth and water. When we recite Havdalah at the termination of Shabbat and holidays, we emphasize the distinction between the sacred and the ordinary and how people, as well as God, can bring holiness into the mundane. We challenge our Grade Five students to think about how their actions can be beyond ordinary and add sacredness to our daily lives. Our students will come to understand that meaningful and thoughtful action is not something that happens haphazardly but through asking themselves what impact their decisions and actions have on themselves, their classmates, and their school and wider communities. Classroom Highlights

Grade Five students approach their studies through the lens of thinking before they act. Through activities, trips, reading and discussion, students are encouraged to consider the world we live in and its history, reflecting on the concept of cause and effect. Through intensive, inquiry based, experiential studies, students travel back in world history, examining the arts, sciences, and cultures which shaped our world today and directly connect to our current methods of learning and living.

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Profile for Chicago Jewish Day School

CJDS Grade Five Program of Studies  

The theme of Grade Five is Marking Distinction, Havdalah. The Torah teaches that God created the world by making distinctions- first between...

CJDS Grade Five Program of Studies  

The theme of Grade Five is Marking Distinction, Havdalah. The Torah teaches that God created the world by making distinctions- first between...