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Grades: 4-6 Though its usage may well be broader, this material was specifically designed to be used in fourth to sixth grade as a personality centered introduction to Jewish history. We know that many schools struggle with a problem of (a) knowing that research suggests that sequential history cannot really be studied until seventh or eighth grade, but (b) also knowing that if history is not taught in the fourth to the sixth-grade slot, many students will never have an opportunity to study it.
Therefore, what we have created is a series of “biographies” that tell individual stories in the context of background, that can be mastered during this period. Each of these units is designed to:
The individual biographies can be considered “quilting squares” and can be assembled in any fashion that the teacher or curriculum designer desires. They can be clustered within a historical period, gathered by theme, or sequenced o demonstrate a historical flow.
Why did Koufax not pitch on Yom Kippur while pitching on other major festivals? What did Yom Kippur mean to Sandy Koufax? Koufax believed that Yom Kippur was the holiest day of the year to the Jewish people, and that to pitch on that day would desecrate the holy day. Even though he himself was not an observant Jew, he believed that he needed to stay home on such a sanctified festival. He felt a connection to the Jewish people and wanted to be a role model.
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