Lower School Updates
The phrase l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation, was beautifully illustrated as the fourth grade students, their parents, and special visitors attended the opening of the Fourth Grade Heschel Heritage Museum. This months-long project was almost completely planned and created by the students, with the help of their teachers. Students researched heirlooms that have been passed down in their families and interviewed family members about the meaning of their Hebrew names. In art class, they created shadow box scenes depicting the belongings they would like to pass down to future generations. Poems were written to accompany the artistic pieces. A playlist, researched created by the music committee, and decorations, carefully selected by the decor committee, welcomed guests to the museum. A museum mission statement was written by another group of students and put into the brochure they designed. Activities were created to make the museum interactive for visitors. Ran Oron, the architect of The Heschel School’s 30 West End Ave building, developed a special project with the students and created an impressive display to illustrate the immigrant journeys of the fourth grade student’s families. Our fourth graders learned many important life skills through this experience, including how to collaborate on a big project, time management skills and how to problem solve.
Students and parents in Grades 3 and 4 came together for the annual Math Night. The program introduced 3rd and 4th graders and their parents to the Fibonacci Sequence through hands-on exploration and an abundance of math! Students learned the “rule” to use in order to solve for each consecutive number in the sequence, and then experienced an “Ah ha” moment when we connected Fibonacci’s sequence to the world around us!
From pinecones to pineapples, daisies to sunflowers, a snail’s back to the galaxy and beyond, the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci spirals help to explain balance and growth in nature.