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Chumash Curriculum

by: Asher Lindenbaum and Nora Ellison


Essential Questions for our Students
What is Torah?
Why is it important to me?
How does it shape my moral development?
How does it shape my world view?
How do I view Biblical characters?
Kindergarten
Material Skills/Objectives Assessment/ Content
Assessment/ Skill
Kindergarten
1) What is the Torah?
Whats a passuk?
2) (Bekiyut/Parsha) Avot,
Canaan, Mitzrayim,
Midbar, Mishkan, Chagim
Learn Hebrew Letters
Basic Hebrew Tanach
vocabulary
2) Understand
introductory concepts
of each parsha
1) Draw a Family
tree
Match pictures with
the right story
Build the mishkan
Act out a skit of
things that
happened in the
Midbar
Chagim- match
pictures with the
right chag
2) Illustrate the
story of parshiyot
Answer oral
questions
Write the Letters
Learn the Sounds
they make
write important
names, places, and
holidays in Hebrew
1st Grade
1st Grade
1) Bereishit: the 7
days of creation - in
pesukim
- Gan Eden
(discussion)
2) (Bekiyut/Parsha)
Avot, Canaan,
Mitzrayim, Midbar,
Mishkan, Chagim in
more detail
Parsha song
Read in
Hebrew and
English the
pesukim and
their
translations
2) Understand
introductory
concepts of
each parsha
Illustrate 7 days of creation
Play a game where they have to
place them in order and all the
correct
animal/birds/moons/tress/humans on
the right square.
2) Illustrate the story of parshiyot
Answer oral questions (more
detailed)
Read outloud
and translate for
pasukim they
have learned
translations
before.
Write the
translation.
Students should
know the stories
of parshiyot
2nd Grade
1) Noach/Lech Lecha
2) (Bekiyut/Parsha) Avot,
Canaan, Mitzrayim,
Midbar, Mishkan, chagim
in more detail
Reinforce Read in Hebrew
and English the pesukim and
their translations- because
its the most basic skill.
2) Understand introductory
concepts of each parsha and
main characters of each
parsha
1) Noach story cartoon
project, Noach and
Avraham timeline creation,
family tree, memory games
2) Weekly parsha
assessment, (on previous
week) including character
explanations
Read pesukim
outloud and
translate pasukim
they have never
learned.
Write the translation.
3rd Grade
1) Vayera, Chayei Sara, Toldos
2) Bekiyut - Less of focus on
weekly story, more about Ten
Commandment, Intro to Mitzvot
as they appear in the parshiyot
1) Be able to read
Rashi and translate
Understand more
chumash vocabulary
2) Know 10
commandments in
order, basic mitzvot
that are being taught
Read rashi and
translate
vocabulary
assessments
10
commandment
project, mitzva
madness
Read outloud.
Give them the letters and have
them identify each letter. THis
way they cant just rely on
context they are help
accountable to know every letter.
4th Grade
Vayetzei - Vayichi
emphasis on character and
story development (Moral
questions)
Rashi, and other
meforshim outside
Vocabulary
Grammar basics
Daber vs. Amar
VHipuch
Taamei Mikra
Critical approach
to characters and
story
Reading
assessments
Worksheets
Fishbowl, TPS,
dialogues, RAFT
Students will write the meforshim and
then compare and contrast with other
meforshim. (ideas not people)
Worksheets
5th Grade
Sefer Shemot
Themes: people vs moshe,
machloket within the camp,
leaving mitzrayim behind,
forming a nation, the yoke of
the Torah, building of the
Mishkan
Learn Meforshim inside-Learn who says
what. Learn about certain approaches to
understanding Tanach. Ex;Rashi has a
pshat understanding based on
meforshim, while Ibn Ezra focuses mainly
on derech hapshat.
Reading
Assessment,
Writing
Assessment
Explain how
different meforshim
got to different
answers (not just
what did he say)
6th Grade
Sefer Bamidbar
Themes: people vs moshe, machloket
within the camp, leaving mitzrayim behind,
appreciation of Gods hand, Korach
Learn how to read perakim and
snippets of Meforshim on their own
(with hard words translated)
Reading
Writing
Asessments,
skits & videos
Meforshim
project
7th Grade
Devarim
Themes: preparing for Eretz yisroel,
differences between eretz yisroel and
mitzrayim, Gods interaction and
expectation with people
Mitzvot
Poetry in Tanach- Haazinu
Reinforcing
- using various
meforshim
- critical approach
to characters and
to story
Reading, writing,
assessments, skits,
videos, projects
Poetry project
Moshe Mussar
project, facebook
profiles of characters
8th Grade
Vayikra
Themes: Holiness of
kohanim, mumim, ervah
in Judaism,
Reference Tools:
Concordantzia and Bar
Illan Responsa
Jastrow & Heb Eng
dictionary
What are limitations of
translations of Tanach?
Reading, writing,
assessments, skits,
videos, projects
Have them do exercises
practicing looking up specific
words or topics
9th Grade
9th Grade Bereishit Reinforce Learn how to use
Concordantzia and Bar Illan
Responsa
Research a topic
write a paper
10th Grade
10th Grade Shemot -
Vayikra
Learn Tikbolet,
chiastic structure, mila
mancha etc
How to recognize
themes within Tanach
Identify structures in seen and
unseen material. Explain what
the implications of using a
particular structure
What do themes show you
11th Grade
11th Grade Bereishit-
Shemot
All- focus on
theologically
rich material
Ex: free will,
akedat yitzchak,
Rape of Dinah
Learn about
Ambiguities in
Tanach
Research and
write a paper
about a topic
that poses an
ambiguity
12th Grade
12th Grade Vayikra - Devarim
Focus on
theologically rich
material AND styles
of parshiyot
Ex: korach
How to think
critically
about Biblical
criticism
Class wide debate.
Give them an excerpt
and have them
answer critical
thinking questions.