Grade 5: Life and Times of Jesus
The overarching questions of the IFFP 5th grade year are: “Who was Jesus?” And, “If you had met him in 1st century Palestine, how would you have responded to him?”
- The class begins with an exploration of Hebrew history up until the birth of Jesus so that students will better understand the common historical roots of Judaism and Christianity.
- The students learn about the life that Jesus, as a Jew, would have lived 2000 years ago. They take a look at Jesus in his contemporary setting to learn about the political and religious environment in which he lived.
- After that, the class reads stories about Hillel, another Jewish teacher, to discuss the similarities between his teachings and the teachings of Jesus.
Nativity Play: Consistent with the theme of the class, the fifth grade class is responsible for putting on a fun nativity play at the IFFP Holiday Party.
Bronze Bow: To further their understanding of life in 1st century Palestine, the students read the Newberry award-winning novel, The Bronze Bow.
Goal: By the end of the year, students are able to discuss the ways in which Jesus’ teachings are both completely Jewish and a critique of the mainstream Judaism of his life and times.
Hebrew: The fifth grade class continues to learn Hebrew words and phrases.