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Fifth Graders Discuss and Learn about Confederate Memorial

Near the New North Campus, on the edge of an old graveyard, stands a memorial to Confederate soldiers. After noticing the stone obelisk at the start of school, the fifth grade Stars & Stripes class wanted to learn more. During the first week of school, we used a Thinking Routines exercise called “See, Think, Wonder.” Students looked closely at the memorial and noted what they observed, what they thought about it, and what it made them wonder. …

September 20, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Social Studies|Tags: Thinking Routines, Washington D.C.|

JPDS-NC Students Build Pesach-Themed Rube Goldberg Machine for Technion Design Challenge

A team of JPDS-NC 5th and 6th graders took on the first ever RAVSAK-Technion Design Challenge! They built a Passover-themed Rube Goldberg machine that journeys through the ten plagues. Check out our behind-the-scenes video!

Colonial History Comes to Life at JPDS-NC

The Fifth Graders at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital have just finished their Colonial History unit. For a few months, the students learn about the founding of the colonies and about famous figures such as John Winthrop, John Smith, and the Kings of England. Then, each student chooses a colonial profession such as a printer, cooper (barrel maker), pharmacist, or blacksmith, along with many more options. Students not only research their …

December 16, 2015 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Social Studies|Tags: Project Based Learning|

News from the Design Lab: Our Sukkah Design Challenge

At the heart of our Design Lab is the strategy of Design Thinking. Design Thinking is an approach to learning that includes contemplating real-world problems, conducting research, participating in reflective thinking and analysis, conceiving original ideas, conducting experiments, and sometimes building things! To introduce the North Campus students to the newly designated Design Lab and to practice Design Thinking, students and teachers participated in a Sukkah Design Challenge. We began by teaching students that Design …

September 24, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies, Science|Tags: Design Thinking, Holidays, Multimedia, STEAM, STEM|

First Day of School Video

The first day of school at JPDS-NC was filled with learning, laughter, and excitement. Click here to watch a video of some of the day’s special moments.

September 1, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Milton Moments|Tags: Multimedia|

JPDS-NC Volunteers in the Community

Part of our mission at JPDS-NC is to teach our students to become knowledgeable, responsible Jews and citizens. Through learning and action, we foster an environment that inspires and deepens our students’ commitment to Jewish living and values, to the community at large, and to the people and state of Israel. Through in-school programs such as Yom Chesed (Good Deeds Day) and the Shuk for Shalom, classroom-based mitzvah projects, the drives and volunteer opportunities sponsored …

Fifth Graders Explore Nature and Judaism at TEVA

The 5th graders at JPDS-NC went on a four-day field trip to TEVA at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, MD for an educational outdoors adventure. (“TEVA” is Hebrew for “nature.”) We went on hikes where we learned about the local environment including “the F.B.I.” – fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates. The hikes were full of wildlife and plants that we had never seen before. Watching a hawk consume a worm, we witnessed the food chain in …

May 27, 2015 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Judaic Studies, Science|Tags: Environmental Education|

Creative Writing at JPDS-NC

I push on to one key after another, not having enough time to think about what I’m doing before I have to do something else. The sound flows out of the piano and onto the gigantic stage. It swirls around the seats and into the burning lights above me. It flows down and circles my ears before opening me into a world of sound, music. I approach the fast part. I’ve done it before and …

May 14, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Language Arts|Tags: Creative Writing|

STEM Learning in Action

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is growing and thriving at JPDS-NC. On the evening of April 2, four JPDS-NC sixth graders attended the Grand Award Ceremony of DC STEM Fair 2015 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Esther Feron, Sami Himmelfarb, Noa Schleifer and Beri Gershwind swept the Junior Division with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place wins for individual projects in the categories of Physics and Astronomy, Microbiology, and Engineering. They …

Four Tenets of Brain-Based Learning: Fifth Grade Teacher Published in ASCD Express

Our own Lisa Schopf recently published an article about brain-based learning in ASCD Express, a professional publication that highlights innovative solutions and best practices in education. In her article, “Four Common Sense Tenets of Brain-Based Learning,” Lisa uses classroom examples to explain four central tenets of brain-based learning and show how students often intuitively understand and respond to these ideas, even as recent scientific studies express these same concepts in the languages of neuroscience and biochemistry. Read the article that …

April 27, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Thinking Routines|