Grade 5: AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY. Grade 5 students experience the story of American Jewry from 1654 to the challenging events of today. Major topics include: the Jewish community, religious liberty, the contributions of Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities, immigration, and civil rights. Studies include trips to Ellis Island and Newport to visit the Touro Synagogue. Students become actively engaged in the decision-making process of history by examining and trying to define their own value systems while learning how these choices have shaped history.
Resources: America: The Jewish Experience, The Melting Pot, and The Other Side of the Hudson.