Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tweeting about Tu B'shevat

Today is Tu B'shevat, the Jewish holiday for the trees. Today we celebrate the reawakening of the trees in Israel and the promise of spring being on the horizon. Personally, it's one of my favorite holidays - and this year part of the learning we did in class tied into another love of mine, tweet/social media. 

I chose a quote that was tied to the holiday and because the holiday falls on the 15th of the month, the kids had to respond in no more than 15 words. Then to really push their thinking, I had them think of one word that summarized their response and that was their hashtag. 

As usual, they blew me away with their tweets about Tu B'shevat!
Little by Little

15 thoughts on the matter:

Kim Stevens said... {Reply}

Those are some cool kiddos you have there! And I love hearing about all the different Jewish holidays/celebrations.

Adrienne said... {Reply}

OH. MY. WORD. Favorite NEW piece of spiritual knowledge!! A day for the re-awakening of the trees!!! I LOVE these 'tweets' and these open hearted insights! I'm going to read more about this wonderful celebration!!

Gillena Cox said... {Reply}

Happy Holiday, i luv trees

much love...

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

Aww these are incredible! Kids say the darndest (and deepest) things sometimes!! I never heard of that holiday! How cool!

Sarah Carletti said... {Reply}

These are great and I enjoy learning about Jewish holidays. I did not know about this one. Very cool!

Kim said... {Reply}

You are such a great teacher and I love the ways the kids expressed themselves. Love how you tied in something modern with the tweets and hashtags! So cool!

tiarastantrums said... {Reply}

kids minds are super amazing!!

tiarastantrums said... {Reply}

kids minds are super amazing!!

Rebecca said... {Reply}

This is a cute presentation.

Snap said... {Reply}

Super kids. I did not know about this holiday until a couple of days ago. Some students at Rice U met with the head groundsman to plant *their* tree. Wonderful and I learned something new.

Nancy Claeys said... {Reply}

I like the idea of trees having their own holiday and how connected it is with your faith. Love the kids' comments -- very smart!

Sharon said... {Reply}

These are delightful! You are such a creative teacher, Tamar. I love the "seeds of the brain" tweet. Happy holiday!

Christine E-E said... {Reply}

the kids must love your class! I know I would; and I sincerely love learning about your Jewish traditions. Thanks for taking time to educate us... hey, how did you make those bubbles on your blog?

aspiritofsimplicity said... {Reply}

I have never heard of this holiday for the trees before. I think it is a lovely one!!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

you are the coolest teacher! love this lesson!