Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Results: Jewish Creation Cards Craft

In my last post, I posted my lesson plan and example cards for a Sunday School craft I called, Creation Cards.

I meant to post the results sooner but alas the Holiday Season is upon us and I'm officially 36 weeks pregnant.
Without any further delay here is some of the cute results of my 2nd Grade students:












*This is a set from two students, they wanted a penguin for their "Animals" and made portraits of themselves for people. Too creative! :)

As a reminder for imagery used in each card above:
In the textbook we use (My Jewish Year), The Seven days of Creation are described as:
•Day One: God created Light.
•Day Two: God created the Sky.
•Day Three: God made the land and the sea.
•Day Four: God created the Sun, moon and the stars.
•Day Five: God made the fish that swim and the birds that fly.
•Day Six: God created all the animals and man and woman.
•On the Day Seven, God rested. God blessed the seventh day and it made it holy.
The Seventh day is Shabbat, the day of rest.

I'm really happy with the way this project turned out and will most likely use it again.
The kids really loved cutting, pasting and creating their own options within in the seven days.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Jewish Sunday School Craft: Creation Cards

I spent a lot of time thinking of a Shabbat related craft for my 2nd grade Sunday school class for tomorrow

...and since I spent even more time making my examples, I thought I would share my creation.

In the textbook we use (My Jewish Year), The Seven days of Creation are described as:
•Day One: God created Light.
•Day Two: God created the Sky.
•Day Three: God made the land and the sea.
•Day Four: God created the Sun, moon and the stars.
•Day Five: God made the fish that swim and the birds that fly.
•Day Six: God created all the animals and man and woman.
•On the Day Seven, God rested. God blessed the seventh day and it made it holy.
The Seventh day is Shabbat, the day of rest.

Craft project: Creation Cards

Show Students Example and discuss each day of Creation.

Materials needed: Construction paper, Scissors, Glue, Markers/Crayons, and Pencils

Students will make collages of each day of Creation.
They can work individually or with a partner.

Step 1: Each Student will need seven pieces of paper 4.5” x 6” inches each for their card backgrounds (one piece of paper for each day).
--They can do this step quickly by folding a piece of construction paper (9” x 12”) into four sections and then cutting them into four separate pieces. They will need two pieces of construction paper to make backgrounds.

Step 2: Have students brainstorm images to use for each day.
What types of images can they use to represent light/Shabbat/etc.?
What types of animals do they want to make?

Encourage students to use the construction paper to make images by collaging and drawing freely.

Step 3: Let students work individually on their art.
Help students that may have trouble with brainstorming/cutting/creating.

Here are my examples for the class:
(Images can be clicked on to make larger)


1. Light, 2. The Sky


3. The Land and Sea, 4. The Sun, Moon and Stars


5. Fish in the Sea and Birds in the Sky, 6. Animals, Man and Woman


7. The Day of Rest for all, Shabbat.



I really think this will be a fun way for my students to reference the idea of Creation.
Let me know if you use this idea!

Any questions or comments? Feel free to use the comment function or tweet me ;)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Starbucks, I'm calling you out.

It should be known that I have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks and always have.

While for the most part I enjoy their drinks, some of their business practices I do not agree with.
If there is a local coffee shop within reach, I'd much rather order my cup of coffee from there.

This morning I needed a cup of coffee really bad, mind you I am pregnant...
but my doctor has told me a cup of coffee daily is safe (don't worry I don't drink that much naysayers).

I needed coffee because my husband woke me up in an odd way and I just couldn't fall back asleep.
You see, my sweet Husband, talks/yells/squirms like a worm in his sleep.
This morning was no different...he was thrashing around like a fish out of water which made me wake up half way, that's when he yelled "AWFUL" at the top of his lungs, still knocked out.
Fair enough, it was time to go get a cup of coffee.

We have a Starbucks a few miles from our house and I always feel awkward going there because it seems like it's always full of the Starbucks super fans (the types of people who constantly reload those cards and order all kinds of fancy drinks that I don't understand what they are).

Anyway, there was a really nice gentleman, clearly from out of state, in front of me ordering a whole bunch of drinks probably for family members.
He asked the cashier for one of those Holiday drink cards and she claimed she didn't have any
... yet I spotted a whole stack of them out of the corner of my eye.
Me: "Sir, I have one. You can have mine."
Him: "Wow, how nice of you. Thank you so much."

I don't get why the cashier would just give him one in the first place, he ordered 4-5 drinks and some breakfast sandwiches. Then with my card, she still didn't give him the silly free drink or discount.
Starbucks, you make me crazy.

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Disclaimer: This story is written below by someone named Casey Cook. I do not know her personally but I do know of this specific Starbucks and have been their numerous times before as I live in the same county. It has been shared 4,774 times on Facebook since November 29th when it apparently took place. I am sharing it because Starbucks has not taken it seriously thus far and I'd like to believe in the power of social media/blogging.

Here is Casey Cook's story:

"Forgive me for a disturbing post, but I feel compelled to share this story. On the way to get a Christmas tree today, we stopped at Starbucks, just off church circle on main street Annapolis, in the basement of the Maryland Inn. I ordered a Mocha, and got my 3 boys hot chocolates. For Kristjana Knight Cook I ordered a regular black coffee. Long story short, all the chocolate drinks including the mocha were infested with bugs, either maggots or roaches. There were several in each up. The nastiest part is that I ingested at least one (how many of you check your mochas for bugs before drinking?).

I was sickened and irate that my boys had put their little mouths on this.

I brought the drinks back inside. An apologetic barista said that they had just put in a new bag of mocha. "We saw that the box was broken but the bag looked fine." Well it wasn't and there were maggots/roaches throughout the bag. I was stunned that they did not close down the shop. They acted like it was all ok because they had pinpointed the origin of the bugs. But they incomprehensively kept making drinks on the same machine that maggots had just gone through minutes before to make the chocolate milk and mochas!

The store manager called me. I told him I was horrified. He agreed I should be.

I called the Anne Arundel county board of health. They were closed. Called starbucks corporate, and the person that answered the phone named "Cookie" (seriously) was horrified. I was glad she was. She was sickened by it. And then told me I would be contacted within 48 hours. Ugh.

Anyway, I am so disturbed by this. I encourage you all to repost and share this. The address of this starbucks is 16 Church Circle, Annapolis MD (410) 263-2641. I encourage locals NOT to patron this place.

Here is one of the photos I took before leaving the store."




Casey, then later posted on facebook that all three of her boys were ill and throwing up.

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Friends, please think about ordering anything mocha related from Starbucks and drink local if you can.
That is all.