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  The five units and their 20 accompanying graded supplementary readers, provide material for approximately seven months of Hebrew Language Arts instruction.

The Grade 5 Tal Sela Themes
Grade 5
Between Man and Himself Between Man and His Environment Purim Through the Ages From Bondage to Freedom The People and the Land

The organizing theme Between Man and Himself, explores the concept of "becoming". It examines the process of physical and spiritual growth, the development of identity as affected by personal qualities and aptitudes, by social and cultural environment, and by the legacy of one's past.
Unit 1 - Ani Rotze LiHiot... (I Want to Be...)
Students list and assess their qualities and characteristics. They identify areas of personal growth and development and explore means of learning and improving themselves and their social environment. Through fables, poems, stories and Judaic sources, they grapple with issues and questions of: identity, self-esteem, discontent, friendships, social problems and physical and spiritual changes.

The organizing theme Between Man and His Environment broadens the concept of self, focusing on man's role in creation and his responsibility to ensure the maintenance of the world he inherited and a fruitful, safe and healthy environment for future generations.
Unit 2 - MiDor LeDor (From Generation to Generation)
Students are sensitized, through Biblical verses, legends, stories, poems, songs and activities, to their responsibilities towards maintaining and developing the environment for the benefit of mankind. By examining the symbolic message of the sources, students explore the meaning of our physical and spiritual legacies, as well as the saga of the Jewish people in the land of Israel and the Diaspora. Through research projects, students learn about the role of the Jewish National Fund in rebuilding the land of Israel, and about people whose contribution to the improvement of life on earth was acknowledged through naming forests after them. The learners also gain insight into the literary features of the fables and the legends.

The organizing theme Purim Through the Ages focuses on the message of Purim for the individual, the Jewish people, and the world. The learner explores the concepts of Jewish identity and survival in the Diaspora. God's intervention and interaction in history, and the commemoration of the message of Purim, as it is told in the Megila and explored through experience.
Unit 3 - Tikvatam LaNetzach (Their Eternal Hope)
Students creatively retell the saga of Purim examining the good and bad, the ups and downs in each event. Through a play, they examine the story of the Megila from a new perspective. The students discuss values and concepts, such as joy, truth, trust, consideration, brotherhood and good will, that are the legacy of Purim for all generations as they were inspired by the Megillah, the hymn Shoshanat Ya'akov, the laws and customs of Purim.

The organizing theme From Bondage to Freedom explores our modern existence as inspired by the legacy of the past for the sake of the future. The theme examines the message of Pessach to fight for freedom and for a divinely inspired existence for all mankind.
Unit 4 - Me'Avdut LeCherut BeYameinu (From Bondage to Freedom in Our Time)
This unit examines, from a historical and multicultural perspective, the struggle of mankind for freedom as inspired by the saga of the Jewish people being freed from bondage in Egypt. Students research the struggle of communities for their physical or spiritual freedom. Through the Hagada, a play, stories, songs, activities, and getting involved in community projects, students reaffirm their dedication to the message of Pessach.

The organizing theme The People and the Land broadens the concept introduced in "Me'avdut Leherut Beyameinu", focusing on concepts of commitment to freedom of our people and our land from personal, social, national and religious points of view. The symbols of the State of Israel and their renewed message through the generations serve as a basis for the exploration of the bond between the individual, his family, community and people and the Promised Land.
Unit 5 - HaDegel (The Flag)
The learners explore the origin and functions of national symbols. Through stories, songs, poems and creative activities, students examine the link between past and present, the people and the land. They learn about the devotion and dedication that is needed for building and maintaining a country and they design their own symbols which represent their knowledge of their past and present and their bond with the Jewish people and their Homeland.
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