Resh and Gimmel

The main goal of our Hebrew classes for the last two weeks was to introduce the letters resh and gimmel: how they look and sound.

Students are able to recognize the letter resh in the words Rakevet (train), Rosh (head), Rimon (pomegranate), Ru-ah (wind) and Regel-Raglayim (foot-feet), and the letter gimel in the words Gamal (camel), Gadol (big), Gezer (carrot), and G’vina  (cheese).

For our listening activity for the letter resh we read the story The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss in Hebrew (translated by Datya Dor). Students had a great time making the letter resh with their own raglayim (feet), as you can see.

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For the letter gimmel we heard the story Eliezer Vehagezer  (Eliezer and the Carrot). After we listened to the story, we spread g’vina (cheese) on Graham crackers and then we wrote the letter gimmel with gezer (a carrot). It was then fun to eat the letter gimmel.

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For the letter resh the students created a Rakevet (train) in the shape of resh and filled it only with words that start with the letter resh.


When we discussed the shape of the letter gimmel, students discovered that when they put two gimmels together, they can make a Gamal (a camel).


And with our wonderful imaginations we  figure out how to  make Giraffa (a giraffe) out of the letter gimmel. The children drew the most amazing animals!

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How wonderful it is to hear the children using the verb rotse/rotsa (want) in their sentences (such as ani rotse mayim I want water, ani rotse challah I want challah).

We conclude our study about resh with the rakevet song.

We are always so impressed by our student’s concentration, artistry and passion for learning!