Mitkadem Hebrew for Youth Ramah 17 Student Pack
Mitkadem is a self-paced Hebrew prayer and ritual program designed to empower every child to learn Hebrew. Created with an understanding of the realities of supplementary Jewish education (limited time, inconsistent student attendance, different levels of Hebrew knowledge, levels of motivation, and involvement with Jewish practice), the Mitkadem program consists of 23 levels that introduce grammar, vocabulary, and reading. Students can work alone or practice reading with a partner.
How It Works:
The first two units (called "ramot") focus on developing decoding skills and ritual vocabulary. Ramot 1 and 2 are teacher-directed, with a combination of independent study and group work.
Ramah 3 introduces students to the Mitkadem system and to a self-paced, self-directed Hebrew learning program.
Ramot 4-23 cover a particular prayer or family of prayers that share a theme. Students complete each packet individually or in small groups. Students generally can complete between three and six packets per year. As students successfully complete a packet (and pass both an oral and written assessment), they advance to the next.
• Each student engages with the material at his or her own level and pace.
• Frees teacher time by eliminating class review of material for students who miss a lesson or learn at a slower pace.
• Students can pick up where they left off. No need for them to feel left behind or make self-conscious comparisons to their peers.
• Diminished behavior problems because students are occupied at their own level.
• Students cannot "fall through the cracks," because of constant monitoring and regular assessments.
Different from traditional textbooks, every ramah includes several booklets with five categories of activities:
1. Hakdamah — Introductory activities that serve as an "advanced organizer" for the unit and must be completed before moving on.
2. K'riah — Reading activities that drill decoding skills, fluent reading of fluency, and if appropriate, chanting of the prayer.
3. Otzar Milim — Vocabulary activities drill key words and important phrases found in the prayer.
4. Dikduk — Grammar activities teach and have students use roots, prefixes, and suffixes found in the prayer.
5. Divrei T'filah — Activities emphasize concepts and critical thinking skills. In this section, students delve into the theological and philosophical ideology expressed in Jewish liturgy.
Included in the Series
News Articles:Ringing in Success with Mitkadem: An Up-Close Look at Making Independent Hebrew Learning Work
A list of prayers per ramah as well as concepts introduced and reinforced.
Mitkadem Teacher Training
A lesson for educators to use to train their teachers about Mitkadem.
Mitkadem Implementation Guide
This guide will assist you in implementation of the Mitkadem program by providing you with wisdom from those who have been using the program, offering alternatives for implementation, and providing necessary information for both the administrator and teachers of the program.
My Goals for You
This form helps teachers communicate with each learner and set expectations for a period of learning.
I've Got a Question
This worksheet enables students to focus and articulate their questions without interrupting the teacher’s engagement with other children.
Classroom Update Form
Thank you to Tami Schoen for sharing this form
Free Fall Review Activities
These worksheets will help your students to review what they learned last year when they return to school this fall.
Send these postcards home when a student completes a ramah. Thanks to Dennis Niekro for creating and sharing them!
Introducing Mitkadem to Families: A Family Education Program Outline
Developed by Kitty Wolf, this sample Family Education lesson can be used to introduce the Mitkadem program to parents and children.
Student Motivation Tools
- Mitkadem Daily Journal - a one-page daily journal for students and teachers to report on daily progress.
- Mitkadem Daily Brit - daily tracking and self-assessment on a short, single page
Audio for Ramah 17:
Record Sheets for Ramah 17:
The Mikadem Ramah Record Sheets are a great way to track the progress of your students!