ברוכים הבאים לוויקי של מתו"קMatok--a Bible Curriculum for Jewish Day SchoolsLink to slideshow overview





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FAQS

1. For which grades are the MaToK materials available?

The units for Breisheet are intended for grades three and four. The Shemot units are intended for grade five. The Bemidbar units are intended for grade six. However, most units can be used for one grade above or below the intended grade, depending upon the needs and skills of your students. A unit on Sefer Yonah for grades 7/8 will be available for the fall of 2016.

2. What does MaToK provide?

Student booklets, teachers guides (in Hebrew and in English), teacher training, consultation on bible curriculum and teaching, classroom posters of commonly referred to access skills.

3. What makes MaToK different from other bible curricula?

MaTok teaches Hebrew language and literary access skills so that students may become independent learners of TaNaKh.
MaToK students become part of the chain in the centuries-old tradition of textual interpretation.
MaToK encourages critical thinking about the events, characters, and concepts presented in our sacred text.

4. Does MaToK work as a text for schools who are part of the Bible Standards and Benchmarks project?

Yes! Standards and Benchmarks schools have sometimes chosen specific units that best fit with their chosen standards. Other schools continue using the same units but with a renewed focus on goals and assessment. MaToK is particularly useful for schools including Standard #1 as one of their choices.

5. Is MaToK connected with a specific movement or hashkafah of Judaism?

MaToK was originally created to serve Solomon Schechter Schools in 1998. Today, however, schools of many affiliations across North America and Europe include MaToK in their curriculum, including schools affiliated with RAVSAK, independent schools, and schools that identify themselves as Modern Orthodox.

7. Can differentiated instruction be implemented with MaToK?

Yes, especially in the case of varying levels of Hebrew language achievement. The units of Lekh Lekha, Shemot, Va'era-Bo, and Bemidbar have been translated into English, enabling students within the same classroom to use different versions of the student workbook.Pagination is identical in the Hebrew and English versions, thus allowing students to work together, even in chevruta, while providing each student with the workbook that best meets his/her needs.

8. How can technology be integrated into a MaToK classroom?

  • All student booklets are available as downloadable e-books from the Rowman and Littlefield website. These can be projected onto an interactive whiteboard or downloaded for student use instead of, or in addition to, the hard copy student booklets.
  • Some teachers choose one or two of the "thought' questions and have students post answers and respond to classmates answers on a class blog or other platform.
  • Send us the details about how YOU are integrating technology with TaNaKh instruction, and we will share it here!



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MaTok web page on Schechter Network siteMaToK web page on Davidson site
MaToK is a joint project of
The Schechter Day School Network

Willian Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America




Please direct all questions and requests for more information to:Galya Greenberg-- MaToK Project Directormatok@jtsa.edu860.521.2626 (Leave a message and your call will be returned.)