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Objects Tell Stories Activity

Objects Tell Stories

Aim: To reflect on the personal, emotional, or cultural significance of objects.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Themes: Memory, Contemporary Perspectives, Identity
Artworks: Wedding Sofa, North Germany, 1838
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, Social Studies, English Language Arts

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Holiday Greeting Activity

Holiday Greetings

Aim: To create holiday greetings using non-traditional materials.

Grades: K-2, 3-5
Themes: Identity
Artworks: Happy Jack: New Year Greeting, Alaska, 1910
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, English Language Arts

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Tikkum Olam Envelope Books Activity

Tikkun Olam Envelope Books

Aim: To create a personal envelope book inspired by Harriete Estel Berman's work Tzedakah.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Identity
Artworks: Berman: Tzedakah, Alms Container, USA, 1999; Happy Jack: New Year Greeting, Alaska, 1910
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, English Language Arts

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Design a Sukkah Activity

Design a Sukkah

Aim: To work in small groups to create imaginative sukkah designs for different environments.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Ritual
Artworks: Wexler: Dining Room with Walls as Projections of Chairs …, USA, 1988
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, Math, Science

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Create an Earth Mobile Activity

Create an Earth Mobile

Aim: To use found objects to design a hanging sculpture for your sukkah or window.

Grades: K-2, 3-5
Themes: Ritual
Artworks: Wexler: Dining Room with Walls as Projections of Chairs …, USA, 1988
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Paint a Celebration Activity

Paint a Celebration

Aim: To paint images of celebration.

Grades: K-2, 3-5
Themes: Identity, Ritual
Artworks: Hart: The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law at the Synagogue…, 1850
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Adorning the Torah Activity

Adorning the Torah

Aim: To create three-dimensional crowns and finials for the Torah.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Identity, Ritual
Artworks: Shulkin: Torah Ark, Iowa, USA, 1899; Hart: The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law at the Synagogue…, 1850; Zabari: Torah Crown, USA, 1969
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Mosaics Activity

Mosaics

Aim: To create a mosaic inspired by the decorations on a Persian synagogue wall.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Identity, Ritual
Artworks: Hart: The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law at the Synagogue…, 1850; Portion of a Synagogue Wall, Isfahan, Persia, 16th century
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, Math

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Hanukkah Lamps Activity

Hanukkah Lamps

Aim: To use found materials to create Hanukkah lamps inspired by Joel Otterson’s Unorthodox Menorah II.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Ceremonial Objects, Identity, Ritual
Artworks: Godley: Miracle, Hanukkah Lamp, USA, 2004; Hanukkah Lamp, Stolin, c. 1885; Otterson: Unorthodox Menorah, Hanukkah Lamp, USA, 1993
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Light Collage Activity

Light Collage

Aim: To reflect on light and dark through collage.

Grades: K-2, 3-5
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Ceremonial Objects
Artworks: Godley: Miracle, Hanukkah Lamp, USA, 2004
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Heroes and Heroines Activity

Heroes and Heroines

Aim: To create a portrait of a hero in words and pictures.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Identity
Artworks: Goldberg: Untitled, Seder Plate, USA, 1996; Indiana: Purim: Four Facets of Esther, 1967; Otterson: Unorthodox Menorah, Hanukkah Lamp, USA, 1993; Reichert: Miriam Cup, USA, 1997; Godley: Miracle, Hanukkah Lamp, USA, 2004
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, English Language Arts

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Leaf Collage Activity

Leaf Collage

Aim: To create landscapes through collage.

Grades: K-2, 3-5
Themes: Ritual
Artworks: Halpert: Trees, 1917
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Bravery Books Activity

Bravery Books

Aim: To create personal books reflecting on one’s own bravery.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Identity
Artworks: Indiana: Purim: Four Facets of Esther, 1967
Discipline: Visual Art, English Language Arts

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Numbers and Words Activity

Numbers and Words

Aim: To create a work of art that tells the Purim story using only numbers, words, and shapes.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Identity
Artworks: Indiana: Purim: Four Facets of Esther, 1967
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, Math, English Language Arts

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Make a <em>Megillah</em> Activity

Make a Megillah

Aim: To create a class scroll illustrating the entire Book of Esther.

Grades: K-2, 3-5
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Ritual
Artworks: Indiana: Purim: Four Facets of Esther, 1967
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Micrography Seder Plate Activity

Micrography Seder Plate

Aim: To create seder plates for Passover.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Ceremonial Objects, Identity, Ritual
Artworks: Goldberg: Untitled, Seder Plate, USA, 1996
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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The Sound of Freedom Activity

The Sound of Freedom

Aim: To write poems that reflect on the meaning of freedom.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Identity
Artworks: Reichert: Miriam Cup, USA, 1997; Goldberg: Untitled, Seder Plate, USA, 1996
Discipline: English Language Arts

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Passover Role-Play Activity

Passover Role-Play

Aim: To role-play various scenes in the story of the Exodus.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Ritual
Artworks: Goldberg: Untitled, Seder Plate, USA, 1996; Tissot: Pharaoh's Daughter Receives the Mother of…, c. 1996-1902
Discipline: Theater, Jewish Studies, English Language Arts

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Papercut Activity

Papercuts

Aim: To create Shavuot papercuts exploring symmetry and the use of positive and negative space.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Ritual
Artworks: Shulkin: Torah Ark, Iowa, USA, 1899
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, Math

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Omer Calendar Activity

Omer Calendars

Aim: To design omer calendars.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Ceremonial Objects, Identity, Ritual
Artworks: Shulkin: Torah Ark, Iowa, USA, 1899; Kahn: Saphyr, Omer Calendar, 2002
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, Math

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Make an Israel Memory Box Activity

Make an Israel Memory Box

Aim: To create a symbolic reminder of Israel.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Identity
Artworks: Formstecher: Model of the Second Temple in Jerusalem…, 1813
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Monologues Activity

Monologues

Aim: To use creative writing to reflect on the thoughts and feelings of the figures in the Sabbath-related work of art.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Identity, Ritual
Artworks: Kaufmann: Friday Evening, c. 1920
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies, English Language Arts

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Create a Sabbath Room Activity

Create a Sabbath Room

Aim: To bring the spirit of the Sabbath into your classroom.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Ceremonial Objects, Identity
Artworks: Studio Armadillo : Linen, 2002; Kaufmann: Friday Evening, c. 1920
Discipline: Visual Art, Jewish Studies

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Build a Spice Container Activity

Build a Spice Container

Aim: To make a tower-form spice container.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Themes: Contemporary Perspectives, Ceremonial Objects, Identity, Ritual
Artworks: Kaufmann: Friday Evening, c. 1920; Segal: Spice Container, Israel, 1986
Discipline: Visual Art, English Language Arts

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