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Activity Ideas for Pesach Using JI Studio


Year 1


full-plateYear 1:

USING JI STUDIO TO TEACH ABOUT THE SEDER PLATE

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Learning Objective

To know the names of the different foods found on the Seder plate.

Lesson Summary

The aim of this lesson is to teach the children about the different foods found on the Seder plate (see SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE below) with the JI STUDIO (see INSTRUCTIONS overleaf).

  • The lesson should begin with the teacher showing the children a real Seder plate, and then a picture of a full Seder plate from the JI Studio (see TEACHERS INSTRUCTIONS below).
  • The teacher should ask the children whether they know the names of any of the items on the Seder plate, and should then use the pictures from the JI Studio and the SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE to help them explain what each of the special foods found on the Seder plate are.
  • Once it is clear that the children can identify the different foods found on the Seder plate, they should be asked to use the JI studio to create a full Seder plate including details of each item.

STEP 1: The children should begin by choosing the background for the Seder plate. This should first be shown by the teacher.
STEP 2: They should then select the picture of the empty seder plate.
STEP 3: The children should now place each of the items onto the Seder plate. While some children may place each item wherever they want, more capable children should be guided to place the items in their specific place (as shown in the initial filled Seder plate)
STEP 4: Once all items are placed on the Seder plate, the children should make a voice sticker for each object on the Seder plate, explaining what each object is.

  • The children should present their Seder plate to the rest of the class.

SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE

The Seder plate (in Hebrew, Ke’ara – קְּעָרָה) contains six items which each represent different aspects of the Seder service. They are:

  • Bone (Zero’a – זְרוֹעַ), which is generally a roasted lamb or goat bone that symbolizes the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice).
  • Egg (Beitza – בֵּיצָה), which is a hard-boiled egg that symbolizes the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem.
  • Bitter Herbs (Marror – מָּרוֹר), which is a bitter tasting vegetable such as horseradish or lettuce that symbolizes the bitterness of slavery.
  • Charoset – חֲרֹסֶת, which is a sweet paste of fruits and nuts that symbolizes the mortar used by the Israelite slaves in Egypt.
  • Karpas – כַּרְפַּס, which is a vegetable such as parsley/celery/cooked potato, which is used as an appetizer to the Seder meal.
  • Chazeret – חֲזֶרֶת, this is a second bitter herb.

Teachers’ Instructions

Start a new Pesach artwork by tapping New and then the Pesach icon.

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JI Studio choose-Pesach
This provides them access to the Pesach picture collection.

The teacher should then select the Sticker sticker tool, which will provide them access to the Pesach pictures.

seder plate

From the Seder Table menu, they should then scroll down to find the picture of the full Seder plate (as below).

full-plate

 

Students’ Instructions

STEP 1: CHOOSE THE BACKGROUND

choose background

STEP 2: SELECT PICTURE OF EMPTY SEDER PLATE

seder plate

STEP 3:  PLACE THE SPECIAL FOODS ON THE SEDER PLATE

items for plate

STEP 4: MAKE A VOICE STICKER FOR EACH OBJECT

Select a Microphone from the gray toolbar along the bottom of the screen.

recording

 

To start recording, press  mic_record_green. To end recording, press mic_record_red.  To play the recording, press mic_play.

Year 2

Year 2:bedikat chametz

USING JI STUDIO TO TEACH ABOUT BEDIKAT CHAMETZ

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Learning Objective

To know what Bedikat Chametz is and how it is done.

 

Lesson Summary

The aim of this lesson is to teach the children about Bedikat Chametz (see SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE below) with the JI STUDIO (see INSTRUCTIONS overleaf).

  • The teacher should explain to the children that an important part of our preparation for Pesach is finding and getting rid of Chametz from our homes. The teacher may wish to ask children whether they know what chametz is, and should use a picture of bread from the JI  Studio as an example of Chametz (see TEACHERS INSTRUCTIONS below).
  • The teacher should then explain that on the night before Pesach, many Jews search their homes for Chametz and that this search is called Bedikat Chametz
    (in Hebrew, בְּדִיקַת חָמֵץ).
  • The teacher should explain that because Bedikat Chametz is done at night, it is performed with a feather, a candle and a spoon and should show pictures of these items from the JI Studio (see TEACHERS INSTRUCTIONS below).
  • The teacher should then explain that they would like the children to create a picture that shows how Bedikat Chametz is done.
  • STEP 1: The children should begin by choosing the background which should be a dark background.
  • STEP 2: They should then select some characters
  • STEP 3: They should place the Bedikat Chametz objects into the hands of the characters
  • STEP 3: The children may find it fun to ‘hide’ chametz items in the picture.
  • STEP 4: Finally, they should place the Hebrew label ‘Bedikat Chametz’ on the picture itself.
  • The children should present their Seder plate to the rest of the class.

SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE

  • It is forbidden to own Chametz during Pesach. Therefore, Jews clean their homes before Pesach in order to remove all Chametz.
  • On the night before Pesach, Jews are encouraged to search their entire home. This ritual is called Bedikat Chametz (in Hebrew, בְּדִיקַת חָמֵץ) which literally means ‘the search for Chametz’.
  • The custom is to search for Chametz by using a candle to help see any remaining Chametz, a feather to help sweet up any crumbs of Chametz, and a spoon where the remaining Chametz is collected.
  • Before starting the search for Chametz, a specific blessing is recited (this can be found in the HAGGADAH TEXT), and after the search, a declaration is made (see HAGGADAH TEXT).

Teachers’ Instructions

Start a new Pesach artwork by tapping New and then the Pesach icon.

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JI Studio choose-Pesach
This provides them access to the Pesach picture collection.

The teacher should then select the Sticker  sticker tool, which will provide them access to the Pesach pictures.

Select the menu with the candle and feather, and they should then scroll down to find the picture of the loaf of bread, feather, candle and spoon.

feather

 

Students’ Instructions

STEP 1: CHOOSING THE DARK BACKGROUND
dark-background
STEP 2: SELECT CHARACTERS FROM THE IMAGES MENU
characters
STEP 3:  PLACE BEDIKAT CHAMETZ OBJECTS INTO PICTURE
feather
STEP 4: HIDE PIECES OF CHAMETZ
bedikat chametz
STEP 5: BEDIKAT CHAMETZ LABEL

bedikat label

 


Year 3


plague-stickersYear 3:

USING JI STUDIO TO TEACH ABOUT THE 10 PLAGUES

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To know the 10 plagues;
To know how the 10 plagues are grouped in the Haggadah.  

 

Lesson Summary

The aim of this lesson is to teach the children about the 10 plagues (see SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE below) with the JI STUDIO (see INSTRUCTIONS overleaf).

  • The lesson should begin with the teacher reviewing the story of the Exodus and they should then list all of the 10 plagues in Hebrew on their whiteboard or from the JI Studio (see TEACHERS’ INSTRUCTIONS)
  • The teacher should ask the children whether they know what each of the plagues were, and should then proceed in writing a brief description of each plague on the whiteboard (see SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE below).
  • The children should then be divided into three groups and told that they will each be making a poster containing pictures and words of 3 or 4 plagues based on Rabbi Judah’s list which is found in the Haggadah (see SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE BELOW). Group A will deal with the first three plagues (דָּם –Blood, צְפַרְדֵּֽעַ – Frogs & כִּנִּים – Lice), Group B will deal with the next three plagues (עָרוֹב – Wild animals, דֶּֽבֶר – Death of all animals & שְׁחִין – Boils), and Group C will deal with the last four plagues of (בָּרָד – Hail, אַרְבֶּה – Locusts, חֹֽשֶׁךְ – Darkness & מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת – Death of the Firstborn).
  • STEP 1: The children should begin by choosing the cartoon template with either 3 or 4 frames  (depending if they are in Group A, B or C)
  • STEP 2: They should then place a picture of each of the plagues in their list in each of the frames.
  • STEP 3: The children should now label each of the plagues with the correct Hebrew word or phrase.
  • STEP 4: Finally, the children can use the Pesach pictures in the JI Studio to complete a whole pictures of all of the 10 plagues

 

SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE

  • The 10 plagues were:
  1. דָּם. Blood -
  2. צְפַרְדֵּֽעַ. Frogs -
  3. כִּנִּים. Lice -
  4. עָרוֹב. Wild animals -
  5. דֶּֽבֶר. Death of all animals -
  6. שְׁחִין.Boils -
  7. בָּרָד. Hail -
  8. אַרְבֶּה.Locusts -
  9. חֹֽשֶׁךְ. Darkness -
  10. מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹתDeath of the Firstborn -
  • Within the Haggadah, we are told that ‘Rabbi Judah abbreviated the ten plagues by composing three words from their Hebrew initials: D’tzach, Adash, B’achab’, which means that Rabbi Judah grouped the first three, the second three and the last four plagues together.

Teachers’ Instructions

Start a new Pesach artwork by tapping New and then the Pesach icon.

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JI Studio choose-Pesach
This provides them access to the Pesach picture collection.

The teacher should then select the Sticker sticker tool, which will provide them access to the Pesach pictures.

10 paque labels

Students’ Instructions

STEP 1: CHOOSING THE TEMPLATE
comic-book
STEP 2: SELECTING THE PICTURES OF THE 10 PLAGUES
plague-stickers
STEP 3:  LABELLING EACH OF THE PLAGUES
10 plague labels
 
STEP 4:  COLOR-IN PICTURE OF 10 PLAGUES

color-me-in-plagues


Year 4


HagadahYear 4:

USING JI STUDIO TO TEACH ABOUT THE ORDER OF THE SEDER

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To know the order of the Seder.

 

Lesson Summary

The aim of this lesson is to teach the children about the 15 steps of the Seder (see SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE below).

  • The lesson should begin with the teacher explaining each of the 15 steps of the Seder.
  • The teacher should then give each child a piece of paper with all 15 steps listed (see SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE below).
  • The teacher should then play a recording of the 15 steps of the Seder (eg. http://jewishmusicplus.blogspot.co.il/2010/04/uncle-moishy-passover-seder-song.html) and ask the children to tick each step when it is mentioned in the song.
  • Having heard the song once more, the children should now try and sing the song without the recording but while using their list for assistance.
  • The teacher should now explain that she wants each child to create a word cloud which includes all of the 15 Hebrew words/phrases of the order of the Seder. These words can be placed on the screen to make either a shape (such as a square – which may represent a matzah, or a triangle – which may represent a pyramid, or possible another Pesach theme). To help them get inspiration, the children should be shown some examples of how word clouds can be created (see http://www.wordle.net/)
  • STEP 1: Using their list of words as a guide, the children should select all of the 15 steps of the Seder from the Pesach word bank. They should shape the words in whichever manner they want
  • STEP 2: They may wish to decorate their word cloud with Pesach related pictures.
  • The children should present their word clouds to the rest of the class and explain the shape that they have chosen.

 

SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE

  • The word ‘Seder’ literally means ‘order’, and Seder is made up of 15 sequential steps which we refer to as ‘the order of the Seder’. These are:
  1. קַדֵּשׁ Sanctify -
  2. וּרְחַץWash -
  3. כַּרְפַּסAppetizer -
  4. יַחַץBreak –
  5. מַגִּיד Tell -
  6. רָחְצָהWash –
  7. מוֹצִיא Motzi –
  8. מַצָּהEat Matzah –
  9. מָרוֹרBitter –
  10. כּוֹרֵךְWrap –
  11. שֻׁלְחָן עוֹרֵךְ Set the Table –
  12. צָפוּןHidden –
  13. בָּרֵךְBless –
  14. הַלֵּלPraise –
  15. נִרְצָהAccepted –

Teachers’ Instructions

Start a new Pesach artwork by tapping New and then the Pesach icon.

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JI Studio choose-Pesach
This provides them access to the Pesach picture collection.

The teacher should then select the Sticker  sticker tool, which will provide them access to the Pesach pictures.

To access the text of the Hagaddah:

Hagadah

 

Students’ Instructions

STEP 1: LOOKING AT THE HAGGADAH FOR THE ORDER OF THE SEDER
Hagadah
STEP 2: FINDING THE HEBREW WORDS FOR THE ORDER OF THE SEDER
bedikat label
STEP 2:  ADDING PESACH RELATED PICTURES

seder plate


Year 5


ma-nishtanaYear 5:

USING JI STUDIO TO TEACH ABOUT THE FOUR QUESTIONS

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Learning Objective

To know the four questions.

Lesson Summary

The aim of this lesson is to teach the children about the four questions (see SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE below).

  • The lesson should begin with the teacher reviewing the four questions.
  • The children should then be told that they will each be making 4 posters, with one question per poster.
  • THE FOLLOWING STEPS WILL NEED TO BE DONE 4 TIMES:

STEP 1: Each child should begin by copy/paste the question from the Haggadah text found in the JI Studio in both Hebrew & English.

STEP 2: They should then search for pictures in the Pesach picture folder which relate to the question they are asking.

STEP 3: They should then record themselves as they sing this question.

STEP 4: In addition to singing the question, the children should try and record their own answers to each of the questions.

SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE

One of the main features of the Seder is the מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה which is a list of four questions which compares the rituals that are performed on Seder night and the manner in which we eat throughout the rest of the year.  They are:

מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּֽיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָֽנוּ אוֹכְלִין חָמֵץ וּמַצָּה. הַלַּֽיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מַצָּה:

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָֽנוּ אוֹכְלִין שְׁאָר יְרָקוֹת הַלַּֽיְלָה הַזֶּה מָרוֹר:

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אֵין אָֽנוּ מַטְבִּילִין אֲפִילוּ פַּֽעַם אֶחָת. הַלַּֽיְלָה הַזֶּה שְׁתֵּי פְעָמִים:

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָֽנוּ אוֹכְלִין בֵּין יוֹשְׁבִין וּבֵין מְסֻבִּין. הַלַּֽיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלָּֽנוּ מְסֻבִּין:

 

Why is this night different from all other nights?

1. On all other nights we eat chametz and matzo. Tonight, why do we eat only matzo?

2. On all other nights we eat any kind of herbs. Tonight, why do we eat the bitter herbs?

3. On all other nights we do not dip even once. Tonight, why do we dip the greens twice?

4. On all other nights we eat sitting or reclining. Tonight, why do we all recline?

Teachers’ Instructions

Start a new Pesach artwork by tapping New and then the Pesach icon.

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JI Studio choose-Pesach
This provides them access to the Pesach picture collection.

The teacher should then select the Sticker  sticker tool, which will provide them access to the Pesach pictures.

To access the text of the Hagaddah:

Hagadah

 

Students’ Instructions

STEP 1:  FINDING THE HAGGADAH TEXT

Hagadah

STEP 2:  ADDING PESACH RELATED STICKERS

seder plate

STEP 2:  ADDING PESACH RELATED PHOTOGRAPHS

Photos

STEP 3: RECORDING EACH OF THE QUESTIONS

Select a Microphone from the gray toolbar along the bottom of the screen.

recording

To start recording, press mic_record_green.   To end recording, press mic_record_red.  To play the recording, pressmic_play.