A jigsaw puzzle of the map of Israel
Great for use in classrooms, at school assemblies and special programs; at community centers for Israel Independence Day… and for teaching many subjects: Bible, history, geography, social studies, etc.
Improve your students’ knowledge of Israel and Jewish history by using our lesson plans! Our dedicated team of educators has designed 4 activities for use with the Israel Puzzle Map™. The first activity will be sent along with the map, and 3 more will follow over the next 12 months.
Lots of families have also purchased the jigsaw puzzle map of Israel for use at family gatherings and holidays!
Teens will learn important facts about Israel by physically exploring the map of Israel. Through an interactive session and discussion, teens will gain insight into the unique geographical, historical, religious and social character of Israel. This activity will help students clarify their own personal connections to Israel.
Target age group: Ages 12-18 (may be adjusted).
Connection to curriculum: Geography, social studies, Jewish history, Jewish studies.
Time required: Approx. 45 minutes.
Materials required: The IsraelExperts Puzzle Map or a large Israel map; globe or world map for reference; 3" x 5" cards - to be prepared by instructor prior to activity (see activity below for examples); one sheet of white paper (8.5" x 11") per each participant; markers/pens.
Opening: Place map in the center of the room and ask teens to sit around the map. Begin by asking participants to think about the following opening questions during the activity:
Activity 1: "Get to know Israel": Each teen takes a 3" x 5" card with the name of a city on one side and some statements on the other side. In turn, each participant will stand with his/her card at the correct spot on the map. As each participant takes his/her place on the map, a discussion about the statements can begin.
Example of cards:
Activity 2: "My Israel map": Turn the IsraelExperts Puzzle Map over. Teens will receive paper and markers and be given 5 minutes to draw their own personal map of Israel as they understand it.
Closing: Teens will share and explain their maps. Discussion of opening questions can take place in order to bring it all together. The discussion should cover what the participants learned in this lesson and what they will take home with them.
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