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Students research food. In this food lesson, students make lists of foods from the New World and Old World as well as their origins. Students complete a handout for the topic and work in groups to research the history of basic ingredients for the listed meals. Students write a report on the food research and prepare a presentation.
Tenth graders explore world religions. In this Asian culture instructional activity students compare and contrast several major religions. Students will view a slide show and examine primary sources to reflect and discuss the topic of religious differences around the globe.
Tenth graders gather information on the history of anti-Semitism and Judaism. Using texts from a variety of sources, they analyze the role of rescue and resistance in children's books. They discuss the child's point of view and reflect on quotes of interest to them. Examining the life of Sugihara's son, they discover the courage of one man to do the right thing.
Ninth graders research and assigned religion and fill out information they gather on their "Special Assingment Instruction Sheet." They create a sample brochure about the religion they researched, edit the brochure with another student then print a final copy of their brochure.
Students explore the concept of Tikkun Olam in relation to Hurricane Katrina and efforts to help others. They read documents related to the Jewish response to Hurricane Katrina and discuss ways they can help rebuild. Working in small groups, they compare the story of Hayley Fields and her quest to buy a new Torah to the obligation of the Jewish tradition to help others.
High schoolers explore elements of Jewish tradition and how they feel conflicted with rituals, theologies, and rules. They discuss their Jewish traditions and what they would change if possible. After group discussion, they read Helene Aylon's "Self-portrait" and identify her views of the Jewish tradition and how artwork expresses tension related to Jewish traditions.
First graders become acquainted with the concept of honesty. A lecture is presented to the students detailing Moses' life and his involvement in presented the Ten Commandments to the people. After the lecture is completed, 1st graders create representations of the story using clay.