Below find a list of original Pesach lesson plans, project ideas and articles created by Lookstein Center staff or contributed to site by Jewish educators.
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Haggadah Shel Pesach: The Fifth Son by Moshe Abelesz – A lesson plan on Pesach and Jewish identity for high school students.
Parasha Va’era: The Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart by Moshe Abelesz – Middle and high school students read and analyze four different interpretations of the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart.
Shalosh Regalim with Rabbi Hillel by Golda Burke – This webquest on the Shalosh Regalim teaches middle school students about the agricultural, historical and religious aspects of the holidays. Created as part of the Lookstein Center-sponsored JWIT (Jewish Web Institute for Teachers) program.
The Prince of Egypt Activity Guide by David Debow – In this activity, students think critically about the movie “Prince of Egypt” and test the truth of its claim that it is accurate to the spirit of the Book of Exodus. Appropriate for upper elementary school, middle school and high school.
What’s on the Seder Plate? A Webquest for Kindergarten by Linda Kagan – Created as part of the Lookstein Center-sponsored JWIT (Jewish Web Institute for Teachers) program, this webquest introduces young children to basic computer skills and the content of a Seder plate.
Haggadah Pesach Unit by Laura Notowitz and Alison Hurwitz – A four part unit that teaches middle school students about the haggadah and gives them ownership of the Pesach seder.
Ancient Egypt and Modern Germany: An Integrated Unit by Stanley Peerless – An integrated Tanakh and history unit in which high school students examine Jewish identity, integration and acculturation in a host society.
Breaking News from the “Egypt Times” by Debbie Shohat – A lesson plan on the exodus from Egypt for middle school students. Students write newspaper articles describing key events that took place in the exodus of Egypt, using newspaper headlines given.
The Prince of Egypt: An Orthodox Look at Hollywood’s Latest Version Of the Exodus Narrative by Yossi Ziffer – A study guide for using the Hollywood film in class.
The Four Children by Noam Zion – These selections from “The Family Participation Haggadah: A Different Night” include artistic representations of the four children and various strategies for engaging different types of children during the seder. All grades.
Hilchot Pesach – Online Scavenger Hunt by Tzvi Pittinsky – High school students explore two websites and answer questions about the laws of Pesach.
Creative Ideas for the Seder – A Google Document with dozens of ideas to make the seder more fun and engaging for children.
G-dcast and the Four Sons – creative apps and videos for the family.
Addition to the Haggadah shel Pesach by David Mescheloff – The Hagaddah includes four verses from Devarim which describe the Jewish enslavement until the redemption. However, one verse, which describes the return to Eretz Yisrael, is omitted. This document includes the missing verse and related commentary.
CHAT-RH Online Passover Haggadah – Website includes text of the Haggadah in Hebrew and English, holiday tunes and divrei torah written by high school students from the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, Richmond Hill Campus.
Hagaddah Divrei Torah Project by Nachum Amsel – Sample Divrei Torah questions on the Haggadah to pose to students so that they can research answers to share at their family seder.
The Educational Pedagogy of the Four Sons by Russell Jay Hendel – The Passover Haggadah speaks about the four sons–the wise, simple, etc–which implicitly define a two-dimensional learning model in which learners are classified in the dimensions of knowledge [details-simple] and respect [apathy-wickedness]. This biblical multi-dimensional learning model is compared to traditional contemporary learning models, demonstrating that the biblical multi-dimensional learning model focuses more on global issues while contemporary learning models are narrower in focus.
Teaching the Hagaddah – In this 60 minute session, Noam Zion presents the Hagaddah as an educational dialogue between parent and child, leader and participant. He offers stories and readings as well as commentaries and activities that can fuel a dynamic evening of storytelling and discussion, dramatics and singing. Focus is on the Ma Nishtana and the Four Sons. MP3 and slides.