Ancient Israel, Lesson 3, Religion: The Basics of Judaism

Note:  TTW= The Teacher Will; TSW= The Students Will; GCR= Google Classroom 

I.  Standard(s):  6.21: Describe the development of the ancient Israelites, and explain the reasons for their movements  from Mesopotamia to Canaan (later called Israel), from Canaan to Egypt, and from Egypt back to Canaan.

6.22: Describe the origins and central features of Judaism: Key Person(s): Abraham, Moses • Sacred Texts: The Tanakh (i.e., Hebrew Bible) • Basic Beliefs: monotheism, Ten Commandments, emphasis on individual worth and personal responsibility

     A.  Clear Target:  I can describe the origins and central features of Judaism, including: Key Persons and basic beliefs

     B.  Set: TTW tell some jokes, or ask some riddles to the students in order to get their brains ready for learning.

     C.  Bell Ringer:  Who led the Israelites/Hebrews out of Egypt?  What was their route?  Where did they stop along the way and what was given to them by God on this stop?

            1TTW review the clear target with the students ensuring understanding of the new terms (if any) and then lead a discussion on the bell ringer to ensure that the students understand the information in the lesson from the class prior.

               a.  Review:  After the class has answered the question to the best of their ability, and the discussion is complete, TTW assess if there needs to be a review of the previous day’s lesson.  If a review is needed, TTW have the students get out their notes and will review the material with them.

               b.  If no review is needed TTW have the students get ready for today’s lesson.

     D.  Presentation of New Material: TSW watch a video on ancient Israel’s Religion.  While they are watching the video TSW complete their guided notes and any activities in the packet that can be completed from the presentation.  The items that complete activities in the packet are usually highlighted in the presentation.  Here is the Link to the Video: The Basics of Judaism

          1.  Checks For Understanding (CFU):

          2.  Video in Video N/A

          3.  Simulation:  N/A

     E.  Guided Practice: TTW demonstrate for the students how to: Find and open the document; use the document; turn in the document when completed.  TTW have a student share their screen and demonstrate all of the steps.  TTW assist, and have the class assist the student demonstrator with answering the first question as needed.  TTW also explain any activities in section F and get the students started on it by beginning the activity with them.

    F.  Independent Practice (The assignments are due the next school day): 

1. Complete the Basics of Judaism Worksheet: Basics of Judaism

2. Complete the activities in the packet: Part 2 Graphic Organizers, Basics of Judaism; Sacred Text; Key Persons

     G.  Closure: Review and grade study guide at the end of class if time permits…if not, do so the next class day.

     H.  Assessment:  TSW come up with: Moses; across the Red Sea, stopping at Mt. Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments; wandering around in the desert for 40 years; and ending up back in Canaan

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