Resources for Educators

Whether you are returning to the classroom, continuing remote learning, or implementing a blended home/school environment, we’ve got resources to provide a meaningful learning experience for your students.

We've created free, ready-to-go lessons and downloadable resources plus tools to manage the new digital work environment and even help teachers and students manage stress. Just scroll to see all that is available. Find a type of lesson or a resource that works especially well for your learners? We also provide links to the original materials from which we have drawn many resources.

In addition, here are some Guides for Remote Learning for Hebrew and for Judaics with smart tips that can be applied to any of the free resources on this page.

And we’ve put together a Curriculum Guide to show how three Big Ideas can help you structure a year-long curriculum using these and forthcoming free resources.

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HEBREW

Activities to Refresh Hebrew Skills

Ways to Make Hebrew Reading Come Alive

Prayer Practice and Meaning

JUDAICS

Ideas for Grades K-2

Ideas for Grades 3-6

Ideas for Grades 7 and up

 

PERSONAL GROWTH

Personal Growth and Self-Care

 

 

HEBREW

Access the turn-page versions of many Hebrew books for remote and blended learning environments.

Refresh Hebrew Skills

Review and refresh reading skills

Refresh Hebrew decoding skills when you return after the summer. Play an alef-bet game, distinguish sound-alike and look-alike letters, and read prayer phrases.

Refresher lessons.

Want more activities like these? Check out Back to School Hebrew Reading Refresher.

Strengthen skills with quick games

Kids will sing, clap, and jump as they practice skills in this reading workout.

Want more activities like these? Check out Ten-Minute Hebrew Reader

 

 

Assess and practice decoding skills

Assess students’ decoding skills or have them practice decoding, each at their own level.

Listen to the author read each page aloud.

Want more activities like these? Check out Hebrew Reading Assessment.

 

Prepare to start a prayer program

Prepare to start a prayer program: match key words and pictures, practice syllables, and read prayer phrases. Play Hebrew word games and identify seven Hebrew roots.

Prayer word practice.

Want more activities like these? Check out Kol Yisrael Funbook

 

 

Build a blessing as you learn to decode

Learn and practice the letters and vowels in the first word of the blessing “formula”: בָּרוּךְ (blessed, praised); learn Hebrew directionality; find Bet in prayer excerpts. Let's build a blessing.

Want more activities like this? Check out the Alef Bet of Blessing.

Families can listen to the free audio companion in which pages are available in a read-aloud format that reinforces proper pronunciation.

 

Go on a decoding adventure

Take a guided digital adventure through Israel in search of a missing golden Kiddush cup while learning letters and vowels from key cultural and everyday Hebrew words.

Explore now.

 

Make Hebrew Reading Come Alive

Give emerging Hebrew readers actual stories to read

Practice decoding skills with a dialogue and games about yom v’laylah, day and night.

Want more activities like these? Check out Shalom, Reader.

Talk, move, and play with Hebrew

Introduce conversational Hebrew for 10 minues each session.

Getting to know you! Students act out the multiple meanings of the word shalom (hello, good-bye, peace).

 Let’s eat! Students will act out ordering food in a restaurant and play Simon Says to practice food vocabulary. Download 285 word cards.

Want more activities like these? Check out Hebrew Alive and Ulpan Alef and Ulpan Bet.

Learn beginner Hebrew with this fun app

Learn to decode Hebrew with this digital primer. For laptops and mobile devices.

Download the first five lessons FREE from the Apple Store, Amazon App store, or Google Play. Search "Shalom Hebrew."

Full app, with 24 lessons, only available from our online store. Order it here.

 

Practice reading with "Click and Read"

Practice decoding as you hear each word read aloud.

Note: This feature is created in Flash and is usable only on computers, not mobile devices. A replacement version will be available before the end of the year.

 

 

Prayer Practice and Meaning

Teach prayer through music

Students learn that the ֹשְמַע is central to Jewish religious practice and belief; our tradition teaches that God shows us love through the mitzvot in the Torah; and all people are connected. The ֹשְמַע is recited in the evening and morning services, and as a personal prayer before bed.

Review the complete Sh’ma module in the Curriculum Core: 3 lesson plans, journal answer keys, song lyrics, and flash cards. A selection of the Sh'ma student booklet is here

Try out the Sh’ma module in the Hebrew in Harmony app.

For a complete prayer curriculum, check out Hebrew in Harmony, especially the Curriculum Core.  

A turn-page version of all Hebrew in Harmony modules combined are available for remote learning. 

 

Learn prayer skills and related Jewish values

Students start their prayer studies with an introduction to בְּרָכוֹת (blessings). They learn about four types of בְּרָכוֹת: included in worship services, expressing gratitude, acknowledging God as Creator and Source, and blessings said when fulfilling a mitzvah. Students learn the blessing formula, the root ברכ, and practice reading בִּרְכַּת הַמָּזוֹן –tthe blessing of thanks after a meal. Throughout, students practice reading prayer excerpts and explore the themes of בְּרָכוֹת: appreciation and showing gratitude; respecting others and our natural world.

B'rachot student lesson 

B'rachot teacher material

For a complete prayer curriculum, check out Hineni.

Find personal meaning in prayer

Learn the movements associated with the Bar’chu, the themes of the prayer, and how to apply those themes to our everyday lives.

Bar'chu student lesson

Bar'chu teacher material

For more lessons like this, check out Making T'filah Meaningful.

Practice reading with "Click and Play"

Practice reading prayers as you hear each word read aloud.

Note: This feature is created in Flash and is usable only on computers, not mobile devices. A replacement version will be available before the end of the year.

 

JUDAICS

Access the turn-page versions of Judaic books for remote and blended learning environments.

Grades K-2

Find meaning in Jewish holidays 

Students will learn about the sensory aspects of Rosh Hashanah: hearing the shofar, tasting apples dipped in honey, and so on. They will also reflect on how the Jewish New Year can bring more kindness and joy into our lives.

Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of September 18, 2020.

Rosh Hashanah student lesson 

Rosh Hashanah teacher material  

Want more activities like these? Check out Let’s Discover the Fall Holidays.

 

Explore how a Torah scroll is made for Simchat Torah

Students will learn how a Torah scroll is made and take a close look at the work of the sofer (person who writes a Torah scroll). Simchat Torah begins the evening of October 10, 2020.

Torah scroll lesson 

Want more activities like these? Check out How It’s Made: Torah Scroll.

 

 

Discover personal meaning in doing mitzvot

Introduce learners to key words like tzedakah, mitzvah, and mensch. Show learners how they can give tzedakah in different ways.

Tzedakah student lesson

Tzedakah teacher material

For more lessons like this one, check out Let's Discover Mitzvot.

Learn about keeping peace in the family from Bible stories

Introduce learners to the story of Jacob and Esau. Show learners how the value of sh’lom bayit, peace in the home, applies to their relationships with family members. 

Jacob and Esau student lesson

Jacob and Esau teacher material

For more lessons like this one, check out Teach Me Torah.

 

Grades 3-6

Get creative for Sukkot

Students will appreciate how nature is an integral part of Sukkot by gathering natural materials to create a piece of art inspired by the sukkah.

Sukkot student lesson 

Sukkot teacher material  

Want more activities like this one? Check out Make, Create, Celebrate: Jewish Holidays through Art

 

Learn how two heroes embody Jewish values.

Compare and contrast the kind acts of two Jewish heroes, Dona Gracia Nasi and Aaron Feuerstein. Show learners how to bring more kindness into their own lives!

Kindness student lesson 

Kindness teacher material  

For more lessons like this one, check out The Hero in Me.

Explore themes of the creation story

Teach learners the creation story, and introduce them to the concept of being “created in God’s image.”

Creation student lesson 

Creation teacher material  

Want more lessons like this one? Check out Jewish Values in Genesis.

Learn how to bring a little sh’lom bayit into your life

Show learners that Shabbat isn’t just a time to unplug. It’s a time to embrace sh’lom bayit, peace in the home.

Shabbat student lesson 

Shabbat teacher material  

Want more lessons like this one? Check out Jewish Holidays, Jewish Values.

Grades 7 and Up

Discover personal meaning in Shabbat

Learners will reflect on teachings from Exodus about the Shabbat concepts of holy time and space, and discover how Shabbat can enhance family time.

Shabbat lesson 

Want more lessons like this one? Check out Values and Ethics.

 

Learn how to create a social action project

Students will learn how to identify and take action to execute a social action project they are passionate about.

Social problems workshop 

Check out The Social Action Manual.

 

 

 

 

Explore themes of loving-kindness for Simchat Torah

Learners will reflect on how gemilut hasadim, acts of loving-kindness, are an important theme of Simchat Torah.

Simchat Torah student lesson

Simchat Torah teacher material  

Want more lessons like this one? Check out Rediscovering the Jewish Holidays. 

 

Explore the concept of tikkun olam

 Learners will explore the concept of tikkun olam, fixing the world, and their own responsibility to the environment.

Tikkun olam student lesson 

Tikkun olam teacher material  

Related games here.

Want more lessons like this one? Check out Our Place in the Universe.

Personal and Professional Growth 

We invite you to use these tools to help you during these challenging times. This is a growing list, so check back as we add more resources to this section.

Mindfulness Series, by Nancy Siegel 

Siegel is an educational consultant specializing in mindfulness education for both adults and children. For more information, visit: nancysiegelconsulting.com

Breating Ball

See how to use the Hoberman Sphere, aka the Breathing Ball, and learn about the connection between mindfulness, neuroscience, and the Breathing Ball.

Heart Breathing

For children to stop and feel their beating heart is an offering of gratitude. Teaching them this from a young age is a powerful gift that they will carry with them the rest of their lives.

 

Balloon Breathing

This simple anatomy lesson teaches children about their lungs and how deep breaths get oxygen flowing through their bodies.

 

Lion's Breath

This breathing exercise is a great way for kids to manage their big feelings in a very safe and fun way. 

 

Layers of Sound

This listening game piques kids' curiosity. It also helps them become more aware of the sounds they hear around them, encouraging them to be more present, calm, and relaxed.

 

 

Tingshas

Tingshas, or chimes, have a soothing meditative sound that is easy and pleasant to follow. This is a beautiful listening game that promotes concentration, focus, and attention.

 

 

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Simple and Short Mindfulness Activities, by Katie Rein

Perfect for use with preschoolers through middle grade. 

Rein is an educator and director at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue School and has worked intensively with children from preschool through teens around the world. Fluent in Arabic and French, she has also written curriculum in Spanish and Hebrew.  

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Tips for More Effective Video Conferencing, with Mallory Penney and Reggie Harris from Better Together Labs

Better Together Labs offers experiential workshops in agility, collaboration and play to help teams across various industries work, create, and communicate better together.

Harris has held key positions at prominent Silicon Valley companies including Google, Dropbox, and Zynga and has provided his skills for a number of nonprofits. He has a degree in Computer Science with honors from Harvard University and his work is heavily influenced by the philosophies and techniques of improvisation.

Penney is a team-building strategist and a firm believer that “fun” is the operative word when it comes to peeling away inhibitions in the workplace to allow collaboration and effective communication to emerge. She is a member of the Applied Improvisation Network and holds a B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

For more information about Better Together Labs, click here.

 

Story Spine: A Technique for Engaging a Group, with Mallory Penney and Reggie Harris from Better Together Labs

 

Creative and Playful Ways to Engage Learners on Zoom, with Mallory Penney and Reggie Harris from Better Together Labs

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Color yourself calm, Jewishly.

Relax and be inspired by the Jewish imagery in these intricate black and white line drawings that focus on shalom.

Coloring pages here.

Want more coloring pages? Check out Shalom Coloring.