Caring for Plants to Care for the Future


Where would the state of Israel be today without the pioneers of the first and second aliyot? The early zionists arrived in a land filled with swamps and scarcely any trees. It was up to them to make the land not only livable but rich and fertile, and they began to farm. These early zionists set an essential national precedent for strategic thinking. Thanks to them, Israel is the habitable place it is today, and the forerunner in water,agricultural, irrigation and, desalination technologies. Through analyzing a photograph and studying  a Talmudic story, learners will have the opportunities to write a journal entry on this topic and do their own gardening activity as well.

The learners will:

  1. understand how a tree we plant today will benefit someone in the future 

  2. know about the agricultural accomplishments of Israeli pioneers, past and present.

  3. be able to brainstorm a list of ideas  that will positively affect the environment for future generations.

About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.

  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.

  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.

The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources

Computer, Student Handout, Ziplock bags, Paper Towel, Beans, Water

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