From Slavery to Freedom – for younger students


The song Avadim Hayinu  says that “we” were slaves in Egypt. Why doesn’t it say the Children of Israel were slaves?” In what way were “we,” the people saying these words today, slaves? In this resource young learners will get to the heart of the seder ritual and discuss the concepts of slavery and freedom. Activities such as analyzing and performing the body’s postures and movements of someone who is free and someone who is enslaved serve as an additional entrypoint that enhances the students’ understanding of these essential concepts.

The learners will:

  1. understand the ways in which freedom impacts one’s life 

  2. know the meaning of the passage avadim hayinu

  3. be able to describe the aspects of their lives that make them free

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

  5. A further study option/s to related materials on the JEBD site or to external links

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