Just as people are often known by more than one name, (birth name, nickname, etc.), so are many of the Jewish holidays.What does something’s name say about its essence? In this resource, students will learn about Pesach’s four names (see background for teacher for more information) and discuss how each name adds a layer to the significance of the holiday. This lesson can be structured using the Jigsaw method (See teaching practice below), enabling students to be actively engaged in the learning process. 

The learners will:

  1. understand how something’s name/s provides insight into its essence

  2. know the four names of Pesach and what each name contributes to the holiday’s essence 

  3. be able to draw an illustration/s that represents the four names for Pesach and to explain which name they connect to most and why

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

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

Student handout, coloring materials

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