Jerusalem: Then and Now (Grades K-5)

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Introduce your younger students to the history and landmarks of Jerusalem. Explore the many aspects of the religious significance of this city that makes it so important to so many.

Video length: 19:28 minutes.

Classroom Ideas 

Jerusalem: Then and Now

Timeline of Jerusalem

Create a timeline showing the history of Jerusalem from ancient times to modern civilization.

Mapping

Have students print out a map of Jerusalem and identify where the sites in the video are located. 

International Cuisine

Explore signature foods from Israel.

Local Festivals

Have students research Israeli festivals at the local, state, and national levels.

Religion in Jerusalem

Compare/contrast the history and central beliefs of the three major religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) in Jerusalem. 

Music

Listen to music from Israel.

Art

Draw a scene from the video you just watched.

Creative Writing

Write a story with Jerusalem as the setting. The main character could be from another country (compare and contrast characters). 

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Topics Covered In This Video

Jerusalem – global location

Geography

Dome of the Rock

Abraham & monotheism

City of David

Temple Mount

Western Wall & Judaism

Gardens of Gethsemane

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Mohammed

East Jerusalem – Old City

Citadel, Tower of David, & Rampart Walk

Jewish, Muslim, Christian, & Armenian Quarters

Via Dolorosa

Yemin Moshe

Mea Shearim

West Jerusalem

The Knesset

The Israel Museum

Yad Vashem

The many religious observances

Cuisine

Learning Resources with this Video

Quiz (PDF)

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