The Living Haggadah: From Slavery to Freedom

By: Marissa Unruh, Dr. Isaac Hollander, Shachar Leven, Judith Leitner, Betty Lazebnik
from The Toronto Heschel School

Categories:
Development of Critical and / or Creative Thinking, Interdisciplinary Integration

Subject(s) of entry:
Art, History, Ivrit, Literature, Music, Tanach, Dance, Dance/Movement

Pedagogy:
PBL - project based learning, UBD - understanding by design

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
Grade 5

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Elementary school, Middle school

The grade 5 students study the Exodus narrative through the lens of the Big Idea topic: “Who goes out from slavery to freedom? One who understands the meaning of a miracle and responds to its call.” This unit involves study in many disciplines, including Chumash (Torah) study, Hebrew language, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Language Arts, and Social Sciences. Learning in all disciplines contributes to the final project, the Dramatized Haggadah performance, which is written and performed by the students.