A Slave’s Journey: From Brick Making to Matza Baking

By: Rabbi Andrea Gouze
from Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island

Interdisciplinary Integration, Real-World Learning

Subject(s) of entry:
Art, Halacha, History, Literature, Math, Science, Tanach

PBL - project based learning, UBD - understanding by design

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
5, Elementary school, Middle school

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

This curriculum uses the Exodus story as the foundation for the students to research and execute the making of bricks. The Pesach narrative is then used to expose the students to child labor throughout history. The bricks are used to build a working oven upon which the students baked matza and then taught the rest of the school the matza-making process.

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