Classroom Activities Celebrating Passover

Passover is one of the Jewish religion’s most celebrated holidays. Commemorating how God freed the Jews from bondage in Egypt with the leadership of Moses, the holiday revolves around many stories and is celebrated through food and a special dinner called the Passover Seder.

Illuminating kids on the traditions involved with Passover can go a long way toward promoting diversity within your classroom, which can’t help but foster a greater sense of community.

With that community-building mindset at the forefront of modern education, today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based in Upstate New York, takes a look at some of the ways you can use classroom activities to celebrate Pasover.

Janelle’s ideas include:

  • The Facts (some background on the holiday).
  • The Food (food during the Seder is very symbolic).
  • The Haggadah (a book that has many stories, songs, and literature about how the Jewish people were freed).

Janelle sums up her article thusly, in a paragraph titled The Literature: “Throughout the Hebrew month of Nissan choose a few of these stories about Passover to read to your students.

“Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then” by Harriet Ziefert and Karla Gudeon
“Miriam's Cup: A Passover Story” by Fran Manushkin
 “The Passover Seder” by Emily Sper”

Do you celebrate Passover in your classroom? If so, how do you do it? Please share with us any activities or ideas that you have students partake in.

Technology in the Classroom: A Guide to Spring Cleaning

Elsewhere on today, the folks over at Chalkup contributed some ideas for cleaning and organizing your ed-tech.
“Spring is creeping in, and with it comes my seasonal desire to declutter, dust off, and generally organize all the things.”

Their specific spring cleaning ideas include:
  • Kill Unused Apps
  • Clean Your Home Screen
  • Run Updates
  • Check Your Accessories
  • And More!

The article addresses cleaning ideas for iPhones, iPads, Macbook  and Chromebook.