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.
Learning Resources with this Video*
Quiz – PDF
Quiz – Online
Jerusalem – Religion Sorting Activity
Jerusalem – East vs. West
Set in Jerusalem – Writing Prompt
What’s For Breakfast?
Draw A Scene
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Jerusalem: Then and Now
Timeline of Jerusalem
Create a timeline showing the history of Jerusalem from ancient times to modern civilization.
Have students print out a map of Jerusalem and identify where the sites in the video are located.
Explore signature foods from Israel.
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.
Listen to music from Israel.
Draw a scene from the video you just watched.
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
Dome of the Rock
Abraham & monotheism
City of David
Western Wall & Judaism
Gardens of Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
East Jerusalem – Old City
Citadel, Tower of David, & Rampart Walk
Jewish, Muslim, Christian, & Armenian Quarters
The many religious observances