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									                           LET’S DISCOVER ISRAEL
                                      By Gila Gevirtz
SUBJECT
Israel

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Eight 4-page, full-color folders help young children build a connection to Israel, the Jewish
homeland.

Lively, age-appropriate text and photographs introduce students to our biblical and modern ties
with Israel, the country’s major cities, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beersheva, and Eilat,
and the diversity of Israel’s people and geography. Students also learn key Hebrew terms, such as
eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel), shalom (hello, goodbye, and peace), and Magen David (Shield of
David or Jewish Star). And they develop a basic understanding of core Jewish values, including
ahavat Tsion (love of Israel), bal tashhit (conservation), and sh’lom bayit (peace in the home).
The booklets include more than 100 full-color photographs and playful illustrations, and an array of
creative activities and questions that stimulate critical thinking and help students make meaning of
what they learn. For example, students are asked to imagine what it might be like to start a new
school and learn a new language as a new immigrant in Israel, and they respond to the question,
―What might be some differences between the city of Haifa and a farm in the Galilee?‖

GRADE LEVEL:
K–2

FOLDER TITLES:
    1.   Our Homeland
    2.   Modern Israel
    3.   Jerusalem
    4.   Tel Aviv
    5.   Northern Israel
    6.   Southern Israel
    7.   Israeli Kids
    8.   Israeli Food

SPECIAL FEATURES:
        For the Family: Each booklet includes a family activity that reinforces and extends
         learning, and engages the entire family. For example, families vote for the best place to live
         in the Negev and compare their choices to places they have already visited.

        Online Enrichment: Several family activities include links to online resources and enrichment. For
         example, by logging on to the Behrman House Web site—www.behrmanhouse.com—readers can
         hear Israel’s national anthem ―Hatikvah,‖ learn to read Hebrew, and play fun games of ―Israel Text
         Twist‖ and ―Bubbie’s Bubble Israel Adventure.‖

OTHER:
A Teacher’s Guide will be available in July.

             Behrman House, Inc.                   800-221-2755
             11 Edison Place                       Fax: 973-379-7280
             Springfield, NJ 07081                 www.behrmanhouse.com

								
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