A deck of cards has unlimited uses, and with this in mind, we've developed a set of Israel resource cards to bring Israel content to your learners in a variety of ways. Initially created for our Israel @ Camp initiative, these cards have been used extensively across all educational settings. Below, please find just a few suggestions for how to use these cards in an innovative way.
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|Original Israel Resource Cards:||New Israel Resource Cards:|
|Instead of being organized by suits, these cards are organized by categories: People, Places, Events, and Society. Originally developed through the Goodman Camping Initiative.||With over 150 cards, this story-oriented deck spans Sites and Insights, The Many Faces of Israel, Geography, Sports and Leisure, Leadership, Arts and Culture, Moments in Modern Israeli History, Innovation, and Core Texts|
Content Card Framings
Here are some short framings for how to view the cards in each category, along with some general questions to consider and a few suggestions for how to use them in innovative ways. While these correlate specifically to the new deck, the framing works with both decks.
Choose Your Own Adventure!
- Choose a handful of cards with which your learner may be familiar. (i.e. the kibbutz, David Ben Gurion, Jerusalem, etc.)
- Ask participants to get into small groups and have each group choose 3 cards.
- Ask them to construct a "day in Israel" using the three cards.
- Brainstorm all of the possible themes that might link your cards together.
- Choose one theme that you are going to use to construct your day.
- Create an opening activity and a closing activity for the day.
- Describe the narrative thread that connects the three cards.
This isn't about reality - so put aside the fact that you might not be able to go from Tel Aviv to Eilat to Haifa all in one day. It’s about process!
Each player selects seven cards at random. Reading their cards, they need to ask other players for specific cards that they think will go with their card. For example, if a player is holding the David Ben Gurion card, perhaps he/she asks for the Negev card since the two have an association. Upon laying down the pairs, each player needs to explain the way(s) in which the cards are connected. This may require the player to extend their imagination a bit. If they aren't sure of their card, they can choose from the middle pile of cards, and pose a question/theme/idea/statement that somehow connects the two cards.
Choose only the "People" cards and ask participants: If you had to tell the story of Israel through the narrative of 5 people, who would you choose? Which 5 people collectively tell the story of Israel? Have each group share and discuss why they chose these figures.
Connect the Dots
Ask participants to choose 3 cards that relate to Passover (or Purim, Rosh Hashanah, etc). In small groups, have them explain the reason they chose each card. Ask one student from each group to share with the larger group.
For older students: Ask them to create a theme that emerged from that conversation. (i.e. freedom, belonging, home, etc.)
Story of My Life
Utilize them as a tool on Taglit-Birthright Israel trips or other Israel experiences to empower American staff to "share the stories." (i.e. Hannah Senesh's story on Har Herzl or in Caesaria, or the poet Rachel at the Kinneret cemetery, etc.)
From the Bunk to the Classroom
Use the Israel Resource Cards to accompany activities on the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern History database
- Place all the cards on the floor and ask participants to do a "gallery walk" and pick out 1 or 2 cards that resonate with them. Go around the circle and have participants share why they chose the cards that they did.
- Lay out the cards and have people pick one that resonates with them and one that they'd like to learn more about - have them share both stories.
- Lay out the cards and have participants pick one from each category (People, Events, Places, Symbols) - have them explain why they chose each and find connections between the cards from the different categories.