Jewish Continuity in the Land of Israel

Unit Overview

In this unit, students will learn that the Jewish people are indigenous to the Land of Israel and have lived there continuously since the Children of Israel entered the land approximately 3,400 years ago. Students will view continuity through the lens of one family who can trace their lineage in Israel back for approximately 2,000 years. Additionally, they will play a game, Kesher (Connection), which depicts historical events in the lives of the Jewish people which occurred in the Land of Israel over the course of centuries.

Common Core Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • If you will be using a pen and paper, download and copy the following, available in the RESOURCES tab
    • Pre-Unit Questionnaire
    • What I Know/What I Want to Know
    • Post-film questions
  • Clear enough space in the classroom so that students can stand shoulder to shoulder in one line. They will need enough room to move across a real or imaginary boundary
    • Optional: Place a piece of tape on the floor so that students know where to stand
  • Decide if your students will play Kesher using the digital timelines in their LINK portal or with a pen and paper in the classroom
  • If playing Kesher in person (rather than using the online or Kahoot version of the game), you will need to do the following:¬†
    • If your classroom or meeting space does not have a blank wall to hang timeline game pieces, find and secure a space that does
    • Print timeline
    • Place the timeline sheets on a table at the front of the room, along with markers and masking tape¬†
  • Lay out all cards with the number side facing up so that every player can see and have access to each card

Unit Resources

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4