The Story of the Jews Digital Toolkit

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PBS SoCaL Education loves to keep you in loop on free educational tools!  Check out the digital resources below for use in the classroom and beyond.


PBS Resources:

PBS has developed a set of classroom resources based on the 5-part series, The Story of the Jews, to bring Jewish history to life in the classroom.  Teachers can now access the resources for free on the series website.

Start by downloading a clip from the series, then check out the accompanying lesson plan.   Each one features support materials like teaching tips and discussion questions.   The national education standards each lesson addresses are also identified.  Lessons are also available through PBS LearningMedia, which provides educators free access to thousands of curriculum-targeted digital resources for the classroom, all based on PBS programs.

Also, The Story of the Jews National Essay Contest is still open for submissions!  Through June 13, 2014, high school students in grades 9-11 can submit essays of 500 or less sharing how stories shape our lives.  Official rules HERE

Local Resources:

Looking for local ways to explore Jewish History?  Check out the award-winning Noah’s Ark exhibit at LA’s Skirball Cultural Center.  Admission to visit the Skirball Cultural Center campus, to view Ruby Gallery exhibitions, and to shop and dine is free.  And here’s a little tip:  All exhibitions are FREE to the public on Thursdays!

The Museum of Tolerance also has a robust education program, with various programs geared at students of all ages. The museum’s library and archives are another great resource open to the public.


Check out the PBS SoCaL Education blog for more resources!