The Hebrew Alphabet Paparazzi

Discover you know Hebrew when you look through your camera lens, do yoga, and eat glida! Look for abstracted Hebrew letters around you and photograph beautiful meaningful art. Move your body and get a great yoga workout spelling Hebrew words with your peers. Celebrate what you’ve learned, Ben Yehudah, and have some glida! This Hebrew literacy through art program is great for visual and kinesthetic learners.

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Core Learnings: 

To learn kinesthetic and visual ways to approach teaching Hebrew.
To use digital cameras to think abstractly.
To learn some basics in composing a successful photograph.
To learn about Ben Yehudah and the Hebrew language.To learn Hebrew letters and words through photography as medium.
To learn Hebrew letters and words through photography as medium.
To learn how to incorporate yoga and movement into Hebrew literacy.
To celebrate our national language with an ice cream party! To use culinary art to teach literacy.

Explanation: 

1. Begin with a basic yoga warm up. Start with breathing exercises, mountain pose, downward dog, stretching etc….Have a large Aleph Bet chart up somewhere participants can see it.
2. Facilitator will ask participants to make the sound of the bet. They will then try to move their body in the shape of an aleph.  There are many ways of approaching this. Participants can move their body however they think it makes a bet. Be sure they move in ways that feel comfortable to them as no one should feel any pain. Ask the participants to come up with a few words that start with the letter bet. Repeat with a few other letters. Hand out alphabet sheets.
3. Invite participants to pair up to create letters and then eventually words.
4. Ask a few participants to photograph the poses.
5. Share a few successful photographs from magazines or from famous photographers. Discuss why they are successful. Introduce the terms: composition, contrast, focal point, and depth of field.
6. Share the abstracted photographs of letters from google searches.
7. Participants should make view finders with index cards by cutting a rectangular opening in the center of the index card to look through to search for letters and frame them before shooting.
8.  Send participants in groups of 2 -4 with a digital camera to photograph. Ask them to find letters of the Hebrew Alphabet and photograph them. Ask them to find as many as possible in the given time. If possible try to find letters that might create a Hebrew word. Give participants a few Hebrew words to “look for” around camp – see handout.
9. After participants photograph 5 -10 letters in their groups, facilitator will send them to be printed.

Variations: 

1. For younger participants and or beginning Hebrew language learners, facilitator can focus on the letters and create Aleph Bet books. You can do this in various styles. Participants can create group dictionary or individual books. Participants can come up with vocabulary word lists that start with each letter.

2. For older participants facilitator can expand this project into more conceptual art and create poetry or sentences. Each photograph can be thoughtful and used as a visual interpretation of the meaning of the word or phrase they write – example teva – where each letter is found in nature….or a poem or tiffilah about nature where the letters are all found in nature.

3. Participants can create acrostic poems with the letters.

4. Have a photo exhibit for the entire community and invite participants. Have the artists act as guides and explain their work to the viewers. 

5.  Older or more advanced Hebrew learners can create a yoga dance and tell a story highlighting the main words of the story with Hebrew yoga words and yoga art. They can tell any story or a brief biography of Ben Yehudah.

6. Younger participants can have a Hebrew letter scavenger hunt. To transition campers from one place to anothercounselors can ask them to look for letters and photograph on the way. They can do this for a few days until the collect many letters.
 

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Attribution: 

Joy Langer