Stories Come Alive Late at Night at the Museum

Campers will create a sculpture museum demonstrating different stories from modern Israeli history. This is great for a group of campers who like to be physical and/or run around.

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Campers will learn about the stories behind 4 important events in Israel: the foundation of the state, the Yom Kippur War, the illegal aliya movement and the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv European championship
a sense of the scope of different events throughout modern israeli history

Explanation: 

Step 1: Introducing the Museum

  • Introduce a benign concept such as "A Baseball Game" and ask a few volunteers to come up and create a sculpture that represents the theme of "A baseball game."  Once the sculpture is in place and has been frozen, the leader will invite the rest of the group to come walk around the sculpture (of frozen people) being careful not to get too close to the 'artwork' and certainly not to touch it.

Step 2: Stepping into the Story

  • The leader will then give instructions for the activity:
    • You will be split into groups and each group will be tasked with creating four different sculptures, one for each story on the sheet (see attached resource).  The rules stipulate that every member of the group must be a part of every sculpture. There will be four exhibits, and you must create your sculptures in order of the sheet.
    • The leader will then split everyone into groups.  Each exhibit will get 4 minutes of prep time followed by the groups displaying at once.  The leader will walk around and invite one group at a time (and only one group at a time) to release their sculpture to walk around to see the others and then return to their sculpture form in time for the next group to take the tour.  This will happen four times.

Stage 3: Wrap Up

  • The leader should ask everyone what the experience was like being a sculpture of a frozen scene in Israeli modern history.  Did they learn anything new?
  • How did they decide what moment to portray? Was there disagreement in the group?

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • You are strongly encouraged to try coming up with your own moments in Modern Israeli History that you feel would be interesting for the campers to play with. They could be part of a curriculum that already exists, that the campers have been studying, or they could be new for most of the campers. (This activity can be used both as an introductory activity and/or as a review activity, or both!).
  • Engage with your Israeli staff to think of stories they might know that would work in this activity.
  • If you are choosing new moments for this activity, you should be sure to give a summary blurb of the event along with several key elements and historical facts about the event. The events you choose do not have to be positive, happy events, though that is encouraged.
  • They should involve several characters, moments of suspense or achievement, and they should be uniquely about Israel. 

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Variations in Format:

  • If you have campers who are really into drama, you can turn this into a drama program by having them act out a crucial moment in the story instead of creating a tableau.
  • This can also be done in a photography class. Take pictures of each of the tableaus (including close-ups of different parts) and display them around camp (or on your website) with an explanation of the story.

Variations in Content:

  • There are endless variations on the type of stories you use. For younger kids, you might want to choose simpler stories, or just places (like the shuk or the Dead Sea).

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