The Importance of Taking Care of Our Trees


This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

The flora and fauna in National parks are continuously monitored and nurtured by experts. Other forests and habitats are not as fortunate and are often subjected to deforestation and forest degradation. What makes  trees so important? If so, why are forests being destroyed? Through analyzing a JNF poster from 1966, learners will discover the different nature conservation efforts that Israel has in place and be prompted to decide how they can best protect the trees and environment within their own communities.

The learners will:


  1. understand why trees need to be protected by organizations such as the JNF
  2. know at least three ways they can help protect and look after trees
  3. be able to design a poster/stamp encouraging people in their own communities to protect the environment.
About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.

The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

Link to the lesson plan:
The Importance of Taking Care of Our Trees


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