Yom Ha’atzmaut Crossword Puzzle, 1949
This is a photo of an “Independence Day crossword puzzle” for kids from the newspaper Mishmar LeYeladim. The crossword was published on the occasion of the second Independence Day on May 4, 1949. It was designed in the shape of the Israeli flag, and its clues are based on popular knowledge of Israeli culture, covering diverse areas such as history, current affairs, military, and geography. Examples of questions include “the beginning of the second verse of the song ‘Palmach’ ” and “a type of tree planted by Herzl in 1898 around Jerusalem.” The questions reflect the fact that children in this period were both interested and knowledgeable of these topics.
Mishmar LeYeladim was a children’s supplement of the Al HaMishmar newpaper, which was the published between 1943 and1995. The newspaper was owned and allilated to the Hashomer Hatzair Zionist socialist party. The children's' newspaper Mishmar LeYeladim dealt with the contemporary life of children and youth in Israel. The articles and features reflected the socialist ideology of the newspaper, and many of its readers lived on kibbutzim and moshavim. It comprised a number of sections, including features on nature and education, and also published poems and stories by the best poets and writers of the time including translations into Hebrew of the writings of Diaspora poets and writers.
Jewish History teachers can use the date that this crossword was published and understand what was happening in Israel at the time. The crossword can be used to discuss Israeli society in its early years, with the clues helping students understand the central topics of the day and the lives of children during the early years of the state.
This puzzle can be used in advanced Hebrew lessons to explore the language used in the questions.
Teachers of Media Studies can use this crossword to discuss the concept of children’s newspapers and the importance of design features, such as fashioning the crossword puzzle in the shape of the Israeli flag.
Where was this crossword published?
When was the crossword published?
In what shape was the crossword designed?
What language is the crossword written in?
Try to understand one of the questions. (You can use a dictionary or an online translator).
Can you answer it?
Reading Between the Lines
The crossword was printed in 1949 to celebrate Israel’s second Independence Day.
What was the situation in Israel at that time?
Why was the crossword designed in this shape
What can we learn about the lives of Israeli young people from this crossword?
This crossword was written many years ago.
What difficulties might you face when trying to solve a crossword written so long ago?
This children’s newspaper was published by the socialist party in Israel.
What do you know about this movement?
How important was this party in the early years of Israel?
Do you like solving crosswords?
Have you received children's newspapers or magazines?
Why do you think they are interesting for children?
Have you written or read articles or quizzes about Israel in a children's newspaper?
Create a crossword for the 70th anniversary of Israel.
Think of words that describe Israel today. Then write clues and organise them into a crossword.
You can use an online tool such as the crossword puzzle generator at abcya.com