For Greece, I did symmetry. I had the kids fold grey and brown paper in half
and cut out shapes of Greek vases. We did research first on the shapes and
decorations. I incorporated it into a perspective lesson by teaching how an
object closest to you is lower on the page. They also had to paste the vases
overlapping one another on black paper. Then we used charcoal to shade one
side and chalk to highlight the other side. The final touch was to use
extra-fine black marker to draw Greek figures in Togas. I taught them how to
draw folds in material and how the figutes were mostly profile. We also drew
in a Greek Key design or a similar Greek design as a border near the top.
They came out great. You will need several classes to do this. Our first
class, was information about the vases, the different shapes they made them,
Greek designs they uses, and other historical information. I did this with my
3rds but the 4-5 can do this too.
For Israel, I think of tambourines, the Chagall Stained windows, and sand
and ancient artifacts. Why not try plaster casting in sand.