Hanukkah Lesson Plans

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  • Blue and White Pictures - Light blue and white are the colors commonly associated with Hanukkah. In this activity, students make pictures by tearing blue and white construction paper and gluing it onto another paper.
  • Candle Math - Candles are an important symbol in the Hanukkah holiday. In this math lesson, students use candles to help them practice counting by fives and tens.
  • Hanukkah - Similarities and Differences and the affects of the Nazis Research their own information.
  • Hanukkah and Nutrition - The holidays are a great time to enjoy yummy food. In this lesson, students explore the nutritional value of some of the traditional foods found at Hanukkah.
  • How Much is My Gelt Worth? - Students use the traditional gold wrapped chocolate coins, Gelt, and the current price of gold to practice their math skills.
  • How Much Oil Would You Need - The student will be able to conduct an experiment to determine how much oil the Macabees would have needed to keep the candles burning for eight days.
  • Jars of Clay - Students make jars that resemble the jars used in the Hanukkah story.
  • Potato Latkes for 1 or 10 - In this yummy activity, students modify a single serving recipe for potato latkes to serve five, ten, and fifteen. They practice multiplying fractions and converting improper fractions to proper ones.
  • Probability and Spinning the Dreidel - Students use a Jewish Dreidel to practice probability. They answer questions about how often one of the symbols may appear and what different combinations can occur.
  • The Details of Kosher Foods - "Kosher" is a term we hear often when we are talking about Jewish food, but how many of us really know what it means? In this lesson, students study the rules in depth and plan a meal that is entirely kosher.
  • Timeline for Hanukkah - In this activity, students create a timeline that shows how the Hanukkah celebration has grown and changed over the years. They start with the actual event and continue through today.

More Lesson Plans From Other Sites

  1. Hanukkah Celebration with HanuKat- "The Hanukat story provides an opportunity for the introduction of Hanukkah Holiday concepts."
  2. Hanukkah Fun: The Dreidel Game- "Students create dreidels, traditional Hanukkah toys, from common materials and play the dreidel game!"
  3. Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights- The Jewish holiday Hanukkah literally lights up the home. The eight-day, 2,000-year-old holiday, also called the Festival of Lights, celebrates God's glory, an ancient victory of the Jews over their enemies, and the freedom Jews enjoy today.
  4. Make A Dreidel
  5. The Whole World Celebrated Christmas! Right?- This lesson is for use during the weeks before the Christmas break. This will be great for middle school students. It is a comparison of the other religious holidays that are celebrated around this same time of year.