Friday, November 15, 2013

Hanukkah: Free Resources, Craft Ideas, Lessons, and Activities

This is a very unusual Hanukkah this year as it begins on Thanksgiving night.In 2014 it begins on December 17th.  It is a happy holiday that is celebrated by Jewish families all over the world. It is also known as The Festival of Lights. Children love this holiday. Do you know why? They get lots of presents and play dreidel. For those of you who are able to share about Hanukkah in your schools I have put together some wonderful free resources for you to check out and a few of my packets and freebies as well

I finally had a chance to revise both of my Hanukkah lessons. For Grades K-1 there is my new "It's Hanukkah Time" packet. I think my favorite activity is the Shared Reading Book called "Latke, Latke What Do You See? Here's a sneak peek. There is also the Poem, "Latke, Latke, What Do You See?" and a Writing Book Activity to go with the Shared Reading.
There is another Shared Reading Book called "The Symbols of Hanukkah" along with 3 different leveled guiding reading books and 3 differentiated comprehension activities. Your students will have fun making a Dreidel headband and reading the poem: "Dreidel." To see all the materials and activities in this product just click on the picture below.
You can also download this free Dreidel book by clicking on the picture below. It has the Dreidel Game directions and students will write what happens when you land on the different letters. Hope you'll leave some nice feedback.
There is also my "Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights" for Grades 2-3 which includes a Shared Reading, 2 leveled Reading Texts and Comprehension Questions, Fact/Opinion Writing Activity, Picture/Fact Card Match, Informative Text and Opinion Piece Writing Graphic Organizers and Writing Prompts and more. Just click on the picture below to download the preview to see all the materials and activities in this packet.
I also have a fun free activity called "It's Hanukkah Time" Making Words and Sentences which you can download by clicking on the picture below.
How about a great list of Hanukkah books? I have this one below. Just click on it to get the full list.
Looking for some fun crafts? How about this cute hat? You can find lots of other ideas too by clicking on the picture below.

You will find some free activities and other crafts at the Activity Village by clicking HERE

Scholastic has wonderful ideas and resources for teaching about Hanukkah which you can access by clicking the picture below. You will find crafts, activities, printables, and lesson plans.
You can also find 8 free lesson plans at TeachersFirst by clicking HERE

Don't forget to check out all my new Pinterest boards and follow. Just click HERE.

I hope you find lots of great ideas and activities for teaching about Hanukkah. Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

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  1. So many great resources, Arlene! I love giving kids the opportunity to learn ways that we are all different, but all alike, too! Thanks for sharing at Freebie Friday!
    Linda at Primary Inspiration

  2. Thank you so much sweet friend for always linking up at TBA! Please come back tomorrow, you're my featured blogger!
    Have a great weekend,
    Fern :)