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Whether you are learning about the "Festival of Lights" or how to make a Dreidel, check out these resources to learn about Hanukkah. There are activities and resources for all grade levels. Be sure to check out our resources for all December holiday celebrations on our TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar.  

 

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HanuKat: Celebrate Hanukkah and Passover with the Kids - HannuKat.com

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This site offers stories, activities, "entertaining" songs, and more to teach students about Hanukkah and Passover. The "Activities" portion of the site contains many different crafts...more
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This site offers stories, activities, "entertaining" songs, and more to teach students about Hanukkah and Passover. The "Activities" portion of the site contains many different crafts such as Design Your Own Dreidel, coloring pages, and origami. The "About Hanukkah" section gives a brief history of the holiday and describes how it is commonly celebrated today. There is also a large recipe section offering recipes for many different types of latkes and candle cupcakes. The educators section includes questions to use with the stories on the site. Some of the videos (for example Hanukat Montana Rocks Out the Show, don't offer much educationally and are more for pure entertainment.) .

tag(s): hanukkah (12), holidays (129)

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Use this site to provide background information to students on the history and traditions of Hanukkah. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of Hanukkah celebrations and students' traditional holiday celebrations.
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Jewish - Holidays - Chanukah - Jacob Richman

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This hotlist of Chanukah/Hanukkah sites has everything you might want to learn about the holiday, Jewish culture, and traditions. In addition to sites in English, there are sites in...more
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This hotlist of Chanukah/Hanukkah sites has everything you might want to learn about the holiday, Jewish culture, and traditions. In addition to sites in English, there are sites in Hebrew, Russian, and other languages, all about the holiday. You can even find sources for Chanukah/Hanukkah clip art. Although TeachersFirst does not normally review "hotlists," this collection is comprehensive and updated regularly as a "labor of love."

tag(s): hanukkah (12), holidays (129)

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Make this treasury a starting point for multicultural study of holidays around the world or for a more in depth study of Jewish traditions. Assign student groups to learn about specific aspects of the holiday and share their findings on a class holiday guide wiki. ith younger students, share specific links on a projector or interactive whiteboard and give students a chance to share and compare their own holiday traditions with the ones mentioned. You could even use some of these resources in upper elementary or middle school as reading comprehension exercises during the holiday season: write a summary or formulate a statement of a text-based site's main idea.

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The Dreidel Game - Education World

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This site provides a detailed lesson plan linked to national standards. Follow this simple set of instructions for making dreidels - traditional Hanukkah toys. Download the dreidel...more
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This site provides a detailed lesson plan linked to national standards. Follow this simple set of instructions for making dreidels - traditional Hanukkah toys. Download the dreidel pattern, assemble as directed, and organize students into small groups for the dreidel game (rules included). Students learn about the history of the dreidel, Hanukkah crafts and recipes and more! Flash is required for some of the interactive activities.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan hosted on this site! This would be a useful resource for a World History class studying various religions or for a more inclusive holiday celebration come winter break!
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Hanukkah - Celebrate with Joi - Jewish OUTREACH Institution

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A well-organized site with all the main aspects of Hanukkah written succinctly. The history and traditions of Hanukkah are covered, and the significance of the Menorah and the foods...more
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A well-organized site with all the main aspects of Hanukkah written succinctly. The history and traditions of Hanukkah are covered, and the significance of the Menorah and the foods eaten during Hanukkah is explained. The Hanukkah blessings are written in Hebrew and English, with the option to listen to them if you have a sound card. This site also has some Hanukkah songs written in both Hebrew and English. Don't forget to print out and color the artwork!

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In the Classroom

Use this site during a World History or Cultural Geography unit on the study of major world religions. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them peruse the site and have them focus particularly on issues such as the reason for the holiday, traditions, and activities. The end result will be that each cooperative learning group will present their findings to their class via poster, tangible or digital. For paper saving purposes, use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Hanukkah - Festival of Lights - ORTnet

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This site covers a wide range of Hanukkah lore. History, Lights, Family, Songs, Games, Art - click on any one of these to find well-written explanations, great graphics, and lots ...more
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This site covers a wide range of Hanukkah lore. History, Lights, Family, Songs, Games, Art - click on any one of these to find well-written explanations, great graphics, and lots of sounds. Traditional Hanukkah blessings and songs are written in Hebrew with translations provided, and you can listen to them as well. The Art page offers pictures of "Hanukkiyot," or artistic renditions of the Menorah. There is also a page of Hanukkah-related words and their meanings. A great site to discover many different ways to celebrate Hanukkah.

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Probably the most unique part of this site are the recordings of traditional Hanukkah songs and music. Most of the information about Hanukkah can be found elsewhere, but the songs could be an interesting supplement to a unit on World Religions. During a lesson plan on Judaism, play these songs for students via interactive whiteboard or projector so they can grasp something tangible about what they are learning. This would be a useful site for any World History or Cultural Geography teacher.

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How to Play Dreidel

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Here is a site with a full set of rules for playing the popular Hanukkah game. ...more
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Here is a site with a full set of rules for playing the popular Hanukkah game.

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Use the directions to teach students how to play dreidel during a lesson or unit on Judaism. Although it's not something they absolutely need to know - it would be a fun break for students, and may give some more cultural awareness that a textbook would not be able to.

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Aish Hanukkah Introduction - Aish

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We suspect that this very nice introduction to Hanukkah was written for non-practicing Jews. As a result, it works for both Jews and non-Jews. You'll find information on the histoy...more
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We suspect that this very nice introduction to Hanukkah was written for non-practicing Jews. As a result, it works for both Jews and non-Jews. You'll find information on the histoy of Hanukkah, descriptions and instructions for Hanukkah observances, and other information about Judaism.

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Virtual Chanukah

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A Hanukkah site with lots of resources, information, and activities. There is also content to teach students the origin and meaning of this Jewish festival. ...more
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A Hanukkah site with lots of resources, information, and activities. There is also content to teach students the origin and meaning of this Jewish festival.

tag(s): hanukkah (12), holidays (129)

In the Classroom

Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector around the holiday season. Allow students to peruse the site on their own to gain a better understanding of the holiday. In addition to Christmas activities, recreate some of the Hanukkah activities in the preceding days before winter break.

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