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Hanukkah Lesson Plan Theme

Hanukkah Lesson Plan Theme

Hanukkah Lesson Plan Theme

Songs, Finger Plays, and Group time Information:

Background Information…

Nightly lighting of the Menorah (nine branched Jewish candelabra.)  Family members take turns lighting the candles.  The first candle is called the helper (shammash).  Eighth night all candles are lit up.  Why?  In a temple long ago there was a lamp that only had enough oil for one night, yet it burned for eight.

What foods are served? Latkes (potato pancakes fried in oil) served with applesauce and sufganiyot which are doughnuts,   Games? Spin the dreidel (a top like toy)

Other things families do? Exchange gifts, sing songs, read the story of the miracle in the temple.

Tell the children that one of the games played by Jewish families during Hanukkah involves something called gelt. The gelt are real coins hidden by parents that the children must find. Have a gelt hunt, but substituting gold-foil chocolate coins for real coins. Hide the coins around a room for the children to find.

Pass One Dreidel Sung to Mary Had a Little Lamb…
Pass one dreidel round and round

Round and round, round and round
Pass one dreidel round and round
Round the circle.
Pass two dreidel’s…
Pass three dreidel’s…
Pass four dreidel’s..
So on…

Hanukkah Candles…
Eight little candles in a row,

Waiting to join the holiday glow.
The first night we light candle number one.
Hanukkah time has now begun.
The second night we light candles on and two.
Hanukkah’s here there’s lots to do.
The third night we light all up to three.
Hanukkah’s here there’s lots to see.
The fourth night we light all up to four.
Each now a part of the Hanukkah lore.
The fifth night we light all up to five.
Helping our Hanukkah come alive.
The sixth night we light all up to six.
Hanukkah’s here there’s food to fix.
The seventh night we light all up to seven.
The glow of each candle reaches to Heaven.
The eight night we light all up to eight.
Hanukkah’s here, let’s celebrate!



Handmade Hanukkah Creativity Kit


Herman the Hanukkah Candle…
(Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
Herman the Hanukkah Candle
Had a very Shiny Light
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it was bright
All of the other candles
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Herman
Join in any Hanukkah Games
Then one foggy Hanukkah eve
The Rabbi came to say
“Herman with your Light so bright
Won’t you lead our service tonight”
Then all the candles loved him
As they shouted out with Glee
Herman the Hanukkah candle
You’ll go down in History!

I’m Dreaming of a Bright Menorah…
White Christmas
I’m dreaming of a bright menorah
With nine small candles all a-glow
With the flames all flick’ring
And bright wax dripping
And dreidels lined up in a row
I’m dreaming of a bright Chanukah
With every e-mail that I write
For a year that’s peaceful
And virtually easeful
And lots of surfing yiddishkeit
I’m dreaming of a bright menorah
So I can watch the candles flame
And the children vying
For latkes frying
While they play that merry dreidel game.

Yingelehs, Maidelehs…
(Jingle Bells)
Yingelehs, maidelehs,
it is Chanukah,
Oh what fun it is to light
the 8-branched menorah!

Yingelehs, maidelehs,
dreidel we shall play,
Oh what fun – where will it land?
On Nun? Shin? Gimmel? Hay?

Taste those latkes hot,
delicious as a dream,
Great with applesauce
or even sour cream!


Play the game of Dreidel…
You can find the instructions here.

Art Projects

Oil Jars…
Cut out pattern of an oil jar (representing the found oil) Color the jar with crayon or markers Take cooking oil and spread all over the jar. Let dry. It gives a great finish to the markers and or crayons. Using the oil brings to the attention of the children the miracle of the oil.

Hanukkah Banner…
Use blue and white (colors of Israel) paper to cut out the letters spelling out Hanukkah to use as a banner.

Star of David Picture Frame…
Have the children paint popcicle/craft sticks.  When dry, help them assemble it like the star of David. Glue a picture of the child in the center. This makes a great gift for parents to open one of the nights of Hanukkah.

Potato Prints…
I like to make potato prints. Cut your star into a half of potato. You will end up with the star section sticking out from the potato. You will trim off the area around the star. Let the children dip the potatoes into blue paint press onto yellow paper.

Hanukkah Prints…
Use Hanukkah cookie cutter shapes and dip into paint to make designs on paper.


Potatoe Latkes…
6 large potatoes
2 eggs
1 medium onion
1-1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup flour

Directions- Grate the potatoes.  Squeeze out excess liquid and pat dry with paper toweling.  Mix in additional ingredients.  Fry small spoonfuls, resembling pancakes until golden brown.  Drain and serve hot.




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