Hanukkah begins Sunday, November 28. 

We've rounded up some ready-to-go lessons and downloadable resources for Hanukkah to make it easy for you to provide meaningful learning experiences with your students. 

Grades K-2

Find meaning in Jewish holidays 

Students will learn about spinning the dreidel, eating latkes, and lighting the menorah. 

Hanukkah student Lesson

Hanukkah teacher material

Want more activities like these? Check out Let’s Discover the Fall Holidays.



Explore how a Hanukkah menorah is made

Students will enjoy these creative, easy-to-follow activities for making menorahs and candles at home.

Menorah lesson

Want more activities like these? Check out How It's Made: Hanukkah Menorah



Grades 3-6

Get creative for Hanukkah

Students will engage with the Maccabee story by illustrating it themselvesThis fun, creative activity will get kids thinking about our Jewish history. 

Hanukkah student lesson

Hanukkah teacher material

Want more activities like this one? Check out Make, Create, Celebrate: Jewish Holidays through Art


Practice Hebrew reading with Hanukkah vocabulary  

New readers become stronger Hebrew learners when they can use their new skills. Give emerging readers a way to practice decoding skills in a meaningful way with:  

  • Hanukkah vocabulary
  • A short guided conversation with a friend in Hebrew about what they eat and drink during Hanukkah
  • A Hanukkah song
  • An interactive game of Connect the Dots to help students practice and demonstrate their Hebrew vocabulary comprehension
  • A short story with accompanying illustrations to aid comprehension 

 Download Hanukkah pages from Shalom, Reader 

Want more Hebrew practice like this? Check out Shalom, Reader: 57 Hebrew Activities to Show What You Know. 

Much of the vocabulary in Shalom, Reader overlaps with the Bible and siddur, making Shalom, Reader an excellent bridge between a Hebrew primer and more complex texts from a reading or prayer learning program. 


Grades 7 and up

Explore themes of courage for Hanukkah

Learners will delve deep into the Hanukkah story and reflect on what it means to take action on behalf of others.  

Hanukkah student lesson

Hanukkah teacher lesson

Want more activities like this one? Check out Rediscovering the Jewish Holidays. 





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