Hanukkah tells the story of how a supply of oil that was supposed to last for one day kept a light burning for eight days. Have students write stories telling about times when they did something they thought they couldn't do.
Grades Pre-K–2: Art
Hanukkah Coloring Pages
Have students choose Hanukkah images to color for the holiday.
Grades K–8: Social Studies
Spin the Dreidel
Hold a class dreidel competition to celebrate Hanukkah. Bring in chocolate gold coins or other items, such as pennies, peanuts, jellybeans, or raisins, for the competition. Divide students into groups to play different games. Have the winners from each group play one another until one student emerges as the champion.
- Hanukkah Dreidel Game
Grades 1–2: Social Studies
Pasta Dreidel Decorations
Have your students create Hanukkah wall decorations.
- Hanukkah Dreidel Decoration
Grades 1–3: Art
Have your students look through these “snapshots” of Hanukkah in an online scrapbook that belongs to Sue Ellen from the “Arthur” series. Then have each of them draw a picture illustrating a family holiday moment. Hang the pictures around the room to create a class Holiday Scrapbook.
- PBS Kids: Arthur: Sue Ellen's Scrapbook
Grades 1–5: Social Studies
The U.S. Post Office designs stamps for most holidays. Keep one step ahead of the post office and have students design their own holiday stamps.
- Large Stamp Outline (PDF file)
- Small Stamp Outlines (PDF file)
Grades 2–5: Art/Social Studies
Your students can make window decorations to celebrate Hanukkah. Some of the cutting for this ornament will need to be completed ahead of time, but the rest is fairly easy to accomplish.
- Star of David Window Ornament
Grades 2–8: Language Arts/Social Studies
Have students find words related to Hanukkah hidden in a puzzle.
- Hanukkah (grades 2–4) (PDF file)
- Hanukkah Answer Key (grades 2–4) (PDF file)
- Hanukkah (grades 5–8) (PDF file)
- Hanukkah Answer Key (grades 5–8) (PDF file)
Grades 3–6: Art/Social Studies
Hanukkah Craft Projects
For every night of Hanukkah, students can design their own wrapping paper and gift containers.
- Wrap It Up for Chanukah!
- Wrap It Up for Chanukah!
Grades 3–6: Math
Connect the Dots
Have students use their math skills to discover the image related to Chanukah in this fun holiday puzzle.
- Chanukah Connect the Dots
Grades 3–8: Social Studies
Have each of your students bring home a booklet of traditional recipes.
- Chanukah Recipes
Grades 3–8: Language Arts
Holiday Wacky Web Tales
Students can create wacky holiday stories and practice their grammar skills at the same time.
- The Hanukkah Party
Grades 4–5: Social Studies/Art
Students can make eight of these lovely candles, one for each night of Hanukkah, to hang in a sunny classroom window or to take home.
- FamilyFun: Cellophane Candles
Grades 4–8: Social Studies/Art
Families use a special candelabra, called a menorah or hanukkiah, to light candles every night for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Students can make a clay menorah for the classroom or to take home.
- FamilyFun: Homemade Menorah
Grades 5–8: Social Studies
Test students' knowledge of Hanukkah trivia with this fun online quiz.
- Test Your Chanukah Knowledge!
Grades 6–8: Social Studies
A Season for Giving
Help students learn the true meaning of giving by organizing a bake sale to benefit a local charity. Students can create posters announcing the sale and bring in baked goods from home. Have the class vote on where to send the proceeds from the sale.