Hanukkah Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the history and traditions of Hanukkah. Students apply comprehension skills to a shared reading passage, discuss content, then do a fun activity to make concepts stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the history of Hanukkah
  • list Hanukkah traditions and symbols
  • discuss the meaning of Hanukkah


1 hour


  • Access to the lesson Hanukkah Lesson for Kids: Facts & History on a shared reading device
  • Menorah
  • Traditional Hanukkah food, such as latkes or jelly doughnuts
  • Dreidels
  • Tray with a menorah, food, and dreidel, covered with a cloth, one for each table group
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons

Key Vocabulary

  • Hanukkah
  • Menorah
  • Dreidel

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

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