History of Hanukkah
Lesson Objective
The student will understand the history of the Hanukkah celebration.
Background Information for Teacher
Student Prior Knowledge
History of Hanukkah reading (Step 3)
Individual reading worksheet (Step 3)
Partner reading worksheet (Step 3)
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Ask the student, what they already know about Hanukkah.
Explain that many different religions celebrate different holidays that are based on historic events that are important to that
group of people. Everyone, regardless of your background, can acknowledge and learn about this history. For example,
in the United States we celebrate the Fourth of July to celebrate our independence, but people in Canada and Mexico
don’t celebrate that day simply because they have different independence days to celebrate. While these holidays may
feel more important or more personal to some, everyone can respectfully learn about the history of the holidays of
different religions to be more culturally aware.
Give the student the worksheet The History of Hanukkah (Step 3) and have the student read it silently.
Have the student circle words that they don’t know and underline or highlight interesting/important words or phrases.
Re-read the text together.
Pass out the Individual Reading Worksheet and have the student complete it (Step 3).
Give the student about 15 minutes to complete the worksheet and answer the questions.
Re-read the selection together.
Have the student discuss the answers to the questions and write any new ideas that the conversation sparked in the
space provided.
Have the student write 2 questions about the passage and discuss the answers.
The student can share their findings, and ask questions. Use this time to clear up any misconceptions.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Make a Dreidel and play (offline) activity and game
Watch the tutorial below