- List prior knowledge of Hanukkah
- Listen to a book about Hanukkah
- Compare and contrast Hanukkah to other celebrations
- Create a candle window decoration
- A Picture Book of Hanukkah by David Adler or another illustrated book about Hanukkah
- Chart paper and markers or interactive whiteboard
- Candle pattern
- Heavy tag board
- Colored cellophane or tissue paper
- 3" x 6" black construction paper, two sheets per student
- Chart paper
- Hole puncher
- String or fishing line
- Cut enough candle patterns out of heavy tag board so the class can share. If you are using centers, seven patterns should be enough.
- Cut cellophane into candle-size pieces.
- Prepare talking points on Diwali and Ramadan (see previous lessons in the unit for more information).
- Optional: If you plan to use an interactive whiteboard during class discussions, set it up prior to the lesson.
Step 1: As a group, list what the children already know about Hanukkah on the chart paper or interactive whiteboard.
Step 2: Read A Picture Book of Hanukkah by David Adler aloud to the class.
Step 3: Return to the chart paper or interactive whiteboard and list what the children learned about Hanukkah.
Step 4: Compare and contrast Ramadan, Diwali, and Hanukkah. What do the holidays have in common? What is different about them?
Step 5: Help the children create a candle window decoration by following these steps:
- Take two pieces of 3" x 6" black construction paper.
- Use the candle pattern to trace a candle shape onto one of the pieces.
- Cut the shape out of both pieces of construction paper at the same time so the candle shape lines up. Note: You may want an adult volunteer to help with this step.
- On the inside of one piece of construction paper, glue a piece of colored cellophane or colored tissue paper.
- Glue the other piece of construction paper the backside of the first so the colored cellophane or tissue paper is sandwiched between the construction paper.
- Punch a hole at the top of the craft and thread string or fishing line through the hole for hanging.
Step 6: Hang the window decorations near a classroom window to allow the light to shine through it for a festival of lights.
Step 7: As a group, create a letter to parents explaining about Hanukkah and the candles.
Teacher observation will assess student participation in listening to the book and contributing to the discussion.