Hanukkah teaching resources

For eight days, people of the Jewish faith celebrate the festival of light, or Hanukkah, remembering the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the Miracle of the Oil. Teach children about the ceremonial Menorah candelabrum, play the dreidel game and discover the origins and traditions of Hanukkah with these free teaching resources, activities and lesson plans.

This year, Hanukkah takes place from sunset on 27 November to nightfall on 5 December.

Introducing Hanukkah

A concise introduction to the Hanukkah story.

Judaism

Try this whole school assembly to introduce non-Jewish students to the Jewish faith, there’s research points highlighted too to encourage students to find out more.

Jewish traditions

From Kosher food to the ten plagues, there are plenty of activities and topics to fill a scheme of work on Judaism here.

The Jewish way

Help pupils discover how Jewish people worship with this informative PowerPoint presentation.

Picturing Hanukkah

Stimulate discussion about the Jewish festival with this series of images.

Hanukkah starter-activity

Test your pupils’ knowledge of Hanukkah with this set of questions.

A scheme for Hanukkah

Introduce the history and celebrations of the Jewish festival of light with this three-lesson plan.

Power of light

Show students the symbols shared by those of the Christian, Hindu and Jewish faith with this presentation about the importance of light in religion.

Latkes recipe

Try this recipe from The Children’s Museum of Houstonto prepare some tasty Hanukkah treats.

Hanukkah assembly

Explore how Jewish families celebrate Hanukkah and the symbolism behind it with this short video from TrueTube.

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel!

Create your own spinning top and play traditional dreidel games with this set of templates and instructions.