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Hanukkah Language Activities

Hanukkah Word Puzzles
Happy Hanukkah Crossword Puzzle Happy Hanukkah! Crossword Puzzle
(Above puzzle with word bank)
Dreidel Play Crossword Puzzle Dreidel Play Crossword Puzzle
(Above puzzle with word bank)

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Hanukkah Acrostic
A dreidel is marked with four Hebrew letters: Nun, Gimel, Hey, and Shin. These letters stand for the Hebrew phrase "Nais Gadol Hayah Shom" ("A great miracle happened there"), referring to the miracle of the oil.

Use the letters in the English word "Hanukkah" to write your own holiday acrostic.

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Hanukkah Cards

Design your own Hanukkah greeting card. Carve design into the bottom of a styrofoam tray; then, use tray to stamp out original Hanukkah cards. For additional writing practice, write a personal message inside each card.
Print Star of David shape onto cardstock. Cut out. Apply a heavy layer of dark blue oil pastel or crayon to the entire surface, leaving no white spots. Apply a layer of light blue oil pastel or crayon on top of the dark blue. No dark blue should show through. Use a sharpened wooden stick to etch a Hanukkah message and holiday designs onto the star.

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Hanukkah Word Puzzles

Have children create their own Hanukkah word puzzles using pre-taught Hanukkah vocabulary. Students may create word searches, crosswords, word jumbles, or cryptograms. After students have created their puzzles, divide them into pairs. Have them exchange puzzles and solve one another's creations.

How Did It Get There?

Bring sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) to class. Create a word map describing how the doughnuts look, feel, smell, and taste. Then, have children brainstorm a list of ways the jelly might have gotten inside the doughnut. Encourage them to choose the method they think was most likely used and write a paragraph describing the process.

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The Latke Process

Follow the recipe below or another recipe to make latkes, a traditional Hanukkah food. After students make and eat the latkes, divide them into small groups. Give each group a large sheet or paper or posterboard. Have them create an illustrated poster that shows each step of the process.
Potato Latkes
4 medium potatoes, grated (approximately 4 cups)
1/4 - 3/4 c. onion, grated or finely chopped (to taste)
2 eggs
1/2 c. matzoh meal or flour
salt and peper to taste
vegetable oil

Mix together all ingredients except vegetable oil. Pour approximately 1/2-inch of vegetable oil into a skillet and heat to approximately 350 degrees.

Form individual pancakes by hand and drop into hot oil. Fry until brown on one side; then, flip and brown on the other. Place on paper towels to drain. Top with sour cream or apple sauce and serve while still hot.
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