Tomorrow begins the first night of Hannukah. Here are some of the activities I have planned for the week.
We will begin introducing the holiday by reading Celebrating Chanukah. This is a simple but informative text.
As we read, we will discuss the vocabulary in the book. Since none of my students celebrate this holiday, we will look closely at the text and pictures to help us solve what the unfamiliar words mean such as latke. Aferwards, I will have a copy of some of the vocabulary for them to write what they have learned. I hope that students will write 3 to 5 facts about the holiday.
Next, we will learn the Dreidel song and game. I like the Raffi version best. You can find it on this CD. The dreidel game will be one of our math centers for the entire month.
We will conclude our unit of study with making latkes and applesauce. I plan to make homemade applesauce in the crockpot and use a mix to make the latkes. On Friday, when my students return from rotations, our classroom will be filled with the aromas of homemade applesauce. (We made this together last year.)
Lastly, the students will create three types of graphs based on which food was their favorite.
Here are some of my other favorite read alouds about Hanukkah.
This is a charming story about a girl who realizes the significance in her Grandmother's plain, wooden menorah.
A great alphabet book about Hanukkah and its traditions.
Yet, another version of the Gingerbread Man. This book does take place during Passover instead of Hanukkah. But I love to read it along with the other Gingerbread stories we read this month.
Happy Learning and Teaching!