Hanukkah is a very important holiday to those of the Jewish faith, but finding engaging middle school lesson plans about it can be very difficult. Hanukkah, also sometimes known as the Festival of Lights, includes important elements like the lighting of the menorah, prayers, and gift exchanges, yet many of our students might not be familiar with this holiday.
You can help your students develop an understanding of this eight-day festival by reading non-fiction texts. Helping students to build background knowledge and understanding of world cultures is an important goal no matter what religion your students follow.
I use the Article of the Week format to help my students build their background knowledge. To help with this knowledge building, you can use this middle school Hanukkah lesson plan that is focused on a nonfiction article. In it, students will learn what Hanukkah is as well as this important holiday’s history and traditions.
Middle School Hanukkah Lesson
This resource contains one nonfiction article and three reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep (EQAO), and cross-curricular learning. This resource contains individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom as well as Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 schools. Buy it here.
- Teacher lesson plan
- Pre-reading K-W-L chart
- Non-fiction article (regular and modified version)
- Mp3 recording of each article
- 3 Post-reading activities: comprehension questions, grammar questions (2 options: paper and self-grading Google Forms), long answer writing response
- Individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom
- Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 school
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