Enjoy one of the most popular holiday celebrations with these Hanukkah themed activity worksheets.

What is Hanukkah? Do you know what the Hanukkah festival represents and what the story behind it is? Well, it's a very interesting one. Let us get on with it! About more than 2,000 years ago, the Jewish fought against their enemies, who didn't allow them to practice their religious traditions. They even destroyed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, which had many holy objects, including one sacred lamp, the Menorah. A brave man, Judah, led a small band of people known as Maccabees in a fight against their enemies so that they could freely practice their traditions. However, the enemies were outnumbered, but still, the Jews stood strong and brave, and they achieved victory. When they returned, the first thing that Judah did was restore the sacred lamp. But the sad thing about it was there was very little oil left, enough only for one day. So, he filled the lamp with that oil and lit it. But instead of lasting for just a day, it burned brighter and brighter, lasting for eight days straight! That was a miracle! From that day onwards, every year to honor the victories of the Jews, a day is celebrated, which is known as Hanukkah. The word Hanukkah means rededication, while the celebration itself is called the “Festival of Lights.” The celebrations last for eight days; the first day usually includes a big family dinner with potato latkes, beef briskets, and jelly doughnuts. After dinner, the family gathers around for lighting the Menorah candles, a new candle each day until all eight are lit. Blessings, songs, gifts, and games with toys such as dreidel and chocolate coins, called gelt, are all part of the ceremony.

These worksheets contain a number of different activities using a dedicated set of vocabulary words related to the Hanukkah celebration, including word search, fill in the blanks, scrambled words, word wall flash cards, acrostic poems, crossword puzzles, and more. The collection also includes six different packs of Bingo cards, which can be used during discussions of the topics. Last but not least, a KWHL (know, what, how, learn) diagram is included to help students pick a topic to explore in more depth. The Hanukkah worksheets found below cover language arts, math, and even a little history. You will find some quick sheets, towards the bottom of the page, that will help you play some Bingo and provide you with writing paper.

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Story Passage

Hanukkah has been celebrated for over 2000 years. It began in 164 BCE. After winning an important battle, Jews wanted to rededicate their temple in Jerusalem.

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Story Questions

What does the word Hanukkah mean in Hebrew?

The Dreidel Game

A dreidel is like a toy top with four sides. It came from an ancient English top called a teetotem, and dates back to Greek and Roman times.

Counting

What better to count?

Word Search

Find the Hanukkah related words in the puzzle. Write each word you find on a line.

Dreidel

Use the clues to complete the puzzle.

Proofreading

Break the passage down for the best written section ever.

Counting Syllables

Circle the number of syllables for each word.

How Much Do You Know About Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is celebrated on the same day every year.

Alphabetic Order Worksheet

oil menorah gelt latke lights gifts food family star dreidel temple miracle

Word Trace

Trace the words. Color.

Word Bank

Fill that paragraph with all the words.

Word Scramble

Make those words spell something.

The Menorah

A menorah holds nine candles - one for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, and one to light the other candles.

Trivia

These are fill ins too.

Acrostic Poem

In most cases the word spelled by the first letters is the subject of the poem. Write an acrostic poem about Hanukkah.

Word Search

Includes the vocabulary: Custom, Dreidel, Festival, Gimel, Hallel,Hebrew, Kugel, Latke, Menorah, Sundown, Torah, Tradition

Missing Letters

The capitalized words make it so much easier to complete.

Word Chop

All of these words are triplet chopped.

Word Scramble

The first 6 words are very difficult to just pick out of thin air.

Alphabetic Order

I often see students list "Hebrew" as the first word because it has a Capital letter. I don't get it.

Bingo Card #1

gimel sundown temple miracle holiday

Bingo Card #2

candle Hanukkah candelabra dreidel kugel

Bingo Card #3

latke festival Free Space celebration tradition

Bingo Card #4

custom Hebrew altar December Torah

Bingo Card #5

Vocabulary includes: victory menorah festival hallel praise

Bingo Card #6

If I were to guess, this is the one that most students will want to use.

KWL

If you are new to the holiday, many people know very little.

Dreidel Poem

A fun old spinning top. What does it mean to you?

Hanukkah Poem

The three "H"s make it really interesting to see what students dream up.

Menorah Poem

The major symbol of this December Holiday.

Word Wall

A neat vocabulary activity for that time of year.