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  • meganekko
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    • July 04, 2010, 06:43:44 pm
    • Daegu, South Korea
Hanukkah (Advanced 2nd & 3rd Year)
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:19:59 am »
I know Hanukkah is over now, but I put a lot of work into this culture lesson for an open class and my students loved it, so I wanted to share.

Since it was an open class, the lesson requires a LOT of co-teaching. It is also quite an advanced lesson; I only used it with my high-level students. The fill-in-the blank part of the worksheet is mostly taken from Breaking News English, but I edited it a little bit for content to relate more closely to my lesson.

One tip: if you live near a Costco, around the holidays you can get those seasonal gold chocolate coins to use for prizes, and it will really enrich the lesson. The ones I found weren't gelt, but "pirate gold." Still, the students got the connection and they were a little sad I didn't have a dreidel so they could try playing with the coins they got. If anyone has a dreidel with them in Korea, I think teaching the kids how to play with it would be a great addition to the lesson. I considered using one of those online driedel games with my kids, but there wasn't time in my lesson (it was only 45 minutes) and i just don't think it would be as fun as using the real thing.

the videos attached should work embedded into the PPT unless you have a really ancient version of powerpoint like the one at my school.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2011, 03:51:35 pm by jterrwyn »

Re: Hanukkah (Advanced 2nd & 3rd Year)
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 09:37:55 am »
Fantastic lesson!  Looks like you put a tonne of effort into it!   I hope the kids enjoyed it!

  • karenology
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    • October 03, 2010, 06:00:08 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Hanukkah (Advanced 2nd & 3rd Year)
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011, 08:00:43 am »
Thanks for this!  I might try a really simplified version with my classes.  The students already know a lot about Christmas by now, so I'm getting a bit bored with the usual Christmas stuff.

By the way, for others who also want to do this, here's a link to make a paper dreidel:

edit:  Here's my VASTLY simplified version, since it's the end of the semester, and even my most advanced kids glaze over when they see a wall of English text!  I bought a bunch of gold chocolate coins and made some dreidels out of choco pie boxes.  I'll debut this with my grade 3s tomorrow and report back.  Thanks again to the OP!

« Last Edit: December 21, 2011, 08:19:26 am by karenology »