Free Hanukkah Menorah Logic Puzzle

Hanukkah starts tomorrow night! So here is a fun and free menorah logic puzzle to try with your students. You may also want to read this post from last year about why the holidays can sometimes be a hard time for Jewish children, especially when Hanukkah comes early, as it does this year.

Need ideas for holiday gifts for teachers, students, and parents? I've compiled a list of suggested gift ideas for each, and I've ranked them by ideas that I think are excellent down to ideas that you should avoid.

Holiday Gifts for Teachers, Students, and Parents

Gifts to make, gifts to buy. Writing from the point of view of both teacher and parent, here are my favorites: NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. For Teachers from Parents A big yes for gift cards, my personal favorites being a bookstore or Starbucks. Another terrific option is to order a gift card for Teachers Pay Teachers, where your child’s teacher

The question, "What are you thankful for?" seems pretty basic at the outset. However, this post describes a lot of fun twists that you can add onto the end of it to encourage students to really think creatively about their answers. Try out a few questions as you prepare for Thanksgiving break!

What are You Thankful For? Ask it Better

“What are you thankful for?” asks the teacher, or the parent, or the Sunday school instructor, or Aunt Ethel, or Grandpa Joe, or the guy at the checkstand at the grocery store, and on, and on, and on. And what is the answer? My family, my home, my friends…maybe the toy of the moment. And these are all great answers, but you can get kids

Free Hanukkah Word Search and Matching Activity

Even though I am not a huge fan of word searches, I decided to make one about Hanukkah anyway. It has a vocabulary matching activity for 12 Hanukkah-related terms, which redeems it somewhat. I also included some “secret words” in the word search that are not on the word list (like the names of the Hebrew letters on a dreidel) that some kids may find on their

The holidays are a special time of year, and we want to be sure to celebrate them all. This free Hanukkah activity is just one of 15 free holiday activities I've made available to my followers. Enjoy and Happy Hanukkah!

Free Holiday Activities for Your Students

I have decided to create about 15 free holiday-themed activities between now and about mid-December. The first one is a grid-style logic puzzle with a latke (Hanukkah) theme. I realize this may seem a bit early since Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but Hanukkah is really early this year! You can get the free logic puzzle here. I will continue to posts links to

Is being thankful a relative idea? Can we truly be thankful for what we have? This Thanksgiving, I want to share two books with you that compare families from all over the world and how much food they can afford each week, as well as the amount of material belongings they have in their homes. Share these books with your students and start a dialogue about thankfulness and what it really means.

On Being Thankful: a Little Perspective

I am of the opinion that we here in the US and Canada (and many other nations, as well, of course) have pretty much won the population lottery. We were lucky to be born here where most of us don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from or if our child is going to die of malaria. Most of the world doesn’t

Are your students stuck in the routine of using the same words over and over in their writing? Read these tips on fun ways to get your students looking up synonyms to jazz up their writing. No more overused words in your classroom!

No More Overused Words

Getting students to stop using those tired, boring words can be a challenge. But word choice is one of the easiest ways to make a ho-hum essay, poem, or story into one that people will want to read. Here are some ideas for helping your students to choose better words: Make finding synonyms for overused words a class activity. This is a great way to practice

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