We painted Menorah's and then used the top half of our fingers to make the candles and the tip of our fingers and the flames. The students wrote something they learned about Hanukah. This was more difficult than I thought it would be because we do similar activities all the time. Another teacher and I realized that the reason why it was difficult, is because for most of them Hanukah was a brand new idea. They had heard of it and knew a couple songs about it (like the Driedle Song), but they didn't understand what it was about. They had almost no background knowledge of the topic. Everything else they respond to, they knew something about it before we talked about it and read nonfiction books on the topic.
We made count down chains. The students took them home and used them to countdown how many days until Christmas. Now I have many different poems that can go on the star. I was given this one this year. I like it because it can be used to countdown to any holiday in December OR if you have a student who does not celebrate any holidays in December, you can use it to have them countdown to the break. Since the students are still young. I encourage them to glue the links in a pattern. This year they were able to choose what pattern they did. They are also responsible to count them before they bring it to me. I sent them home the day we made them. Also, I sent a sheet of different activities parents could do with them that addressed different skills. For example, have your child count by 2's.
Here is a closer look of the little poem.
I was planning on adding a bunch more, but I don't have the pictures to go with them right now. Hopefully I will get them put on here soon. We will see how it goes.