A unit about the traditions of Hanukkah in Ellen Rogers’ first grade class at Saluda Elementary culminated with a game of (socially distanced) dreidel.

English Languge Arts, math, social studies, science and the arts were integrated in the learning activities in Rogers’ class. Students made their own dreidels and answered questions about whether the materials were living or non-living. Students studied the history of the eight-day/night celebration and Hanukkah vocabulary words such as menorah, latke and gelt (Yiddish for “money”).

During the dreidel game, students were asked to pause several times throughout to count their paper ‘gelt’ and determine what “10 more” would be.

Each student will receive a piece of chocolate gelt from Ms. Rogers for each day of this holiday. Students will also add a candle to paper menorahs they made, labeling the specific date of that evening’s “lighting” on each candle.

This year, Hanukkah began at sunset on December 10 and will end at sundown on December 18. Shalom!