Dreidel Card Holder

Dreidel Card Holder lesson plan

Looking for an eye-catching place to organize Chanukah cards? Craft a beautiful container that families will cherish for many holidays to come.

  • 1.

    Chanukah is an 8-day Jewish festival. During this time children play with a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top called a s'vivon in Hebrew. The names of the letters on dreidels stand for the phrase, "Ness Gadol Hayah Sham--a great miracle happened there." Dreidels are traditionally used to play a lively Chanukah game. Here’s one way to use the dreidel theme to make a holder for Chanukah cards. It makes a lovely gift!

  • 2.

    Use Crayola® Scissors to cut off the top and most of two opposite sides of a square tissue box. Leave enough of the sides so the box stands upright. The box will look a bit like a napkin holder.

  • 3.

    Use a Crayola Erasable Colored Pencil to trace around one side of the box twice on construction paper. Draw a large dreidel on each section. Color the dreidels with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils.

  • 4.

    Using the eraser, rub away color to form one of the four Hebrew letters found on a dreidel. Fill in the letters with another color and add a decorative border.

  • 5.

    Outline the letters and enhance the border using Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry.

  • 6.

    Cut out the dreidel pieces. Glue them on each end of the tissue box.

Standards

  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: The Magic Dreidels: A Hanukkah Story by Eric A. Kimmmel; Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel; Hanukkah Moon by Deborah Da Costa; Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukkah Story by Laura Krauss Melmed
  • Students research the symbols of the dreidel. To organize the symbols, student can design a chart illustrating the symbol and its meaning. Provide a place in the classroom to post the student chart.
  • Provide students the opportunity to create similar card holders for any holiday. Encourage them to decorate the card holders with symbols of the occasion.