Inside: Use this Hanukkah Kindness Activity: Kind or Unkind Sort Game to help students determine what is kind and what is not during this sel center activity.
Every year, one of my favorite Hanukkah traditions is googling when Hanukkah will fall on the calendar. Once I know, I can envision those eight nights and how we’re going to spend them…lighting candles with friends, having dreidel spinning contensts, making latkes, trying a new donut recipe.
I look forward to Hanukkah with my own family because it takes me back to all my Hanukkah nights in my childhood home with my parents and siblings.
And I absolutely love when I can tie Hanukkah activities into kindness activities, because then we can focus on the true spirit of Hanukkah.
We love this Countdown to Hanukkah with Kindness Paper Chain where kids can do one kind/menschy thing per night of Hanukkah.
And we use these Hanukkah Kindness Role Playing Cards to practice how to be kind and helpful and generous and thoughtful during the holiday.
We read this Hanukkah Kindness Emergent Reader together about all the ways be can be kind as we eat latkes and spin dreidels and light our menorah.
And we of course love these Hanukkah Kind or Unkind Sort to intentionally teach sel curriculum.
What’s Included in the Hanukkah Kindness Activity: Kind or Unkind Sort Game
24 gelt pieces with kindness or unkindness clipart in color
24 gelt pieces with kindness or unkindness clipart in black and white
Kind and Unkind sorting dreidels in color and black and white
Kindness worksheet to help kids show what they know and determine what is kind and what is not kind in color and black and white
2 writing sheets: 1 for early writers/prewriters and 1 for writers.
How to Use this Hanukkah Themed Kind or Unkind Sort
1. Purchase and download the Hanukkah kindness activity.
2. Print the gelt in color or black and white on cardstock.
3. If you print them in black and white, color the gelt in.
4. Cut apart the gelt and laminate them for durability.
5. Go over the pictures on the cards to ensure children understand what the picture depicts. You can use these as discussion starters before or after the activity.
6. The students will sort the cards by kind actions or unkind actions by placing the cards near the correct dreidel.
They can do this in small groups during centers, independently, or you can do it as a whole group in a pocket chart.
If there are too many cards, you can only give students half the cards at once so they are more successful.
7. To follow up the activity, students can complete the Kind or Unkind worksheet to show their understanding.
Students will cross off or circle the actions on the worksheet. If you use black and white version, students can color in the images that are kind and x off the images that are unkind.
8. To connect this sel curriculum to writing skills, students can draw a picture/write how they will choose to be kind this season. If students are prewriters, they can dictate their answer and draw a picture.
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