Rosh Hashanah Activities for Elementary School

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Explore the traditions of the Jewish high holiday Rosh Hashanah, and help students learn about Jewish New Year celebrations, with this packet of fun activities for elementary grades.

The Jewish New Year begins with the holiest day in the Jewish calendar — Rosh Hashanah. It also marks the beginning of the high holidays which last 10 days and end with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Help students learn more about the symbols and traditions associated with this holiday with hands-on and engaging activities that develop their understanding and expand their vocabulary.

Activities in this packet include Word Wall Vocabulary Cards, Rosh Hashanah Facts Sheet, Rosh Hashanah Symbols Worksheet, Teacher’s Guide to Symbols, and the Rosh Hashanah Card Template. Have fun with your students with this resource packet, and have a sweet new year!

Discover more activities and teaching ideas to help students celebrate and learn about important Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, and Passover.

How To Use This Activity Packet

1. Print out and display the word cards on your word wall while learning about Rosh Hashanah.

2. Read the Rosh Hashanah Facts Sheet with your students. If you have a projector, you can project the image. Otherwise, print out a copy for each student.

3. Have students color the symbols activity and write each symbol’s name. Discuss each symbol with them using the Teacher’s Guide to Symbols.

4. Copy one card template for each student so they can make a card to give to a loved one for Rosh Hashanah.

What’s Included In This Activity Packet

  • Word Wall Vocabulary Cards - Vocabulary words: shofar, honey cake, prayer book, challah, apple, pomegranate, honey, and candles.
  • Rosh Hashanah Fact Sheet - includes information about the meaning of “Rosh Hashanah” as well as traditions and practices for this Jewish holiday.
  • Symbols Worksheet - Students learn about important symbols for Rosh Hashanah, including shofar, apple, prayer book, honey, candles, pomegranate, honey cake, and the challah.
  • Teacher’s Guide to Symbols - Provides information to support students with the symbols activity.
  • Printable Card Template - Students can color and create their very own Shana Tova card to celebrate the New Year!
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