Free Lesson Plans: Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah

Free Lesson Plans: Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah

Title: Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah
Author: Linda Glaser
Illustrator: Nancy Cole
Ages: 4 – 8
Description (from Amazon): Although it’s the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel’s parents tell her there won’t be any latkes until the relatives come to visit next week. Undeterred, the child goes over to the exceedingly tidy house of her neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg (whom readers might remember from The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes [Albert Whitman, 1997]), where she convinces the woman to make latkes with her. Rachel proceeds to spill the grated potatoes, drop the egg, and more, resulting in a terrible mess. Her parents arrive home in time to help clean up, and they all celebrate the first night of Hanukkah together. The energetic, cheerful illustrations and the simple and satisfying story make this a good book for holiday sharing.

Discussion Points:

Ask your student the following questions:

  • How did Mrs. Greenberg wind up with such a big mess?
  • What are some ways that Rachel & Mrs. Greenberg could have avoided ending up with a big mess?
  • Why do you think it was important to Rachel to have company and latkes on the first night of Hannukah?
  • What traditions does your family of for Hannukah?

Additional Resources:


As you and your child work on this craft together, discuss the questions above.

Flip the Latke Game

You will need:

  • 4 paper plates
  • A bit of string or yarn
  • A long craft stick
  • School glue
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • Hole punch
  • Glitter or markers for decorating (optional)


You will make a “frying pan” and a “latke”:

To make the frying pan:

  1. Glue together two paper plates with the school glue
  2. Using the hot glue, glue the craft stick to the bottom, so it sticks out like a handle
  3. You may choose to decorate your frying pan by coloring it or using glitter glue

Make the latke:

  1. Glue together two more paper plates and cut them out in the same of a latke (remember they don’t have to be perfect circles!)

Assemble the game:

  1. Using the hole punch, punch a hole in the edge of the frying pan, on the opposite side of the handle
  2. Punch another hole at the edge of the latke
  3. Tie one end of your string to the frying pan and the other end to the latke

Now, see if you can flip the latke!


Lindsey Clair

Lindsey Clair is a homeschooling mother of three daughters. She is married to her best friend Ron since 1999! Lindsey possesses a degree in Child Development and just completed her BS degree in business marketing with a social media concentration. She is currently a professional blogger and social media manager. Lindsey is also a trained musician in the areas of piano and vocals. Her hobbies include reading, shopping, blogging, and hanging out with family and friends.