For those of you who do not know what latkes (lot-ka-z) are, they are kind of like McDonald's Hash Browns. I only first had them when I started teaching and a parent who celebrated Hanukkah offered to bring them in for the class. I thought it was a fabulous idea and I really liked them. The students really liked them, too. So now each year, I try to get a parent volunteer to make latkes.
I read my students my favorite Hanukkah book, The Chanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel. It is about an old woman who mistakes a burly bear for her rabbi and feeds him all her latkes. It is a funny book, that the students really enjoy. After the book, we sample latkes. Latkes are served with applesauce or sour cream. Never to miss an opportunity for math, I have the students graph how they best like their latkes. Click the pictures below to download your copy of the activity for free!
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