Shine A Light Lessons for Day Schools -3-5 Grade


This lesson uses the Chanukah story as a backdrop to orienting learners to important terminology to civic education:

  • bullying
  • antisemitism
  • upstander
  • bystander
  • ally
  • majority
  • minority

Learners will engage in text study, take their turn at some drama activities, and experience multi-media triggers (songs and videos) in order to explore how Shining A Light on their Jewish joy can help them publicly display their Judaism and engage allies in any instance of antisemitism.  The lesson culminates in a craft activity to synthesize the learning. 

Created by:

Stephanie Marshall Headsot

Stephanie Marshall, RJE has been engaging learners for 34 years. Teaching all ages, toddlers to adults, she has worked as the Education Director at synagogues and Jewish agencies around the country, as the director of Jewish Day camps, and as both an educator and faculty member at several Jewish sleep away camps. Stephanie has also spent many years as a youth group advisor. She has her MA in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR, where she was awarded the Rabbi Mordecai and Eve Soloff Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Stephanie has also earned a certificate in Innovation and Change/Excellence in School Leadership from NewCAJE and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.  She is currently based in Tulsa, OK.



  • Early Childhood
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Family Engagement