K-12 Yom Kippur Units and Resources

Primary (Pre-K – Grade 3)

Yom Kippur at Akhlah An excellent lesson source for primary learners. Includes information, worksheets, craft activities and listening exercises.

Three Activities for Yom Kippur An easy to understand explanation of the meaning of Yom Kippur and three related activities for the classroom

Coloring Pages Thirteen coloring pages from Torah Tots, each illustrating a tradition of Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur The story of Yom Kippur for primary students, along with activities and games for the class.

Jewish Themed Coloring Pages Includes pages for most major Jewish holy and holidays.

Three Religions An excellent full unit theme comparing three religions through their celebrations and holidays. Perfect for leading up to Yom Kippur and Ramadan.

Junior (Grade 4-Grade 6)

 The Jewish Calendar From Torah Tots, an excellent explanation of why Yom Kippur and other Jewish holidays fall on different days each year. For use in conjunction with other lessons about Yom Kippur.

Activities for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Newsletter written for Early Childhood teachers and parents includes classroom activities to illuminate the reasons and meanings behind the rituals of Yom Kippur

Blessings and Activities for Yom Kippur Includes a short story about the first Jews in the New World and two family activities related to Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah that can be adapted for classroom use.

Jewish Holidays Lesson A two class lesson encompassing all the Jewish holidays and their meanings. Includes vocabulary worksheets.

Senior (Grade 10-Grade 12)

Yom Kippur Resource From Ohr Somayach International, an incredibly good and accessible resource for research and activities. Geared toward Jewish adults, there are several quizzes, as well as readings and interpretations that can be used as a basis for understanding the rituals and traditions of Yom Kippur.

Three Lesson Plans for Yom Kippur Teaching about Sefer Yonah – an in-depth look at the story of Jonah.

Another Look at Jonah The story of Jonah is recited and studied at Yom Kippur. This lesson from CHAI-Online focuses on the meanings of repentance and the treatment of animals and innocents. An interesting theme for older students in conjunction with learning of Yom Kippur.

General Resources

 The Yom Kippur Page at the Board of Jewish Education includes links to activities and resources for teaching about Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Page at Holidays.net. Brief but good explanation of Yom Kippur for Christian and Jewish children alike

Basic Information about Yom Kippur from Judaism 101

Meanings and Observances of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Written for Jewish parents, includes activities that can be used in the classroom, subjects for reflection and an excellent listing of books to read at Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Central An excellent resource for learning about Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement Another resource for learning, easy to read and understand by older students