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Yom Kippur quiz for kids

Posted on: 8 September, 2014

YK Quiz

I was teaching a group of children aged 6-9 about Yom Kippur facts and customs recently, and I decided to do it in the form of a group quiz.  I printed out my questions and laminated them, then my class took turns pulling a question out of a bag and reading it aloud.  That was good because even the ones who were reluctant to venture an answer still contributed to the activity. Nearly half the questions are “True or False?” which the kids seemed to enjoy.  My 7 year-old daughters says this is because you have a 50% chance of getting it right!  I was not fussed if they already knew the answer or not, I wanted them to think about it and then I helped fill in the gaps in their knowledge.

You are welcome to use these questions yourself. This link should open up a .pdf file: Yom Kippur Quiz

Some questions ask for basic knowledge: “What is the traditional colour to wear on Yom Kippur?” Some test understanding of vocabulary: “True or false? Yom Kippur is called a fast day because it goes really fast.” Other questions are more subtle: “True or false? Yom Kippur is a day for asking other people to forgive us.”

And there are a bunch of other questions as well, involving goats, shoes, chickens, eating, and the festivals on either side of Yom Kippur, among other things.  As much fun as you are likely to have learning about this very serious festival!

Be warned: I am not providing the answers!  You may need to do a little revision.  :-)  It also allows for some variations on answers to suit your own practices.  Plus you may find the kids come up with more than you expect.  In response to a question about goats,  I had only planned to talk about scapegoats, but a boy in my class immediately pointed out the obvious connection between goats and the shofar.

May we all be inscribed for a year of learning!

 

2 Responses to "Yom Kippur quiz for kids"

No! Fast days go really slowly!🙂

Thanks for this! I’ll be using it with 3rd graders this Sunday. Because of a school program, the kids will only be with me for 10 minutes, and this activity will be just right for sparking discussion and questions.

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