Subject: Social Studies
State Standards: 3.3 Compare and contrast different versions of the same stories that reflect different cultures; 1.5: 1. Recognize the ways in which they are all part of the same community, sharing principles, goals, and traditions despite their varied ancestry; and 3. Compare the beliefs, customs, ceremonies, traditions, and social practices of the varied cultures, drawing from folklore.
To gain an understanding of cultures through exploration of holidays around the world
Understanding Holidays Around the World
Students will be able to empathize, identify with and learn from children from cultures different from their own. They will be able to compare their own customs to those of others and recognize the ways in which all of us share in the same global community.
Computer with Internet access
Art supplies and materials
State Mandates included in this unit
Higher order thinking skills (comparing)
Communication and Listening skills
Collection and display of completed assignments
Student feedback/oral presentations
Students will be able to use their own previously acquired experiences with family/cultural holiday celebrations
Lesson Plan Procedure
1. Students select a country based on their family background, friends, familiarity with the holiday traditions of a country, or their curiosity about a certain country's winter traditions.
2. Students access Internet sites to collect information on their country. (Some are listed in the Useful Internet Resources section of this lesson)
3. Students create their report and presentation.
4. After each presentation, the class records in their Social Studies notebook 3-4 facts that they consider worth remembering about each report. (The class agrees on these facts; i.e., everyone records the same data.)
5. The students complete a multiple-choice exam custom-designed to the facts recorded by the class.
(Note: If there are any students in the class that do not wish to write about celebrations for religious reasons, they may also present their religion?s point of view to the class.)
Websites for Holiday Celebrations Grades 1-3
Written for teachers:
Written for Students::
And a few added resources
Yahooligans! Hanukkah Resources http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/Social_Studies/Religion/Judaism/Hanukkah/
Yahooligans! Kwanzaa Resources http://www.yahooligans.com/Around_the_World/Countries/United_States/Cultures_and_Traditions/African_American/Kwanzaa/
Yahooligans! Winter Solstice Resources http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/Social_Studies/Religion/Paganism/Sabbats/Yule/
Yahooligans! Ramadan Resources http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/Social_Studies/Religion/Islam/Ramadan/
Yahooligans! Christmas Around the World Resources
Watchtower Article for Jehovah?s Witnesses http://www.watchtower.org/library/rq/index.htm?article=article_11.htm
Lesson Plans: teacjers.net #1025. Scavenger Hunt-Holidays Around the World, Paula Barnes