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My Kindergarten team is doing a small unit on how communities celebrate December holidays for social studies. I'll be focusing mainly on the traditions/customs of the holidays and other winter celebrations. There is so much that can be done for each holiday (ex: Christmas is celebrated so many different ways). I'm trying to narrow things down and figure out short activities for each, and what I should focus on. Any ideas for teaching "how communities celebrate December holidays?"
flacka I would choose 1 activity that represents each celebration that you are learning about. For Hannakah sing Raffi's dreidel song, have them spin the dreidel and get some gelt (candy coins or m&ms), for Christmas read Polar Express or Night Before Christmas and sip cocoa and decorate a pre-baked sugar cookie, etc.
Dec 3, 2017
flacka Another suggestion is to each choose a particular holiday and have a "workshop" day where the classes rotate and see each teacher who teaches about the one holiday and has the activity. We used to do that for Dr. Seuss and other topics - less planning, a nice way to mix it up and keep the kids excited, and it's just plain fun.
Dec 4, 2017

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