Teaching Holidays Around the World in December

December 2, 2023

Teaching Holidays Around the World in December

Teaching Holidays Around the World in December

In today’s world, the importance of teaching holidays around the world to kids has never been more important. Fostering a tolerance of others through embracing cultural diversity can and should be an enriching experience.

I look forward to the winter months, particulary December, because not only do I get to decorate my room and teach about Christmas, but other celebrations as well, such as Kwanzaa and Hanukkah!

Teaching Holidays Around the World in December

I introduce the concept of cultural diversity, traditions and celebrations using picture books (because picture books I believe, are a great introductory hook to any concept!) I add colorful visuals and of course display a world map on my smartboard.

Because my unit runs from the end of November through to end of December (sometimes overlaps into January), I use a range of writing prompts, graphic organizers, themed activities and hands-on crafts.

Teaching Holidays Around the World in December

As part of our daily oral presentations, I encourage students to talk about their family holiday traditions and celebrations (food tasting is great too, but I’ve got to admit, it’s got a bit tricky at our school because of children allergies).

 

If you’re time poor (and I totally get it) and would love a completely no prep, print and go resource, click here.

Teaching Holidays Around the World in December

Teaching Holidays Around the World Traditions and Celebrations has never been easier or engaging! This no prep worksheet bundle packed with Hanukkah activities, Christmas writing prompts Christmas Hanukkah and Kwanzaa graphic organizers are perfect for independent work during the busy winter december month when teachers are very busy! Use in december centers, morning work, early finishers, homework and sub plans.

Teaching Holidays Around the World in December

Set up December Centers in your room where your students can learn all about different holidays around the world, traditions, celebrations and cultural diversity!

 

Teaching Holidays Around the World in December

This bundle consists of the following 3 traditions and celebrations resources:

1. Christmas:

  • Suggested list of picture books that work with these activities
  • My Activity Book (front page cover)
  • All About Christmas
  • Story Map
  • How is Christmas Celebrated?
  • My Favorite Part Christmas…
  • Extra-lined writing template (for differentiation)
  • Which Countries Celebrate Christmas?
  • Label and Color-In The Pictures
  • 3 Christmas Snapshots
  • Write a Postcard to a Friend about Christmas
  • Why is Christmas Special?
  • Extra-lined writing template (for differentiation)
  • Make a Christmas Diorama (instructions provided)

 

2. Hanukkah:

  • Suggested list of picture books that work with these activities
  • Hanukkah Reading Passage
  • My Activity Book (front page cover)
  • All About Hanukkah
  • Story Map
  • How is Hanukkah Celebrated?
  • My Favorite Part Hanukkah…
  • Extra-lined writing template (for differentiation)
  • Which Countries Celebrate Hanukkah?
  • Label and Color-In The Pictures
  • 3 Hanukkah Snapshots
  • Write a Postcard to a Friend about Hanukkah
  • Why is Hanukkah Special?
  • Extra-lined writing template (for differentiation)
  • Make a Hanukkah Diorama (instructions provided)

 

3. Kwanzaa:

  • Suggested list of picture books that work with these activities
  • My Activity Book (front page cover)
  • All About Kwanzaa
  • Story Map
  • How is Kwanzaa Celebrated?
  • My Favorite Part Kwanzaa…
  • Extra-lined writing template (for differentiation)
  • Which Countries Celebrate Kwanzaa?
  • Label and Color-In The Pictures
  • 3 Kwanzaa Snapshots
  • Write a Postcard to a Friend about Kwanzaa
  • Why is Kwanzaa Special?
  • Extra-lined writing template (for differentiation)
  • Make a Kwanzaa Diorama (instructions provided)

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Standards Covered:

CCSSRL.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

 

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