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Christmas Around the World Unit

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**Updated Nov. 27/13 -- pack is now 83 pages with 6 new countries and 6 new crafts! Scrapbook got a little face lift, but is still the same content.

Board the Polar Express with us to travel to each continent to learn about Christmas traditions around the world. This 83 page package contains a Christmas Around the World scrapbook, a suitcase to keep souvenirs in, stickers to decorate the suitcase with, Polar Express tickets, and 12 craft ideas.

In this 15-day unit, the countries you will visit are:
1. Canada or U.S.A.
2. Mexico
3. Brazil
4.South Africa
5. Germany
6. Sweden (*new*)
7. Holland (*new*)
8. France (*new*)
9. Italy (*new*)
10. England (*new*)
11. Australia
12. The Philippines (*new*)
13. China
14. The North Pole

This unit can take up to three weeks to complete, but you can pick and choose which countries you want to visit to make this unit as short or as long as you wish!

*Note about the stickers--they are to be printed on 1 x 2-5/8" labels (Avery 5160 or 48860 works). When you print them out from the pdf, make sure you change the size option to "Actual Size" or "None", instead of "Fit to Printable Area". Otherwise they shrink a bit and don't fit nicely on the labels. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Total Pages
85
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On  November 27, 2013Whitney Kittinger (TpT Seller) said:
I think this is fabulous! I haven't used it with my kids yet but I have been impressed so far with how flexible the lessons are and the fun craft activities that are included. I think it's going to fit nicely into our short social studies block while still offering my kids a fun experience and solid information about other cultures. Thanks for creating such a great product at a great price!
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I love this unit!! It is such a fun way to learn about different countries and cultures. We started the unit last week, and my students are having a blast so far! The pages are set up well, there are plenty of countries to choose from, and I love that there is a craft for each country! I am 100% pleased with this unit. Fabulous job!!!
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I really just bought this for the passport and stickers. It was great and I will use more of it next year as I incorporate more countries.
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Students and I enjoed this well layed out unit!
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On  March 5, 2014,  Kathy M. asked:
I love the unit - it looks fantastic!! Wondering if you provide details to fill out scrapbook pages or if I need to research. I home school. Thanks!
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On  March 8, 2014First Grade Garden answered:
Yes, there is an answer key included! :)
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On  March 2, 2014,  Buyer asked:
Do you provide those of us who have bought the unit already a free update? I have used it 2 years in a row and both I and my Grade One students love it!!
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On  March 2, 2014First Grade Garden answered:
Yes, if you previously bought the item, go back to your "My Purchases" page on TpT and redownload the file. I've added more countries and crafts and redid the look of the scrapbook.
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On  January 9, 2014,  Reba J. asked:
I really enjoyed using this and I am so glad you make updates. This was so helpful to me. On the Italy page I noticed it says, "On Epiphany Night, children believe Befana their stockings with presents." Can you go and update it so that the sentence is complete? I know this is small and I'm not trying to be picky. With all of the work you did putting this together, I know it was probably easily overlooked. Again, thank you for this great resource and tool. I wish I could give you an A+++++++ for this!!!
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On  January 18, 2014First Grade Garden answered:
Thanks so much for catching that! I will fix it up and re-upload it soon!
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On  December 11, 2013,  Emily F. asked:
Is there a craft for Sweden?
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On  December 11, 2013First Grade Garden answered:
Yes, there is a craft for all 12 countries (besides Canada/US). It is a crown for St. Lucia's day.
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On  December 9, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Could you please tell me what activities are in the South Africa Section?
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On  December 9, 2013First Grade Garden answered:
I believe I responded to you below...

South Africa shares a lot of Christmas traditions with the UK, so some of the traditions are common in other country too. I also teach them how to say Merry Christmas in Afrikaans (one the languages spoken in South Africa). You can read more about South Africa traditions from this website:

http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/south_africa.shtml

There is a scrapbook page for South Africa, a sticker to place on the suitcase, and the craft is making Christmas crackers (the pull apart kind).
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On  December 1, 2013,  Melissa M. asked:
Hi! I absolutely love this unit and would like to purchase it for my kindergarten class. Do you think it would be age appropriate for them? They are a pretty advanced kindergarten class. I just don't want to purchase it and then not have it work for my class. Thanks a bunch!
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On  December 1, 2013First Grade Garden answered:
I think it would be ok for an advanced K class. The crafts are definitely suitable and the scrapbook has minimal writing--2-4 phrases per page and some drawing/coloring. Check out the preview to see a sample of the scrapbook.
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On  November 30, 2013,  Sandra B. asked:
Does this unit include reading material for the students to read facts about each country.? I didn't see anything on the preview.
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On  November 30, 2013First Grade Garden answered:
No, sorry, it does not.
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On  November 19, 2013,  Buyer asked:
How much writing is involved for each country? I am buying for 3rd/4th so want to make sure it isn't too young for them. Thank you!!
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On  November 20, 2013First Grade Garden answered:
There isn't a lot of writing for each country... three or four fill in the blanks, a picture to draw, a map to colour, and a flag to colour.

There is a page for writing about our own Christmas traditions. I only have a few lines on it though. You could always add some lines to the back if you want them do more writing.
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On  December 17, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Is there a craft for Africa?
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On  December 17, 2012First Grade Garden answered:
Yes, there are instructions on how to make "Christmas Crackers" for South Africa.
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On  December 13, 2012,  Buyer asked:
sorry for the double post :)
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On  December 13, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Hi There,

I love your unit, my students are really enjoying travelling the world! I'm wondering if you would consider adding a page for a country that celebrates Ramadan? I would also love some Ideas for Poland :)

Thanks!
Kelly
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On  December 14, 2012First Grade Garden answered:
Sorry, I won't be adding any new countries at this moment!
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On  December 3, 2012,  Buyer asked:
What font did you use the make the country stickers? When I try to print them using Avery 5160 labels they don't line up properly.
Thanks for the great resource!
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On  December 3, 2012First Grade Garden answered:
Hi there,

The font is just "Century Gothic", using word art to make it kind of bubbly. When you print from the pdf, where it says "Page Scaling", make it say "None" instead of "Fit to Printable Area". It should print out nicely then. Thanks for your purchase!
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On  December 3, 2012,  Buyer asked:
What font did you use the make the country stickers? When I try to print them using Avery 5160 labels they don't line up properly.
Thanks for the great resource!
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On  December 3, 2012,  Amanda B. asked:
I just bought your unit. Love it! I am thinking about deleting a few and adding a few of my own. Is there a way to edit the stickers that you included to change the name of the country?
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On  December 3, 2012First Grade Garden answered:
Send me an email and I can try to help you out! (atervoort@gmail.com)
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On  December 2, 2012,  Buyer asked:
I am needing the stickers to match the style Avery 15510. Is there anyway to make these changes so they will print correctly, or send me a copy of the document so I can do it? I have already purchased the unit, which I LOVE!! Just need these stickers a.s.a.p.! Thanks! :0)
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On  December 2, 2012First Grade Garden answered:
Avery 15510 is the same size as 5160 (1 x 2-5/8") so they should work!! Let me know if it doesn't work for some reason.
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I am needing the stickers to match the style Avery 15510. Is there anyway to make these changes so they will print correctly, or send me a copy of the document so I can do it? I have already purchased the unit, which I LOVE!! Just need these stickers a.s.a.p.! Thanks! :0)
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On  November 26, 2012,  Jessica C. asked:
I absolutely love your unit. If I were to translate it into Spanish, do you think you could redo it in Spanish? This would be a great unit in Spanish as well! I would love to have this in both languages! Please let me know! Thanks!
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On  November 29, 2012First Grade Garden answered:
Sorry, I don't think I will be able to do that at this time. Thanks for your interest though! :)
On  November 25, 2012Life Over C's (TpT Seller) asked:
Could you tell me what books are recommended for reading? We live overseas and I would like to make sure that I can get the books on Kindle or easily purchase while visiting in the states
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On  November 25, 2012First Grade Garden answered:
I don't recommend a lot of books in this unit. The ones I do mention are:

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
Wombat Divine by Mem Fox

But you don't have to have the books. There are other activities/online videos to show them.

Thanks!
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On  November 21, 2012Sarah Cooley (TpT Seller) asked:
Hi First Grade Garden!

Would you mind emailing me about your scrapbook? I have a few questions about the format you have chosen for some of your pages.

Thanks very much,
Sarah Cooley
scooley2@gmail.com
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On  October 7, 2012,  Buyer asked:
i bought this and it won't download, says its damaged. please advise
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On  October 7, 2012First Grade Garden answered:
Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe installed. On your "My Purchases" page, there is a link to download the latest version. Also, try rightclicking on the download link and saving the target (PC) or link (Mac) to your desktop. If you are still having troubles, on your "My Purchases" page, on the right there is a grey box that says "Need Help?" and a link that says "Downloading Difficulties". Click that and TpT will email you the file instead.
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Christmas Around the World Unit
Christmas Around the World Unit
Christmas Around the World Unit
Christmas Around the World Unit