With the months of celebration upon us in the US, we need to remember that there are many holidays celebrated throughout the world. This mini-unit provides opportunities for culture diversity talks, as well as nonfiction research, nonfiction writing and looking at author's craft, and gives the collaboration piece of rotation through a variety of teachers' classrooms. Students will wrap up by writing a recipe for a holiday that they will research and can present.
Holidays that are spotlighted for rotations: Hanukkah (Israel); El Dias De Reyes (Mexico); Chinese New Year (China); Children's Day (Japan); Kwanzaa (Africa); Ramadan (Middle East); Carnival (Brazil)
The rotations and various parts of this activity are MEANT to be shared with grade level teams, or even with a small group of teachers for educational purposes. Each teacher is just given ideas or an outline of thoughts, but the actual activity is up to them, as they will become the "expert" on a holiday of their choice. This will lead for more interactive and personal connections with the holidays represented.