Do your students know the history and customs of the Federal and other popular holidays celebrated in America? This posters in this resource explain the origins and traditions of 17 secular American holidays. Written in acrostic poem format, they are easy to assemble and are a great way to teach English Language Learners and other students about American culture. Writing, grammar, and discussion tasks are also included in this 100-plus page resource.
4/30/22: Updated with a poster for Juneteenth added!
✓ Please note:
These posters are also available in smaller sets with 4 or 5 posters in each resource:
* Posters for January & February (4 posters) are available HERE.
* Posters for March, April & May (4 posters) are available HERE.
* Posters for June, July & September (5 posters) are available HERE.
* Posters for October and November (4 posters) are available HERE.
Also, the Earth Day poster is available as a free sampler; however, it does not contain the writing and grammar activities that are included in the paid product. If you would like to download the poster only, please click HERE.
Resource at a Glance:
* How, why, and when each holiday began.
* When and how each holiday is traditionally celebrated.
* What some symbols, colors, and foods associated with the holiday are.
* How to write an acrostic poem; when to use the word the in sentences.
* English Language Learners who are at high beginning levels of language proficiency and higher and/or who are not familiar with American holidays.
* ELLs and other students learning about different types of poetry.
* Younger learners.
* Posters are easy to put together and can be used as classroom decor or on hallway bulletin boards throughout the year.
* Posters teach about American culture, so students who are new to the United States can learn about important holidays.
* Posters provide models of acrostic poems when teaching a poetry unit.
* Included templates give students practice writing their own acrostic poems.
* Creative writing tasks about holidays are included to extend learning.
* Use the posters to give students grammar practice in how to correctly use the word the.
* Suggestions for discussion are included to give students speaking practice.
* The included answer keys save you time when evaluating your students’ work.
What an educator who has used this resource says about it:
♥ “This is such a high interest and engaging set of posters! The acrostic format of the poems provides a structure on which students can model their own poems as well as provide important information about American holidays and culture. Very thorough and informative.” — kinder tweets
Acrostic poem posters for the following holidays are included:
The page numbers indicate how many pages are used for each holiday's cover page with answer key, actual poster pages, and blank template page for writing an acrostic poem about that holiday.
★ New Year's Day (6 pages)
★ Martin Luther King Day (7 pages)
★ Valentine's Day (6 pages)
★ Presidents Day (7 pages)
★ St. Patrick's Day (6 pages)
★ Earth Day (5 pages)
★ Mother's Day (5 pages)
★ Memorial Day (6 pages)
★ Flag Day (5 pages)
★ Father's Day (5 pages)
★ Juneteenth (6 pages)
★ Independence Day (7 pages)
★ Labor Day (5 pages)
★ Columbus Day (6 pages)
★ Halloween (6 pages)
★ Veterans Day (6 pages)
★ Thanksgiving (8 pages)
A poster for Juneteenth will be included soon.
The following pages are also included in this product:
★ Table of Contents (1 page)
★ Notes to the Teacher (2 pages)
★ ELA Common Core standards addressed (1 page)
★ Suggestions for discussion topics (1 page)
★ Directions to students for 2 writing activities (2 pages)
★ Notes for the teacher about the grammar activity (1 page)
★ Picture showing a finished poster (1 page)
Each American holiday poster includes the pages for the poster, an answer key for the grammar task, and a blank template for writing an acrostic poem about the holiday.
Assembling the posters just requires a few minutes of cutting and taping, gluing or stapling the pages together. If you laminate the finished posters, they can be used year after year.
Two writing tasks are included:
* Students invent a holiday and write an acrostic poem about it
* Students select and then describe how they celebrate one of the holidays
A grammar task to rewrite the text on the posters by including the definite article the is also included. An explanation of this grammar point is included so even if you’re not an English Language Arts teacher, you can still have your students do this task.
The 5 discussion topics can be used with both native English speakers and English Language Learners, including ELLs at a beginning level of proficiency.
A page listing the ELA Common Core standards this resource helps address is included for your convenience if you are working in a Common Core state.
The cover and pages listing copyright info and credits for the graphics used in each of the Federal and secular holiday posters comprise the remaining pages of this resource.
→ If you would like to see what one of the holiday posters looks like, please download the Earth Day Poster in Acrostic Poem Format freebie HERE ←
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