Christmas Around the World: Winter Solstice- Ancient/Modern Holidays

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Grade Levels
5th - 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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Christmas Around the World and so much more! Why avoid Christmas in the classroom? Instead, take an in depth look at Christmas Around the World! This unit incorporates a study of the major ancient & modern winter solstice celebrations including Christmas,Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Common Core Standards Aligned (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grades) English Language Arts and Social Studies

Included in the unit:
What is the Winter Solstice?
Small Group Project Assignment
Internet research assignment with suggested search terms
Symbols & traditions linked to the winter solstice
Group research worksheets
Teacher information sheets on each winter solstice celebration
Flip-chart presentation instructions
Station rotation comparison activity with comparison charts
Questions for class discussion
Rubric scoring guide

Every time I do this with my students in the classroom, I find new holidays that some of my students celebrate that are typically ignored in the classroom. They are so excited to be able to share their family traditions with the class!

I hope you enjoy this unit as much as my students and I have!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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