In “Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and More” students receive a brief snapshot of four of the different holidays that are celebrated by Americans in December. They are Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Boxing Day. Students can compare an article that mentions each of these holidays to videos about each holiday, hold a classroom debate, and use notebook illustrations that go with this topic.
This current event curriculum is set up as a once-a-week, single-session activity. (Follow Kay’s Simple Literature and Games to learn when new current event lessons are released.) Here is what this lesson contains:
A Student’s Connection to the World
Choose the reading level that works for your class: second grade, third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade. You get current event, reproducible, reading sheets for each grade level. Then use them to help students understand more about four holidays in December.
Then teachers choose one activity from the following:
This worksheet helps students explore the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the holiday article.
Sing a Round
On this sheet, students fill in the names of holidays that individuals in your class celebrates in December. Then after listening to how the song is sung online, your class can sing the song together.
Use this sheet to help students play a concentration-like game that covers information from these four holidays.
Comparison Worksheet — Gather the Facts
Students can use this worksheet to help them compare the holiday article to online videos about each holiday. Once students have completed this worksheet, they will be asked to use what they have discovered to write a comparison essay.
Throughout the previous week, students will have researched for a debate, for an inquiry paper, or for their current event notebook. During this second session, teachers can use the following resources:
Holiday or Christmas Debates
Students can fill out Holiday or Christmas Debate Worksheet. After students find one pro and one con fact for the debate, a classroom debate takes place.
This worksheet helps students go deeper with an assigned topic. They are asked to research a topic related to a December holiday.
Current Event Notebook Illustrations
Get a single page of illustrations and writing prompts that students can use in a current event notebook. In their notebook, they can add the current reading sheet information and find related stories.
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