Students will improve their understanding of winter celebrations across the world through reading, writing, and creating crafts.
This digital Christmas Around the World unit is designed to introduce students to how different cultures across the world celebrate winter holidays. The digital nature of this resource is great for one to one classrooms or non-traditional school settings.
This resource was developed in Google Slides™ and is included in my other Christmas Around the World resources. If you already own the individual country/celebration packs or my full unit, do purchase this resource.
What is included with this resource for each celebration?
- real photo introduction slide
- letter from a snowman introducing the country and highlighting a special part of the holiday
- celebration and greeting slide
- three slides short informational slides (1-2 sentences) highlighting traditions
- temperature/weather INTERACTIVE slide
- word search INTERACTIVE slide
- writing INTERACTIVE slide
- digital craft INTERACTIVE slide
How is this different from your Christmas Around the World bundle?
This is just the digital portion of that resource. If you are looking for a print and digital version, you will want to get my complete unit here. You can also buy each country/celebration on their own for the print/digital version if you are looking to build your own unit.
Is this meant to be a comprehensive Winter Holidays Around the World resource?
No, this is simply the digital additions to my existing unit. If you are looking for something more comprehensive, please look at my print and digital bundle. The print version also includes note-taking pages, reflection writing, ornaments, and more for your students to complete!
What other countries and holidays do you offer?
This resource is available for the following countries and celebrations:
1. Christmas in Australia
2. Christmas in Canada
3. Chinese New Year in China
4. Christmas in England
5. Christmas in France
6. Christmas in Germany
7. Diwali in India
8. Hanukkah in Israel
9. Christmas in Italy
10. Las Posadas in Mexico
11. Christmas in the Netherlands
12. Christmas in Russia
13. St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden
14. Christmas in the United States
15. Kwanzaa in the United States
How can I utilize this resource?
The digital version has two main components: teacher-led slides and interactive slides.
The first six slides included are great for presenting to your students as you talk about the traditions of this country. Slides 4-6 also match up with the printable ‘On holiday’ fill-in-the-blank notes page. This is a great opportunity for your students to follow along and complete that worksheet.
The next four slides are interactive, meaning your students can actually manipulate things on the slide if you are using EDIT mode.
- Weather: if you are ‘visiting’ each country students can look up the temperature and weather when you ‘arrive’ – this slide is great for comparing and contrasting where you live to the country you are visiting
- Word Search: this is simply a digital variation of the print version – all the words are the same
- Writing: this slide is intentionally left quite blank, giving you the freedom to assign any writing to the students (favorite tradition of the country, how their celebrations differ from the students’ experiences, etc.)
- Digital craft: this is an alternative to creating a paper craft; students will follow the directions and manipulate the pieces on the screen
I don’t know much about holidays and traditions that I don’t celebrate. How will I know what to teach my students?
There is a brief guide provided in your download with some information I have found and used over the years. You can also find in-depth information for the traditions and customs mentioned on the internet or in books such as Christmas Around the World by Mary Lankford. For each country, you also receive a letter/note from a snowman that highlights a tradition or two from each celebration.
Are there crafts included in this resource?
Yes! There is one craft or digital manipulation slide per country/celebration.
- Australia: decorate ornaments
- Canada: decorate Christmas tree
- China: build a lantern
- England: decorate a Christmas card
- France: spell phrase with cookies
- Germany: decorate a gingerbread house
- India: line up row of candles
- Israel: put candles on hanukkiah
- Italy: label picture of Befana
- Mexico: build poinsettias
- Netherlands: build Sinterklaas' hat
- Russia: order nesting dolls from smallest to largest
- Sweden: create a scene
- United States (Christmas): spell name with stockings on fireplace
- United States (Kwanzaa): place candles on kinara
What program(s) does this resource use?
This was created with Google Slides™ and can be used in your Google Classroom™. If you have any questions about how to use or access this type of resource please email me at email@example.com or send me a Q&A here on TpT before you purchase.
Will you have access to my Google Drive?
No! Your download comes with links for you to make a copy of this resource.
I thought this was a Google resource. Why am I downloading a PDF?
Your download comes with a PDF that includes the brief teacher guide, book list, and digital links. You will click on each computer screen to make a copy of the resource for your Drive. You can choose to add all the countries or just a few to your Drive as needed.
I just want to give my students the interactive slides. How can I do that?
No problem! Keep a master version of the resource and just copy the slides that you want to a new presentation in your Drive. Then you can send your students select slides.
I don’t have time to do a full Christmas Around the World unit. Do you have any quick no-prep Christmas resources?
If you’re looking for a no-prep pack about Christmas to use for morning work or send home as a winter break pack, you may be interested in my Kindergarten Christmas Around the World No Prep Worksheets. Resource Ranch offers a similar resource for first grade