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The holidays are such a fun time of year, but it is our job as culturally responsive educators to acknowledge holidays from a variety of different cultures. This product will help you do just that! You and your class can "take a trip" to visit different countries, and see how they celebrate different holidays.
This unit hits multiple ELA standards, as well as next generation social studies standards. It includes passages for close reading, a cover for a scrapbook, and template for writing.
I introduce the unit by reading the story the Polar Express, and tell the kids through the month of December, we will be traveling on the Polar Express around the world to visit different countries and see how they celebrate different holidays. They then color the cover of their book.
Over the course of the next weeks, we look at a map to see what country we are going to and where it is in relation to us. For each new country, we “get on” the polar express (walking around the room making train noises while I pull up images of the country on the projector), and look at images of the country we are going to. We then do a shared reading about the country and their holiday with the provided text. Depending on what books I have available, I supplement additional reading later in the day or the next day. The kids then confer about what they learned, and create a journal entry to go in their scrapbook. At the end of the unit, we read some fun books about the North Pole and that is considered our “last stop”. I bind the books for the kids and they make a great learning artifact!
Please let me know if you have questions, comments, concerns, or would like literature for any additional countries!!! Check back for updates often!!!