Holidays Around the World

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  1. These cross-curricular units take student learning and engagement to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! It’s amazing what students can learn when they are having fun! All of these units focus on reading skills and strategies while integrating science, social studies and the common core standards. This is hands-on l
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This bundle is jam packed with HOLIDAY FUN!! It includes math activities and worksheets (counting coins, rounding, base ten, expanded form), comprehension guides, writing pieces (informative and opinion included), language arts activities (noun-person, place, thing sort, noun – common, proper sort, possessive nouns), interactive notebook pages, reading response sheets, tons of crafts, hats, and SO MUCH MORE!!!

This unit utilizes the book Horrible Harry and the Holidaze to learn about various holidays, cultures, customs, symbols, and traditions. Throughout this unit your students will explore Three Kings’ Day, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Korean New year, Chinese New Year, & Christmas.

Included in this unit:

  • Book Suggestions
  • Unit Plans

Three Kings’ Day

  • Hat
  • Writing activity


  • Hat
  • Writing Activity


  • Dreidel activity/writing
  • Menorah craft/poem, organizer, paper
  • Book suggestions

Korean New Year/Chinese New Year

  • Writing


  • Christmas Is… by Gail Gibbons comprehension guide
  • Christmas Tree craft and reading response activity

Horrible Harry and the Holidaze by Suzy Kline

-I have included two separate comprehension guides to meet the needs of various students.

Comprehension Guide 1 – (vocabulary, comprehension questions, visual images, contractions, root words, shades of meaning, nouns, verbs, subject/predicate, plural nouns {adding s, es, or ies}, making connections, possessive nouns, joining sentences, pronouns, character change

Comprehension Guide 2 – (vocabulary/drawing pictures to represent the words, comprehension questions, visual images, nouns, verbs, subject/predicate, joining sentences, pronouns, character change) The lines are larger for writing and there are more opportunities for drawing instead of always writing.

Interactive Notebook Pages – A thematic supplement to your reading journals, social studies journals, and interactive reading notebooks, etc. Addresses standards {I.1, I.2, I.3, I.4, I.7, L.1}

Writing Activities/Sheets

  • My winter holiday report
  • My holiday traditions
  • Opinion piece
  • Two generic informational writing papers

Reading Response Sheets

  • SQ3R
  • Story Map
  • Character Traits
  • Problem/Solution

Language Arts Games, Literacy Stations, & Recording Sheets

  • Common & Proper Nouns – Students sort nouns and play Noun Match Up. Includes recording sheet and worksheet.
  • Noun Sort – Students sort nouns into three categories (person, place, thing) and record answers on their recording sheets.
  • Possessive Nouns – Students turn nouns into possessive nouns and illustrate their sentences. They must underline the possessive noun and circle the owner of the noun.

Also Included…

  • Possessive noun worksheet
  • Capitalization and punctuation worksheet

Math Games, Stations, and Recording Sheets

  • Base 10 Discover, Sort, and Expanded Form – Students select a card with base 10 blocks. They write the number in expanded form.
  • Holiday Round-it – Students must round numbers to 10, 20, 30, and 40.
  • Holiday Coin Sort – Students must find the value of a given set of coins and determine if the amount is more or less than 50 cents.

Table Headers and Desk Name Plates {Editable}

I LOVE teaching reading and I feel that by incorporating “Holidays” into my daily reading plans I can engage my students while still teaching reading skills, strategies, and the common core standards. I create all of my units based on the ELA and math needs of my students, and hope that many of these activities fit the needs of your students as well! Enjoy!!

Book Needed

Horrible Harry and the Holidaze by Suzy Kline

Suggested Nonfiction

Christmas Is… by Gail Gibbons

Hanukkah by Julie Murray

Holiday! Celebration Days Around the World by Deborah Chancellor

Holiday Stew: A Kid’s Portion of Holiday and Seasonal Poems by Jenny Whitehead

The Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Judy Nayer

The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington

Suggested Fiction

The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola

Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat by Naomi Howland

Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser

The Magic Dreidels by Eric A. Kimmel

Together for Kwanzaa by Juwanda G. Ford

These Comprehension Passages go GREAT with my Holiday units…

Prove it! {10 Holiday Themed Informational Passages and Comprehension Questions

Check out a few of my other winter EXTRAVAGANZA units…

Christmas Extravaganza

Snow a Wintry Extravaganza

Penguin Extravaganza

Polar Bears Reading Extravaganza

Arctic Animals Extravaganza

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