Holidays Around the World | Holidays Around the World for Older Kids

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This Holidays Around the World for Older Kids (3rd - 6th grades) in PRINT and DIGITAL for Google Classroom™ (and other platforms) is a great way to integrate reading strategies and social studies concepts while learning about other countries and their holidays during the month of December. Your students will stay engaged with passages, maps, flags, and scrapbook pages for the holidays of each of the 20 countries.

It contains: (Print and Digital)

20 Tradition Passages with Comprehension Questions

Country Maps with Map Skills Questions

World Map and Flag Pages

Scrapbook Pages to Record Important Cultural Tradition Facts

Venn Diagram

World Map

2 Student Booklet Covers

Detailed Teacher Notes

Teacher Notes for Digital with LINKS

Answer Keys

Materials for a Fun Trifold Country Research Project:

A Double Sided Trifold Research Report Template

Master List of Countries to Research

List of Suggested Websites for Research

Student Research Note Pages (3 of these)

Here are the Countries Covered:

1. Australia

2. Brazil

3. Canada

4. China (Lunar New Year) - Added 2021)

5. England

6. France

7. Germany

8. India (Diwali Added 2020)

9. Ireland

10. Israel (Hanukkah)

11. Israel (Passover Added 2021)

12. Italy

13. Japan

14. Mexico (Added 2017)

15. Saudi Arabia (Ramadan Added 2020)

16. South Africa

17. Spain

18. Sweden (St. Lucia's Added 2020)

19. United States (Added 2017)

20. United States - (Kwanzaa Added 2020)

Why you'll love this resource:

  • Your students will enjoy learning about the traditions of other countries!

  • It comes in print and digital for Google Classroom and can be used on many top educational platforms.

  • It's an easy way to incorporate social studies with reading.

  • There are more than enough materials here to use this EACH DAY in December!

  • It's a huge time saver as everything is print and go and the paperless version is ZERO PREP!

  • The Country Research Project gives students practice researching information and using technology to compile information.

  • You can do the entire book for reading time or jigsaw the information (small groups read a certain country's information and then share out). If you are short on time but have parent help, you can run the different countries as centers where students learn about the countries at each center.

  • If you're feeling especially ambitious, you can add art projects, music, artifacts to share (if you or the students have any), and food.

  • It can be used in a number of ways, for guided reading, center times, as independent reading, and even as homework.

Want to try a sample country? Here’s a FREE print and digital mini-unit all about Italy!

Holidays Around the World for Older Kids: Italy FREEBIE

Looking for more holiday resources? I really love this Christmas Literacy Set for 4th/5th Grades:

Christmas Literacy Set

Here are some great winter-themed resources you might enjoy:

Winter Paired Texts for 4th - 6th Grades

Winter Literacy Set

Winter Themed Language Task Cards Bundle

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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