*****This packet includes digital versions of each of the activities. The zip folder includes links to a Google Slides version and the Powerpoint version for easy uploading
This packet is FULL of engaging and informative activities to teach your students all about major holidays around the world! This packet includes Christmas in America, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan/Eid, Lunar New Year, and Diwali. This packet is perfect for helping students understand how and why their classmates celebrate various holidays and for promoting diversity in the classroom! The following activities/resources are included.
Anchor Chart Printables and Vocabulary Cards-These are perfect for creating class anchor charts, class discussions, or to place in a writing center. All of the pictures come in color and black/white so you can decide what works best for you!
-Kwanzaa, unity cup, mkeka, crops, kinara, corn
-Hanukkah, menorah, dreidel, gelt, latke, gimel, hey, nun, donuts, star of David
-Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, fasting, Qur'an, mosque, praying, mat, crescent moon
-Christmas, caroling, elf, lights, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, stocking, gingerbread, reindeer, ornament, candy cane, Christmas tree, angel, chimney, holly, snowman
-Diwali, candle, lantern, Diya, firework, rangoli
-Lunar New Year, packet, dragon, fan, mandarin orange, coin
-family, charity, gift tradition
Interactive Readers-Each holiday has it's own interactive reader. Each page has information about the holiday and a spot for students to reflect or share their thinking.
Printables-These pages are perfect for independent work, as assessments, or any other way you would like to use them!
-Time to Compare-students compare and contrast 2 holidays
-My Schema-students write about their schema and what they want to know
-Color and Sort-students sort and color pictures of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas
-Christmas and Ramadan-students sort by Christmas, Ramadan, and both. This is a great activity for helping students see similarities between holidays :)
-My Holiday Learning-students draw and write 4 things they learned about holidays
-My Holiday Tradition-students draw and write about a holiday tradition they have (multiple versions included; makes a perfect take home project)
All About It-students complete graphic organizers about all 6 winter holidays
-Schema, Questions, New Learning-students write about each holdiay as they learn about them
-My New Holiday-students create a new holiday and tell all about it
-Writing Page-students draw and write about the food, decorations, gifts, and activities of a holiday
Compare Them-students draw and write about the holidays and how they are the same and different
Flipbooks-Students always enjoy making these 2 page flipbooks.
-Ramadan-students write about who, why, and how people celebrate Ramadan
-Compare Them-students tell how Ramadan and Eid are similar and different
-Hanukkah-students write about traditions, fun facts, and questions they have
-Kwanzaa-students write about who, why, and how people celebrate Kwanzaa
-Diwali-students draw and write about 4 facts they learned about Diwali
-Chinese New Year-students draw and write about 4 traditions of the holiday
-Christmas-students draw and write about Christmas
Teacher Resources-I've included lots of resources to help make this unit easier for you! :)
-Read Aloud Suggestions
-Parent letter to send home about the unit (and an editable version)
I truly hope this product helps you and your class explore holidays around the world, diversity, and acceptance!