Holidays Around the World ★ Reader's Theater Activities, Video, Song & More ★

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Holidays Around the World - A Musical Reader's Theater Journey ★ Video and Creative Activities
Holidays and Christmas Around the World Fun Packet for 4th Grade
Activities/Components Included: 9, or rather a lot!

Have a little fun this Holiday season while engaging your students in new and creative ways with this truly unique set of activities. This fun packet is intended for those in 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade.


Included in this 4th Grade bundle are the following components:


1 • Christmas Around the World Animated Video [HD Video]
Learn about the way different people around the world celebrate the Christmas holiday and other winter holidays with this catchy song with eye-catching animations. (You'll love it!)


2 • Christmas Around the World Reader's Theater

Inject some humor into your class through our quirky little play that your students will have fun acting out while you cover your reading and literature standards

Decide who will be Befana and Tomte and who gets to play that part that says, "Egg-cellent Egg-nog,” or "Don’t Egg him on...". Confused? Don't worry, Santa and his reindeer will explain it all. (enjoy)


3 • Holidays Around the World Reader's Theater

A second MUSICAL reader’s theater is included with its own sing-along and covers holidays such as Hannakuh and Kwanzaa. Your students are going to absolutely adore acting out this play about the holidays of the world that is completely packed with corny jokes and funny lines, while still packed with cultural information about the world’s many festive Winter Solstice holidays.


4 • Fill-in-the-Blanks and Lyrics Sheet
Any part of the Christmas video confusing to you? No problem, all the lyrics have been printed on an illustrated pdf which can be printed out for individual use or shared with the class via your smartboard/projector device.

Then help reinforce the information picked up in the video by having them fill out the blanks to remember key characters and special individuals who will forever be a part of the Christmas traditions in various countries.


5 • Christmas Coloring Pages
When the Christmas Video is finished, hand out the coloring pages for a fun activity.


6 • Colorful Bulletin Board
High-Resolution bulletin board to post on a wall in your classroom.


7 • CD Quality Song File
Get the song on a CD file and play the song during break or lunch.


8 • Quick Quiz To Check for reading Comprehension and Video Attentiveness

After your students act out the play and sing along with the extremely catchy song (be warned), they aren't quite done learning about Christmas. Reading Comprehension can be tested from the Christmas reading passages, lyrics sheet, and fill-in-the-blanks worksheets while also providing your students with another activity to free up some of your time


9 • 1 Bonus Video
Product comes with very fun Easter Egg that is sure not to disappoint.


Video Summary
Learn about Christmas tradition around the world in this fun video. Santa and his reindeer are flying around the world to drop off presents to the far reaches of the globe and teaching us about the traditions of boys and girls across 9 nations: The USA, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, England, France, Germany, Italy, and over the Asia to visit Vietnam.


Let’s take a ride in Santa's sleigh,
flying across the world this holiday!
We’ll visit some countries around the world
and learn the traditions of other boys and girls.

It’s Christmas time around the world
for many boys and many girls.
Come on, let's celebrate!
Christmas time comes but once a year;
it's time to smile and spread that holiday cheer.
Come on, let's celebrate!

Verse 1:
In Italy, on the night of Epiphany,
an old woman named Befana fills the stockings with toys and candy.
They say, "Buon Natale!"

Las Posadas is the festival in Mexico.
It lasts nine nights, and they dress up and parade with candles.
They say, "Feliz Navidad!"

In Canada, it's like the U.S. of A.
They decorate their trees and open gifts on Christmas Day.
They say, “Merry Christmas!"

Verse 2
In England, they feast and wear paper hats.
They celebrate with tubes that make a very loud crack! (fire cracker noises)
They say, "Happy Christmas!"

In Sweden, they have the Tomte or Christmas Gnome.
They leave him a bowl of porridge, like we leave Santa cookies in our homes.
They say, "God Jul!"

In Germany, the children leave notes on their windows
for a child named Christkind, who is a Christmas angel.
They say, "Frohliche Weihnachten!"


Verse 3:
In France, the children leave shoes out by the fireplace
that are filled with toys, which leave a smile on each face.
They say, "Joyeux Noel!"

In Vietnam, it's not an official holiday,
but on Christmas Eve the streets are filled with lights and confetti.
They say, "Giang Sinh Vui Ve!"

Now it's time to fly home to the U.S.A.
We’ve learned about the world and how they celebrate the Christmas Holiday.
Merry Christmas!

About Me
I’m Mr. Hehn, and I’ve developed some excellent materials for my classroom throughout my 7 years as an elementary public school teacher that I’d love to share with you. I like to incorporate dancing, singing, and listening to music into my lessons. My project, NUMBEROCK, is a collection of music videos that teach/reinforce mathematical concepts that include posters and lesson plans to make learning math fun in a whole new way.
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