Do you want your classroom to feel festive and inclusive? These 7 interactive and attractive posters will not only bring more cheer to your walls but will also help your students learn more about holidays celebrated around the world during the winter season. Students can take their smartphone or Chromebook and scan the QR code on each poster, which will take them to a brief YouTube video detailing how the holiday was celebrated.
The posters include the following holidays:
- Chinese New Year
- Las Posadas
- Winter Solstice
Here are three ways to use the posters:
- Display the posters where students can freely walk around and observe the posters as if they were exploring art in a gallery. Ask students to silently record one observation from each holiday and prepare to share with the class. Remind them that there is no talking in a gallery. They must wait until your classroom discussion to share their ideas.
- Number each poster 1-7. Display the posters where students can freely walk around and observe the posters. Place students in 7 groups and assign them a number 1-7. If you have a large class, have multiple groups of 1, multiple groups of 2, and so forth. Choose a student from each group to be responsible for an electronic device like a smartphone, i-Pad, or Chromebook. Have each group read about their assigned holiday and scan the QR code with their device. Each group prepares a brief presentation about what they learned.
- Print out multiple copies of the posters. I suggest making a class set. Assign a holiday to each student or allow them to choose one of the 7 holidays they want to learn about. Hand out the holiday posters to students and have them research one additional fact on a credible source aside from what they will learn in the description and QR code video. Then have them create a visual representation on a sheet of paper of what they learned, also known as a one-pager. These one-pagers can also be displayed in the classroom to add to the holiday cheer.