This packet was developed to use with 3rd graders through high school students with speech and language disabilities. . It features a mixture of Holidays. During the month of December I will highlight a different cultural holiday each week. Then we will used the list of other holidays and do some research on one of those holidays. The kids are SO interested in the holidays. Studying the different types of celebrations is a wonderful way to engage them and work on language skills and vocabulary!
I have highlighted Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas in this 64 page document. Each holiday is described in a document outlining the history and current traditions (source: Scholastic). Please realize that each of these holidays is tied to a religion, so there is information about each religion. It is a district and personal decision about whether this is appropriate for your students.
Other fact pages are included. Check comprehension with questions and main idea sheets.
I love attaching illustrations to new vocabulary. It's been a great strategy for my 3rd graders this year. Learn and Draw pages highlight that skill.
There is also a describing activity for each holiday. Generic game boards are included to be used with any goal.
A vocabulary matching game and bingo board game are included to target vocabulary in each holiday.
The last activity is a card game that can be played with any speech or language cards.
I included similarities and difference cards to work on comparing the holidays after studying them.
Key Words: christmas, hannukah, kwanza, speech therapy, expository text, comprehension, vocabulary, secondary, middle school, high school, december, winter, multicultural