My American Culture and Traditions: Our National Holidays Student Booklet contains over 30 pages for students with information on significant individuals, historical events, and holidays important to American cultural identity. National holidays include, Constitution Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day and Independence Day. Students will be able to explain when and why these national holidays are celebrated. The Pledge of Allegiance is also included.
This Student Project Booklet may be used a number of ways in your classroom. It would work well as a Social Studies unit to learn about American Culture and Traditions through the observance of national holidays or you may simply choose to use the pages of the booklets independently on the particular dates of observance for each holiday.
Students may work independently or together in pairs or as a small group to complete the booklet and/or individual sheets.
The booklet contains ample room for student responses and additional blank pages are included for your prolific writers who like to add lots of details.
For enhanced programs and gifted learners or for those students who require an extra challenge, you may want to assign a task that involves some additional research that would require a higher level of understanding of the political and historic characteristics of the holiday and people.
For your slower paced and English Language learners, many of the important words and dates have been highlighted for the student in bold text for easy reference. You may need to scribe for these students.
The booklet is designed to meet a variety of curriculum and common core standards in addition to many individual state curriculum standards.
Common Core State Standards ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies K-5
When reading the text and when completing the written portion of the booklet, students will meet the following CCSS.ELA: Reading Standards for Informational Texts 1.1, 1.2, 1.6 and 1.10 and Writing Standards 1.2 and 1.8.
Evaluation Rubric and Additional Ideas for Evaluation
An Evaluation Rubric is included for the booklet. You may also like to have your students make an oral presentation to the class. This is a nice way to end the unit or celebrate the day and it allows students to share their knowledge. Oral presentations also allow students to learn from each other and it enables them to begin to make comparisons between different holidays and observances.
Kat Moors, B.A., M. Ed.
Check out my other Grade 1 Social Studies booklets. I am adding more items all of the time.