Winter Holidays Around the World: A December Reading & Poetry Writing Activity

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Your students will love learning about other cultures with this easy, no prep Winter Holidays Around the World craft that includes differentiated reading passages and a poetry book perfect for your next bulletin board display. Christmas, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and Three Kings Day are all included in this fun social studies based writing project.

After reading and learning about each holiday, using the included reading passages and web resources, students use their notes and knowledge to generate a poem about the holiday. Each holiday focuses on a different type of poetry including acrostic, haiku, tanka, diamante, and several others. Students are given planning pages with definition and model of each poem. Using the notes from their planning sheet, they construct drafts before using these drafts to generate either a poetry pocket or flipbook that is perfect for display.

The no prep structure of this product lends itself to many possible teaching frameworks. Teachers can have students do all the research first and teach the poems in succession, or they can break down the holidays one at a time. This would allow students to take notes on a holiday and learn the poem types one at a time before moving on to the next holiday and poem.

Your students will write 6 poems including:

✔ Christmas - cinquain

✔ Kwanzaa - diamante

✔ Hanukkah - acrostic

✔ Diwali - tanka

✔ Lunar (Chinese) New Year - haiku

✔ Three Kings Day - shape poem

Product Contents:

• Reading passages on each holiday - 2 levels of each for differentiation

• Student note pages/planning guides

• Drafting pages with graphic organizers, information, and models of each poem

• Templates for Holiday Poetry Pocket & cards

• Templates for Holiday Poetry Tabbed Mini-Book

• Learning resources - links for videos, websites, and other info on each holiday

• Teacher directions including student objectives, labeled models, and photos of the final product

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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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