Celebrating Holidays Around The World

Here are a 5 lessons designed to teach students about different holidays around the world, including Christmas, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Diwali, and Kwanzaa while incorporating core subjects including math, science, language arts, and social studies.

I teach one lesson per day, starting on Monday. Throughout the week, students learn about the many different celebrations going on around the world and create festive crafts for many different holidays.

Each lesson is designed to take up about an hour of time, 30 minuted for the large group/ reading activity, and 30 minutes for the craft.  It may take you more or less time to actually complete each lesson.  I hope you enjoy these and let me know what you think!

Lesson 1: Celebrating Christmas, Journaling

Objectives:  Students will use scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.  Students will copy, trace, or independently write letters or words (Colorado Standards: Literacy Knowledge & Skills 5.3, 5.4)

Materials: Book: Celebrate Christmas, Book: Santa Claus, Journals/ Writing paper, Pencils, Colored pencils

Procedure: Read Book: Celebrate Christmas. Ask: What are some things that might be under a christmas tree?  Gifts, Presents, Toys.  Today we will be writing about some things that we might find under a christmas tree.

Write students suggestions on the whiteboard. Students work on journals at tables, drawing a picture of a gift that might be under a Christmas tree, using the writing prompt, “Under the Christmas Tree, there is  _________.”

Assessment:  Objectives will be met if students are able to write the first and last letter of the words they are writing, and pictures have at least 3 colors and details.

 

Lesson 2: Celebrating Kwanzaa and Weaving Patterned Mats

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Source: MrsRichardsonsClass.com

Subject Math

Objectives: Students will create patterns through the repetition of a unit (Colorado Standards: Math Knowledge And Skills 4.3)

Materials: Book: Celebrating Kwanzaa, Black red and green construction paper – prepared for weaving

Procedure:  Read Book: Celebrating Kwanzaa, Have a discussion about traditions associated with Kwanzaa, such as the mat, or mkeke.  Why do people celebrate Kwanzaa.  

Model how to make the Kwanzaa mat.  Students go to tables and get busy making their own Kwanza mats

Assessment:  The standards will have been met when students are able create a pattern by alternating the red and green strips of paper as they create their mats.

Large Motor Connection Activity: Kwanzaa Colors Jump Game

Resources: Kwanzaa Activities by Mrs Richardson

 

Lesson 3: 

Celebrating Ramadan and Learning About Cycles of the Moon

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Source: Adventure-in-a-Box.com

Objectives: Students will identify patterns based on representations of objects in the sky. Vocab: Crescent Moon, Full Moon, New Moon (Colorado Standards: Science and Knowledge Skills 2.4)

Materials: Book: Celebrating Ramadan, Crescent shape outlined with marker on paper plates or card stock, buttons, sequins, glue, scissors.

Procedure:  Say, “Ramadan is celebrated at a certain time in the year when the moon looks like a crescent.  The moon has phases and what it looks like changes over time.”

Show pictures of a full moon, crescent moon, and new moon and talk about what it looks like when it is in different phases.

Today we will create a crescent moon craft. Students cut out the moon shape and teachers punch a hole in the top.  Students glue buttons and sequins onto the paper moon and let dry.  Tie a string in a loop through the hole in the top.

Assessment:  Objectives will be met when students are able to identify that there are different phases of the moon.

Resources:

Adventure-In-a-Box.com – Moon Button Collage

SimplyDesigning.net – Button Art Ideas for Kids

 

Lesson 4: Celebrating Diwali and Making Festive Candle HoldersSalt Dough Candle Holders Image

Objectives:  Students will ask and answer questions and make comments about print materials (Colorado Standards:  Literacy Knowledge & Skills 1.3)

Materials:  Book: Celebrating Diwali, Salt Doh (see recipe below) or Air-Dry Clay, Sequins, Glitter, Gemstones, Cabochons, Glitter Glue.

Procedure: Read Book: Celebrating Diwali.  Review some of the important things that are celebrated for Diwali.  Write students answers on the whiteboard.

Today we will be making special candle holders, similar to the candle holders used during Diwali celebrations.  Students got to tables and create candle holders out of salt dough, then decorate them with the rhinestones, sequins, and other craft materials provided.  Let dry for 2 days before taking home.

Colored Salt Dough Candle HoldersAssessment:  Standards will have been met when students answer questions based on the book, Celebrating Diwali

*Salt Dough Recipe: 1 cup Salt, 1 cup flour, ½ cup water. Bake at 100F or 200F for 1 Hour or Air dry for 2 days

 

 

 

Sources:

http://nurturestore.co.uk/diwali-activity-craft-ideas-salt-dough-candle-holders

http://www.toddlerthings.com/2012/09/diwali-toddler-crafts-activities-and.html

 

Lesson 5: Celebrating Hanukkah

Standards: Social Studies Knowledge & Skills 1.2

popsicle stick and tissue paper star craft

Source: RedTedArt.com

Objectives: Students will understand similarities and respect differences among people

Materials: Blue Tissue Paper, Popsicle stick stars (prepared before the lesson) watered-down glue

Procedure:  Read Book: Celebrating Hanukkah.  Talk about some of the objects and symbols used in celebrating  Hanukkah, dreidel, menorah, Jewish star/ star of david which is a symbol of the Hanukkah celebration.  Explain to students how to make the star of David craft.

Students go to tables and create the Star of David craft.

Assessment:  Objectives will be met when students discuss some of the traditions people take part in for Hanukkah

Sources:

http://www.redtedart.com/2015/09/30/25-hanukkah-chanukah-crafts-the-festival-of-lights/

 

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Five Little Pumpkins – Printable Poem and Activities

Scroll down to find all sorts of Five Little Pumpkins stuff  including lyrics, a printable poem, clip art, and some YouTube videos!  The Five Little Pumpkins is a cute poem and chant for kids that has recently been made into a song as well (see the music video below).  It is a silly song that is perfect to sing around Halloween time and when kids are learning all about pumpkins in science!  There are a ton of activities that go with this cute lil poem! Below, I’ll give you a few fun lessons that you can teach to your class today!

Five Little Pumpkins

 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said,  “Oh, my, it’s getting late!”

The second one said,  “There are witches in the air!”

The third one said,  “But we dont care!”

The fourth one said,  “Let’s run and run and run!”

The fifth one said,  “It’s Halloween fun!”

Then woooooo, went the wind

And out went the light

And the five little pumpkins

Rolled out of sight!

Five Little Pumpkins Clip Art

Get this clip art!

 

Five Little Pumpkins High Resolution Printable Poem

Five Little Pumpkins Printable PoemI made this printable, complete with cute clip art and lyrics.

Click the image on the right or

Click Here to Download The High Resolution Version of The Five Little Pumpkins Printable Poem from TeachersPayTeachers.com.

Watch The Five Little Pumpkins Music Video on Youtube!

Pete the Cat + Five Little Pumpkins =

Groovy.

 In case you don’t have it already..

Pete The Cat - Five Little Pumpkins

 

Here is yet another YouTube music video of The Five Little Pumpkins.

With either video, watch and learn the song lyrics and sing along with your kids.  They will love singing along and doing the movements.

If you don’t know how the movements go, just make something up! However you decide to do it, this movement and rhythm activity is sure to be a big hit with the little ones!

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A Spooky Tree Craft

The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree

Introduction

spooky tree craftThis Craft is based on the children’s book, “The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree”, by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Kids love this book and it is one of my favorites too!  Read this book and create this spooky tree craft to go along with it.  You could also give kids the freedom to create their own picture to go with the story, let them create a scene of their favorite part of the book and use this craft as inspiration!

Directions:

Start by tracing your hand on a piece of brown construction paper while elongating the fingers. To do this, trace from the wrist up past the fingers and come to a point. You may have to help younger kids with this step and it helps if you demonstrate first.

 

Next, snip a thin strip of green construction paper to make the grass. Cut out and tuck a jack-o-lantern into the grass. Cut out a bat, some crows, and a big yellow moon. Glue the cutouts onto a gray or black piece of construction paper to complete your spooky scene!

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7 Spooky Fun Halloween Music Activities for Kindergarten

7 Halloween Music Activities ranging from fun to spooky for tons of Halloween fun! Halloween is my favorite time of year.  I’ve picked a few Halloween Music Activities to try this year in my classroom.  I’ll get back to you and let you know how it goes after Halloween!

1. Play Walk on the Witch, A fun Halloween version of musical chairs.

2. Sing some Halloween Songs. Find them at SuperSimpleLearning.com

3. Do some Halloween of these Music Activities also on SuperSimpleLearning.com.

3. Watch this music video of Dem Bones on YouTube.

4. Or this very cute song about some little witches.

5. Try these Halloween Music Activities – Tons of fun Halloween-themed music activities

6. Or these: Spooky Halloween Music Activities for Kids in the Elementary Classroom

7. Dance and sing to The Five Little Pumpkins Chant: Click here to go to the Five Little Pumpkins Printable Poem and Music Video Page.  There’s Halloween clip art there and tons of pumpkin fun!

 

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