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Books for Teaching About Fall & Winter Celebrations

By Gayle Berthiaume

Grades

1–2

From Unit Plan: Let's Celebrate!

The following are available in the Teacher Store.

World Holidays: A Watts Guide for Children by Heather Moehn
This 128-page book is great as a reference and a discussion starter. It provides a multicultural view of familiar and unfamiliar holidays.

Celebrate the Winter Holidays! by Elaine I. Israel
For kindergarten through second grade, this book has sensational activities and important background information that helps kids learn about and appreciate five important winter holidays.

25 Holiday & Seasonal Emergent Reader Mini-Books by Maria Fleming
You can build literacy through using these easy-to-make reproducible books for kindergarten and first grades. They are great for reinforcing reading skills.

Crafts of Many Cultures: 30 Authentic Craft Projects From Around the World by Aurelia Gomez
I use this teacher resource to find craft ideas for each celebration.

Emergent Readers: Social Studies Collection
I use these easy readers in my literacy center. Set of 10 Books Includes:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Canada
  • Celebrations
  • Games
  • Jobs
  • Meet Jim Henson
  • Mexico
  • Red, White, and Blue
  • School

My First Kwanzaa Book by Debbi Chocolate, Cal Massey (Illustrator)
This is a wonderful read-aloud.

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
I use this book as a Kwanzaa discussion starter.

Maps:
Mapping Out the World
I use this map to mark the countries that celebrate each holiday.

Software:
SuperPrint® Celebrations and Special Events: Activity Pack
The children can make posters for their celebration with this software.
Grades PreK-12
CD-ROM
WIN95/WIN98/WIN NT/WIN2000/MAC

Here are some additional books that I use for teaching this unit. Look for them in your school library.

Too Many Holidays by Angela Sheif Medearis
Learn about Kwanzaa and share family traditions and holidays.

Diwali (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Christina Gardeski, David Marx

Christmas (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by David F. Marx
These are great easy-to-read books to explain Ramadan, Diwali, and Christmas. They can be put into the literacy center for re-reading.

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