Celebrate and discover winter holidays in your classroom with lesson plans, classroom activities, and plenty of festive crafts.
In this unit, students continue to explore the world outside their homes and neighborhoods as they study a variety of ways that other families celebrate the holidays.
- Read and recite facts about customs from the Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa holidays
- Compare and contrast these holiday celebrations using a graphic organizer
- Write a five-sentence paragraph about one of the three holidays
- Recall the months of the year
- Learn the components of a calendar
- Apply their learning about holiday customs to consider their own favorite holiday and family traditions
- Draw a variety of symbols that represent their favorite holiday
- Learn the term "tradition"
The following books are helpful in studying diverse holiday celebrations.
- Las Navidades: Christmas by Lulu Delacre
A bilingual collection of songs highlighting seasonal traditions.
Classroom Tip: Read this book aloud to introduce Christmas Songs from Latin America.
- Light the Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas by Margaret Moorman
Join Emma and her family as they celebrate two holidays, Hanukkah and Christmas.
Classroom Tip: Have students compare and contrast the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays.
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
A traditional retelling of this Christmas classic.
Classroom Tip: Read this book aloud to share details of a traditional American Christmas celebration.
- Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
A beautifully designed picture book of the seven-day African American holiday.
Classroom Tip: Read this book aloud to introduce students to the traditions and origins of Kwanzaa.
- The Scholastic Big Book of Holidays Around the Year by Susan Dillon
A terrific holiday resource of great activities, read-aloud fast facts, and reproducibles.
Classroom Tip: You can use this book as a resource guide for over 70 celebrations.
Students read about and discuss Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa customs, and use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the holidays.
Students learn the months of the year by making calendar pages for their favorite holidays and discussing holiday traditions.