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Monday, December 12, 2011

Holidays Around the World

We are going to visit one country each day to learn how they celebrate winter holidays.  We found these really cute simple passports from PBS Kids Sprout the Mr. Mailman show and the stamp template from Fiar Circle that you can change the country name and the date.  Each day we visit a country, the students will glue a stamp in their passport.  We will also make a page in our Holidays Around the World book.  At the end of the unit, they will have a wonderful souvenir and book to remember each country and their Holiday traditions. 

Click here for the stamp template.

We will begin our journey in Sweden where we will engage all of our senses while we learn about Saint Lucia Day.  We will look at pictures, watch a video, color in the Swedish flag, and eat a Danish pancake.

Then we are heading to Mexico to learn all about Las Posadas.  We will start off by watching a Disney video, color the flag of Mexico and enjoy some tamales.

The next country we will visit is Israel where we will learn about Hanukkah.  We will read Hanukkah! by  Roni Schotter, sing The Dreidel Song, color the flag of Israel and eat latkes.

Our last stop will be Africa where we will discuss Kwanzaa.  We will read My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz, color a kinara and eat bananas, oranges and apples.
Click here to see this book.

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