Do your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day? Maybe they celebrate St. Lucia Day. Chances are your class includes students who observe more than one of those events. Whether that is the case or not, December offers great opportunities for teaching about our multicultural world. Included: Handfuls of great teaching lessons and resources!
Few months present the multicultural "teachable moments" that December does! The following multicultural events and celebrations are among those that will happen this year:
At Education World, we've searched our archive for links to lessons and other activities to help you teach about December's "world of holidays." We've updated all the lesson plans to ensure that you won't find any dead links among them! You'll find the following articles full of lesson ideas.
Holidays around the world: A festival of lessons
'Tis the season! Education World offers nine lessons about December celebrations, observances, and activities from several cultures. Included:
Christmas around the world
A world of activities focused on the traditions and spirit of Christmas! Among the lessons you will find are the following:
Habari Gani? -- What's the news?
Learn about Kwanzaa, the world's fastest growing holiday, with activities that include the following:
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
Read aloud a simple telling of the Hanukkah story and follow up with a handful of across-the-curriculum activities, including the following:
With this lesson plan, teachers can have students make a French Yule log ornament.
In this lesson plan, students can read an article about Winter Solstice celebrations and "consider the symbolism of evergreens in winter and how different cultures have used evergreens in winter celebrations throughout history."
In this lesson plan, students will learn about how the Romans celebrated Saturnalia. At the end of this lesson, students will:
If you are looking for holiday arts-and-crafts and gift-making ideas or lessons for teaching about the multicultural holidays of December, don't miss Education World's December Holidays Archive. Then, if you're still looking for more lessons, we've scoured the Web to find two dozen additional lessons across the grades and the curriculum.