Friday, December 7, 2012

Fabulous Friday Freebies: Winter Holidays Around the World

The winter holidays provide a perfect opportunity to learn about other cultures.  Check out these activities and bring a bit of multiculturalism into your classroom.

#1: Have your students read about how different cultures celebrate the winter holidays.  There are several online collections including: a) The North, The Holiday,  and Santa' can provide you with short readings about countries around the world. ETC's Winter Holiday write up describes various celebrations within the U.S.

#2: Bring in a differentiated vocabulary pack of terms associated with various winter holidays. It's perfect for the class with second language learners.  The packets teaches them about various holidays.  The activities are ideal for students in middle to upper elementary, but can parts of it can even be used to introduce holidays to middle school students.

#3: Check out this poster with ways to say Merry Christmas around the world.

#4: Bake cookie recipes from around the world.  Check out recipes and have students make the cookies with you if you have access to a kitchen.  Or, have students take the recipes home, make them there, and return to class for a taste test.  Baking will help students with their reading of process charts and fractions in math.

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