Your kiddos will love learning about other cultures with this easy, no prep Winter Holidays Around the World craft. With differentiated nonfiction reading passages, writing organizers, and a poetry pocketbook, this is a great way to teach about winter holidays around the world, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and Three Kings Day.
Students begin by reading and researching each holiday using the included passages and kid-friendly weblinks. They track their notes in the included note-taking pages. These notes then become the foundation of a poetry writing project, where students learn about several types of poems and use them to share the traditions and customs of the winter holidays.
Each poetry format comes with a short, step-by-step guide to help students get writing, a drafting page, and two final project templates - either a poetry pocket or a tabbed mini-book.
The no-prep structure of this product lends itself to many possible teaching frameworks. Teachers can have students do all the research first and teach the poems in succession, or they can break down the holidays one at a time. This would allow students to take notes on a holiday and learn the poem types one at a time before moving on to the next holiday and poem.
Your download includes:
✔ 12 differentiated nonfiction passages - 2 levels per holiday
✔ Holiday note-taking pages and planning guides
✔ Poetry planning pages with graphic organizers, models, and information on each type of poetry
✔ Templates for Holiday Poetry Projects - choice of tabbed mini-books or poetry pockets
✔ Instructional guide w/ student objectives, directions, and models
✔ Multimedia resources - links for videos, websites, and more for each holiday
1) Engaging passages and multi-media learning activities to teach students about six commonly celebrated winter holidays
Articles included for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Lunar New Year, & Three Kings Day
Differentiated options - 2 levels per holiday
Options for videos and links for websites to learn and gather information about each holiday
Notetaking pages to record learning for use in the writing portion of the project.
2) Fun poetry lessons and activities to teach about six different types of poetry commonly introduced in elementary school
Instructional notes, models, and writing guides to help students create a cinquain, diamante, acrostic, tanka, haiku, and shape poem
Displayable templates for sharing the final project
Opportunity for students to share about winter holidays through a unique format
3) Teacher support materials
Lesson overview with student objective & step-by-step instructions
Quick start materials list & easy (optional) prep steps
Links to multimedia resources to expand the research into a WebQuest format