For each celebrations you can use the research scaffold to help children look for and record information to present in any form such as an information report, poster, slide show, etc. We have also provided the same scaffold with brief background information for each celebration. Before looking at the different celebrations, use our chart to record the celebrations that the children in your class know and/or are involved in. After studying celebrations, use the reflection sheet to assess student learning. Each celebration comes with one or more activities which are outlined below.
Diwali - Create a colourful Rangoli designs as during Diwali designs are made on the floor of the living room or entrance way to welcome Goddess Lakshmi -the Goddess of Wealth.
Hanukkah - During Hanukkah a game is played with a toy called the dreidel. Make one and learn to play the game.
Chinese New Year - Chinese New Year is celebrated with great festivities. Compare your New Year with the Chinese New Year and create a Chinese dragon.
Bastille Day - On Bastille Day the people of France celebrate by decorating the streets with French flags and bunting. Create your own bunting and learn some new words in French.
Independence Day - Independence is like a birthday for the United States of America. Flags and red, white and blue decorations are hung in many places. Make your own flag and pinwheel in red, white and blue.
Vesak - Create a lotus flower and attach an action statement to the bottom as Vesak is about peace, kindness, goodness, learning and harmony.
Ramadan - Create a crescent moon craft as the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle.
Christmas - Complete a cloze passage of a Christmas carol and create a Santa mask.
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