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How culture influences community

 Second Graders have participated in a unit of study to understand how various cultures influence communities. During this unit of study the students participated in a festival in which they rotated to the different second grade teacher’s classrooms to learn about Christmas traditions in various countries.

In Mrs. Goodman’s classroom the students learned about Mexico. They learned about the tradition of “Las Posadas” which commemorates the journey that Mary and Joseph took looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem and ends with a fiesta, carols, fireworks and a piñata. Gifts are brought for the children of Mexico by the three wise men. In Mrs. McClain’s room the students learned about Australia. They were surprised to learn that it is summer this time of year in Australia and Santa is often pictured in a swimsuit. In Mrs. Pope’s classroom students learned about Swedish traditions. In Mrs. Rorie’s classroom they learned about traditions in Egypt. They have their Christmas trees outside and the children find their presents under the tree. In Mrs. Ratzlaff’s classroom the students learned about Germany. Nut crackers are made in Germany.

They learned to say Merry Christmas in different languages.
“Felix Navidad” – Mexico “Froehlich Wehnachten” - Germany
“God Jul” - Sweden

Gingerbread originated in Germany. As a cumulative activity all the students made a gingerbread house with graham crackers and covered them in candy. Students read and watched different versions of Hansel and Gretel, a fairy tale which originated in Germany.
This unit has allowed the students to learn where several of the different Christmas traditions that they are aware of originated and learn more about each country.


Written by: Belinda Goodman, 2nd Grade Teacher
Posted: Jan 03, 2013 by Jennifer Williams

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