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Celebrating National and Cultural Holidays in First Grade

Mrs. Dobbins’ and Mrs. Bernabe’s first grade students have been learning about national holidays and cultural holidays/celebrations in social studies. We began our studies with national holidays and learned that these holidays help to provide identity for our community or nation. We learned about Labor Day, Thanksgiving, President’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and the Fourth of July.

Through Discovery Education Videos, books and flip charts we were able to see these holidays in the real world. After learning about the holidays, the students worked in groups to create posters that told about each holiday’s date, purpose and a picture of what it may look like. After the posters were completed they were put up in the hallway to resemble a timeline.

After National holidays we moved onto Cultural holidays/celebrations. We have been learning about the importance of these family and community traditions and how and why they celebrate them in the communities they live in. These celebrations were not as familiar to us as national holidays were. We have been learning about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Cinco de Mayo, Groundhog’s Day and Chinese New Year. We discovered that only certain groups of people celebrate these holidays depending on where they live or originated from. Each student created a flip book that described each holiday, who celebrates it and an illustration of a symbol that represents the holiday. We had a great time ending our unit by celebrating Chinese New Year. We all wore the color red (which means good luck), had a Chinese lunch and had a parade for our Kindergarteners showing off our chinese lanterns, dragons and giving each kindergarteners a Lai-See Envelope (money for good luck and prosperity). If you would like to find out more about these holidays or celebrations, just ask an expert-a first grader!!

Enjoying our Chinese New Year Lunch.        Enjoying our Chinese New Year lunch.

Enjoying our Chinese New Year lunch       Enjoying our Chinese New Year lunch.

Enjoying Chinese New Year lunch.      

Written by: Jennifer Dobbins, 1st Grade Teacher
Posted: Feb 11, 2013 by Carrie Johnson

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