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Holidays Around the World

Sarah M. from Mrs. Cochran's class uses the promethean board to learn about Australia.

On Tuesday, December 7 the first graders packed their suitcases and passports and took a day long journey around the world to learn about winter holidays in other countries.

Mrs. Cochran used the promethean board in the media center to teach Christmas in Australia.  The students were fascinated that Christmas comes in the summer.  Many families visit the beach and have picnics during the children's six week break from school.  The students made the Australian flag, Santa on a surfboard posters, and an information book to show their learning.

Ms. Goodrich taught the Chinese New Year which is celebrated in February.  Gung-Hey-Fat-Choy! means Happy New Year.  The Chinese say the color red is for good luck.  Many festivals are attended.  Red envelopes containing money are given to the children as they visit restaurants and stores to bring them good luck blessings.  The Lion Dance is done to bring good luck in the new year.  The students made lanterns to represent the Lantern Festival.

Mrs. Huntley taught the African American celebration of Kwanzaa.  African American people came to America as slaves.  Once they became free, they honored the traditions from their homeland of Africa.  Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1.  Principles are taught to encourage pride in one's heritage, unity, community support, goal setting and self-determination.  The students made a Kwanzaa flag, cards, posters, hats and information books to show their learning.

Mrs. Matysek taught Christmas in Germany.  Their Christmas celebration is similar to American celebrations.  The tradition of the Christmas tree with decorations originated in Germany through an old fable about a woodcutter.  This tradition was brought to America by German immigrants.  The students made Christmas tree spatial visualization puzzles complete with decorations.

Mrs. Hilkert taught Hanukkah.  The students watched a video and learned about the meaning of Hanukkah.  They were able to see a genuine menorah, hear Hebrew music and blessings, play the dreidel game, and taste potato latkes with applesauce or sour cream.  Yum!

The students received a stamp in their passports as they rotated through the different classrooms.  Much fun was had by all!!

Written by: The First Grade Team
Posted: Jan 29, 2011 by Jodi McConkey

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