Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas Around the World

We spent two weeks studying different holiday celebrations around the world. We learned about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas in Holland, Christmas in England, Christmas in Germany, Christmas in Mexico, Christmas in the U.S.A., and Polar Express Day.

Each day we spent the day learning about that country, what they celebrated, and how they celebrate it. Then we did an activity to tie in what we learned. At the end of the first week we spent some time using Google Maps to virtually go to each of those countries and then watch a video clip about that holiday celebration.

We spent one week learning about the things we do in America to celebrate Christmas. We learned a lot about needs and wants, traditions, and much more.

On Thursday of week 2 we had Polar Express Day. By far one of the most fun days at the school. The whole school wore their pajamas to school, read the book, had hot cocoa, and did fun activities that correlates to the story. My students watched the storybook reading online of the book, then we made a circle map of things you might see on a train if we were on our way to the North Pole. Then students made a train using construction paper. They dictated and then built the sentence "I see ____." Later that day after listening to our Principal read the story we used pictures to help sequence the story from beginning to end.

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