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Students explore the Carnival traditions of Puerto Rico and compare them to other Carnival traditions in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. For this carnival lesson, students discuss the history of carnivals and their importance to the Puerto Rican community. Students examine Ponce costumes and masks and research a carnival that occurs in the United States to complete a graphic organizer. Students write a description of different Carnival celebrations.
Students create Mardi Gras floats from shoeboxes to illustrate the Six Pillars of Character. In this character education lesson, students discuss Mardi Gras and famous celebrations. Students make floats out of shoeboxes to illustrate the Six Pillars of Character. Students work in groups to complete the floats.
Students share their New Year's traditions, then read a news article about how people around the world celebrate the start of a new year. In this current events lesson plan, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Pupils read and analyze the story, The Cask of Amontillado, for basic comprehension and to find ironic meanings. They then do research to find why the season of carnival is celebrated around the world, and they view various Web sites of global carnival celebrations. The students also create their own carnival masks.
Students research how seasonal changes in Louisiana affect their own lives and the folklife of their communities and the state. They investigate differences in the seasonal round in the regions of Louisiana, including celebrations, festivals, customs, crops, weather, music, and environmental changes through the year. Finally, students research a seasonal celebration or activity in depth, including fieldwork as well as research in books and on the Internet.
Students research world geography by reading assigned text. In this cultural tradition instructional activity, students read information regarding American Indians, Buddhists, Hindu and other collections of people around the world. Students discuss their holiday celebrations and histories before completing several worksheets regarding favorite student activities.
Fifth graders brainstorm a list of holidays celebrated by a majority of people in the United States. They each select an American holiday from the list as well as another country that may have a holiday that is similar. Next, they conduct research to locate useful information using a minimum of three sources. Note: The lesson includes an extensive list of holidays.
Students examine various Halloween traditions and the legend of the Jack O'Lantern. They listen to the story "Pumpkin Pumpkin," examine a map and locate the origins of pumpkins, weigh and measure a pumpkin and graph the results, and prepare and taste test pumpkin recipes.
Middle Schoolers research Arkansas community festivals which are tied to the landscape. They create brochures that reflect the festival from a geographical and historical perspective and share them with the class. This ambitious and creative plan should be ideal for middle schoolers. Some real-life festival brochures are embedded in the plan to help guide your pupils.