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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 explore carnivals from different cultures. In this cultural differences lesson plan, students, discuss carnivals and their importance. Students analyze the meanings of masks from the carnivals and other traditions then record their responses on a graphic organizer. 
Students explore Carnival. In this Puerto Rico Carnival lesson, students discover the history of the cultural celebration as well as the significance of the elaborate masks worn for the festivities. Students create their own Carnival masks.
Students explore Carnival. In this Puerto Rico Carnival lesson, students discover the history of the cultural celebration as well as the significance of the elaborate masks worn for the festivities. Students create their own Carnival masks.
Students complete vocabulary building and verb tense activities before reading an online article. They complete worksheets and an online quiz before writing a story about a hypothetical situation in which they have money stolen.
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, 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 Leadville's Winter Carnival and investigate historic celebrations in their own community. They view photos, and write a letter to a local community leader advocating the preservation or restoration of a local celebration.
Students explain why carnivals and Mardi Gras became a famous celebration. They reproduce some of the traditions and customs related to Mardi Gras. They write a persuasive paper on why or why not we should continue to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Learners identify the similarities and differences between traditions in the Vietnamese New Year, TET, with the traditions of several holidays celebrated in America.
Students read an online New York Times article and investigate the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. They examine how Hurricane Katrina affected the celebration. They design a float that represents the Mardi Gras celebration.
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. For this cultural tradition lesson, 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 create a carnival display displaying the different themes they have studied. In this carnival lesson plan, students display the work they have studied through the samba schools in Brazil. Students also incorporate music in their display.
Students investigate the native Peruvian celebration of Inti Raymi (Festival of The Sun). The lesson provides sufficient background information about the holiday. Students compare the holiday to traditional American holidays.
Fourth graders investigate Canadians of diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds. They describe the multicultural, multiracial and multi-ethnic character of Canadian society and take age-appropriate actions to demonstrate their responsibilities as citizens.
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.
Students write a haiku about the Hana Matsuri, then write a letter to a Japanese pen pal asking them about their experiences at the Hana Matsuri.
Youngsters share ideas about cultural and/or spiritual rituals by participating in a fishbowl discussion, which explores the ways rituals have changed over time. They write reflective essays about their own cultural traditions.

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