Festivals Teacher Resources
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Lesson: Design Your Own Festival
Festivals are a huge part of the human experience. Kids have the task of creating their own festival after analyzing the ornate Indian sculpture, Hunaman. They create a god or hero of their own, and then create a holiday to celebrate their creation.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Arkansas Festivals of the Land
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.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Japanese Festivals and Holidays
Bring the excitement and beauty of Japanese festivals into your classroom. Kids with special needs create calendars that reflect special festivals and holidays common to Japanese culture. They start the project by creating a list of Japanese celebrations, discussing each one.
3rd - 11th Social Studies & History
A World of Special Celebrations
Brainstorm lists of celebrations with which your class are familiar. This lesson can be adapted to many different grade levels as they research ethnic and religious occasions/events celebrated by people around the world, and present their findings to classmates.
3rd - 12th Social Studies & History
Christian Creative Arts
Intended for a private Orthodox Christian institution, this lesson allows faithful learners to help plan an arts festival. They pray, review biblical texts, and then use their artistic skills to express a single theme through a variety of artistic mediums.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Create a Lotus Lantern for the Lotus Lantern Festival
The Koren Lotus Lantern Festival, also known as Yeondeunghoe celebrates the birth of the Buddha. It is also the topic of a wonderful art-based instructional activity. The class discusses the significance of the lotus in relation to the story of the Buddha, and then make paper lotus lanterns like the ones made in Korea.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Divali (Diwali) Festival and Threshold Art
Divali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. Upper graders explore cultural aspects of the festival and then create traditional labyrinth-style threshold art. They conduct research on the festival to better understand the significance of this important event.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Students research Diwali, an important Hindu holiday in India. They identify authentic graphic designs that are common symbols used during the Diwali Festival of Lights. Afterward, they create a block-printed doorway decoration that is an expression of traditional Indian practice.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
My Big Fat Greek Olympics
The Olympic Games are indeed a significant and far-reaching cultural component in our international community today, but from where do they originate? Where do our traditions stem from, and how do we choose the sports that constitute this momentous event?
5th - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Asian and Other Cultures
Students view and discuss a video showing different festivals celebrated in Asian cultures. They participate in a class survey of the different festivals celebrated in their own families and brainstorm the purposes for festivals. In small groups, they research the origins of a particular festival.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Tanabata: Japan's Star Festival
The Star Festival or Tanbata, is a holiday celebrated in Japan every year. People make tanzakus out of paper and hang them on the trees. Pupils will learn about this culturally significant holiday while creating tanzakus of their own. Two web links and related book suggestions are included
1st - 5th Social Studies & History
Students gather information about the Hindu festival of Diwali. They discuss Diwali traditions in India. Students work in pairs to create Lakshmi's footprint decorations to celebrate the holiday. They are told that Diwali, is the Festival of Lights is one of the few Hindu festivals that is celebrated in every part of India.
1st - 6th English Language Arts
Menorah Banner Lesson Plan
Students investigate Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights and examine the role of the Menorah during the celebration. They determine how dreidel, latkes, and the daily lighting of the Menorah are special to Jewish families. Finally, they use art supplies to make a Menorah Banner using their handprints for the candles.
1st - 6th Social Studies & History
Renaissance Festival: Classroom Study Guide
This resource incorporates a variety of worksheets on the Renaissance, from crossword puzzles and timelines to an activity designing a family coat of arms. If you are considering hosting a Renaissance fair in your class or you're searching for activities that offer a broad overview of the period, then this is a good resource to get you started.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable