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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. They write a vivid piece describing what a tourist would experience if attending their festival.
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 lesson plan. 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. Everything needed to complete this activity is included!
Frighteningly Fabulous Festivals
Students explore the significance of holiday foods, first by researching Halloween-type festivals from around the world, and then by reporting on foods related to different holidays celebrated in their homes.
Light in Festivals
Students examine how five different countries use light in their celebrations and festivals. They locate countries on a map, conduct research and prepare a poster for a specific holiday, complete a worksheet, and create a tin lantern.
Chinese Moon Festival
Students examine the Chinese Moon Festival. In this cultural lesson, students read stories about the Moon Festival and discuss the vocabulary words. Students then write a paragraph and illustrate what they have learned about the festival.
Edinburgh Festival Lessons That Teach About Culture And Art
The Edinburgh Festival provides a way for students to explore lesson plans about opera, theater, and music.
Writing to Publicize an Event--The Cultural Day Festival on Sapelo Island
Students create a poster advertising the Gullah Geechee Cultural Festival on Sapelo Island. In this Gullah Geechee culture instructional activity, students watch a video called "Gullah Music" and discuss the music and traditions of the slaves from Sapelo Island. Students brainstorm essential information to include on posters advertising the festival and create posters to advertise the event.
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. Some real-life festival brochures are embedded in the plan to help guide your pupils.
Students read about the Glastonbury Festival and then have to plan their own summer festival. In this festival lesson plan, students fill out worksheets and create a presentation for their festival.
And We Were All in One Place: Youth Culture and the Rock Festival
Students explore historical youth culture events. In this youth culture instructional activity, students discover details regarding the Altamont, Woodstock, and Monterey concerts. Students conduct research that regarding the rock festivals and analyze audience reactions as they watch video segments. Students write persuasive essays regarding youth culture.
Introduction to Junkanoo! A Bahamian Festival
Students explore a cultural festival called Junkanoo. In this service learning lesson, students research this Bahamian festival and study its historical, geographic, social, and cultural aspects.
Introduction to Junkanoo! A Bahamian Festival
Students understand the importance of the Bahamian celebration of Junkaroo. In this culture lesson, students participate in the activities of Junakroo and how it makes people work together. Students define vocabulary related to the celebration. Students explain why its important to keep up the festival. Students create original headdresses.
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.
Festive Farewell Feast
Students plan for an end of the year lunch. In this festive farewell feast lesson, students divide the work and create invitations to their luncheon. Students prepare food for the feast. Students participate in counting out feast supplies. Students review safety in the kitchen.
Young scholars investigate Festivals and invent a new one, and write a short review of it.
A Festival Day In Ancient Greece
Sixth graders present a Greek festival. In this Greek festival lesson plan, 6th graders experience many facets of an ancient Greek festival. Students in sixth grade present the Greek festival to second grade students.
Harvest Festivals Around the World
Students examine and compare/contrast various harvest festivals from around the world. They read books, sing songs, and create various art projects about the harvest festivals from Ghana, China, Korea, Vietnam, and India.
In this summer festival activity, students read a 7-paragraph article about European summer festivals and respond to 6 short answer questions. Vocabulary words and definitions are included.
Students explore the diversity of European festivals. For this cultural diversity lesson, students visit selected Web sites to research ancient festivals, the Edinburgh Fringe, and the Glastonbury. Students may organize their own festivals.
Fourth graders research some of the diverse festivals that are held in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. They publish their research by creating a "Festival Cube." They share their research with other students as they rotate through a group.