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Students research information about Halloween and other cultural festivals of the dead. In this festivals of the dead lesson, students use the assigned website to examine All Hallow's Eve, the Obon, or Los Dias de los Muertos. They compare and contrast the holidays by looking at the festivals, masks, and food.
Students reflect in journals how the Green Corn Festival compares to present day holidays and look for ways that the tribes celebrate it differently.
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. Everything needed to complete this activity is included!
Learners investigate the importnce of celebrations anf festivals in Japanese culture and then create a story based upon an image from the lesson. Resource links are provided for images of events.
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a page long story and answer 5 multiple choice comprehension questions. 
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book The Big Balloon Festival. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students celebrate May Day. In this Medieval festivals lesson, students research May Day and information about may poles. Students build their own may poles and discuss the significance of the May Day festival.
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.
Students examine South American festivals. In this cultural diversity lesson, students research Spanish cultural festivals and determine their purpose. Students write and conduct a survey about cultural festivals.
Students investigate the history of Mali. For this African cultures lesson, students research the impact of Sundiata Keita as king of Mali, recognize the significance of historical Malian festivals, and create character masks to be worn in their own Sundiata festival.
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. Note: This lesson is extremely religious in content and not intended for use in a public school setting.
Students review the elements of the short story, create a script and storyboard based on a short story. They create a video of the story to present during a class film festival using both the Internet and software programs.
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.
Students, working in groups as cultural anthropologists, research harvest festival around the world. They design a Harvest web page based on their research.
Learners explore harvest festivals. In this harvesting lesson, students view photos of Christian harvest festivals and Jewish harvest festivals. Learners plan a harvest festival within their own school.
Learners compile a list of titles and authors worthy of having their own festivals, then research and write proposals outlining the activities for a specific book festival. They write analytical letters from the perspective of the author of the book.
The Edinburgh Festival provides a way for students to explore lesson plans about opera, theater, and music.
Students discuss independent filmmaking industry, focusing on the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. As a class, students develop a storyboard for their own independent film, then write movie reviews from the point of view of a film critic on their class movie
Students study the customs and beliefs of the Chinese people as they experience Chinese New Year; students become aware that they live on one planet but their festivals and holidays vary.
Young scholars 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.

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