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Planning a Bluegrass Festival
Pupils explain how bluegrass music gained popularity across the country and around the world. They describe the roles of artists, patrons and music organizations in producing bluegrass music festivals. In addition, they use a variety of technological resources to gather, synthesize and communicate knowledge.
Words in the News: Cannes Film Festival
Students discuss what they know about famous actors. In groups, they work together to match new vocabulary words to their definitions. They read an article about the Cannes Film Festival and answer questions.
Inti Raymi: Festival of the Sun
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.
Students read about European holidays and then design their own creative festival. In this cultural awareness activity, students use primary and secondary resources in order to uncover facts and practices that occur during European festivals.
Green Corn Festival
Students reflect in journals how the Green Corn Festival compares to present day holidays and look for ways that the tribes celebrate it differently.
Louisiana Festival Brochure
Students investigate the technology concepts used to create a brochure for a Louisiana festival. They use Microsoft Publisher WIzard to design it and conduct research using online information to add to the brochure. The assessment is the brochure and directions are included in the lesson.
Lesson Plan PROMPT: Not Just Halloween: Festivals of the Dead Around the World
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 and parents partake in a noncompetitive field day. They participate in a Festival Day by playing various games or relaxing in the rest area. In addition, they wander freely around school grounds searching for friends, family, and their favorite activities.
An Ancient Greek and Roman Festival
Third graders label a map of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and do a written report on one element of these two cultures. They participate in discussions of food, farming, daily life and government (among others). Students use the internet to research their topic. The lesson culminate in a Greek and Roman Festival.
How Can Maps Help?
Middle schoolers consider the various ways that maps help people in everyday life by analyzing and discussing maps on National Geographic's MapMachine website. They write paragraphs explaining how maps are helpful in planning a fictitious international festival.
Hungry for History
Students examine what their diets would be like without the inclusion of staple crops such as corn, wheat and sugar, and discover the value that chocolate had for the Mayan people. They create display boards for a food festival.
A Fall Festival with Grandma
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a page long story and answer 5 multiple choice comprehension questions.
Religious and Cultural Festivals of the World
Here are some interesting activities teachers can do with students to teach them about the religious and cultural festivals of the world.
Research is a great way to extend the writing process. Learners gather data about their personal heroes and create a multimedia project. They write about their heroes for the "My heroes short film festival and competition," and create a short film depicting their hero.
Japanese Festivals and Celebrations
Students 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.
Introduction to Junkanoo! A Bahamian Festival
Learners discuss the importance of annual festivals to maintaining a sense of community and culture for different people groups. They focus on the festival of Junkanoo as celebrated in the Bahamas each December, and discover its history and the way it helped to preserve the culture of the slaves.
Introduction to Junkanoo! A Bahamian Festival
Students examine a Bahamian festival called Junkanoo. They analyze how group cooperation is related to the festival. They finally identify how factions form and how they can help or hurt a community.
Religious Holidays and Festivals
For this religion worksheet set, 3rd graders read about the Chinese lantern festival and make a lantern. They read about Diwali, examine pictures of a dreidel and a manger, and read short entries about Christian festivals.
Learning Festival ~ Book Buddies Visit High School
High schoolers work together to develop a festival for book lovers. High schoolers work with young children and practice their reading. Traveling between reading stations, they focus on different reading standards. They act as role-models to the young children as well.
PowerPoint - International Festival of the Sea
Fourth graders create a PowerPoint presentation on information about the International Festival of the Sea (IFOS). In small groups, they create a five slide presentation. They self-evaluate, and then show their presentation to the rest of the class.