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Students sing and perform the song "Festival Hosanna" by Carole Stephens in this Choral instructional activity for the High School classroom. Emphasis is placed upon the National Standards for Music and singing proper Latin text in a group setting.
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.
South American Cultures
Middle schoolers examine South American festivals. For this cultural diversity lesson, students research Spanish cultural festivals and determine their purpose. Middle schoolers write and conduct a survey about cultural festivals.
Students examine the importance of celebrations in life. For this celebrations lesson, students determine what type of celebrations people participate in especially those that focus on corn. They read about different celebrations including Native American harvest festivities and Kwanzaa. They graph the information they collect.
Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King
Students investigate the history of Mali. In 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.
Dancing with Dionysus
Sixth graders research Ancient Greek culture by acting in a play for the festival of Dionysus. In this Greek culture lesson, 6th graders study an ancient Greek map and the Sarcophagus Dionysus from the Walters Art Museum website. Students perform a shape movement using Greek deity symbols and study a Greek theater fact sheet. Students learn the Greek Gerenos Dance and act out a performance for the festival of Dionysus.
Students identify foods that they associate with different cultural groups in which they are members and speculate possible connections between specific foods and the cultures in which they are popular. They also explore the importance of the omul in the Siberian culture by reading and discussing "Fish With an Indelicate Smell." Finally they create informational handouts based on research of selected "cultural" food and participate in a class-wide Cultural Food Festival.
Fifth graders explore cultural rituals. In this cultural rituals activity, 5th graders discover different cultures way of celebrating rice. Students gain information about festivals in the US, Indonesia, Thailand, and Japan. Students create calendars listing the dates of different rice festivals around the world.
Chinese Ice Sculptures Melting
Students examine, critique and study a newspaper article on a famous ice festival in China that is being affected by rising global temperatures. They complete three worksheets on the article that deals with comprehension questions, a vocabulary matching task and one on a grammar/language focus.
Middle Ages: Lesson 15
Sixth graders explore technology by researching World History. In this Middle Age weaponry lesson, 6th graders discuss the battles of 14th century England and how men and women defended themselves with bows, arrows and other weapons. Students participate in a class Medieval festival and must create or demonstrate different activities performed in the era.
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. Note: This lesson is extremely religious in content and not intended for use in a public school setting.
Translating Short Stories into Original Short Films
Learners 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.
Foods, Families, and Festivals
In this foods, families, and festivals worksheet, students cut out pictures of food, sort them in two groups of party foods and every day foods, and answer multiple questions about the uses of the foods. Students complete nine activities.
Famous Festivals Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 12 identification questions about famous festivals that occur in the world. Students have 3 minutes to finish the timed quiz.
The Big Balloon Festival
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.
The Big Balloon Festival
Students explore physics by reading a book about hot air balloons. In this flight instructional activity, students read the book The Big Balloon Festival and discuss the concept of flying without wings or an engine. Students define a list of balloonist vocabulary terms and answer study questions about the story.
Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago - Chicago Blues
Watching Great Performances’ Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago launches an investigation into and discussion of how the electric guitar and guitarists have changed the sound of the blues over time. An engaging way to explore the relationship between music and culture.
Festivals and Fairs
Students celebrate May Day. In this Medieval festivals lesson plan, students research May Day and information about may poles. Students build their own may poles and discuss the significance of the May Day festival.
A Bash in Baalbeck: Creating a Lebanese Festival
Learn about the diversity of the culture of Lebanon through this series of cross-curricular lessons. Compare and contrast various cultures through activities and readings. An introduction to the culture of Lebanon is included along with explanations of food, religion, and recreation. Learners will be able to compare their own culture to that of an Arab culture.
Students research various cultural and religious festivals celebrated and observed by Australians, describing common elements and identifying adaptations that have been made for life in Australia.