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Learners 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.
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.
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.
Students in German class are introduced to the various holidays and festivals celebrated in the country. In pairs, they use new vocabulary for each event and describe them. To end the instructional activity, they complete a worksheet and review the answers.
Students examine the way in which Christmas traditions are celebrated in the Philippines. They investigate why Christmas is the most important festival while looking at the geography and history of the region.
Students explore characteristics of effective group work. In this multi-cultural social studies lesson, students work in teams to design and construct a headdress similar to what would be worn during the Bahamian festival of Junkanoo. Students discuss traits of cooperative projects and factions as related to various multi-cultural groups.
Students perform in musical ensembles using the district adjudication sheet to assess their performance. They practice for the district music festival.
Sixth graders use the reciprocal teaching strategy to review what they have learned about the Middle Ages. In this Middle Ages lesson plan, 6th graders also work on their Middle Ages festival project.
In this identifying culture and festivals of different countries, students use information on a table to answer comprehension questions. Students write three short answers.
In this seasonal round learning exercise, student match the 24 Louisiana cities or town to the 24 festivals listed on the Louisiana Calendar of Events.
Students participate in a folk dance presentation. In this multi-cultural lesson, students and their families work together to learn and perform folk dances at a school sponsored festival. The teacher acts as facilitator, working with parents and community volunteers.
Students participate in planning a multi-cultural community event. In this cultural music lesson, parents, community members, and teachers provide time, music, advertisement, and refreshments to create a community multi-cultural music festival. The teacher acts as coordinator for all the volunteer work.
For this social studies worksheet, students find the words that are related to Celtic festivals and the answers are found by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
In this festivals worksheet, students work as a group and sort pictures of food into 2 groups: party foods and everyday foods. Students then discuss their favorite foods, celebrations with foods, quantities of food, and foods for a healthy diet.
In this moon festival word search worksheet, 3rd graders examine 9 black line pictures show the symbols associate with the moon festival. They complete a word search of the names of the symbols.
Learners take part in a Shakespearian feast and acting festival.  For this Shakespearian festival lesson, students create workshops which include a feast, music, history, and a play from Shakespeare's time.  Learners choose scenes, design costumes, sets, and backdrops, design a playbill, and create a feast for the event.
In this British holidays worksheet, students complete a 15 question on-line interactive exercise about festivals and holidays in Great Britain. Students read a date and tell what holiday is celebrated on that day.
Students examine how poetry festivals showcase many different kinds of poetry and can bring a school together. They notice that festival is a series of related performances and that there are many other types of festivals. They present poetry to a group.
In this world cultures worksheet, students research information and answer questions about festivals around the world. This worksheet gives detailed information on how to do the Internet research. This worksheet was generated in the U.K.
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? Learners begin this lesson sequence by reading the historical background of the Olympics and discovering terms and imagery associated with Greek stories. Then, working in groups, they develop advertising pitches for a product or person that could be promoted by the use of a Greek name or symbol. In the second activity, class members compare and contrast the ancient and modern Olympic Games, and form an Olympic committee to determine the pentathlon of games to be included in a mock Olympic game day.

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