Religious Holidays Teacher Resources
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Various Muslim holidays and their meanings are researched and your students will predict whether or not they should be recognized on the New York City school calendar. An extension could be to write a letter to the Mayor about their suggestions, this would develop and clarify your class's reasoning.
Near Thanksgiving, learners complete activities surrounding the holiday. Some of the activities include a passage, matching phrases, fill in the blanks, correct word choosing, multiple choice, sequencing, unscramble the sentences, write questions, take a survey, and writing. Note: There are 12 activities for Thanksgiving.
Students consider the importance of secular holidays celebrated around the world, researching holidays in various countries and creating patchwork quilts to illustrate their findings.
Students, after reviewing an extensive vocabulary list of terms, explore all the different religious, political and personal holidays and traditions experienced in the United States. After discussing each one, they fill out a calendar with all the events listed on it by dates.
First graders use the think/pair/share strategy to show the similarities and differences of their holidays. They discuss reasons it's important to accept the different ways people celebrate. Students listen as the teacher reads "Uncle Vova's Tree" by Polacco. They complete a student handout about Traditions.
In this language skills learning exercise, students read an article about Pancake Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, 1 graphic organizer question, and 1 essay question regarding the content of the article.
In this holidays worksheet, learners choose the correct definition for the holiday term provided to them. Students complete 15 multiple choice questions.
Students demonstrate an understanding of what a fiesta is by participating in various activities and conducting research.
Learners visit the Culture Goggles exhibit in Xpedition Hall and select a religion. They explore how a Christian, a Jew, or a Muslim might view the Old city of Jerusalem. Students explore the different ways various beliefs celebrate winter holidays.
Students examine the history of St. Patrick's Day by creating characters and dialog reflecting Irish culture. A major part of the lesson is the construction of a float for a St. Patrick's Day parade. Also, students research and answer questions about Irish immigration to the United States and describe the origin and importance of Irish symbols.
Here is a fantastic lesson that integrates the culture, food, and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The class discusses what they know about the holidays typically associated with each of the three religions, then they analyze and define food rituals. In small groups, they conduct research on one religious holiday and use their research to construct a menu, which will be used as the basis of large-group discussions on the similarities and differences in each religious holiday. A well-thought-out lesson that contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
Students examine the fears and frustrations of citizens in the tolerant Muslim nation of Indonesia during the holy month of Ramadan. They explore the symbols used in various world religions and create 3-dimensional displays for a class.
Why do people argue? Use the article "A Holiday Medley, Off Key" to discuss the struggles that interfaith couples face when choosing to celebrate certain holidays. Then, in small groups, encourage learners to write dialogues that explore conflicts from assigned viewpoints. Finally, develop guidelines for how to get along with certain people. This might be a helpful segue into creating class guidelines at the beginning of the school year!
Students examine ways in which holiday television specials reflect some of the religious, historic and cultural themes of the holidays on which they focus. They create their own holiday television specials in groups, each focusing on a holiday.
Explore Halloween! Your spooky learners view timelines and discuss the different names for Halloween. They discuss Halloween's cultural meaning and discover facts about the holiday. They then create an educational movie about Halloween using Kerpoof, free software online.
Tenth graders discuss the events leading up to antisemitic behavior in Europe during World War II. Through various activities, 10th graders acquaint themselves with the political ideology of Nazism and assess responsibility for the Holocaust. Materials to complete this unit are included.
Students engage in a lesson which lesson focuses on the Equal Access Act and a Supreme Court case involving the meeting of extracurricular religious clubs on school property.
Students examine the relationships between and among powers inside and outside Afghanistan in connection to United States military aggression in the territory. They examine the interaction between the Northern Alliance, the Taliban, Pakistan, etc.
Young scholars explore Italian politics and warfare of the High Renaissance. They explain the effects of the Protestant Reformation and the Counter Reformation.
Students create informative pages for a fictitious desserts cookbook that examine the religious significance and symbolism of holiday sweets from cultures around the world.