Table of Contents
• Introduction to Unit
• Teacher Resources
• Student Resources
• Media Resources
Introduction to Unit
• The goal of this unit is to inform
students of the different holidays
celebrated around the world.
• The holidays that will be covered during this unit
Halloween Valentine’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day President’s Day
Fourth of July Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Memorial Day New Year’s Day
Labor Day Columbus Day
• The students will gain understanding
of different holidays celebrated
around the world and the traditions
that are linked with them
• The students will gain appreciation
for why each holiday is celebrated
1. As a class, we will compile a list of
everything that we know about holidays.
Ex: Names of holidays and customs
associated with them.
2. Students will choose a holiday and write
about what their family does on that
holiday (if no holiday is celebrated,
students can choose a family tradition to
write about). Students can write and/or
draw pictures and will share with the
class about their holiday.
3. Students will write a recipe for their
favorite holiday dish (if no holiday is
celebrated, they can write a recipe for
their favorite dish).
4. Students will be in 12 pairs/groups.
Each group will be assigned a month and
students will fill in all holidays for that
month. Students will draw a picture to go
along with a one holiday in that month.
Students can share with class about the
holidays in that month, and calendars will
be compiled into one classroom book.
5. Students will each be assigned a
different holiday celebrated around
the world. Students will research
their holiday and present their
information to the class. Ex: Make a
poster, or write a paper.
6. Create a Venn Diagram comparing
the similarities and differences
between Christmas and Hanukah.
7. Have students draw a map of their
school and design a route for
carolers to follow while they sing
8. Students learn different symbols
related to each holiday and then
create their own symbols for a
holiday. (Ex: Tree-Christmas,
9. Create your own postage stamp
related to a holiday that is occurring
during this time. Students will then
write a letter to a classmate and use
their stamp on the envelope.
10. Give students a map of the world
and have them identify where each
holiday being studied was originated.
(Ex: St. Patrick’s Day-Ireland).
11. Students will plan a holiday party
for a specific holiday during the
appropriate time of year. Students
will decorate the classroom, plan the
food list, and plan the activities for
Christmas Thanksgiving Hanukah
St. Patrick’s Day Easter Halloween
1. During this holiday, people gather
with family and eat a big meal,
which usually includes
2. This holiday originated in
3. On ___________ people decorate
trees with ornaments and lights, and
4. During this holiday, children dress
up and go door to door asking for
5. This holiday lasts for seven days
and a candle is lit on each
6. During this holiday, eggs are
decorated and hidden for children to
7. Which of the following holidays is our nations
b. Fourth of July
c. Veteran’s Day
8. Which of the following holidays is celebrated
during the month of February?
a. Valentine’s Day
b. Memorial Day
9. Labor Day is a holiday that honors people who
10. Everyone around the world celebrates the same
• Visual- List of holidays and customs
• Visual- Recipe box
• Visual- Venn Diagram
• Visual- Calendar
• Visual- Student created posters
• Visual- Map of school
• Visual- Holiday symbols
• Visual- Postage stamps
• Book- Book of Christmas Carols (Any)