Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Around the World

We watched a video on Discovery Streaming about Kwanzaa and then made and ate fruit kabobs because part of Kwanzaa is a harvest celebration. The kids noticed that Kwanzaa is a similar to our Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations.

We read Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah and discussed how Hanukkah was started and why it is celebrated. Then we tasted pancakes and latkes. Then we created a real object graph using the students to answer the question Which did they like better?. Then we collected and analyzed the data from our graph.

We watched a Multi Cultural Christmas video on Discovery Streaming and focused on the origin of Christmas card tradition. Then we made a Christmas card for the firefighters who came to visit us back in October.

We read The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree and talked about how the tradition of trees and ornaments started in Germany. Then we created snowflake Christmas ornaments.

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