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5 Creative Ways to Teach About Christmas Traditions Around the World

Whether your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, (or all of them!), they are always excited to learn about other countries and their holiday celebrations too!  In this post, you'll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome and engaging unit on Christmas Around the World!  
e New Year, (or all of them!), they are always excited to learn about other countries and their holiday celebrations too! &nbsp;In this post, you'll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome and engaging unit on Christmas Around the World! &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NIFR5HV146Y/WDtM1nyy6iI/AAAAAAAANCk/okoOAOPCQLAHyFmRor5UrDuI1m9uB5XigCLcB/s1600/Picture%2B%252810%2529.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NIFR5HV146Y/WDtM1nyy6iI/AAAAAAAANCk/okoOAOPCQLAHyFmRor5UrDuI1m9uB5XigCLcB/s640/Picture%2B%252810%2529.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> My students have always loved learning about the holiday traditions and beliefs of other cultures! &nbsp;This topic is filled with opportunities to ALSO teach about geography too! &nbsp;Plus, it's always great to expand your students' horizons as they learn about other countries. &nbsp;They will become more culturally aware and the world becomes a smaller, friendlier place for them when they can relate to, and empathize with, other world citizens.,&nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Kffbn-kC9Zo/WDtNeXSkrUI/AAAAAAAANCo/25btDlsCxkoYNUbDjxNofnBhIrT1m0WpgCLcB/s1600/IMG_9564.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Kffbn-
kC9Zo/WDtNeXSkrUI/AAAAAAAANCo/25btDlsCxkoYNUbDjxNofnBhIrT1m0WpgCLcB/s320/IMG_9564.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> With the excitement of the holidays in the air, it's a great time to take advantage of the kids' energy level and have them absorb all they can from some fabulous holiday books! &nbsp;As a reminder, reading stories aloud to our students benefits them in so many ways.</div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <ul> <li style="text-align: left;">build vocabulary</li> <li style="text-align: left;">develop an understanding of story structures</li> <li style="text-align: left;">form connections between print elements and genres</li> <li style="text-align: left;">model fluency</li> <li style="text-align: left;">obtain deeper levels of understanding.</li> </ul> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Here are a few read-aloud stories that are super-fun resources for teaching about Christmas around the world....</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-35ijNJuNMoc/WDtOT2ZOqmI/AAAAAAAANCw/Xgpjy3yUtIQ2vceCKWTOCOdTZre0Sof2wCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B%25281%2529.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-35ijNJuNMoc/WDtOT2ZOqmI/AAAAAAAANCw/Xgpjy3yUtIQ2vceCKWTOCOdTZre0Sof2wCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B%25281%2529.PNG" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Holidays Around the World - Celebrate Christmas: With Carols, Presents, and Peace</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Deborah Heiligman</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> This book details the origins of Christmas as well as how it's now celebrated throughout the world. &nbsp;Great pictures, facts and fun extension activities are to be found just inside!</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jRv0kPZfTHg/WDtVAmd_gWI/AAAAAAAANDE/Qji57IYNfRgL1Yg6yXnoYo4VxBtN9dZHQCLcB/s1600/Capture.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jRv0kPZfTHg/WDtVAmd_gWI/AAAAAAAANDE/Qji57IYNfRgL1Yg6yXnoYo4VxBtN9dZHQCLcB/s320/Capture.PNG" width="253" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">The Legend of the Poinsettia</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Tomie dePaola</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Newbery honor-winning author &amp; Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has illustrated the legendary Mexican tale of the well-known Christmas plant. &nbsp;Children will learn a valuable lesson on what makes a worthy Christmas gift.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3MVhJhUm-K0/WDtVmjcOUdI/AAAAAAAANDI/GSBnoyhEZpE8ts8uU0ZjEHvcV6Qkmm0bwCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B2.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3MVhJhUm-K0/WDtVmjcOUdI/AAAAAAAANDI/GSBnoyhEZpE8ts8uU0ZjEHvcV6Qkmm0bwCLcB/s320/Capture%2B2.PNG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Angelina's Christmas</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Katharine Holabird</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Though most likely written for younger kids, this touching story is set in Britain--where Father Christmas visits, not Santa Claus. &nbsp;A beautifully illustrated lesson about a small town and how it works together to take care of one of its special residents. &nbsp;Yet, it also teaches kids to appreciate and value the older generation. &nbsp;Many great discussions will arise from this story...</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RgUuydPsmCQ/WDtWO-1xDSI/AAAAAAAANDQ/Hrt5bG5pOHI_9_eQEn61uGpMc0eOOHOaQCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B3.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="257" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RgUuydPsmCQ/WDtWO-1xDSI/AAAAAAAANDQ/Hrt5bG5pOHI_9_eQEn61uGpMc0eOOHOaQCLcB/s320/Capture%2B3.PNG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">The Polar Express</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Chris Van Allsburg</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> An award-winning story with magical illustrations! &nbsp;(One cool way to intro the book is to explore the geography and location of the North Pole.) &nbsp;This is a delightful story of a young boy's wondrous Christmas journey! &nbsp;Every picture is worth discussing and/or can be used as a separate activity (a story starter) for writing about! &nbsp;You can also learn about the geography of Europe (where reindeer really live) and how to find the North Pole on a map before reading the book. &nbsp;And of course, there is also the classic holiday movie that you could watch and compare to the book. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HSdcYODUx5E/WDtagY0JJbI/AAAAAAAANDk/JWXMFllf07sCULg1AtyF7oceMEWKXItNQCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B4.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HSdcYODUx5E/WDtagY0JJbI/AAAAAAAANDk/JWXMFllf07sCULg1AtyF7oceMEWKXItNQCLcB/s400/Capture%2B4.PNG" width="278" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">How the Grinch Stole Christmas!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Dr. Seuss</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Set in Whoville (what country is that in?)...this CLASSIC Seuss story is one that every kid loves! &nbsp;It emphasizes the values of family and friendship over commercialization in a fun and engaging tale! &nbsp;Your class can delve deeper and analyze, compare &amp; contrast the culture and traditions of Whoville and your home country.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4RaElqMnJu4/WDtbIsCMGAI/AAAAAAAANDo/tutpjXZ1mw0-ALkHXtQ0xXdUnkCjms6XACLcB/s1600/Capture%2B5.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4RaElqMnJu4/WDtbIsCMGAI/AAAAAAAANDo/tutpjXZ1mw0-ALkHXtQ0xXdUnkCjms6XACLcB/s400/Capture%2B5.PNG" width="321" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">The Legend of Old Befana</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Tomie dePaola</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> This book tells the story of Befana who brings gifts to Italian children on Epiphany. &nbsp;I love how this book tells such a beautiful legend in an obviously well-researched manner.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lFYXaiZcwmk/WDtbf50dTiI/AAAAAAAANDs/K29rpGZcGas6lZVmfXqIOKbMXE-zJ-QdACLcB/s1600/Capture%2B6.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lFYXaiZcwmk/WDtbf50dTiI/AAAAAAAANDs/K29rpGZcGas6lZVmfXqIOKbMXE-zJ-QdACLcB/s400/Capture%2B6.PNG" width="350" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Trees of Cranes</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Allen Say</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Tree of Cranes is the story of a young boy living in Japan. &nbsp;His mother has lived in California and wants to teach him about the traditions in both cultures.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2AGcCKnvBOM/WDtby4w2wdI/AAAAAAAANDw/qaUDnQwzXegL5o5ramokaUOkXLa0Pvo0gCLcB/s1600/capture%2B7.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2AGcCKnvBOM/WDtby4w2wdI/AAAAAAAANDw/qaUDnQwzXegL5o5ramokaUOkXLa0Pvo0gCLcB/s400/capture%2B7.PNG" width="338" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">The Trees of the Dancing Goats</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Patricia Polacco</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> This book takes place in a village where many of the families have come down with Scarlet Fever. &nbsp;As Trisha and her family prepare to celebrate Hanukkah, they realize that many of their neighbors will not be well enough to celebrate with them. &nbsp;Trisha's family decides they will take a special holiday dinner and decorations to sick members of their community. &nbsp;I love the example of unselfish giving!</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EwPfJyKY0DE/WDtcvs3avXI/AAAAAAAAND8/t7igITC5GxE6-Bz78twXwT4SCV1U75dcQCLcB/s1600/Capture%2B8.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EwPfJyKY0DE/WDtcvs3avXI/AAAAAAAAND8/t7igITC5GxE6-Bz78twXwT4SCV1U75dcQCLcB/s400/Capture%2B8.PNG" width="302" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Lucia Morning in Sweden</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">by Ewa Rydaker</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> This book is my favorite to introduce my students to the Lucia Day holiday traditions in Sweden.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Read-Alouds-Interactive-Read-Alouds-2194164" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bit-PMrwc9k/WEIsO821vpI/AAAAAAAANH4/tuew0dIUDYcNgtXLd2qxuIjHQyJIYgamwCLcB/s640/Picture%2B%25282%2529.png" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Do you love holiday books as much as I do? &nbsp;These are some of the books that I share with my students during the month of December. &nbsp;In my classroom, I use the interactive read aloud model to make the time I spend reading to my students more purposeful. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Read-Alouds-Interactive-Read-Aloud-Freebie-Sampler-Auntie-Claus-2224423" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6celmCGns5Q/WEImTaQw3BI/AAAAAAAANHg/YgKCyo0u1AQ1kmu7kYbr4YDgHF10GIvBwCLcB/s640/unnamed.png" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> I model comprehension strategies for my students using purposefully written talking points. &nbsp;You can check it out for FREE BELOW. &nbsp;</div> <script async="" id="_ck_134016" src="https://forms.convertkit.com/134016?v=6"></script>  <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Love it? &nbsp;Want to see more? &nbsp;Head over to <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Read-Alouds-Interactive-Read-Alouds-2194164">HERE </a>to check it out. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jqZMRJsC-mk/WDtdCYv2GYI/AAAAAAAANEA/DS39SWocPjsfYtzW7OZ_n_xov2_vPw2vgCLcB/s1600/IMG_9563.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jqZMRJsC-mk/WDtdCYv2GYI/AAAAAAAANEA/DS39SWocPjsfYtzW7OZ_n_xov2_vPw2vgCLcB/s320/IMG_9563.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fluency-Strips-Fluency-Practice-for-2nd-3rd-Grades-Set-7-2852562" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X2A_T3xCIeU/WD7NbLqQZpI/AAAAAAAANFY/roypuKWN8yc64Knea-LDd3rplz5ibKcLgCLcB/s640/IMG_9610.jpg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Want to improve your students' fluency rates? &nbsp;<a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fluency-Strips-Fluency-Practice-for-2nd-3rd-Grades-Set-7-2852562">HERE</a> is a perfect set of fluency strips that ALSO educates students about how other countries celebrate. &nbsp;It's a unique way of getting twice the learning in one resource! &nbsp;Perfect as a literacy center station, these purposeful strips will improve student fluency while also teaching about Christmas around the world.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Reading-Passages-Nonfiction-Text-with-Comprehension-Activities-2208628" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r06cRBllHXU/WD7ZSemnf2I/AAAAAAAANFw/kkNLdsGop4YqM6-GN6_0_xhT4BTRoPB8QCLcB/s640/IMG_9638.jpg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Looking for an effortless way to give your students access to the traditions and celebrations from around the world? &nbsp;Take a look at these nonfiction reading passages. &nbsp;The are full of kid-friendly information. &nbsp;Students are able to practice locating evidence in the text. &nbsp;They are also able to demonstrate their learning using graphic organizers. &nbsp;Click <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Reading-Passages-Nonfiction-Text-with-Comprehension-Activities-2208628">HERE</a> to take a closer look.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M0IfZmeQ2Vs/WDtePF9ERxI/AAAAAAAANEQ/Bvv9npBiZSQlF2EvNOjbCGLZV7A-o3uuACLcB/s1600/IMG_9566.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M0IfZmeQ2Vs/WDtePF9ERxI/AAAAAAAANEQ/Bvv9npBiZSQlF2EvNOjbCGLZV7A-o3uuACLcB/s320/IMG_9566.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Hurray for HOLIDAY hands-on learning with art!</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Around-the-World-Agamographs-Unique-Christmas-Activity-2243595" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KeCNMzXngGE/WDteZRqZsiI/AAAAAAAANEU/-QEYgfSf1tsZV-WG8O_PkcgsRZNZFjmkQCLcB/s640/ChristmasAroundTheWorld_Agamograph_ArtwithJennyK.001.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> I was so excited when I found this amazing resource from Art with Jenny K! &nbsp;An agamograph is a series of images that changes when viewed from different angles.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Around-the-World-Agamographs-Unique-Christmas-Activity-2243595" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4j4a_UgHV8I/WDtecEJcUVI/AAAAAAAANEY/tVKSB6B26uA6Mb9w6OFx55ZRH0SPN-ZogCLcB/s640/ChristmasAroundTheworld_Agamograph1_AWJK.001.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> The traditional method of creating an agamograph is very complicated, but Jenny has masterfully created a kid friendly version. &nbsp;All the kids need to do is color the image, fold it correctly, and display their masterpiece. &nbsp;These would go great with mini-research projects on the traditions in each country. &nbsp;I can't wait to see my students' masterpieces displayed alongside their learning for this unit. &nbsp;You can check out Jenny's amazing resource HERE. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q2WpntNJEWA/WDtdtBTn2oI/AAAAAAAANEI/Yo-y9EZTUH84TI9OXsAjXKYvOMfQfcdTACLcB/s1600/IMG_9565.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q2WpntNJEWA/WDtdtBTn2oI/AAAAAAAANEI/Yo-y9EZTUH84TI9OXsAjXKYvOMfQfcdTACLcB/s320/IMG_9565.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> Finding one is EASY PEASY! &nbsp;Just take a moment to think about a parent, fellow staff member, or community member(s) who are from another country. &nbsp;You're sure to find someone who would LOVE to speak to your class about what typical holiday celebrations &amp; traditions are like in their country.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mD93y6LLv7Y/WDtqK5ojTyI/AAAAAAAANEo/Z6O_a6tHP4AZjtRNW239cxJjoFg62IV2wCLcB/s1600/IMG_9567.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mD93y6LLv7Y/WDtqK5ojTyI/AAAAAAAANEo/Z6O_a6tHP4AZjtRNW239cxJjoFg62IV2wCLcB/s320/IMG_9567.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ReJ4PRklbKA" width="560"></iframe>  </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Sing Along to Feliz Navidad! &nbsp;This version also has the text to the song to help students unfamiliar with it. <br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nr9lciqOD5c" width="560"></iframe><br /> Your students will have fun learning this French Christmas carol. &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/02eu9mxPDl8?list=PLDO7YrQpg54SzOc-L7NTbNNN4Lit9IXp0" width="560"></iframe> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> This is a collection of videos about Christmas traditions around the world.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LwN_Kcb-XhM" width="560"></iframe> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> This video is full of amazing picture of holiday traditions around the world. &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_YQma4Nq8eU/WDttHsA7K-I/AAAAAAAANE0/3I2YiwigjbwxU7oy_hlfJViYRNgz3v4WACLcB/s1600/IMG_9568.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="118" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_YQma4Nq8eU/WDttHsA7K-I/AAAAAAAANE0/3I2YiwigjbwxU7oy_hlfJViYRNgz3v4WACLcB/s320/IMG_9568.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Holiday Foods from Around the World</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Click <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliapugachevsky/heavenly-christmas-foods-from-around-the-world?utm_term=.ayAW3EDz7j#.rgRxk8mKwv" target="_blank">HERE</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.familycircle.com/holiday/christmas/recipes/holiday-recipes-from-around-the-world/?page=3" target="_blank">HERE</a> to show pictures of holiday foods from around the world. &nbsp;This can lead to a fun discussion of how geography and food source options affect the foods we eat!</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #cc0000;">Student-Led Videos</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Any future video stars in your class? &nbsp;Make videos of students (or have them make them with their families) explaining about holiday traditions in their home. 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My students have always loved learning about the holiday traditions and beliefs of other cultures!  This topic is filled with opportunities to ALSO teach about geography too!  Plus, it's always great to expand your students' horizons as they learn about other countries.  They will become more culturally aware and the world becomes a smaller, friendlier place for them when they can relate to, and empathize with, other world citizens.

5 Super Tips for Teaching a Nocturnal Animals Unit

Whether you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome & engaging unit!

Whether you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome & engaging unit! (PS. Be sure to pin it so you can find it later & share with your teacher-friends!)

It's Back! 2016 Gingerbread Man Exchange

Sign-Ups for the 2016 Gingerbread Man Exchange have Closed
Sign-Ups for the 2017 Valentine Exchange will open in early January!
Thanks to everyone for making this year so much fun for the kids!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year in an elementary classroom.  The joy in the children's eyes is a daily reminder of why I became a teacher in the first place.  

How to Use Interactive Read-Alouds to Transform Your Reading Class!

The science is settled when it comes to Interactive Read-Alouds. Not only do classroom teachers recognize that Interactive Read-Alouds are a powerful and engaging teaching tool, but the research indicates that they’re undeniably effective as well. 



Need another reason to use Interactive Read-Alouds? They make lesson planning for your Reading Block time a breeze!

October Family Fun

My "trick" for today is simply a reminder...something we all know is beneficial but it often gets pushed aside in the chaos of day to day teaching.  The majority of parents want to be involved in their child's education.  However, with the ever increasing rigor it is becoming more difficult for parents to feel like they have a part in their child's education.
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