Monday, December 12, 2011

Lighting the Way for the Holidays

by Alysia Battista, aka Miss B, Busy Bee

It's so easy to get caught up in holiday celebrations that we forget about others who may not be as fortunate. Also, there are those who celebrate the holiday season in other ways. Over the years, many of my students failed to celebrate Christmas, as well as other holidays, so a lights theme conveyed that many winter holidays are centered on hope in dark times!

The following books and products are excellent for teaching about holiday celebrations:

               Kirsten's Surprise by American Girls (teaches about Saint Lucia)
              Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
              Milly and the Macy's Parade
              Light the Lights: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas
              Angel Child, Dragon Child
             Bringing in the New Year

Also, there are many excellent products on Teachers Pay Teachers for teaching acceptance and for giving students an understanding of other cultures and customs, such as:
Spanish Winter Holiday Vocabulary and Activities for $3.50

Numbered Gift Cards for Calendars, Games, and Tags $1.00
Holidays Around the World Unit for Literacy and Social Studies $5.50

Other holiday products:
I Have. Who Has? December Holidays $2.00
Holidays Around the World $6.00
Multicultural Holidays $24.99

Related Teachers Pay Teachers Products:
Santa Christmas Holiday Coordinate Graphing/Ordered Pairs Practice      Free!
December/Holiday/Winter Creative Writing Paper    Free!
52 Creative Christmas Story Starters, Creative Writing Prompts, & Lined Paper  $1.95
Winter Holiday Writing Prompts for Upper Elementary and Secondary   $2.50
Snowday Math Work Stations   $3.00
Blank Weather Chart     Free!
Seasonal and Holiday Workshop Templates 120+ Pages     $8.00

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