50 ideas for Different traditions of Christmas Around the World
I love this time of the year when we work on the different traditions of Christmas around the world. I also wanted to take this opportunity to share a little bit about our Daily Concept Builders™ resources. These resources are a great way for your students to learn important, relevant, seasonally appropriate vocabulary for each month. December is a perfect month to give this great program a try as it is solely focused on Christmas around the world traditions.
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Use this calendar of holidays around the world to celebrate Hanukkah
These calendars provide a word of the day, interactive student calendars, and a daily math pattern, so they are an essential part of any morning meeting. Days 3-9 on the calendar are all about Hanukkah. The great thing about these calendars is they are editable so you can move the words around for when the dates of Hanukkah, as well as the other holidays, change.
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I read our Daily Concept Builders book about Hanukkah. The kids love the real images and highlighting the target vocabulary is such a great benefit for their learning.
This is one of the books in our ELA Book Bundle that also includes St. Lucia, Christmas, Las Posadas, and Kwanzaa. Enjoy all these great opportunities for your learners:
- Color and black and white copies for students to highlight the holiday words.
- Real images of the calendar words in the books
- Comprehension questions in the back of the books.
We’ve updated the books to make them more interactive for your students. There is also a single sheet with the words from the book/song that can be used in a poetry folder.
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Digital Hanukkah Book
Prefer something digital for your students to use? We made an exact copy of these popular books with Boom cards. They are great for emergent readers or ESL students because audio and real photos are included. They are also great for distance learning to use in centers or for homework!
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This simple and easy craft is always a hit with my students. Very few materials are required and they turn out so cute! BONUS, add a writing prompt and you have a nice bulletin board display.
1) I draw a menorah on the board for the students to copy onto green construction paper.
2) Then they glue 1 popsicle stick in the middle and 4 sticks on both sides for the candles.
3) Next, I put glue on each stick and they sprinkle glitter on them for flames. They love this part!
See some other fun ideas for Hanukkah below:
- 8 Fascinating Facts About Hanukkah
- Books About Hanukkah
- Hanukkah Crafts
- Hilarious Parody Video That Tells the Whole Story
Don’t forget St. Lucia Day for Christmas Around the World Traditions!
A fun and engaging way to learn about vocabulary for Christmas around the world traditions, like St.Lucia Day, is playing memory. Here is the vocabulary we use:
- St. Lucia
You can use just the words or add photos. Create your own using index cards or you can use our Daily Concept Builders Memory Game.
Students have 3 different ways to use these cards in a center. They love the real images of the words, and the cards have been great for my ELL students as well as my emergent readers.
Here are some more ideas for St. Lucia’s Day:
This is the book that I read to my students when I teach about St.Lucia Day. There is a teacher guide included that provides a variety of ideas on how to use the empty boxes for phonics or definitions of the words.
You can sign up for a FREE Boom Reader with real photos and audio included. It will help your students with the elements of reading like letters, words, vowels, blends and digraphs.
Amazing word game for different traditions of Christmas around the world
My students love playing this word game about different traditions of Christmas around the world. They actually ask to play it again and again. I also have taped the cards around the room and let the students write their answers on the recording sheet that is included. The cards can be used for discussion about the holidays. Some teachers like to use these cards for Scoot as well.
Here’s how to play:
- Explain the name Brain Bounce by telling students that we will be taking turns bouncing questions from one team to another.
- Divide the class into two teams. Let them pick out team names.
- Have each team form a line.
- Begin the game by displaying the Boom card on a SMARTboard or other projecting device.
- If you are using the Scoot task cards, place the first card in front of the first student on a desk.
- The student in the front of line 1 tries to give the correct answer, and if they answer correctly their team receives a point.
- It’s easiest to write the two teams down on a white board and use tally marks.
- If the answer is incorrect, the other team can earn an extra point by trying to answer the question.
- Game continues until all the cards are read.
Boost your Christmas around the world traditions with Las Posadas
Las Posadas is a holiday that started in Mexico. It is now celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, and a few other South American countries. The celebration is a time to remember the birth of Jesus and the journey Joseph and Mary took to find a place to give birth. In Spanish, “Las Posadas,” means “the inns,” which didn’t have room for Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus. This holiday is celebrated from December 16-24 with parades, piñatas, and other festivities. Each night a child dresses as an angel and leads the parade through town. They stop at each house and are refused lodging until they reach the end of the procession. The poinsettia is a flower used for decoration during Las Posadas.
Here are some ideas for Las Posadas:
Best different traditions for Christmas around the world to engage students
Christmas is a holiday celebrated around the world in many different ways. It began as a way to remember the birth of baby Jesus and grew into many different traditions.
Many families have a Christmas tree that they decorate with ornaments. Kids hang stockings for Santa to fill and he leaves presents under the tree. Families also give presents this time of year. Lots of people like to eat candy canes and bake cookies for Santa.
My students learn about the different holidays like Christmas by completing these cut and paste sheets. I use them for a guided reading center. Students are exposed to a sight word and a calendar word every day, as well as work on phonics, and they are challenged with a critical thinking question on each sheet. I love seeing how the students answer their bonus questions.
Here are some pictures of activities I do in my classroom:
Here’s a summary of our Sugar Cone Christmas Trees:
These are just a couple examples of the finished products. This is so much easier than the gingerbread houses! You can use teddy grahams or gummy bears as villagers. You can also make candy sleds to go on the plate and marshmallow snowmen! Pam lays the tree down on the plate and slides the whole display in a freezer gallon size bag with the student’s name already written on the bag. This is a great way to take it home.
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Here are some other Christmas ideas:
I like to use this as a sorting activity, and then they can put the pieces on the tree during center time. Students can also count the ornaments. This is a great way I can use the word ornaments since it is one of the vocabulary words for our Christmas theme. I actually got my granddaughter one for their walls because she kept wanting to take the ornaments off their real tree. She loves it!
- See some cool math games for Christmas.
- St. Nicholas Day
- Christmas in Other Countries
- Candy Cane Hunt
- Christmas STEM
Your students will love this book about Christmas!
Our last Daily Concept Builder product is this active learning sight word center pack. It includes poems about Christmas around the world traditions as well as our sight word center. My students love to build the sight word of the day onto their cards and then I encourage them to use their letters to build their own words. I also use this as a center during my guided reading time.
Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated by African-Americans around the world. Families celebrate from December 26-January 1 and they focus on seven principles: umoja(unity), kuji-chagulia(self-determination or working hard), ujima(working together and being responsible), nia(purpose), kuumba(creativity), imani(faith). Families have a kinara with 3 green candles, 3 red candles, and 1 black candle. All gifts are handmade to symbolize the labor of the parents.
Here are some Kwanzaa ideas:
- Have your kids pair up and make gifts for one another. This is a nice way to celebrate unity.
- Umoja or unity chain
- Video about Kwanzaa
- Lots of great Kwanzaa crafts
Your students will enjoy reading and singing about Kwanzaa!
So, as you can see, by the time your students have completed all of these resources in the month, they have been very involved with the monthly vocabulary and sight words. I have seen great progress with my student’s writing skills as well as their vocabulary development! Thanks to Daily Concept Builders, my students are having fun and are very engaged with vocabulary!
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