Festivals Teacher Resources

What is more fascinating than a festival? More fun that a parade? The study of human behavior, tradition, and customs has long been the purview of anthropologists as they examine these celebrations to uncover what they reveal about a society’s values.

Lesson Planet provides reviewed educational resources that encourage social scientists of all ages to join the fun by exploring the observances and celebrations of different cultures, countries, and religions through apps like this one (yes, there are apps for that), presentations, and unit plans.  

Cross-curricular activities ask young engineers to design brochures for festivals from a geographic perspective, and use their math skills to allot space for display booths, while reading worksheets help both native speakers and language learners develop their comprehension skills and interactives like this one let learners enter exotic celebrations across the world.

So come on, it’s time to celebrate and have a good time while learning about the rich tradition of festivals.

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Film Festival: Documentaries for Hispanic Heritage Month

For Students 9th - 12th
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York Times provides links to five short documentary films depicting Hispanic themes and culture. Learners can click on each embedded link to view the films, then answer each set of related...
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Torbury Festival

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Have you been to Torbury Fair? In the set of four lessons, learners solve a myriad of problems related to a music festival, including situations involving floods, market stalls, cows, and emergency plans. 
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Japanese Festivals and Holidays

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
Bring the excitement and beauty of Japanese festivals into your classroom. Kids with special needs create calendars that reflect special festivals and holidays common to Japanese culture. They start the project by creating a list of...
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Film Festival

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewEverybody's a critic—even your pupils! Using the included resources as a guide, screen films related to social justice and ask film enthusiasts to critique them. Publish the reviews for your school community or develop a film festival...
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Main Street Festival

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Become a city engineer by designing a Main Street Festival! Learners use given dimensions to write a system of equations. Using the equations, they determine the dimensions of each booth.
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Renaissance Festival: Classroom Study Guide

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
This resource incorporates a variety of worksheets on the Renaissance, from crossword puzzles and timelines to an activity designing a family coat of arms. If you are considering hosting a Renaissance fair in your class or you're...
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Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago - Chicago Blues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Watching Great Performances’ Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago launches an investigation into and discussion of how the electric guitar and guitarists have changed the sound of the blues over time. An engaging way to...
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Film Festival: An ESL Lesson Plan to Get Students Talking About Movies

For Teachers 6th - 10th
If your ESL pupils love talking about movies, here is an activity ideal for providing practice with both informational reading and elements of a story. Given fictional movie posters, they decipher the information and put it into a...
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Creating a Film for the MY HERO Short Film Festival and Competition

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Students identify, research and write about their hero, creating a MY HERO Web page, and develop short media piece which be turned into a film.
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Festival of Fools

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students act out lines from King Lear to show a character's folly.  In this English literature lesson, students identify the 'folly' of a given character by choosing a passage from King Lear to demonstrate a time when the character acts...
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International Festival: France

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore French culture. In this cross-curriculum social studies instructional activity, students listen to Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans and identify words and landmarks associated with France. Students pronounce several phrases...
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Inti Raymi: Festival of the Sun

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students investigate the native Peruvian celebration of Inti Raymi (Festival of The Sun). The lesson provides sufficient background information about the holiday. Students compare the holiday to traditional American holidays.
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Host a Fin-tastic Friendship Festival!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Pupils read the book Fin-tastic Friendship Book and do activities related to friendship. In this friendship lesson, students read the book given, and do activities like character building, fortune telling, and making friendship bracelets.
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A Music Festival

For Teachers K - 1st
Students play a drum and listen to the sounds and rhythms. In this drum instructional activity, students hear each other's names by singing a simple song and passing a drum around to make the background beats. They practice tapping the...
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Film Festival: An ESL Lesson Plan to Get Students Talking About Movies Part II

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Learners discuss movies currently playing in theaters. In this class discussion, students practice their oral dictation, retelling of information and the ability to carry a social conversation. Learners also complete a worksheet...
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Japanese Festival Mask Making

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students learn about Japanese culture and make a mask. In this lesson about Japanese mask-making, students use research and art to explore the Japanese culture. Students research Japanese masks. Students design their own Japanese mask....
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Health Bytes Film Festival

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars analyze an issue that affects the health of people in our society and demonstrate how to promote positive health practices within the school and the community.
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Arkansas Festivals of the Land

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle Schoolers research Arkansas community festivals which are tied to the landscape. They create brochures that reflect the festival from a geographical and historical perspective and share them with the class. This ambitious and...
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The Coachella Festival

For Students 7th - 10th
A New York Time article on a major music and arts event can be a good way to get kids interested in the daily news. They read an article about Coachella, and then answer eight comprehension questions, in either blog or print form. Note:...
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Divali (Diwali) Festival and Threshold Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Divali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. Upper graders explore cultural aspects of the festival and then create traditional labyrinth-style threshold art. They conduct research on the festival to better understand the significance of this...
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Tanabata: Japan's Star Festival

For Teachers 1st - 5th
The Star Festival or Tanbata, is a holiday celebrated in Japan every year. People make tanzakus out of paper and hang them on the trees. Pupils will learn about this culturally significant holiday while creating tanzakus of their own....
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Festivals: Learning for Life and Work

For Students K - 12th
How do different communities celebrate special occasions? After researching celebrations in their countries, class members investigate other festivals like those associated with Ramadan, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Halloween, Easter,...
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Create a Lotus Lantern for the Lotus Lantern Festival

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The Koren Lotus Lantern Festival, also known as Yeondeunghoe celebrates the birth of the Buddha. It is also the topic of a wonderful art-based lesson. The class discusses the significance of the lotus in relation to the story of the...
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A Storytelling Festival

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students examine oral storytelling examples from Native American cultures. They select stories to present orally to the class as part of a storytelling festival. They also think of familiar customs and create their own stories.

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