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Activity
Mexic-Arte Museum

El Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Educational Activity Guide

For Students 6th - 12th
Here's a must-have activity guide for any celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos. The colorfully 56-page packet is packed with historical background, information about Mesoamerican cultures, images of the works of famous artists, and...
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Lesson Plan
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ReadWriteThink

Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Inspire kindness in and out of school with a lesson that challenges scholars to perform 100 acts of kindness during the time between Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Valentine's day. Leading up to a celebration of friendship, learners...
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Unit Plan
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New York City Department of Education

Learning about Lunar New Year

For Teachers K - 12th
Rich in images and information, a teacher's guide to the traditions of Lunar New Year's celebrations in various cultures addresses celebrations of Buddhism and Daoism. It includes background information about the origins of the...
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Activity
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Mexic-Arte Museum

El Dia de los Muertos

For Students 1st - 8th
Celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday El Dia de los Muertos! Explore the intricate history behind the traditions, compare other cultural rituals honoring the dead, and create sugar skulls. Learners read informational text on Aztec...
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Lesson Planet Article
Curated OER

Homeschooling through the Holidays

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Use your unique flexibility to help your family explore the holiday traditions of various cultures.
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Lesson Plan
John F. Kennedy Center

Comparing Cultural Holidays

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A lesson examines the holidays, Día de los Muertos and Halloween. After an exciting clip from the movie Coco, class members review vocabulary and discuss what they know about Halloween. The conversation leads into the history of Día de...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) - A Cultural Holiday: Color Exploration of Warm and Cool Colors

For Teachers 3rd
Young artists examine pictures from and discuss the holiday Día de los Muertos. The symbolic skull showcases the use of warm and cool colors. Color exploration allows learners to use coordinating colors to create two paper...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Mexican Folk Art: Sugar Skulls

For Teachers K - 5th
Scholars use their knowledge of color to create vibrant skulls for Día de los Muertos. A thoughtful discussion brings forth information about the special holiday. A review of cool colors and warm colors prepares learners for the creation...
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Lesson Plan
National Endowment for the Humanities

Mexican Culture and History through Its National Holidays

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young historians have an opportunity to study the complex history and culture of Mexico by learning about several holidays: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe), The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los...
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Activity
Mexic-Arte Museum

Day of the Dead Educational Activity Guide

For Students 6th - 12th
Looking for ideas to help celebrate The Day of the Dead? A 20-page packet includes a history of El Dia de los Muertos, notes on the many worldwide celebrations honoring the dead, and seven activities. A great way to bring this colorful...
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Handout
Plimoth Plantation

History In A New Light: Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Patuxet and Plymouth

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Sixty-seven pages take scholars on a digital tour through the exhibit, History in a New Light: Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Patuxet and Plymouth. Crystal clear pictures accompanied by text offer a deep understanding of the...
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Lesson Plan
J. Paul Getty Trust

Narrating a Family Tradition

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
After examining a piece of art, scholars discuss what they see, paying close attention to details and space. A read-aloud introduces the topic of family traditions. Pupils interview their family members about a tradition in preparation...
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Teacher.org

The History of Thanksgiving

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The first Thanksgiving is the focus of a lesson that boosts reading comprehension and interview skills. Half the class reads about Pilgrims while the other half reads about the Native American, Squanto. After answering questions, pupils...
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Lesson Plan
Scholastic

Voyage on the Mayflower

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
After completing an online activity about the Mayflower, scholars draw a picture about what they know of the Thanksgiving holiday, including a one-sentence summary. A reading of If You Were at the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma is the...
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Lesson Plan
Scholastic

Pilgrim and Wampanoag Daily Life

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
A lesson looks at the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe during the first Thanksgiving. Scholars compare and contrast information presented by an online activity then discuss their findings. Learners examine the two group's daily routines and...
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Lesson Plan
Scholastic

The First Thanksgiving Feast

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Following an online activity, scholars listen to a read-aloud of If You Were at the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma. Pupils discuss their family traditions and complete a T-chart comparing the holiday then and now. Collages are made to...
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Printables
Centervention

Halloween Worksheet: Monster Feelings

For Teachers K - 5th
Monsters have feelings, too! Scholars explore a variety of emotions with a festive, Halloween flair with two dice-rolling activities. The first activity prompts learners to draw and write about a monster feeling a specific emotion. The...
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Printables
Centervention

Halloween Worksheets: Emotions Jack-O-Lanterns

For Students K - 5th
Scholars give life to a pumpkin as they design a Jack O'Lantern that exudes a certain emotion. Participants choose one of nine feeling words, or add up to three that aren't listed, locate and cut out face pieces, then glue them to the...
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Worksheet
Centervention

Halloween Worksheets: Emotional Monsters

For Students K - 5th
Eight blank monster faces make up an activity that tasks scholars with drawing a face that corresponds to a specific emotion. Feelings include happiness, confusion, silliness, and more. 
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Lesson Plan
Midland Independent School District

Celebrating National Holidays

For Teachers K
There's more to holidays than just days off! Young historians explore the meaning behind national holidays in a five-part lesson plan. They focus on what holidays are and why they are celebrated, as well as learn the meaning of music in...
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Lesson Plan
Teaching Tolerance

Why Do We (Still) Celebrate Columbus Day?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What are we really celebrating on Columbus Day? The resource explores the narrative behind Columbus Day and ways for people to change the perception. Scholars also review vocabulary terms associated with the topic and how attitudes have...
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Lesson Plan
Missouri Department of Elementary

Family Traditions

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Honor family traditions with a lesson plan that examines the variety of winter celebrations. Class members discuss their family's traditions then complete a cut-and-paste practice page in which they match a picture to the name of a...
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Activity
Knight Ridder Productions

The Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide

For Teachers K - 12th
A 64-page packet, a day-to-day guide organized by months, contains information and activities that reinforce basic skills while celebrating aspects of everyday life.
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Unit Plan
Macmillan Education

Your Year Covered

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Feeling stuck? Want to energize the class? Use activities such as quizzes and fill-in-the-blank worksheets to get class members' attention with a year's worth of holiday celebrations. From Mother's Day to Robert Burns's birthday,...