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129 reviewed resources for family history and holidays

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Family Stories and the Oral Tradition

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How well do you know stories told in your family? Could you recite them by heart? Middle schoolers study the importance of the oral tradition by telling a partner a story, having the partner recite it back, and then interviewing a family...
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Family Traditions, Customs and Beliefs

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students discuss African childhood, explore family traditions, customs, and beliefs, examine African recipes, discuss differences or similarities in food preparation between the U.S. and Africa, and prepare a dish with adult supervision.
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Kwanzaa Celebration: Celebrating Family, Community, and Culture

For Teachers K - 3rd
Kwanzaa is the focus of a three-part lesson that celebrates the history and traditions of the holiday. Before lighting the Kinara, scholars listen to a read-aloud of Seven Candles of Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Learners express...
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Veterans Day | All About the Holidays

For Students K - 4th
A quick video details the history of Veterans Day. Viewers discover how the holiday came to be, dating back to 1918 when it was known as Armistice Day, and how it has evolved to the holiday we celebrate currently. A question challenges...
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Federal Holidays

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders complete various activities pertaining to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran's Day. They conduct research and complete writing and art activities on the...
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Father's Day | All About the Holidays

For Students K - 4th
An engaging video informs viewers about Father's Day. A brief history of the holiday is followed by a showcase of today's celebration traditions. 
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Crayon Box-Family Diversity

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore diversity in families. In this social studies lesson, students read the book The Crayon Box That Talked and brainstorm traditions they have with their family. Students create crayon templates with a sentence about a...
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Torn from Each Other's Arms

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Young scholars consider how the institution of family suffered under slavery. In this slavery lesson, students watch segments of "Slavery and the Making of America". Young scholars examine the structure of the Driggus family and discuss...
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Chinese New Year

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Dancing dragons, fireworks, red envelopes, and loud music are the familiar images of Chinese New Year celebrations. The holiday, also know as Lunar New Year and/or the Spring festival is also a religious holiday that combines aspects of...
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Tracing Our Own Family Pilgrimages

For Teachers K - 4th
The Pilgrims may have arrived in North America by way of the Mayflower, but chances are, your class members' ancestors came to the United States in another way. Guide them through an exploration of their own heritage, countries of...
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Explore the Seven Principles

For Teachers K - 12th
A lesson shines a spotlight on what makes Kwanzaa special by taking a close look at its seven principles. Gift ideas encourage scholars to make and give one to their family members. Class members celebrate heroes and role models of...
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It's All in the Family with Mother's & Father's Day

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students interview family members to make a family tree for a Mother's or Father's Day card. In this family tree lesson, students read Love You Forever and discuss love within families. Students view Genealogy Resources on the Internet...
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Civil Rights Biography: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Why do schools and government offices close one day every January to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Young learners discover the achievements and lasting significance of this influential figure in American history with...
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The Family: Louisiana Family Folklore

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore and identify family treasures and research the history to each one. They also organize a variety of artifacts into various categories and research traditional Louisiana artifacts online. Each student draws inferences...
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Defying British Rule: Women's Contributions to The American Revolution

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Primary and secondary sources are the focus of a lesson that showcases the important role women played during the American Revolution. Pairs review sources and discuss their findings. A close-reading of an informational text leads the...
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You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars examine the facts and myths that surround the "First Thanksgiving" (the harvest celebration of 1621) at Plimoth Colony. They study the role that historians play in the collection and dissemination of history and use their...
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Dia de los Muertos: Honoring our Ancestors Through Community Celebration

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Oral storytelling has been an important part of every culture. The time-honored practice uses stories as a conduit for a culture's values and customs from one generation to the next. Keep the tradition going with a family interview...
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Preserving Family Traditions

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students interview members of their family and identify celebrations, customs and family traditions. They write a paragraph about a family tradition and create an informational poster or a meal to share with the class.
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Comparing Cultural Holidays

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners discover facts about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. In this compare and contrast lesson, students explore Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Learners create an alter to memorialize a family member or friend that has...
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Holidays

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students compare the holidays celebrated in the Middle Ages to those celebrated in American culture today. For this cultural tradition lesson, students read Internet-linked articles about holidays of the Middle Ages. Students create...
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Families

For Teachers 1st
First graders complete a unit on families and family structures. They create a family tree for their own family, construct a family mobile, sort and discuss photos of families from around the world, create a banner of ways to say "I...
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The Devil's Arithmetic: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Many say that you cannot live in the past. Hannah, in The Devil's Arithmetic, feels that all her family talks about during gatherings is previous years. To her horror, something mysteriously transports her to the past, and she must face...
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Comparing Cultural Holidays

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore art that reflects their cultural background. In this writing and research lesson students compare and contrast the Halloween with El Dia de los Muertos. Students study the visual art of these holidays. Then students...
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History of Thanksgiving

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine the history of Thanksgiving. In this writing lesson, students will use Internet research to gather information on a particular Thanksgiving topic. Students will use their findings to compose an article.