Holidays around the world


Each year I do my Holidays Around the World, I like to give you a sneak peek of what it looks like in my classroom. This year I will complete ALL 13 countries (available in my bundle)! Did you know I just updated this pack last week? It's new and improved for sure (with lots added).




Something I wanted to add in my unit was a complete EXPERIENCE that the students get! Play the sound of an airplane taking off, dress like a flight attendant, pass out the in-flight snack, and fasten your seat-belts!  The WORLD AIRLINES will take off in 3, 2, 1.




  I really wanted to talk about Netherlands on December 5th and Sweden on December 13th because those dates are important to their holiday. Many of the other holidays begin either before we start our unit of after...so the date that you introduce that country doesn't matter. I had to do a little rearranging to make it happen for those two countries, but it'll work! (plans from 2016)


This lesson plan template is also available in my pack!


These informational reading passages are EVERYTHING! It's nice to have all of the key points right there on one sheet of paper. SHOUT OUT  to my friend Carly who helped me!





Remember, in my pack, there is such a variety that each year you can change it up! You don't have to do all of the countries each year. The wonderful part about being the boss of applesauce is that you decided. With my new update of my pack this year, I've included more writing components and supplementals. It's JAM PACKED! Each country also has a reading passage to go with it so you can stop googling each country right before you "teach" it to your students (I'm talking to you Carly, hahah).  I've also included links to websites and books.... so I have pretty much done all the work for you. You're welcome. Kidding!!! ;) Kind of.

Here's a picture of just some of the extensions included:


Ok, ready to take a look? The best deal is the BUNDLED pack (which includes 13 countries). Or you can break it up and buy JUST Part 1 or JUST Part 2





I've made it a tradition each year to show you an outline of my plans for Holidays Around the World in my classroom.  This is the first year that I'm doing ALL of the countries! EEK! I'm excited! I know to always give myself more time than I think I need because we somehow fall behind.  That's why I don't do any countries on Fridays (except when we do Gingerbread Houses for Germany).  That way, I can catch up on anything I want on Friday. 



This lesson plan template is also available in my pack!





18 comments:

Michelle said...

I love it (particularly the koala in the gum tree!!!!! The whole thing looks like so much fun :-)

teachingmama said...

I love teaching Holiday's Around the World...It's one of my favorite themes! As an extension, my team takes one day in December and the students travel to each classroom and visit a different country...I always do Poland...mmm Perogi's!

Sarah Paul said...

You read my mind! This is definitely what THIS teacher wants. :) I'm SO excited that you created this unit.

Sallie Neal said...

Yes! Each year we do a different theme depending on what our principal decides. The first year we did Christmas Around the World. The next year we did Christmas around the United States. This year we are doing Christmas around Oklahoma (our state). We each have a Christmas tree outside of our classroom that we decorate based on the theme. When we did Christmas around the world, we made each student a travel suitacse (from file folders and construction paper handles) and they collected their information as they went around the world (to different classrooms). It's a LOT of fun!

Jennifer said...

I love teaching Holiday's Around the World!! I love that you have included a craftivity for each country. My kids love making things. Your unit looks GREAT!! I will be adding this to my wishlist on TpT!!

Jennifer A.

Kristin said...

Our first grade team each takes a country and we spend ONE WHOLE DAY "going around the world". I teach Hanukkah (or however you prefer the spelling - I've seen it so many different ways and actually just looked it up so I don't look like a bonehead) to all 5 first grade classes. The students have passports and we stamp them (my stamp is a dreidel). It is a super fun day! We take breaks for recess and lunch but it lasts all day.
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Miss C said...

I am like Kristin! We spend an entire day zooming around the world. We have nine second grades and so each teacher picks a country, we create a passport with each kiddo the day before, so they can document their trip! I did Kwanzaa last year but wanted a new country this year, so another teacher is taking that one and I was thinking Australia, so here I go to purchase your unit! And maybe share the info with the other teachers in case they want a fresh idea as well! :)

Cindy said...

I love love love this! Thank you, I will be using it!

Mrs. Lamb said...

My team does Winter Holidays Around the World. We figured so many other grades to Christmas we'd explore a few others. Last year we made narrated ppt's and groups traveled from laptop to laptop in the library learning about Kwanzaa, New Year's, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Diwali.

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News said...

I teach a Christmas Around the World unit. We locate the country on a world map and learn what tradition(s) we have that come from that country. Then we read a literature selection and complete a craft project that tie into that tradition. Oh, and we always learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in the native language.

We have a growing bulletin board which shows a cut out of a child from each studied country dressed traditionally. I'll add the art/craft projects around the bulletin board for added interest.

This unit pulls from most academic areas--reading, writing, math, and social studies. I love it!

Hadar said...

Rachelle, I have a question about the adorable "shadow" font that I keep seeing everywhere. Do you add the shadow or does the font come like that? I want!!!

Hadar
Miss Kindergarten
Target Treasures

Shelley said...

Can you add a country from Africa please?

Rachelle said...

@Shelley....I'll research it and see if I can add something! :)

Gladys said...

Rachelle...I've been wanting to do a Holidays Around the World unit...this is perfect!!! Thanks for making my life easier and creating it...now can you translate it to Spanish? Ha! LOL! J/K!

Gladys
http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com
http://teachinginhighheels@gmail.com

jesyka said...

I just tried to download this today and TPT said that the item did not exist....I REALLY want this, what do I do?

Rachelle said...

@jesyka-

YES! It's working now! I was making some edits and it was taking FOREVER to load! It's up and running now! :)

Erin Iwen said...

I would love Sweden to be added...all the other countries my team is doing are covered except mine! Help!!! :)

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