#CelebrateWithDE Holidays Around the World

Happy Winter Break! And Happy Holidays! This year, we’re featuring resources about a variety of holidays that fall in the winter and encouraging you to give your students the gift of understanding as they learn about holidays they may not celebrate. After they’ve learned about some silly and serious holiday traditions, have students write a fun bedtime story or poem about the holiday modeled after The Night Before Christmas. May you and every one of your students have a joyous holiday season and an inspiring winter break.


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Virtual Viewing Party:
Holidays around the World

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Virtual Viewing Party

This season, #CelebrateWithDE on Dec 20 for our Holidays around the World Virtual Viewing Party! Join thousands of classrooms around the globe and learn about the origins, significance, and traditions of some of the world’s most-beloved holidays.


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Celebrate with DE: Holidays around the World
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [23:35]

Highlights the following winter holidays that are celebrated around the world: Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the Lunar New Year.

 
Christmas Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Christmas is a Christian religious holiday that marks the birth of Jesus but, over time, the holiday has expanded to include secular traditions such as decorating and gift-giving.

 
Hannukah Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

One of the most joyous holidays celebrated in the Jewish community, Hanukkah marks the time when ancient Jewish people recovered their temple and religious freedom.

 
Kwanzaa Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Inspired by the harvest festivals common in Africa, Kwanzaa is a time when African Americans recognize their cultural connections to Africa and strive for a series of seven ideals related to identify and community.
 
The Night Before Christmas
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Audio Book [06:00]

An audio recording of the classic Christmas tale.
 


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Select and review a few pieces from the content collections above, or encourage your students to explore the collections on their own. (Tip: Establish parameters for their exploration – either a set amount of time or a required number of resources.) Then, listen to the audio book version of The Night Before Christmas, following the strategy Pause & Play (Canadian Version) to help students grasp the format. Project or print the opening lines. Using The Night Before Christmas as a model, ask your students to create their own stories and poems about one of the holidays they studied. Finish the celebration with an open reading where students can choose to share their work and post your students’ story beginnings on social media with #CelebrateWithDE.


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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