Lively Lessons: Celebrate Holidays

Join your Discovery Education Community for a collaborative project which will allow you and your students to compare holidays celebrated around the world and even invent your own.


Every year, citizens around the world celebrate a variety of holidays commemorating people, events, places, or things. Holidays unite people around ideas, beliefs, and customs. Discovery Education is partnering with GlobalLab and Zaption to connect Community members with resources and tools to explore how people celebrate the holidays.

To kick off your classroom’s Celebration Project participation, check out these lesson starters that allow students to identify and categorize their favorite celebrations and invent their own holiday.

Lesson starter highlights include reviewing a curated selection of resources as students identify symbolic elements of the holiday, including: Objects, Animals, Vegetation, Words or Phrases, Music, Foods, People, Dress, Symbols, Colors, Date, or Events that represent the celebration.

View the student guide here, and explore the resources below.

Multicultural Christmas



Groundhog Day


Earth Day

Valentine’s Day


Cinco de Mayo

Constitution Day

Memorial Day

Veteran’s Day

Martin Luther King Jr Day

President’s Day

For continued classroom discussion, these Content Collections feature resources selected and created by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts, including lesson starters, video clips, songs, and more.





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