Discovery Education December Newsletter

Discovery Education’s December Newsletter features more on the global, collaborative Celebration Project, updated Board Builder graphics, and exciting opportunities for students like EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers and exploring the importance of biodiversity.

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Check out these selected resources and integration ideas from the newsletter.

starframeWhat is Kwanzaa?, The History of Hanukkah, Winter Holidays Around the World Videos

Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5

Through SOS: Jigsaw, students groups become experts in various December holidays, such as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. As students share their findings with the class, students use a graphic organizer to identify similarities and differences, as suggested in SOS: Get VENN-y With It.

WWIframeStuff You Missed in History Class Podcast: What was the Christmas Truce? Podcast

Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

Singing, juggling, soccer, exchanging gifts – these scenes may not be what students picture when they imagine a battlefield, but in 1914, WWI soldiers participated in a spontaneous and unofficial ceasefire around Christmas. After students listen to Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcast: What was the Christmas Truce?, they identify vocabulary in the five descriptive categories A-E-I-O-U (Adjective, Emotion, Interesting, Oh!, Um?), as described in SOS: A-E-I-O-U.

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The Meaning of Gifts Lesson Plan

Grade Levels: 6-8

Students view and analyze videos and images and read “The Gift of the Magi” to explore the significance and meaning of gift giving in a variety of cultures. They also explore, via a video, a scientific theory about how gift giving strengthens a society. Students then write and present arguments about whether givers or recipients benefit more from gift giving.

FireworksframeA Holiday Mashup Student Board

Grade Levels: All

See how student Ria uses Discovery Education Board Builder to share how she participates in multiple holidays traditions with this Holiday Mashup board.

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