Lesson Plan

Holidays Around the World

Use this lesson to give your students an opportunity to learn about winter holidays that are celebrated all over the world. Learners will utilize a graphic organizer to guide their research of their chosen or assigned holiday. Then, they will share what they learned with their peers. Your students will hone their research skills by using the internet, books, or other available research materials, and they will practice their speaking and listening skills when they share the interesting facts and details they found. Designed for a second through fifth grade reading and writing curriculum, your learners will enjoy learning about some of the many holidays that are celebrated around the world.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to research and describe a specific holiday with facts and details.


(5 minutes)
Research Graphic Organizer: Winter Holidays Around the WorldHow to Make a Mini Book
  • Write the word holiday on the board in a circle. Define the word as: a special day to remember or celebrate something.
  • Ask students to share what they know about holidays. Record their answers around the circle to create a concept web with facts and details about holidays.
  • Invite students to share some of their favorite holidays from anytime during the year. Have them share with a partner, and then call on volunteers to share with the whole group.
  • Prompt the class to think specifically about winter holidays celebrated in December. Ask them to share the holidays they know of or celebrate at that time of the year. Record the holidays on the board.
  • Share with the class that they are going to learn about winter holidays that are celebrated around the world in this lesson by researching about the holiday. Then, they will share what they learned with the rest of the class.