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Salute to Veterans
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This podcast is in honor of veterans. Students and faculty pay tribute to veterans in their family and in and around our school community. Lastly, we will hear from three veterans who are directly related to our school, speak about their time in the military. This podcast can serve as an extension to a lesson on federal holidays. 


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Christmas, Not Just an American Holiday
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This podcast explains how Christmas is celebrated in the United States and other countries around the world.  After viewing this podcast, students will be able to compare and contrast Christmas traditions in the U.S. with Christmas traditions in other countries.


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 5: La Befana
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This podcast retells the legend of La Befana, a famous gift-giver from Italy. We "flew" to Italy via Google Earth and learned about the country of Italy as well.  After studying about La Befana, children illustrated pictures to retell her story. We also made mini English muffin pizzas to celebrate Italy and their gift giver, La Befana!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 8: Santons
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Most Christians in America have a Nativity Scene.  We always include the same characters including shepherds, wisemen, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  In France, Santons or "little saints" are included.   Santons allow the everyday common working man to be part of this Holy Night.  Tune in to find out more about France's nativity or "creche" scenes.


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 4: Christmas Cards
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In this podcast, students share what they discovered about Christmas cards. The first cards were actually sent by children just like us! This student also shares a class activity that we completed together to honor this classic Christmas tradition!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 9: Fabric Balls
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In this podcast, the children share a tradition from Russia.  We cover a styrofoam ball with fabric scraps as the peasant farmers did so many years ago.  Learn why peasants in Russia wanted to do this.  And you can see how we celebrated by making this traditional ornament for own own trees! 


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Christmas Around the World Podcast Series: Episode 3: Caroling
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In this podcast, children share what they learned about Christmas caroling.  They also share the traditions of "wassailing"! Caroling is a tradition that children of all ages have enjoyed for years.  Watch this podcast to learn all about this holiday tradition!  It has brought smiles and joy to people for hundreds of years!


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Christmas Around The World Podcast Series
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Each year in December, second graders study the origins of different holiday traditions.  We "travel" (via Google Earth) to different countries and cities to explore where common customs originated.  View this podcast to catch a glimpse of how this unit is organized and how each country is "remembered". There is always a craft or special snack to remember each country. I hope this podcast can be used for students to research and learn about holiday customs as well as for teachers to learn and implement this unit into their own curriculums. 


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 1: The Christmas Tree
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This podcast explains how the Christmas tree came to be an important part of many holiday traditions.


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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
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Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

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