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Christmas Around The World Podcast Series

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This podcast is part of the series: Christmas Around the World Podcast Series


Elizabeth Carr


Vestavia Hills City Schools

Vestavia Hills Elementary East


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. 

Length: 2:45

Content Areas: English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Technology Education

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

TC2 (K-2)
7. Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.
Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries, search engines, directories
  • Evaluating accuracy of digital content
  • Example: determining fact versus opinion
    ELA2015 (1)
    32. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. [SL.1.2]
    ELA2015 (1)
    33. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood. [SL.1.3]
    SS2010 (K) Living and Working Together in Family and Community
    6. Compare cultural similarities and differences in individuals, families, and communities.
    Examples: celebrations, food, traditions
    SS2010 (1) Living and Working Together in Family and Community and State
    11. Identify traditions and contributions of various cultures in the local community and state. (Alabama)
    Examples: Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo
    SS2010 (2) Living and Working Together in State and Nation
    11. Interpret legends, stories, and songs that contributed to the development of the cultural history of the United States.
    Examples: American Indian legends, African-American stories, tall tales, stories of folk heroes


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