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Christmas Around the World: Episode 8: Santons

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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


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.

Length: 1:31

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 (2)
    30. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. [SL.2.2]
    ELA2015 (2)
    31. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. [SL.2.3]
    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 (K) Living and Working Together in Family and Community
    11. Identify symbols, customs, famous individuals, and celebrations representative of our state and nation. (Alabama)
    Examples: symbols—United States flag, Alabama flag, bald eagle (Alabama)
    customs—pledging allegiance to the United States flag, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner"
    individuals—George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Squanto; Martin Luther King, Jr.
    celebrations—Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day
    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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