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What Is Kwanzaa?

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Title:

What Is Kwanzaa?

URL:

https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/what-is-kwanzaa/RkA4WAXm2B3yetqq#r

Content Source:

Smithsonian
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

This is a collection of lessons that can be used to help students understand Kwanzaa. Students watch a brief documentary and view images related to the holiday as an introduction to Kwanzaa. Students compare and contrast images of Kwanzaa with images of Christmas and Hanukkah. Students are also asked to view an image and use that image to describe Kwanzaa to someone unfamiliar with the holiday. Be sure to click "Read More" at the top of the collection to view the lesson that can be used with this collection.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: K
Living and Working Together in Family and Community
6 ) Compare cultural similarities and differences in individuals, families, and communities.

Examples: celebrations, food, traditions

Unpacked Content
Strand: Geography, History
Course Title: Living and Working Together in Family and Community
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Describe a tradition of their culture including the food, clothing, activities, etc. that are part of it.
  • Identify the similarities and differences among various cultural traditions.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • compare
  • contrast
  • culture
  • celebration
  • tradition
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Individuals, families, and communities mark special days or events in a variety of ways.
  • Cultures are celebrated in different ways.
  • Cultures follow a variety of traditions.
  • Vocabulary: celebration, tradition, culture
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Identify celebrations and traditions within their culture.
  • Recognize celebrations and traditions of other cultures.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There are cultural similarities and differences among individuals, families, and communities.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.K.6- With prompting and support, discuss and recognize the fact that individuals, families, and communities have similarities and differences in culture including what they eat, choose to celebrate, and traditions they follow.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 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

Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History
Course Title: Living and Working Together in Family and Community and State
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Identify traditions of various cultures in the local community and Alabama (for example, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo).
  • Identify contributions of various cultures in the local community and Alabama (for example, celebrations, food, traditions).
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • identify
  • traditions
  • contributions
  • cultures
  • Kwanzaa
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas
  • Fourth of July
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • cultural foods
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Techniques for identifying traditions and contributions of various cultures in the community and Alabama.
  • How to compare cultural similarities and differences (for example, celebrations, food, traditions).
  • Vocabulary: traditions, contributions, cultures, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo, cultural foods
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Describe traditions of various cultures.
  • Describe contributions of various cultures.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There are traditions of various cultures in the local community and Alabama.
  • Various cultures have made important contributions to the local community and Alabama.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.1.11- Recognize and discuss common and family traditions and reasons for celebrations, including Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo.


Tags: Christmas, Hanukkah, holidays, Kwanzaa
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Author: Ginger Boyd