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Christmas Around The World

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Author:Debra Slaton
System: Attalla City
School: Attalla City Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 15210

Title:

Christmas Around The World

Overview/Annotation:

This technology-based lesson allows students to use the Internet as a research tool to locate information about different Christmas celebrations around the world. By discovering the way the world celebrates, students have an opportunity to learn about tolerance.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Character Education
CE (1995)
Grade: K-12
13 ) Tolerance

Information Literacy
IL (1998)
Grade: K-12
8 ) The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.

•  Respects the principles of intellectual freedom.
•  Respects intellectual property rights.
•  Uses information technology responsibly.
Information Literacy
IL (1998)
Grade: K-12
9 ) The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.

•  Shares knowledge and information with others.
•  Respects others' ideas and backgrounds and acknowledges their contributions
•  Collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to identify information problems and to seek their solutions.
•  Collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies to design, develop, and evaluate information products and solutions.
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: K-2
1 ) Identify basic parts of various technology systems.

•  Naming input and output devices
Examples: input—keyboard, stylus

-  output—printer

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: K-2
2 ) Identify applications and operations of various technology systems.

Examples: applications—word processing, multimedia presentation software

-  operations—opening, closing, and saving files

•  Using accurate terminology related to technology
Example: "press," not "hit," keys

•  Using input devices to enter letters, numbers, and symbols
•  Using special functions of input devices
Example: keyboard shortcuts

•  Labeling storage media
•  Removing storage media safely
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: K-2
3 ) Demonstrate correct posture and finger placement while using a technology system.

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: K-2
4 ) Identify safe use of technology systems and applications.

Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: K-2
5 ) Practice responsible use of technology systems and applications.

Example: maintaining proper settings

•  Demonstrating care of digital equipment and media
Examples: washing hands before use, cleaning work area before and after use

•  Distinguishing between ethical and unethical use of others' work
Examples: avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 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

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: K-2
10 ) Design original works using digital tools.

Examples: tools—digital drawing tools, music software, word processing software, digital cameras

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

Insight 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.
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 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

Insight Unpacked Content
Strand: History, Civics and Government
Course Title: Living and Working Together in Family and Community
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Recognize our country's important symbols and customs.
  • Identify famous national and state individuals.
  • Recognize the "Pledge of Allegiance" and "The Star Spangled Banner" and demonstrate appropriate etiquette for each.
  • Recognize the importance of various national and state holidays.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • symbol
  • custom
  • famous
  • celebrations
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Our state and nation has certain symbols that represent it and its people.
  • There are certain customs common to citizens of our state and nation.
  • There are celebrations common to the citizens of our state and nation.
  • There are certain individuals who are widely recognized as representatives of our state and nation.
  • Vocabulary: symbol, custom, celebrate, celebration, represent, representative, state, nation, Alabama, United States, pledge, allegiance
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Identify various symbols of our state and nation, including the American flag, Alabama flag, bald eagle, etc.
  • Identify various customs of our state and nation, including reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance," singing the "Star Spangled Banner," etc.
  • Identify various famous individuals of our state and nation, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., etc.
  • Identify various celebrations of our state and nation, including The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There are certain symbols, customs, celebrations, and famous individuals recognized by most citizens of our state and nation.
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

Insight 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.

Local/National Standards:

 

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will identify Christmas traditions from another country other than the United States. Students will compare and contrast their Christmas traditions with traditions from another country. Students will apply basic Internet browser and navigation skills to search for information on the Internet.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 
 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Poster board, construction paper, crayons, markers, 7 printed copies of the Christmas Around the World template (see attached) for use in Step 4

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access, presentation software, LCD projector

Background/Preparation:

The teacher will conduct prior lessons on appropriate Internet usage and introduce the seven countries using a projection device to demonstrate research skills using the Internet. The teacher will need to bookmark the web sites on the computers the students will be using.

  Procedures/Activities: 
1.)Talk about the Internet as an information source. Using a projection device, demonstrate for students the use of web page functions such as:
a. Scrolling up and down page
b. Clicking on links
c. Using the "back" button
d. Using favorites or bookmarks.

2.)Begin the lesson by asking students to share some of their personal Christmas traditions with the class. Record the different answers on the board. Then discuss how some of our traditions are different from each other. Then explain that people around the world have different traditions than the United States. Tell students they are going to learn about how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

3.)Divide students into seven groups and give them a country to research.
Each group will be given a country from the following list: Sweden, Italy, Poland, Germany, Mexico, England, Australia. Allow each group to choose a recorder, researcher, and a presenter before beginning the research.

4.)Then give each group a copy of the slideshow presentation (see attached) in a handout form to record their research. Allow students to complete the WebQuest on the following website to locate information about their countries. The completed WebQuest project should be graded separately from the slideshow.
(Christmas Around the World)
This site is a webquest about Christmas Around the World. Have students complete the webquest to find information for their slide show.

5.)Let students navigate the following websites to find additional information about their countries.
(Christmas Traditions Around the World)
This site has a list of many Christmas traditions around the world.

6.)Website:
(Welcome to Santa's Christmas Around the World Page!)
This site has many links about Christmas around the world.

7.)Website:
(Christmas celebrations)
This site has interesting information and photos of Christmas celebrations around the world.

8.)Website:
(Christmas Celebrations)
This site has many links about different countries Christmas celebrations.

9.)After students have collected their information, allow them time to complete the attached slideshow template. (Parent volunteers or older student helpers are useful for this activity.) After students have completed their slideshows, allow each group to present its slideshow.


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  Assessment  

Assessment Strategies

The teacher will use the rubric from the WebQuest to assess the projects and the attached rubric to grade the slideshow presentations.

Acceleration:

 

Intervention:

 

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.