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Christmas Around the World. Created by: Brittany Richied and Brittany Bugary. ED 417 Winter 2008. Christmas Around the World. 3 rd Grade. Objective #1. Gain knowledge of the different geographic locations around the world. Objective #2.

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objective 1
Objective #1
  • Gain knowledge of the different geographic locations around the world.
objective 2
Objective #2
  • Gain an understanding of foods eaten during Christmas in diverse cultures.
objective 3
Objective #3
  • Gain knowledge of various Christmas customs around the world
books that can be used
Books that can be used:
  • My Christmas Book of Stories and Carols by: Linda Jennings
  • Christmas Around the World by: Emily Kelley
  • Christmas Around the World a Pop-up book by: Chuck Fischer
  • Putumayo World Christmas
  • New Orleans Christmas
materials needed
Materials Needed:
  • Map of the World
  • Passport
  • Picture
  • Stamp and Stamp pad
  • Recipe ingredients
  • Different color paper for Chinese Decorations
  • Lyrics to “Here Comes Santa Claus”
  • Lyrics to “Here Comes St. Nicholas”
  • Shoe (brought in previous week for South America)
  • Paper for cards
  • Poster Board for Venn diagram
  • Books
introduction activity
Introduction Activity:
  • Learn how to use a passport to get into different countries.
  • Create your own passport with your picture. Receive a stamp from each country as it is being introduced each day.
  • Add a thumb tack on the map to each country visited.
  • Read a picture book or create a discussion with the information about the specific country of the day.
day 1 united states
Day 1: United States
  • Compare the various traditions celebrated in America according to different states.
  • Break into small groups and create a Venn diagram on a poster board of the similarities and differences of customs between two states.
  • Children will have books and internet in order to use research to find their information.
  • Hang the poster on the wall and discuss what customs the children have in common with the ones on the poster.
day 2 south america
Day 2: South America
  • Have children bring in one shoe by the day before South America is introduced.
  • Have each shoe sitting in the window sill filled with a surprise for each child as they come in. Talk about how in Ecuador the children leave their shoes on the window sill for the Christ Child to fill.
  • Learn about Papa Noel and how to say Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad. Returning to their seats have the children write a Feliz Navidad card.
day 3 holland
Day 3: Holland
  • Pass out lyrics to the song “Here Comes Santa Claus” and talk about who is familiar with this this song and who knows of a song that is similar.
  • Pass out lyrics to the song “Here Comes St. Nicholas” and talk about who is familiar with it and who knows of a song that is similar.
  • Talk about the differences and similarities of the song!
day 4 china
Day 4: China
  • Talk about Tree of Lights and Spring Festival
  • Make Christmas Chinese art decorations (chains, lanterns, flowers)
  • Santa Claus is called Dun Che Lao Ren which means, Christmas Old Man.
day 5 australia
Day 5: Australia
  • Christmas is celebrated with a lot of food. It is very hot on Christmas in Australia so often have their feast on a beach. Gathering together with family and friends to enjoy a big meal is important to Australians.
  • One dish they like to make is called, Billy Can Pudding. Today we are going to learn how to make Billy Can Pudding.
which country
Which Country???
  • Which country uses the term Papa Noel?
    • South America
    • Australia
    • United States
    • China
    • Holland
what does that mean
What does that mean?
  • What do the words “Feliz Navidad” stand for?
    • Santa Claus
    • Merry Christmas
    • Happy Feast
    • Tree of Lights
    • Spring Festival
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Which country?
  • Which country has a song that is considered similar to the song, “Here Comes Santa Claus”?
    • Australia
    • South America
    • United States
    • Holland
    • China
which country19
Which country?
  • Which country uses bright colored paper decorations?
    • China
    • United States
    • South America
    • Holland
    • Australia
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Which country?
  • In which country do the people usually go Christmas shopping in their shorts and sandals?
    • United States
    • South America
    • Holland
    • China
    • Australia
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Christmas Around the World
  • Now that you know a little bit about Christmas around the world, you could share a lot with this Multi-cultural Social Studies lesson with your class!