Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holidays Around the World Website

Website suggestions for elementary students - from Raki's Rad Resources

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It’s that time of the year when people start to think about the Winter Holidays.  If you’re looking to teach your kids about holidays celebrated around the world than the BBC has a great section of their website that is just for you. 

Holidays from the six major religions, including buddhism, christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism and sikhism

In the World Religions section of the BBC website, there is information about each of the six main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.  In addition to general information, there are lessons and worksheets for teachers to use and there are links to even more specific information about holidays and festivals of each religion.  For each holiday, there are activities and worksheets as well.  Here is an example of a worksheet you can find for Ramadan. 

free Ramadan worksheet from the BBC

This website is a great addition to a unit on world holidays.  If you’re looking for more holiday resources, you can find a ready made Power Point, reader’s theater and vocabulary packet about how light is used in holidays around the world at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Holidays around the world - explained through light    Holidays around the world - explained through light    Holidays around the world - explained through light

Teaching about holidays in other cultures is a good way to introduce students to the concept of global thinking and understanding that not everyone in the world is the same.  How do you introduce this concept to your students?

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources