{Holidays/Christmas Around the World} Storybook STEM

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Math, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Engineering
Grade Levels
1st, 2nd
Resource Type
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables

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21 MB|53 pages

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This special edition of Storybook STEM combines informational text, research, simple building brick STEM challenges, and math extensions for nine holidays around the world: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, St. Lucia’s Day, La Befana, Christmas, Lunar New Year, Diwali, and Ramadan.

Holidays can be taught one or two per day or all nine holidays can be taught in one day. The provided PowerPoint (separate file) provides necessary background knowledge for each holiday and can be read and discussed as a class. There is also a culminating Readers’ Theater that incorporates all nine holidays.

Research mats are also provided with QR codes and clickable hyperlinks for students to research each holiday on their own devices. The liks contain student-friendly articles and videos.

The 9 LEGO/building brick challenges can be completed one or two per day or set up in stations. The provided challenge recording booklet allows students to draw their creations and complete a math extension for each structure. There are also optional “Fun Facts” pages for each holiday for students to record facts that they learned. Each student will need about 32 building bricks in various sizes with 4 pegs, 8 pegs, and 12 pegs to complete each challenge. You can either provide tubs of building bricks at each station or have them sorted into individual baggies for students to bring to each station. Inexpensive building bricks can be found at Dollar Tree or as Strictly Briks on Amazon. These bricks would also make excellent student gifts for the holidays after they complete the building challenges. Optional gift tags are also provided.

Includes the following:

***SEPARATE FILE: Holidays Around the World Informational


Page 3: How to Use

Page 4: Photos of Possible Products

Page 5: How to Assemble Recording Booklet

Pages 6-9: Large task cards

Pages 10-18: Holiday Research Mats with QR Codes and Links

Pages 19-37: “Building Holiday Traditions” Recording Booklet

Pages 38-50: Holidays Around the World Reader’s Theater

Pages 51-52: Optional Gift Tags for Students

Page 53: Credits

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