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Winter Holidays Teaching Resources [Reading & Social Studies]

Teaching resources for Holidays Around the World

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Holidays Around the World Teaching Resources that Engage and provide Critical-Thinking

The winter holidays are a perfect time to teach about holidays and cultures! You have semester exams, distracted students, and holiday already on everyone’s minds.

In this post, you will see a variety of teaching resources that engage and provide reading and social studies integrations! Holidays to teach include:

  • Christmas Around the World
  • Holidays Around the World
  • Kwanza
  • Chanakuh
  • Diwali
  • New Year’s Day

These holidays represent many cultures around the world and students love to learn about them!



Let's face it, the week before Christmas holidays is always a hard time to keep students on task. These close reading passages held their attention, excited them about reading, and they are STILL talking about the information that they learned! Thank you for helping keep my students engaged, learning, and on task during one of the most off task times of the year!

Holidays and Cultures Around the World

This bundle is a great way to teach both Reading Skills and Social Studies together during the holiday season! Students will learn about American traditions and holiday customs from 3 other cultures: Jewish, Vietnam, and Colombia.

Engaging activities to teach Holiday Around the World!

The Holidays and Cultures Around the World Bundle Includes:
1) Christmas Around the World PowerPoint (22 slides non-editable)
2) Christmas in Colombia Video
3) Christmas in Vietnam Video
4) Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe Bingo (30 student cards, directions, and teacher script)
5) Close Reading Chanukah (5 passages, 33 pages)
6) Close Reading: Diwali [Update Nov. 2017]

And eight more activities!

Christmas Around the World

Teaching Activities for Christmas Around the World - Rigorous and Engaging!

These engaging activities will help your students dig deeper into informational text with these holiday themed close reading passages and questions. Read about Christmas in five different countries and cultures! Five close reading passages with activities.

They will explore five different cultures through slideshows, pictures, videos, and close reading passages!

Hanukkah Close Reading Passages 

Teaching Activities for Hanukkah

Students will love discovering the fun and rich traditions of Chanukah! This original informational text "Chanukah" is leveled at 820 and is perfect for grades 3-6.

There are five sections in this informational text:

  1. A Jewish Holiday
  2. The History of Chanukah
  3. The Chanukah Miracle
  4. Traditions
  5. Playing Dreidel


It was a great lead into our Christmas Around the World Unit Study. We'll definitely be using these again!

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