Christmas Around the World is a great unit to teach in the month of December. Take your students on a tour around the world as they learn about the Christmas traditions in the USA, England, Italy, Germany, France, and Russia. Let’s take a look at how this can be done in a practical and engaging way in your elementary classroom.
Start with books. There are a lot of children’s books out there that are perfect for sharing about the Christmas traditions in other countries. One of my favorites is Christmas Around the World. It is filled with a lot of kid-friendly information about 12 different countries, some art project ideas, and some great photos.
The Christmas Around the World Fact Sheets are another great instructional tool. The fact sheets teach the students about traditional holiday foods, family holiday traditions, facts, and Santa (or their version of him). The fact sheets come in full color and black and white. The full color version is great for the teacher and for displaying in front of the class. The fact sheets can be used as a whole group lesson, individual reading practice, partner reading, close reading, or guided reading.
The fact sheets correlate perfectly with the different components of the Christmas Around the World Lapbook. Once the students have learned about a country, they can transfer their learning and apply it through their writing.
Teachers often ask what kind of folders need to be purchased for these lapbooks. The answer is nothing fancy. Simply grab some manilla folders from your classroom or office. I used colored folders but this wouldn’t be necessary. Don’t have folders? Construction paper works great too. Fold each side of the folder/paper in until it meets in the middle to form the front cover flaps. The writing activities are placed inside.
As you can see from the image above, the flip flaps for each country are tabbed at the bottom of each mini book. Each page includes space for the students to write a sentence of information that was learned from the fact sheet. There is also space for the students to draw a picture to match their sentence.
The map in the center is for the students to track their journey to the different countries. The back of the lapbook is reserved for students to earn passport stamps. After the students finish their flip flap book, they can earn a stamp to store in their pocket at the back of the lapbook. This serves as a great incentive!
This Christmas Around the World Unit can be purchased as a bundle or as separate components seen below:
Christmas Around the World Bundle
Christmas Around the World Fact Sheets
Christmas Around the World Lapbook
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