Monday, December 12, 2016

Holidays Around The World Giveaway

During the Christmas holidays, I love to teach the different holiday traditions that happen around the world. I created a packet a few years ago in order to have a fun interactive way for the kiddos to learn about these different traditions.  We learn about Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali, St. Lucia, Chinese New Year, Las Posadas, and Christmas in Australia. This packet includes a reader with key words for each country that the students can trace and a passport to represent each country. It also has book suggestions, activities and games, and holiday crafts for each country we visit. You can get this packet by clicking Holiday Traditions Around The World.

I use this unit during our Science and Social Studies time about 2-3 weeks prior to Christmas break.  For my Reading Workshop time I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read and compare all of the different Gingerbread Man Stories.  There are so many of them out there and I have loved everyone that I can get my hands on.  Each day the students and I read a new book and complete a story map (which is a FREE download at the end of this post).  At the end of the 2-3 week time period that this takes, we compare all of the stories to each other.  Then we complete a Gingerbread Man Reader's Theater and decorate our very own Gingerbread Man cookies.

This is an extension of all our Gingerbread fun that gives some rhyming practice. It is an interactive reader, a rhyming center, and a sort activity.

This week I am joining my Kinder Friends with a fabulous giveaway.  We are giving away $25 gift certificate to TpT. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! There are also a few holidays items in each store for sale. Just search #kinderfriends in order to get 20% off!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now hop on over to my pal Pamela at Pocket Full of Centers for another FREEBIE and chance to win!


  1. I love all the gingerbread men stories too - your kiddos are so lucky to get to decorate cookies at the end of your fun unit!

  2. That Holiday traditions unit looks fabulous! I love those little passports, that's brilliant!

  3. There are so many gingerbread stories to choose from!! This will be a must do for me next year!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. The holiday passports are great! I am sure the kids LOVE them! Have fun! Wendy 1stgradefireworks

  5. I also love everything gingerbread this time of year! Thank you for the wonderful story map!


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