Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Celebrations

Diwali Festival of Light was Oct. 28, 2008
Essential principles of Diwali
  1. Light over darkness
  2. Goodness over evil
  3. Enlightenment of blind faith
  4. Prosperity over poverty
The are pancultural principles. I have always found in my multicultural classrooms, that we have more in common with each other that we thought.

Holiday Traditions Activities

We have been talking in class about our FESTIVALS and Celebrations. Our classroom represents many different nationalities and religious practices. Our December unit begins with our traditional celebrations Questionnaire. Many of us celebrate in a variety of ways. We interview each other and compare and contrast our celebrations.

Language Arts


Brainstorm vocabulary words, write "I remember..." stories [timed writing], Crossword/ wordsearches, Mad Libs: teach nouns, verbs, plural nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs.
Read: The Blind Beggar-Poet story, Christmas with Mary Cook [life in the 1930's], Muslim Child, by R. Khan, Ramadan Story, read: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, p. 222 Impressions series: Cross the Golden river, listen to Stuart McLean's Xmas CD stories.
Spelling: this is a list of vocabulary words we discuss. These words are used throughout the unit and are available in case they need to be used.


Art -- Felt fridge magnets based on various symbols of student's traditions , snowman mobile, stained glass windows,
What multiculturalism means in terms of:
Music: different eras, kinds of instruments, types of music, analyse the difference between secular December songs and Christmas carols, songs of other religious groups: dreydle song, Wassail Songs [Medieval practices] etc.
Dance/Drama: cultural rituals, dances, art works related e.g. Totem poles, masks, etc.
Poetry: Acronym, Diamonte, Alliteration, Shape Poems.

Integrated: music/dance/drama: Choralization to a specific poem.


People are basically
the same.
Yet each of us is unique.
We speak
different languages
We believe
in different faiths.
We eat different foods.
We have different
beliefs and values.
All of these differences
make up the wonderful
world we have.
But remember,
these differences will
only make our lives richer
and more rewarding
if we can learn to respect
each other.
By: Joanna Wong

Social Studies

Multiculturalism Unit: Box of Treasures
Begin by brainstorming. Identify the following:
1. different ethnic groups in your community
2. different languages spoken by students and staff in your school
3. significant Holidays celebrated by students in your class
4. ethnic treasures and artifacts of different cultures


What is it really about?
What does the word multiculturalism mean to you
Do you support a multiculturalism policy? Why or why not?
What are some of the negative aspects of racism?
How do you think we can eliminate racism?
Think of as many ways as possible.

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