Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Around the World


Last week our class "traveled" the world to learn about Christmas traditions in other countries! As we traveled, we took in some of the sights, and we created a scrapbook page to remind us of all that we learned along the way. We began our trip by going to Hawaii! We read this adorable book (that just so happened to be written and illustrated by a first grader--very cool):



We thought it was pretty funny that Santa decided to vacation in Hawaii, and we decided to pretend to be Santa and write postcards back to the North Pole. Here is a fun one:





Feliz Navidad! We also visited Mexico and learned the Legend of the Poinsettia:


Buon Natale! We loved touring Italy! We learned about La Bafana and we took "photos" at some of the famous landmarks!

13 comments:

Team Carroll said...

GIRLFRIEND!!!! LOVING this! SO wish you would've posted this last week!! HA! How did you do this? Did you travel over the week or did you travel for just a day?? We did Christmas around the world in a day and it was NOT enough time! This was the first year our team did it. LOVE the idea, but we need a better way to execute it next year!! And I HAVE GOT TO incorporate this scrapbook. TOO dang cute!! LOVE!

Gladys said...

I want to do this too! But with so many activities being squeezed into the last week before vacations...I don't know if we would have enough time...Would one day be enough? Awww...I want my kids to experience this....

Anonymous said...

I loved, loved, loved the scrapbook idea. Would you be willing to share the pages of your scrapbook?

Anonymous said...

This is adorable! I started out trying to plan something like this for my class but got overwhelmed & quit :(

Your pages are so cute & I love the book recommendations. Did you "visit" other countries too? I'd love to any other details! :)

-Diana

firstgradeideas.wordpress.com

Rachelle and Brian said...

We do Christmas around the world too! We have 2 weeks to do it though (45 minutes per activity)!!! We kind of do a scrap book, but it's more like a passport. :) Dj inkers has all of the clip art for Christmas around the world so we made a cute book! We do Italy, Mexico, France, England, Isreal, Holland, and Germany...then we take a stop back at the good old USA! there are activities and/or food that go with each one. It's so fun! :) Love the idea of the scrapbook!!!!

Rachelle and Brian said...

Oh...and did you just copy coloring pages for "La Befana"? That's so cute!
-Rachelle
www.whattheteacherwant.blogspot.com

Caroline Brantley said...

Very cute! My kids loved Christmas Around the World. We did it in two days. We have 8 first grade classes so they rotated to 4 per day. Check out Mrs. Bainbridge. I purchased the powerpoints. http://www.bainbridgeclass.com/files.htm

Mrs. Ibarra said...

So do hope you share your scrapbook....TOO CUTE!


http://alwaysfirstgrade.blogspot.com/

Musical Mimi said...

I'm actually a music teacher for my young friends, and I would LOVE to incorporate this in my classes! Maybe learn a Christmas song and/or dance with each country! How wonderful! Thank you!

Ginger Snaps said...

I love this idea! I love all your ideas! I wish I had the time to create all this cute stuff!

Anonymous said...

We do Christmas Around the World too. We did it for one week but actually you need two or more. We colored and made shoes that looked like the Holland shoes they leave outside their window. I stapled them together gave them pieces of candy for the shoe too. We read about Holland and cut out the flag and glued to our Pass Port. We visited Mexico read how they celebrated and made Poinsetta's and colored our Pinata. We visited China and made
lanterns with construction paper and glittered them. Read about Santa Lucia in Sweden and made Halo of Lights added another flag to our pass port. Read several Gingerbread Stories from Germany. Then we made our own Gingerbread houses using our empty milk cartons, grahm crackets, icing, and lots of candy. We also visited Africa and made a Kwanzaa unity necklace. Instead of the fruit shapes we used fruit loop cereal on yarn for our necklaces. In Isreal read Bubba's Guest and played the Dreidel Game. The trip ended in our
country reading Night Before Christmas making a stocking for Santa and a Christmas Reindeer Card for our parents. I love the idea of eating food at each place. (I downloaded the flags from the internet and shrunk them down to
fit our Pass Ports. The children love it and so do I. The only conflict I had is with the children that can't participate in Christmas. I allowed them to work on the computer during our Social Studies time. Parents were ok with this.

Katie said...

I know it's now the end of February and I'm just now leaving a message on this post but I LOVE your scrapbook idea! I know many have asked before me, but will you be willing to share your hard work?

Thanks for the continuous motivation and ideas!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to visit us in Australia next Christmas Around the Wold, we celebrate our christmas holidays with barbies (BBQ) playing cricket on the beach and camping

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