Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

History of Holidays

December 19th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, December 19, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History.com

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The holidays are here and we thought you might enjoy learning about their origin and history, as well as some of the customs associated with them.

When you get to this ad-supported site, learn the History of Christmas: 

  • How Did Christmas Start?
  • When Christmas Was Cancelled
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Who Invented Santa Claus?
  • And more!

Then check out the history of Hanukkah – Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

And learn The History of Kwanzaa – Watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

Latin/Greek Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 18th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 18, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

(tinyurl.com/yeglwvq9)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin/Greek root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas and Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin/Greek root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.

Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities: 

  • Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 9 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 
    • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
    • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
    • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
    • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
    • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol)
  • Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

Christmas Traditions Around the World

December 12th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, December 12, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Traditions Around the World

(www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the multitude of Christmas traditions from all over the world with this page from the larger Santa’s Net website.

Learn: 

  • What is Twelfth Day, Sinterklass Eve, Ganna, Kwanzaa, Carols by Candlelight, the Little Feast, and other winter holidays
  • Who are Viejito Pascuero, Christkind, Pere Noel, Lan Khoong, Nisse, Julebukk and Father Christmas
  • What happens at Christmas in Bethlehem
  • What dates are Christmas holidays observed in other countries
  • What types of food are eaten especially for Christmas
  • How to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages
  • And much more.

With over 70 countries to explore, this website makes a great addition to your geography studies around the holidays.

Read the Christmas story in comic book style

December 11th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 11, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The First Christmas Story

(www.whychristmas.com/christmasstory/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by James Cooper from the UK, this Christmas story can be read comic book style.


When you get to the site, the ‘comic book’ is ready to read. Click on the right arrow to go to the next page. 

When you are through, go to the main site of Why Christmas? It’s kid-friendly and explores all things Christmas. Use the links in the upper menu to select from: 

  • Christmas Traditions and Customs – Learn all about when the Christmas season is celebrated, the traditions of candles, candy canes, Christmas cards, carols, mistletoe, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas and so much more
  • Christmas Around the World – Discover how Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world
  • The Christmas Story – Read, listen, and/or watch the full Christmas story.
  • Christmas Fun and Activities – Activities include an online Christmas tree to decorate, a nativity scene to build either online or downloadable, word searches and a crossword puzzle, Christmas desktop wallpaper, and loads of other creative and fun activities

After browsing through all that is available, be sure to add to your fun by selecting the “Christmas Karaoke” image on the home page. You will be taken to another website, Tis the Season to be Singing, where you and your family can sing along to over 50 Christmas Carols and songs.

Math and More with Advent Calendars

December 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, December 2, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Woodlands Junior Advent Calendar

(projectbritain.com/Xmas/calendar/index.html)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this United Kingdom website you can access a free, interactive, educational Advent Calendar that provides information on how Christmas is celebrated in countries worldwide.

Math and social studies are combined here in an engaging presentation the whole family is sure to enjoy.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Scroll down to the calendar and click on December 1st – the dates are jumbled on purpose we suppose so it can be used every year. A new page opens that begins an exploration of how Christmas is celebrated in….well, you’ll have to visit the site to find out!

Be sure to follow the instructions, answer the questions, and click on the links throughout the presentation to experience the full scope of what is offered here. Then, bookmark the site so you can return to it each day in December to see what the calendar unfolds.

Oh, and don’t miss the menu on the left side of the screen where you can learn all kinds of facts and trivia about Christmas traditions and customs.

Traditions and Culture of Hispanic Americans

September 5th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, September 5, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bring Hispanic Heritage Month to Life

(tinyurl.com/y5fnwk5y)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. The Scholastic website has put together a collection of resources to celebrate the occasion.

When you get to the site, you can read “A Brief Overview of Hispanic Heritage Month.” Then scroll a bit further down to “Quick Ideas” – two articles with ideas for two age groups on how to celebrate this month. Then see the links on the left for lesson plans and resources including: 

  • Exploring Countries
  • Art and Music
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Icons and Leaders
  • Book Resources and Lists
  • And more

Be sure to check out the “Related Resources” as well. This site is huge – bookmark it to come back for more!

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