Let’s face it – those last few weeks before Christmas are crazy! Students aren’t focused, everyone’s busy with parties, the winter concert is coming up, and everyone could use a break! This is the perfect time of year to get a project in – particularly a Christmas research project. If that project happens to align with some Common Core research standards, that’s even better – right?
I’m going to talk to you about Christmas Around the World. The nice thing about this post is that it typically fits into ANY classroom, even if you have children who don’t particularly celebrate Christmas. You can assign different winter holidays to students OR students can choose a holiday that they and their family most align with.
Once the countries and/or topics have been chosen, students can start researching. They can do a typical Google search, but if your students are anything like mine – they could use a little more guidance. Try the sites listed below for even more information without your students getting overwhelmed.
WolframAlpha is great for basic information. It might not be the most helpful source when it comes to Christmas Around the World Projects, but keep it in mind for other research topics.
InsaGrok is amazing! It will give your student a variety of topics to choose from once they type their basic search it, and it’s organized in such a way that they can focus on one idea at a time (aka they can focus on one paragraph at a time! What student couldn’t use some help organizing their paper structure so it’s not one big organized mess?!)
Here’s a picture of what I got when I “grokked” French Christmas:
Once your students have enough research done, they can work on the actual project. Last year I had my students create posters, but you could easily turn this into a writing assignment or let students do their own thing! Regardless of what the final product looks like, I recommend making some type of rubric so students know what your minimum expectations are and simply to point them in the right direction.
Here’s what our finished posters looked like last year –
Of course I also had students present their work to the class. You can never get enough public speaking in! 😉
Want your other students to be engaged listeners while their classmates present? Check out these Christmas Around the World Reflective Journals. They’re a great way for everyone to be engaged during this fun Christmas Around the World unit!
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