Holiday Lesson Plans and Resources

Last updated September 25, 2014 with new lesson plans for Columbus Day.
 


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Holidays Around the World: A Festival of Lessons
Lesson plans and activities from Education World. See also Holidays Around the World for more ideas and resources.

Official and Religious Mexican Holidays
Celebrate Mexican holidays with your Spanish class.

Holidays
Lots of holiday lesson plans and resources from Mr. Donn.

Holiday Topics and Authors
Lesson plans for many holidays.

Holidays on the Net
A collection of multimedia holiday celebrations.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Holidays
An alphabetical list of links to activities and resources.

Yahoo Directory: Christian Holidays and Observances
Many links listed alphabetically.

Guide to Jewish Holidays
From the Jewish Children's Learning Network.

Yahoo Directory: Islamic Holidays and Observances
Links to sites for 9 major holidays.

Holiday Lesson Plans
From Teachnology.

Holidays Around the World
A holiday glossary from Kid's Turn Central.

Wilstar's Holiday World
Excellent site for holiday history and customs.

Valuing Our Differences: Celebrating Diversity
A month-by-month list of national, religious, and ethnic holidays.

Fall Holidays

September

Grandparent's Day

Resources and information about Grandparent's Day (Sept. 12). See also Ten Grand Activities for Grandparents Day.

Rosh Hashanah
A grade 4-5 lesson plan about this Jewish holy day. See also Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish New Year.

A Short History of American Labor
A "lesson guide" from the American Labor Studies Center.

Child Labor in America
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from the Library of Congress.

Labor Day Scavenger Hunt
An Internet Scavenger hunt from Education World. See also Federal Holidays, a unit for grade 3 and Labor Day Tools, a 2nd-grade lesson plan.

Labor Day Lesson Plans: A Unit of Study Introducing Community Helpers
A unit designed to help students
understand the origins of Labor Day and recognize community workers and the jobs they do.

American Holidays: Labor Day
A reading comprehension lesson plan for grades 3-5. It includes printable worksheet.

How Labor Got Its Day
Another lesson plan for grades 3-5.

Labor Day Lesson Plan
An Internet-based lesson plan designed for homeschoolers.

Labor Day Lesson
Information for ESL students.

Labor day Activities
From Scholastic.

Labor Day Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans with labor and occupational themes. See also Labor Day Workers Cube (from Crayola).

Daily Writing Prompts-  September
This list, from the Teachers Corner, includes a writing prompt for Labor Day.

Mexican Independence Day (September 16)
A lesson plan for grades 3-5.


October
German-American Day (October 6)
Teacher's guide and unit for celebrating German-American Day

German-American Internet Scavenger Hunt
A site I developed for a middle school celebrating German-American Day.

Columbus Day
Lessons and activities for a variety of grade levels from NEA.

Discoverer's Day
Lesson ideas from Education World.

Teaching About Columbus Day: Myth Busters
Information from Teaching History.

Columbus Day PowerPoint Presentations
For both Kids and teachers.

Columbus Day
Lesson ideas and information from askacop.org.

Sink or Float?
A K-1 science lesson plan with a read aloud of the book, Christopher Columbus, by Stephen Krensky.
Could be a good choice for a Columbus Day theme.

Columbus Day: Native American Perspective
A lesson plan for 4th/5th grade. See also Colombus Day: Two Perspectives for a similar intermediate-grade lesson plan.

Columbus Day Theme
Many activities and lesson ideas from A to Z Teacher Stuff.

Columbus Day
A readers theater activity.

What Was Columbus Thinking?
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Edsitement.

Columbus Day Is Recognized Today
A classroom activity and resources for grades 3-8 from Read-Write-Think.

Critical Thinking about the Arrival of Columbus
A lesson that "can be adapted for grades 4-8."

Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
In this inquiry-based lesson plan for grades 6-12, students gather information and try to answer this question.
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Should We Still Celebrate Columbus Day?
Different from the above lesson, this one is a "structured academic Controversy lesson plan for a high school world history class.

Debate: Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
One more similar lesson.

The People Versus Columbus, et al
An interesting role play exploring the impact of Columbus on the people of Hispaniola.

Beyond Columbus: Teaching the Lessons of 1492
Links to lesson plans and web sites for teaching about Columbus across the grades.

In 1492, Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue
An ESL lesson plan.

The Columbus Navigation Homepage
An elaborate page examining the history, navigation, and landfall of Christopher Columbus.

Halloween Lesson Plans and Resources
Halloween
Many lesson plans and activities from the NY Times.

Halloween Lessons, Activities & Resources
Lesson plans for all grade levels from the NEA.

Turn Halloween Into a Learning Holiday
Articles, ideas and a lesson plan from Scholastic.

Halloween Mini-Unit
A primary-grade mini-unit on Halloween history.

Pumpkin and Ghost Garland
An activity from Crayola.

Halloween Songs
For pre-K to 2nd grade.

The Pumpkin Patch
A collection of pumpkin poetry compiled by 2nd-graders. Click on About This Project for the lesson plan that inspired the poetry.

Pumpkin Carving for K-2 Students
An ESL lesson plan. For other ESL lesson plans, see Pumpkin Science and Will the Pumpkin Sink or Float?

Pumpkin Science Experiment
For elementary grades. See also Pumpkin Exploration.

Monster in My Closet
An art lesson plan based on the book. See also Papier Mache Monsters.

Halloween Creative Writing Project
For grades 3-5.

What Would Halloween Be Like without the Ecuadorian Rainforest?
An interesting 4th-grade lesson plan from the Rainforest Alliance.

SPOOKtacular Lessons
Five new lesson plans from Education World. See also Happy Halloween!

The Explorers' Graveyard
A history-related 5th-grade lesson plan.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
A middle school lesson plan from Edsitement using Washington Irving's tale of the Headless Horseman.

History of Halloween
A lesson plan for grades 5-8.

Monsters, Ghosts, and Other Things That Go BOO
Language arts activities for grade 6.

Halloween Activities and Lesson Plans
A long list of activities and links from the Teacher's Corner.

Hummingbird Educational Resources
Halloween and pumpkin poems, recipes, stories, etc.

Halloween from Mr. Donn
Halloween history, recipes, clip art, games, and many lessons and activities.

Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins
Lots of ideas for classroom activities about ghosts and Halloween.

Teaching the Epic through Ghost Stories
A high school lesson plan from Read-Write-Think examining the oral traditions of ghost stories and epics. See also Scary Halloween Stories.

Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring Ways Writers Scare Readers
Another high school lesson plan from Read-Write-Think. See also Celebrate Halloween! for one more classroom activity from this same source.

Halloween Then and Now
An Internet-based lesson idea for grades 9-12.

A Ghost Story
A lesson plan for grades 11-12 that is part of a unit on short stories.

Halloween Stop and Shop: Classroom Edition
Links to resources and activities organized by subject.

Day of the Dead
Lesson ideas for this Mexican holiday celebrated October 31 through November 2. See also Mexican Holidays and Day of the Dead Mini-Unit.

November



Diwali-Hindu New Year
A lesson plan for grades 4-6 on this festival observed by many Hindus in late October or early November.

Veterans Day - November 11
Extensive resource from the V. A. including the History of Veterans Day and the Veterans Day Poster Gallery.

Veterans Day Activities, Grades K-5
Lesson Plans, Activities, and Resources Focus on Wartime Service and Sacrifice from the NEA. See also Veterans Day Activities, Grades 6-8 and Veterans Day Activities, Grades 9-12.

Veterans Day from Teaching History.org
Teaching and learning resources as well as quizzes.

Veterans Day is Celebrated in the United States Today
An excellent lesson plan for grades 3-12. See also VA Kids.

Veterans Day
A lesson plan for middle school or high school.

Veterans' Day Lesson Plan
A brief lesson plan for grades 3-5.

Veterans in My Family
A KWL lesson plan that can be adapted to a variety of grade levels. See also Veteran's Day and Patriotism for a lesson plan from Scholastic.com.

Education World @ Holidays Center: Veterans' Day.
Links to many lesson plans and teaching resources.

Veterans Day Speech and Writing Topics
Ideas for essays and speeches honoring veterans.

 
Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom
Teaching ideas for all grade levels from NEA.

Teaching about Thanksgiving
Written by a Native American teacher, this essay provides information and lesson ideas to help teachers prepare more factual, balanced lesson plans about Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims Revisited
Information and links for teachers from Education World. See also Pilgrim Projects for more ideas from this same source.

Thanksgiving Mourning
Students will explore the perspectives of two Native American authors about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday and then write journal entries.

Imagine Me at the First Thanksgiving
A kindergarten lesson plan.

PreK-2 Thanksgiving Activities
From Scholastic.

Thanksgiving History
A primary-grade unit.

Thanksgiving - A Focus on Clothing
A primary-grade mini-unit.

The First Thanksgiving
A 2nd-grade unit.

Thanksgiving: A Celebration of Gratitude
Ideas for a 1st or 2nd-grade unit.

Franklin's Thanksgiving
A K-3 lesson plan from Scholastic using this book.

Thanksgiving Acrostic Lesson Plan
A brief lesson plan combining language arts and character building.

Squanto Helps New Arrivals
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 using the book, Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrams.

Strawberry Thanksgiving
A lesson plan for grades 4-5.

Thanksgiving
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Myth and Truth: The First Thanksgiving
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the NCTE's Read-Write-Think.

America celebrates Thanksgiving Day today
More lesson ideas from Read-Write-Think.

Conversation of the Week: Top Five Authors I’d Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner
An article that might be the basis for a Thanksgiving-related discussion activity.

What Really Happened? Comparing Stories of the First Thanksgiving
A lesson plan for grades 4-12 in which students analyze several versions of the Thanksgiving story.

Even So, I am Thankful for . . .
A brief lesson plan for grades 7-12 helping students to be thankful for what they have.

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan
For ESL students.

Thanksgiving Themes
Thematic units on Thanksgiving, Native Americans, and Pilgrims.

Bountiful Thanksgiving
A directory of Thanksgiving links.

The Origins of Thanksgiving
An interesting site with information on Thanksgiving myths as well as the perspectives of African Americans and American Indians.

Catholic Thanksgiving Day Lesson Plans on the Eucharist as Thanksgiving
An elementary, middle, and high school lesson plan.

Celebrating Thanksgivukkah, a Once-in-a-Lifetime Holiday
Not a lesson plan. but an informative article.

Hanuhhah: Free Resources, Craft Ideas, Lessons, and Activities
Lots of ideas.

The Chanukah Mystery Webquest
From the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education.

Celebrate Hanukkah in Israel!
A lesson plan from Scholastic.

Hanukkah in the Classroom
Also from Scholastic.

Hanukkah
A mini-unit for grades 4-5.

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
A multi-grade lesson plan.

Comparing Hanukkah and Christmas
A 2nd-grade lesson plan.

What is Hanukkah?
Information from the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

Light in Festivals
A social studies unit for grades 4-5 that examines the use of light as a symbol in celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Le Re'veillon, Los Posados, and St. Lucia Day.

Ramadan
A lesson plan for grades 5-7 on the Islamic fast of Ramadan, which occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic calender. For information about Ramadan, see Ramadan: The Fasting Month for the Moslems.

Winter Holidays
December
Bill of Rights Day (December 15)
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Bill of Rights Unit
A social studies unit for grades 4-6.

Christmas and Kwanzaa Lesson Plans and and Resources
Kwanzaa
Mini-unit for grades 2-3.

What is Kwanzaa?
A lesson plan for grades K-2 from Learning to Give.

Kwanzaa: An African American Heritage Celebration
A lesson plan for the early elementary grades.

Kwanzaa
Another elementary lesson plan.

Kwanzaa: A Holiday of Principles
Background information and a multi-day lesson plan.

Kwanzaa Wreath Craft Project
An activity for grades K-8 from Scholastic. See also Celebrate Kwanzaa in the United States and  Kwanzaa Egg-Carton Kinara Craft for other activities from Scholastic.

Kwanzaa Lesson Plan: Habari Gani (What's the News)?
Information and activities from Education World.

English Lesson Plan on Kwanzaa
From ESL Holiday Lesson Plans.


December Holidays Lessons & Resources
Curriculum resources covering holidays & observances around the world from NEA.

Classroom Lessons Deliver Holiday "Presence"
Seven activities from Education World.

Christmas for Kids!
Lots of printables, crafts, coloring pages, etc.

A Holly Jolly Infographic
Not a lesson plan, but a a fun way of showing your students how different cultures and countries celebrate Christmas.

Let's Celebrate Christmas!
A primary-grade lesson plan from Scholastic.

The Polar Express
A unit plan with a train theme using this Christmas book by Chris Van Allsburg. See also Take the Polar Express to Learning and Ride the Polar Express.

The Magic School Bus In the Arctic
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Scholastic.

Fiesta
A lesson plan for grades 2-4 examining similarities between our (US) celebration of Christmas and Latin American Fiestas held in honor of religious holidays, national events, or community leaders.

Christmas Around the World
Lessons and activities from Education World.

Christmas in Mexico
An excellent lesson plan for use with ESL students. See also Happy Christmas for other ESL/EFL activities.

Feliz Navidad: A Mexican Christmas Unit
An interdisciplinary unit for grades K-2.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
An art lesson plan for grade 1-2.

The Christmas Tree
A 4th or 5th-grade lesson plan on the origin of the Christmas tree. See also Teaching lesson Plans: The History of Christmas Trees Parts One, Two, and Three as well as Natural Resources and Your Christmas Tree.

Merry Christmas
Lesson plans and resources from Mr. Donn's pages.

Consumerism and Holidays
An interesting lesson plan for grades 4-5 examining the economic impact of holidays, including Christmas.

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Find out how much it all costs with this lesson plan!

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Different than the above lesson, this math activity for the intermediate grades asks students to calculate the total number of gifts in the song.

Introducing Basic Media Literacy Education Skills with Greeting Cards
A lesson plan for grades 5-6 from Read-Write-Think.

A Colonial Christmas in Williamsburg
An intermediate to middle-grade lesson plan in which students learn about Christmas during colonial times.

Writing About a Christmas Day Celebration
A middle school lesson plan. See What Does Christmas Mean to Me? for another middle school lesson.

Deck the Halls with Science
A junior high activity complete with worksheet.

Philanthropy in A Christmas Carol
One more middle grade lesson. See also Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Many lesson plans and activities from Web English Teacher,   

Christmas Creations
A high school commerce and information technology lesson plan.

Scrooge for Mayor
A high school activity in which students research labor issues, social issues, health issues, and gender issues, then create a campaign poster, campaign pamphlet, and power point presentation.

Christmas, Kwanza, and Hanukkah
Holiday words
from Vocabulary.com.

Help Others on Boxing Day
A lesson plan this holiday celebrated December 26 in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.


January

New Years Around the World
A unit plan for the lower elementary grades. See also New Year Traditions, New Year Around the World, and Saying Happy New Year Around the World.

New Year's Lesson Plans and Activities
From the Teacher's Corner.

Lessons and Teacher Resources for the New Years
More lesson ideas from the Lesson Plans Page.

New Years Resolution Lesson Plan
An activity from About.com.

New Year's Resolutions
Different from the above activity, this lesson plan for the intermediate grades emphasizes reading and speaking.

Making New Year’s Resolutions Middle School Style
A language arts lesson plan for grades 7-8.

An Exciting New Year
A lesson plan for grades K-2 from Scholastic.

Happy New Year! Calender-Based Ideas
Lesson ideas from Education World exploring the world's different calendars.

Breaking News English - Lesson Plan on the New Year
Another ESL/EFL lesson plan.

New Year's Eve Worksheet
A middle school activity.


Dr King's Dream
A K-2 lesson plan from EDSITEment. For other lesson plans from EDSITEment, see also
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence for a middle school lesson plan and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolent Resistance for a high school lesson plan.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Racial and Social Justice: A Curriculum for Empowerment
Lesson plans and teacher guides from the National Park Service.


Commemorate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Articles and lesson plans from Scholastic.

Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources

From Science Net Links.

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
From NEA.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
A list of lesson plans and links from Mrs. Donn's pages. Click here for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline Page. See also Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Teaches Many Lessons
Lesson plans and links Education World.

Martin Luther King Day
An interdisciplinary unit for grades 3-4.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
A mini-unit for grades 4-5.

Martin Luther King Day
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.

King & Civil Rights Lesson Plan Using the Web
A 10th-grade activity. Click here for the accompanying web resources.

Tet: The Vietnamese New Year
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.

Australia Day (January 26)

Crafts, worksheets, and activties suitable for kindergarten and the primary grades. See also  Australia Day.  
February - Lesson and Resources for Groundhog day, President's Day, Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, etc.

February
Groundhog Day is February 2
An activity from Read-Write-Think.

Groundhog Day Teacher Page
Activities and lesson plans from Groundhog.org.


Come to a Groundhog Day Party
Activities for a variety of grades from Education World.

Heaven or Groundhog Day?
A high school lesson plan using the movie Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day

Links from Debbie's Unit Factory.

Groundhog Day - February 2nd
Information and lesson ideas from the Donn's.

Groundhog Day History
From 123Holiday.net. See also Stormfax Weather Almanac Groundhog Day.


President's Day Lesson Plans and Resources (Scroll down the page for Valentine's Day lessons and resources)

Presidents' Day
The history of the holiday. See also Presidents' Day and Presidents' Day or Washington's Birthday?


The Presidents of the United States
White House source of information, pictures, etc. for all U. S. presidents. Use the left-side menu to find the president about whom you want information.

Presidents' Day WebQuest
For elementary grades. See also
Presidents WebQuest.

American Presidents: Life Portraits
Teacher guides and resources for all US presidents from C-Span.

Presidents' Day Activities
From the NEA.

Teaching Ideas for Presidents Day
More lesson ideas. These are from Bright Hub Education.

Before and Beyond the Constitution: What Should a President Do?
A three-lesson unit for grades 6-8.

Presidents' Day Activities
Ideas from Education World.

Presidents' Day Lesson Plans, Activities, and Clip Art
From Mr. Donn.

Presidents' Day Quiz
An activity for ESL students that could probably be adapted to other student groups. See also
Presidents' Day Quiz for Beginners and Presidents' Day Quiz for Experts.

American Presidents
Interesting lesson plan in which students analyze art representing American Presidents.

A President's Day
A lesson plan for grade 5-8 from the JFK Library in which students learn about the roles, daily activities, and responsibilities of a U.S. President

President's Day: A Life Lesson for Students
Teaching ideas from Edutopia.


The Many Powers of the President

A lesson plan designed to help students become familiar with the many roles of the president.

Valentine's Day Lesson Plans and Resources
The History of Valentine's Day
From History.com.

Original Valentine's Day Lessons for All Grades
Several lesson ideas from TeachHub.com.

Teaching Kindness for Valentine's Day
A lesson plan for grades 1-2 from Scholastic. See also Valentine's Day Ideas for the Classroom for more from Scholastic.

Learning Activities: Valentine's Day
Four activities from Go-Givers including Make Valentine's Day a 'Pay It Forward Day!'

Incredible Valentine's Day
Many Valentine's Day art activities fro the Incredible Art Department.

Mend My Broken Heart

A math/language arts lesson plan for grades 2-3.  See also Count the Hearts.

Valentine's Day Technology Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for grades 1-3.

Saint Valentine's Day
A 6th-grade language arts lesson plan. 

Valentine’s Day Lessons and Teacher Resources
Many more lesson ideas from the above source.

Valentine's Day 2002 Teaching Tip Lesson Plan
This intermediate-grade lesson plan should still work this year!

Valentine's Day Theme Unit
Lots of worksheets, stories, and other resources from edHelper.com.

Valentine's Day Lesson Plans and Links
More lesson ideas from Debbie's unit factory.

The Language or Love
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about intercultural aspects of love and then create Valentines based on their new knowledge. See also Cinquain Poems and Valentine Rap Game.

All You Need is Love
A lesson plan from the N.Y. Times Learning Network in which students research famous historical couples and make posters illustrating their findings to be displayed for St. Valentine’s Day. See also You're Not My Type? Perfect for another lesson plan from this source.

Romeo and Juliet Valentines
A high school lesson plan.

Valentine's Day is Today!
A classroom activity for grades 3-12 from Read-Write-Think in which students use poetic devices.

Valentine's Day Lesson Plan
For ESL students.

Susan B. Anthony Day
A grade 3-4 about this day which is celebrated on February 15.

Chinese New Year
Information about the Chinese New Year as well as a 3 to 5-day mini-unit for grades 2-3.

Spring Holidays
March, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick's Day Lesson Plans and Resources
Mardi Gras Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from mardgrasday.com.

The History of Mardi Gras 
A five-leson unit for grades 3-4. See also Mardi Gras New Orleans.com; Mardi Gras Lesson Plan (grades 4-5); Pancake Day/Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday (a K-4 lesson plan); Mardi Gras Lesson Plan for K-3; and Mardi Gras Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12.

St. Patrick's Day Lessons and Activities
From Education World.

Teacher's Guide St. Patrick's Day Page
Lesson plans, printables, clip art, etc.  


St. Patrick's Day Lesson Plans
More ideas from Debbie's Unit Factory.

St Patrick/s Day Worksheets
More than 20 worksheets from Teachnology.

Saint Patrick's Day
A reading comprehension lesson plan for grades 3-6 that comes complete with a worksheet.

Today is St. Patrick's Day
A "calendar activity" from Read-Write-Think.
   
St. Patrick's Day Unit Study
Five days of activities from Knowledge Quest.

St. Patrick and the Three Brace Mice
An educator's guide for using this book in grades K-4.

Saint Patrick's Day Snack
A 1st-grade lesson plan.

Visit from the Leprechauns
A k-1 lesson plan. See also Leprechaun Legends.

Who Was Saint Patrick?
Concise information.

St. Patrick's Day
Information and links from the Donns.

St. Patrick's Day WebQuest
For grades 6-8.

12 Free Things for St. Patrick's Day
Resources from NEA.

St. Patrick's Day Links
Though this site has links that may be particularly useful for teaching ESL, they should also be useful for other situations.

Ireland WebQuest
See also Discovering Ireland WebQuest.

Women's History Week
A mini-unit for grades 4-5.

April

April Fool's Day
A unit for grades 3-4.

April Fool's Day for Kids
Information on April Fool's Day from the Donns.

April Fool's Day Hoaxes
A lesson plan for the intermediate grades and above.

A Ponzi Scheme Lesson Plan that Doubles as an April Fool's Day Activity
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Brigh Hub Education.

English Lesson Plan on April Fool's Day
For ESL students.

April Fools!
A lesson plan from the New York Times Learning Network.

April Fool's Day
Origins and history.

April Is nation al Poetry Month!
Don't want to do a typical April Fools Day lesson" Try this "Calendar Activity" for April 1 from Read-Write-Think.

April Fool's Day Greeting Cards from 123Greetings.com
Make someone's day by sending them a free April fool's Day greeting card.

Hana Matsuri (Buddha's Birthday)
A mini-unit for grades 5-6.

Arbor Day Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from the Lesson Plans Page. See also The Teacher's Guide: Arbor Day.

National Arbor Day Foundation
Information from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Arbor Day Across the United States
A color-key map activity for grades 3-8 from Education World.

Earth Day
A mini-unit for grades 4-6. Click here for a similar mini-unit for grades 2-3.

Earth Day - Every Day
Information, links, and a list of lesson plans from the Donns.

Passover Lesson Plans
Passover
A lesson plan for the 5th grade.

Passover Lesson
A lesson plan in which students learn about the Seder Meal and its symbolic meaning.

God's Great Sign (Exodus/Passover Story)
A 3rd-grade lesson plan.

Haggadah Pesach Unit 1
A lesson plan from the Lookstein Center. Lessons 2, 3, and 4 are linked at the top of the page.

Passover Picture Game
From Crayola. See also Passover Seder Place Cards.

Easter Lesson plans and Resources
Easter
Information and teaching ideas from the Donns.

Easter Egg Math
A kindergarten or 1st-grade lesson plan.

Easter Lesson Plan: Writing Myths
A lesson plan for grades 4-6 on how to write a myth about the origin of the Easter Bunny.

Why All the EGG-citement about EGGs?
Lesson ideas from Education World.

Easter Egg Dribble
A primary-grade P.E. lesson plan.

Lesson Plan on Easter Island
How about this for a geography lesson plan with an Easter connection! Learn about this island named by Admiral Roggeveen, who came upon it on Easter Day in 1722 . See also The Lessons of Easter Island.
   
Easter Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans and resources from the Lesson Plans Page.

Easter Theme
More lesson plans and activities from A to Z Teacher stuff.

Religious Easter Activities
Activities to help children understand the religious significance of the Easter holiday. See also Celebrating a Christian Easter.

Easter Lesson Plans
Religion-based Easter activities for homeschoolers.

The History of Easter
Need some information regarding the history of Easter? Take a look at this page from History.com. See also Easter: History, Meaning, and Observances.

A Tale of Two Easters
Explains why in most years Western Christian churches and Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on different dates. See also Easter Date Lesson Plan and Easter Dating Method.

Easter Sunday School Lessons
Several lesson ideas.

Easter Lesson
For ESL Students.

Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs
A high school lesson plan.




May
May Day Activities and Crafts
See also May Day/Beltaine.

Cinco de Mayo
A lesson plan for grades 3-4. 

Introduction to Cinco de Mayo
This lesson introduces students to the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, and provides the opportunity to learn about typical foods of Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo Activities
From Education World.

Cinco de Mayo
A study guide with information, discussion questions, respources, and extended activities from the History Channel.

Today is Cinco de Mayo
Information and an activity for grades 7-12 from Read-Write-Think.

Celebrate Mother's Day in a New Way
Lesson ideas from Education World.

English Lesson Plan for Cinco de Mayo
Activities from ESL Holiday Lessons.

Mother’s Day Lesson Plans
A bunch of lesson plans from the Lesson Plans Page.

Mother’s Day Activities
A list of activities from the above site.

Mother's Day Arts and Crafts
From KinderArt.

Mother's Day Sunday School Lesson
For grades K-2.

Mother's Day for Kids and Teachers
Information about Mother's Day and suggested classroom activities from Mr. Donn.

Billy Bear's Happy Mother's Day Site
Create gifts, promise cards, awards for mom, etc.

Memorial Day Lesson Ideas
Ideas for all grade levels from NEA.

Memorial Day Lesson Ideas
Different from the above, these ideas are from Education World.

Memorial Day Is Observed in the United States Today
Information and an Activity from Read-Write-Think.

Memorial Day
Information and links

June
Flag Day Quest
A brief webquest.   

Flag Day Lesson Plan
An Internet-based lesson from Education World.

Father's day for Educators
Links to ideas for lessons and activities.

Father's Day Brainstorming and Writing
A lesson plan from Teachervision.com.

Father's Day
Coloring pages, create cards, make a present, etc.

Greeting Cards for an Awesome Dad
E-mail dad a card.





 
 

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