Holiday Lesson Plans and Resources
Last updated May 23, 2016 with new lesson plans for Memorial Day!
Multiple Holiday Resources/Lessons
Fall (September, October, November)
Winter (December, January, February)
Spring (March, April, May, June)
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Official and Religious Mexican Holidays
Celebrate Mexican holidays with your Spanish class.
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
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.
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 Lesson Plan: Unions Today
A lesson plan for grades 7-12 from PBS News Hour Extra.
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
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.
A grade 4-5 lesson plan about this Jewish holy day. See also Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish New Year.
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.
Lessons and activities for a variety of grade levels from NEA.
Lesson ideas from Education World.
Teaching About Columbus Day: Myth Busters
Information from Teaching History.
Columbus Day PowerPoint Presentations
For both Kids and teachers.
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.
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."
4 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day (Without celebrating Columbus)
Lesson ideas from Everyday Feminism. See also Resources for Reexamining Columbus Day.
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.
Culture Clash: Three Views of Columbus
A 10th-grade lesson plan.
Human Settlement Patterns - Rethinking Columbus
A high school lesson plan.
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
A Quick Guide to the Origin and History of Halloween
Not a lesson plan, but concise information for lesson planning. See also Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows.
Many lesson plans and activities from the NY Times.
Halloween Lessons, Activities & Resources
Lesson plans for all grade levels from the NEA.
Not just for Halloween, but many lesson ideas from Hot Chalk. See also Neuroscience and Zombies Autopsy Unit.
Turn Halloween Into a Learning Holiday
Articles, ideas and a lesson plan from Scholastic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thrills, Chills! Using Scary Stories to Motivate Students to Read
A middle-school unit from Read-Write-Think.
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.
Origins of Halloween and Day of the Dead
Information from EDSITEment. See also Day of the Dead vs. Halloween.
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.
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.
Activities for Veterans Day
More from the VA.
History of Veterans Day Video
This four-minute video about the history of Veterans Day from History.com might be a good addition to your lesson.
Commemorate Veterans Day
Lesson ideas from the National Registry of Historic Places.
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 Lesson Plan
A brief lesson plan for grades 3-5.
Veterans Day is Celebrated in the United States Today
A 'calendar event" for grades 3-12 from Read-Write-Think.
A lesson plan for middle school or high school.
The Greatest Sacrifice - A lesson Plan for Veterans Day
Aligned with the Common core Standards. this lesson plan from PBS is appropriate for grades 6-12.
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.
Resources about Veterans and Veterans Day
Many resources from Operation Here We Are.
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.
Students will explore the perspectives of two Native American authors about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday and then write journal entries.
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.
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.
A lesson plan for grades 4-5.
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 Want at My 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.
Thematic units on Thanksgiving, Native Americans, and Pilgrims.
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.
Including Culture in Thanksgiving Lessons
Ideas for including Latino culture in your Thanksgiving lesson.
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.
Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa Lesson Plans and and Resources
December Holidays Lessons & Resources
Curriculum resources covering holidays & observances around the world from NEA.
Hanukkah: 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.
A mini-unit for grades 4-5.
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.
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.
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.
Classroom Lessons Deliver Holiday "Presence"
Seven activities from Education World.
Christmas Activities for Kids!
Lots of printables, crafts, coloring pages, etc.
A Holly Jolly Field Guide
Not a lesson plan, but a a fun way of showing your students how different cultures and countries celebrate Christmas.
Operation Christmas Child
Three primary and three secondary lesson plans for teachers who want to include Operation Christmas Child in the classroom.
Let's Celebrate Christmas!
A primary-grade lesson plan from Scholastic.
A primary-grade movement lesson. See also Chop Down the Christmas Trees for another motor-skills lesson for grades 3-5.
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.
The Magic School Bus in the Arctic
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Scholastic.
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.
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.
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,
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 for this holiday celebrated December 26 in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
New Year Celebrations Around the World
A lesson plan for grades 2 and up. See also New Year Traditions, New Year Celebrations 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.
An Exciting New Year
A lesson plan for grades 4-5 from Scholastic.
Making New Year’s Resolutions Middle School Style
A language arts lesson plan for grades 7-8.
"We Didn't Start the Fire" Poetry
An interesting lesson plan for grades 7-12 that could be used to reflect on the events of last year.
Happy New Year! Calender-Based Ideas
Lesson ideas from Education World exploring the world's different calendars.
The Origin of New Year's Eve Traditions
Not a lesson plan, but interesting information that could be used in a lesson.
Breaking News English - New York's "green" New Year
An ESL/EFL lesson plan. See also English Lesson Plan on New Year's Day.
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.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute
See their lesson plans and resources.
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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Three lesson plans for middle school and high school from the Center for Civic Education.
Commemorate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Articles and lesson plans from Scholastic.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero
A primary-grade lesson plan from Read-Write-Think.
Martin Luther King Day
An interdisciplinary unit for grades 3-4.
Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources
From Science Net Links.
Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Tet: The Vietnamese New Year
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.
Australia Day (January 26)
Crafts, worksheets, and activities 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.
Groundhog Day is February 2
An activity from Read-Write-Think.
Groundhog Day Teacher Page
Activities and lesson plans from Groundhog.org.
Will He See His Shadow?
Groundhog Day activities from Scholastic.
Come to a Groundhog Day Party
Activities for a variety of grades from Education World.
Heaven or Groundhog Day?
An interesting high school lesson using the movie Groundhog Day from Learn NC.
Superstition vs. the Facts - Groundhog Day vs. Science, The Scientific Method Tested - 1950s
Not a lesson plan, but a cool video clip from YouTube to enhance your Groundhog Day lesson.
Mardi Gras 2016 (February 9) Lesson Plans and ResourcesThe History of Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from mardgrasday.com. See also Seven Deadly Sins Art Scavenger Hunt for another high school lesson plan.
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); and Mardi Gras Lesson Plan for K-3.
Mardi Gras and Pancake Day
Lessons and resources from Hot Chalk.
Celebrate Mardi Gras
A lesson plan for a variety of grade levels from Education World.
Activity Plan 4-5: Mardi Gras
Art and music activities from Scholastic.
Valentine's Day Lesson Plans and Resources (Scroll down for President's Day)
The History of Valentine's Day
Ten Free Things for Valentine's Day
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.
A lesson plan for grades 2-3 from Learn NC.
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.
President's Day 2016 (February 15) Lesson Plans and Resources
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.
American Presidents: Life Portraits
Teacher guides and resources for all US presidents from C-Span.
Presidents Day WebQuest
From Summerfield Elementary School.
Presidents' Day Activities
A long list from the NEA.
Teaching Ideas for Presidents Day
More lesson ideas. These are from Bright Hub Education.
Learning resources, teaching resources, and quizzes from teachinghistory.org.
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.
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.
Leap Year/Leap Day Lesson Plans
Today is Leap Day!
A calendar event for grades 3-7 from Read-Write-Think.
Celebrate Leap Day
Science activities and games for multiple grade levels from Scholastic.
10 Activities for Learning About Leap Year and Other Calendar Oddities
From the NY Times.
Leap Year Lessons: Activities for Leap Day
Several ideas from TeachWithMe.com.
Leap Year Day
An internet-based lesson plan for grades 4-8.
An Every Day Edit activity from Education World.
Resources for ESL.
Chinese New Year
Information about the Chinese New Year as well as a 3 to 5-day mini-unit for grades 2-3.
St. Patrick's Day Lesson Plans and Resources
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 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 Brave Mice
An educator's guide for using this book in grades K-4.
Saint Patrick's Day Classroom Snacks
From Teach Junkie.
Visit from the Leprechauns
A K-1 lesson plan. See also Leprechaun Legends.
Who Was Saint Patrick?
St. Patrick's Day
Information and links from the Donns.
Festival WebQuests: St. Patrick's Day
Four Activities. See also Saint Patrick's Day WebQuest for ESL Beginners.
Saint Patrick's Day - Vocabulary, Exercises and Worksheets
For ESL. See also English Lesson Plan on Saint Patrick's Day.
12 Free Things for St. Patrick's Day
Resources from NEA.
See also Discovering Ireland WebQuest.
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.
April Fool's Day
Lesson for grades 9-12 from PBS on satire's role in current events.
English Lesson Plan on April Fool's Day
For ESL students. See also April Fool's Day for another ESL lesson.
April Fools Lesson
Interesting lesson exploring the biggest April Fools Jokes of all time. Seems like it would be appropriate for the intermediate grades and up.
A lesson plan from the New York Times Learning Network.
April Fool's Day
Origins and history.
April Is National 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.
Earth Day - Every Day
Information, links, and a list of lesson plans from the Donns.
Passover Lesson Plans
A lesson plan for the 5th grade.
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
Information and teaching ideas from the Donns.
Easter Egg Math
A kindergarten or 1st-grade lesson plan.
Egg-Related Activities and Lessons for Easter and All Year
Lesson ideas from Education World.
Easter Egg Dribble
A primary-grade P.E. lesson plan.
Easter Lesson Plan Grades 4-6
Comes complete with worksheets.
Easter Petal Pathways
A lesson plan for all grades 5-8 from Crayola.
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.
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.
For ESL Students.
Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs
A high school lesson plan.
May Day Activities and Crafts
See also May Day/Beltaine.
Cinco de Mayo
Several lesson ideas from Scholastic.
Cinco de Mayo
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.
Cinco de Mayo Activities
From Education World. See also Celebrate Mother's Day in a New Way.
Cinco de Mayo
A study guide with information, discussion questions, resources, and extended activities from the History Channel.
Today is Cinco de Mayo
Information and an activity for grades 7-12 from Read-Write-Think.
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.
53 FREE Mother's Day Worksheets
From Busy Teacher.
!0 Free Things for Mother's Day
English Lesson Plan for Mother's Day
From ESL Holidays. See aslo Mother's Day from Heads Up English.
Mother's Day Arts and Crafts
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
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.
Information and links
Flag Day Quest
A brief webquest.
Father's Day Brainstorming and Writing
A lesson plan from Teachervision.com.
Coloring pages, create cards, make a present, etc.
Greeting Cards for an Awesome DadRamadan
E-mail dad a card.
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.
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