Holiday Lesson Plans and Resources

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Multiple Holiday Resources/Lessons
Fall  (September, October, November)
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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

Ten Grand Activities for Grandparents Day

Rosh Hashanah
A grade 4-5 lesson plan about this Jewish holy day.

German-American Week
Ideas for celebrating German-American Week (October 2-8).

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

Columbus Day: Native American Perspective
A lesson plan for 4th/5th grade.

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.

Cyberspace Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher Columbus
A lesson plan for grades in which students explore multiple online sources to gather information about Columbus.

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 Day)
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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Zombie-Based Learning
Not just for Halloween, but many lesson ideas from Edutopia. See also Neuroscience and Zombies Autopsy Unit.

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

Halloween Lesson Plan
For ESL. See also Spooky Halloween Fun for Your ESL Class and 10 Ideas for Teaching Halloween English.

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

Pumpkin and Ghost Garland
An activity from Crayola.

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 Science Experiments
Classics with a twist!. See also Pumpkin Exploration.

Halloween Creative Writing Project
For grades 3-5.

Halloween Geography: Plotting Continents and Oceans on a Pumpkin
A lesson plan 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.

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.

Teaching the Epic through Ghost Stories
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

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.

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 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
Teaching and learning resources.

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.

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. See also The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Veterans and their Families and Combat PTSD and Art as Therapy for other lesson plans from PBS.

Veterans Day and Patriotism
A lesson plan from

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

Mission Accomplished: Exploring Veteran's Challenges and Achievements
A lesson plan from the NY Times.

Resources about Veterans and Veterans Day
Many resources from Operation Here We Are.

Thanksgiving Lesson Plans and Resources
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. See also The First Thanksgiving Teacher's Guide.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving through the Lens of Native Americans Today
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from PBS.

Relearning Thanksgiving
An interesting lesson plans from Arts and Justice that challenges students and teachers to "examine the way the Thanksgiving holiday and its history are taught in K-12 schools and in popular media."

ESL Thanksgiving Lesson
From EL Civics.

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. See also History of Thanksgiving
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. See also Dia de Gracias.

Winter Holidays

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 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
For grades 3-5..

Celebrate Hanukkah in Israel!
A lesson plan from Scholastic.

Hanukkah in the Classroom
Also from Scholastic.

A mini-unit for grades 4-5.

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
A multi-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.

Let's celebrate Cultural Holidays
A unit from Scholastic about how people celebrate Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, and 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.

Another elementary mini-unit..

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.

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.

Reindeer Training
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 Lesson
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 Discover Natural Resources in Christmas Decorations.

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
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 Varsity Tutors.

Natural Resources an d Your Christmas Tree
An article with a short quiz.

Eight Great Christmas Stories for Use in High School Language Arts Lessons
Lesson ideas from Bright Hub.

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

Christmas Lesson Plans for ESL
Two lesson plans from ESL Kids Stuff.

Christmas, Kwanza, and Hanukkah
Holiday words

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.

New Years Resolution Lesson Plan
An activity from

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.

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.

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, Jr. Biological Sketch
Great information for lesson planning including a timeline.   

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.

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

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.  See also Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.  

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

Groundhog Day Teacher Page
Activities and lesson plans from

Will He See His Shadow?
Groundhog Day activities from Scholastic. See also Groundhog: 15 Fun Teaching Resources.

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

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. 

Groundhog Day - February 2nd
Information and lesson ideas from the Donns.

Groundhog Day History
From See also Stormfax Weather Almanac Groundhog Day.

Valentine's Day Lesson Plans and Resources (Scroll down for Presidents Day and Mardi Gras)
The History of Valentine's Day

Ten Free Things for Valentine's Day
From NEA.

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

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.

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

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

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

The Language of 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.

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.

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

5+ Valentine's Day Activities for Special Education
From Breezy Special Ed.

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 2019 (February 18) Lesson Plans 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. Scroll down 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

See also President's Day WebQuest created by Zunal.

Presidents' Day Activities
A long list from the NEA.

President's Day in the Classroom
Many activities from Scholastic.

Presidents Day: Growing Up to Be President
A quiz from Teaching History.

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.


Mardi Gras 2019 (March 5) Lesson Plans and Resources
Mardi Gras History
See also Mardi Gras Lesson Plan (grades 4-5).

Celebrate Mardi Gras
A lesson plan for a variety of grade levels from Education World.

Mardi Gras Mask
An activity for grades 5-12.

Seven Deadly Sins Art Scavenger Hunt
A high school lesson plan.

Activity Plan 4-5: Mardi Gras
Art and music activities from Scholastic.

Leap Year/Leap Day Lesson Plans
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

Leap Year
An Every Day Edit activity from Education World.

Leap Years
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.

Spring Holidays
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 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.

Leprechaun Legend
A lesson plan from Crayola.

Who Was Saint Patrick?
Concise information.

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.

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

Ireland WebQuest
See also Discovering Ireland WebQuest.

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

April Fool's Day
Lesson for grades 9-12 from PBS on satire's role in current events.    

April Fool's Day
An ESL lesson.

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

April Fools' Day
Activities, worksheets, and crafts from Enchanted Learning.

April Fool's Day
Origins and history. See also April 1 from

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
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.

Passover Lesson Plans (Scroll down for Easter)
Haggadah Pesach Unit 1
A lesson plan from the Lookstein Center. Lessons 2, 3, and 4 are linked at the bottom of the page.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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 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 Calculate the Date of Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday School Lessons
Several lesson ideas.

Easter Lesson
For ESL Students.

Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs
A high school lesson plan.

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.

Go to my Life Science/Biology Page for many lesson plans on trees/forestry.

Earth Day Lesson Plans
Many lesson ideas from Education World.

Earth Day Curriculum Resources
From NEA. Scroll down to find the appropriate grade level.

Celebrate Earth Day
From Scholastic.

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.

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.

53 FREE Mother's Day Worksheets
From Busy Teacher.

!0 Free Things for Mother's Day
From NEA.

Mother's Day from Heads Up English.
An ESL lesson.

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.

Memorial Day Lesson Plans
Memorial Day Lesson Plan
A high-quality lesson from the National Constitution center.

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.

History of Memorial Day

A good source of information for lesson planning.

Memorial Day
Information and links

It's a Grand Old Flag
An "Internet hunt" about U.S. flag history.

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

Father's Day Brainstorming and Writing
A lesson plan from

Father's Day Lesson Plan
From elcivics, this lesson plan is primarily for ESL.

Greeting Cards for an Awesome Dad
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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