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Kwanzaa candles and symbols

Kwanzaa – Teacher Resources

Kwanzaa always begins on December 26. Celebrate the African-American and Pan-African families, communities, and cultures with Kwanzaa resources, arts & crafts, lessons, and printables. We have lesson plans on the history of the holiday, activities to help your students learn more about the different aspects of Kwanzaa, printables for writing holiday poetry, project instructions for creating paper chains and wrapping paper, vocabulary lists, biographies of important Kwanzaa figures, and more! These activities are sure to increase your students' awareness of other cultures and beliefs.

Printables

Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa Creator (Coloring Page)
Kwanzaa Candles
To Market in Africa
Santa Learns About Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa Craft
How Many Holiday Things?
Holiday Memory Game
More Kwanzaa Printables

Lesson Plans

Winter Holidays
Activities for African Folk Tales
Holiday Poems
Holiday Paper Chains
Potato Print Wrapping Paper
What Is Kwanzaa?
African Storytellers
More Kwanzaa Lesson Plans

Quizzes

December Holidays Quiz
Kwanzaa Word Problems
Kwanzaa Facts Quiz

Art & Music Activities for Kwanzaa

Happy Holidays
Holiday Ornaments & Decorations Slideshow

Reading & Language Arts Activities for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Symbols & Celebration
Kwanzaa Terms Matching Activity

Social Studies Activities for Kwanzaa

Top 10 Kwanzaa Activities (Grades K-8)
December Holidays Printables Slideshow (K-2)
Winter Holidays Chart
An Overview of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa, the African-American Celebration of Ancestry
Kwanzaa Background
Favorite December Holiday Printables Slideshow, Grades K-4
More Kwanzaa Activities for Social Studies

More December Holidays

Christmas – Teacher Resources
December Holidays Resources for Teachers
Hanukkah - Teacher Resources
New Year's – Teacher Resources

Black History Resources

Slavery Writing Prompt
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson Coloring Page
Althea Gibson's Story
The Struggle Against Segregation
Civil Rights Quiz
More Black History Resources

Winter Activities

Winter Solstice – Videos & Activities
Groundhog Day Videos & Activities
Seasons Printable Book (K-6)
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Winter Crossword Puzzle
Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
Glacial Pressure
More Winter Teacher Resources

Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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