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What Is Kwanzaa?

In this lesson plan, students use the Internet to find information on the holiday of Kwanzaa, and they work in groups to fill in a Kwanzaa graphic organizer and comparison chart. This is a perfect addition to December lessons.

Grades
3 |
4 |
5
Holidays
Type
Lesson (926)

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Objectives

  • Students will use vocabulary related to Kwanzaa.
  • Students will identify main ideas and details related to the celebration of Kwanzaa.
  • Students will summarize information about Kwanzaa.

Materials

Procedures

  1. Introduce key vocabulary: celebration, Kwanzaa, rejoicing, principles, symbols, unique. (included in the this lesson's packet)
  2. Invite pairs of students to use the Internet (Ex: InfoPlease or Official Kwanzaa Website) to learn more about this celebration.
  3. Have students use the Kwanzaa Concept Map graphic organizer to organize main ideas about the holiday of Kwanzaa. Have the students add circles to give details about each main idea.
  4. Set aside a time for groups to share their organizers and talk about the holiday.

Assessment

Use students' graphic organizers to evaluate their ability to synthesize information about the holiday of Kwanzaa. Ask students to complete the Kwanzaa Comparison Chart.

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