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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Around the World - Germany

Day 2 of Christmas Around the World focused on Germany.  We read a short readers' theater about Christmas in Germany.  We learned that the tradition of having Christmas trees in the home came from Germany.  We createde paper Christmas trees (from SuperTeacherWorksheets.com).  Also, we learned that families in Germany make gingerbread houses and gingerbread men at Chrsitmas.  So, each child made their own gingerbread man glyph.  We then sampled some gingerbread men (one bite to start).  We made a bar graph showing which body part we bit first on our gingerbread men.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Around the World - England

Christmas Around the World is one of my favorite units to teach!  We began our unit today with England's Christmas customs.  We read a short story about how people in England celebrate Christmas.  We learned that the traditions of sending Christmas cards to loved ones and singing Christmas carols both originated in England.  We then created Christmas cards for our family members and sang Christmas carols.  Lastly, we created a bar graph to show our favorite Christmas carols.  Tomorrow, we will learn about Germany's Christmas traditions!