During the winter season, many classrooms take time learn about the holidays celebrated by cultures around the world. In my class, we will do a reader’s theater called Light Up the World with Celebrations about how light plays an important part in so many celebrations around the world.
One way for students to learn about cultures from around the world is for students to share information about the holidays that they celebrate. They could share that information in many ways, but one of the coolest would be for the students to create a video using a website like www.powtoon.com. The videos could then be uploaded to YouTube and shared among multiple classes.
At my school, we have students who celebrate many different holidays, including Christmas, Three King’s Day, Eid al Adha, St. Lucia’s Day, and many others. If your school does not have have as much multicultural diversity, you might consider having students complete research projects about a certain holiday, or you might have students share about the specific way they celebrate their holidays. Students may be surprised to find that the holiday they celebrate can be celebrated very differently in the next house over.
No matter how you choose to celebrate diversity, videos that explain these cultural traditions can be highly impactful to your classroom, as well as the classrooms of others. One of the best things about having students publish videos to YouTube (because encouraging editing for a real world audience) is that students have the opportunity to share what they know with other kids worldwide.
This post was brought to you by Heidi Raki of Raki’s Rad Resources. Heidi Raki is a teacher in a multi-grade classroom at the International School of Morocco in Casablanca, Morocco. She enjoys using technology to allow students to make individualized meaning out of their learning.
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