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Lesson Plan Template

Name Miss Ellsworth
Subject Social Studies- Holidays Celebrated Around the World
Grade Level 2nd grade
Date/Duration 03/29/2017 for 60 minutes
Big Ideas There are many holidays that are celebrated in different countries
throughout the world.
Essential Questions What are holidays that you celebrate at home?
What are holidays that are celebrated in America?
What are holidays celebrated in different countries?
Why are these holidays celebrated?
PA/Common 8.4.1.C: Identify holidays and ceremonies of selected world
Core/Standards cultures.
8.2.1.C: Identify holiday and cultural celebrations in a community
and why they are celebrated.
Objective During a classroom lesson, all second grade students will be able
to identify holidays celebrated around the world and their
Bloom's Taxonomy meaning by gathering information about them at different
stations, 8 out of 10 times.
Webb's Depth of
Knowledge (DOK)
Formative & Formative Assessment: At the beginning, in the middle, and at the
Summative end of the lesson, students can complete the Holidays Around the
Assessment World bulletin board (the one I created for class). The board
Evidence contains 8 different holidays, and students have to match the
holiday and description to the correct country. I will record how
many answers students get correct each times and the ones that
are incorrect. A rubric will be used.
Some students might not be able to comprehend the vocabulary
on the descriptions, so the teacher can read them out loud, and
the student can still match them.
Summative Assessment: students can complete a short quiz about
the information learned throughout the lesson and the different
holidays. A rubric will be used.
ISTE Standards for 3 Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of
Students resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce
creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for
Framework for 21st themselves and others.
Century Learning This will be done when students are watching videos online to
learn information.
This will also be achieved when students are reading material
online, such as articles or an iBook.
The teacher can walk around the classroom to help students read
the information.
Accommodations, Disability: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Modifications Accommodations and Modifications:
Give breaks when necessary
Extend the amount of time to complete assignment
Provide student with hard copy of directions
Allow student to work with peers that they are comfortable with

Seton Hill University Lesson Plan Template Step-by-Step Procedures

RATIONALE for the Earlier in the week, students learned that there are many different CK
Learning Plan holidays, and that not every country celebrates the same holidays as we
do. Now, students will be able to apply what they have previously learned
to this lesson by learning about some of those different holidays that we
do not celebrate. This lesson ties into a PA SAS standard because they are
learning about different holidays and traditions from different places and
the purpose of these holidays.
Introduction Activating Prior Knowledge
Earlier in the week, you learned that not everyone from around the
world celebrates the same holidays as we do.
If they do not celebrate the same holidays as us, then what do they
celebrate? Why do they celebrate these holidays?
Some students refuse to participate in academic tasks in the
classroom, so I would present these questions in a way of having a
conversation rather than an academic task so they will participate.
Hook/Lead-In/Anticipatory Set
Working in small groups, students can work together to make up
their own holiday. They will pick where it is celebrated, when it is
celebrated, why it is celebrated, and how people celebrate.
Some of the students in my case study have difficulty working in
groups, so they might not be willing to complete this activity. If I
have other adults in the classroom, I could have the adult facilitate
the conversation. I would also strategically pick the groups.
Explicit Big Idea Statement
Instructions There are many different holidays that people celebrate in
different parts of the world.
Essential Questions Statement
What are some holidays that you and your family celebrate at
What are some holidays that we celebrate?
What are some holidays that other people celebrate in different
Why do people celebrate these holidays?
Objective Statement
During this lesson, you [the students] will be able to identify
holidays celebrated around the world and why they are celebrated
by gathering information about them at different stations.
Students will get out of their seats and move to a different area of
the room, where the teacher will read about some different
holidays from the book Kids Around the World Celebrate: The Best
Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands by Lynda Jones.
I think this part of the lesson would be good for some students
because it will get them out of their seats, but other students are
not interested in reading and do not participate. Since reading is a
skill seen in all classrooms, I would read a social story to students
on how to listen to a book and review examples and nonexamples.
Key Vocabulary
Feria de Las Flores
Chinese New Year
Bastille Day
Australia Day
Da de la Bandera (Day of the Flag)
Jamhuri Day

Lesson Procedure PreAssessment of Students

I will hand all students in the class a white board. I will then
explain what each of the holidays is and why it is celebrated, and
they have to guess which one it is. A word bank will be provided
with the 8 different holidays for assistance.
Some students might not be able to write because they have
weaker fine motor skills, so they can use a pencil or writing tool
that has a better grip to it to write.
Modeling of the Concept
I will explain to students that there are so many different holidays,
celebrations, and traditions around the world, and we are going to
learn about a few of them.
Around the room are 8 stations that represent 8 different
countries. At each station, you will get an opportunity to visit the
different countries and be a part of celebrating traditional
holidays that take place there.
At each station, there is a piece of paper that has the name of the
country, a picture of the country, and the holiday that is celebrated
Also at each station, you can read summaries about the holiday
and/or use technology to watch a video about it in order to gather
the information.
To write down information on the different holidays, you will be
given a passport to travel to the different countries and to write
down what you have learned.
You will work as a group to find the information, but you will each
complete your own passport.
To complete the lesson, you will work in small groups and we will
rotate so you get a chance to visit them all.
Some of the students in my case study have a reading level that is
below grade level, so this could be adapted for them by giving them
the same information using vocabulary that they would
comprehend. They could also watch the video or look at pictures to
gather information about the different holidays.
There could also be a small reward for students that get all of the
stamps on their passport.
Guiding the Practice
When students are working in their small groups, I will walk
around the room to answer questions they might have, as well as
ask questions. Some questions I will ask are why is this holiday
celebrated and when is this holiday celebrated. I will also help
them read the summaries if needed and help them work the
technology. I will be watching to see if the students remain on task
at the different stations and that they are engaged in the activity.
Students in my classroom refuse to participate in academic
instruction, so the teacher could incorporate the students different
interests into the activity. For example, the teacher could ask
students for their favorite holiday and incorporate them into the
lesson so they would be more willing to participate.
Providing the Independent Practice
The passport with all of the information will will be completed
individually, but the information to put on it will be collected in
small groups. The standards will be met after the lesson because
students will be able to identify different holidays and traditions
celebrated around the world and their purpose. The final product
will be their passport with all of the information inside of it. The
product does not have a rubric, but the assessments to go along
with the lesson do.
As mentioned earlier, some students might not want to work in
small groups, so an adult in the classroom can lead the different
Students will stand up and stretch as they watch this video about
the holiday, Chinese New Year.
Students would have to remain in one spot, and could not run all
around the classroom.

Reading Materials Kids Around the World Celebrate: The Best Feasts and Festivals from
Technology Many Lands by Lynda Jones
Equipment Laptop or iPad to watch videos on and read off of
Supplies National Geograhpic Kids website for information on the holidays
Chinese New Year for Kids iBook
Kids Around the World Celebrate: The Best Feasts and Festivals from
Many Lands by Lynda Jones also used as a reference book for the
Whiteboards and markers
Interactive bulletin board
Papers with the name of the country, picture of the country, and
holiday being celebrated
Markers, pencils, colored pencils, crayons
Blank paper
Evaluation of the Formal Evaluation
Learning/Mastery Students will create a journal where they draw a picture of each of
of the Concept the different holidays being celebrated. Below the picture, they will
write when the holiday is celebrated, why it is celebrated, where it
is celebrated, and how people celebrate. With the evidence
collected, I will be able to see which holidays students understand
and which ones they do not. I will also be able to see if I need to go
back and reteach certain holidays or parts of the lesson.
Students in my case study refuse to write, so they could verbally
say their answers about the pictures that they have drawn.
Informal Evaluation
Students will answer the essential questions during a discussion,
and the teacher will have a check list to check if they understand
the material or if it still needs reviewed or retaught.
The teacher can ask students the question individually.
Closure Summary & Review of the Learning
Students will restate the objective, which was, during this lesson,
you [the students] will be able to identify holidays celebrated
around the world and why they are celebrated by gathering
information about them at different stations.
Students can see of they met the objective by recording their
response on an exit ticket. In addition to writing down their
answer, they could also write down any additional questions they
might have. They could also write down where they struggled
during the lesson.
They can then switch exit tickets with a classmate to see what they
have learned and to also answer the classmates question at their
best ability. They could also offer suggestions on how their
classmate can overcome any challenges.
Some students might not want to switch their exit ticket with a
classmate because they do not know how hold a conversation, so
the teacher can guide conversations and pick who students switch
exit tickets with. Social skills can also be taught to students and
applied during this lesson.
There will be no homework or assignments after this lesson.
Teacher I will know what students have learned throughout the lesson by
Self-reflection looking at their passports journals, quizzes, and by using the
interactive bulletin board at the beginning, during, and after the
Students who talked with their groups and did not focus while at
the different stations seemed to have struggled with this lesson.
To address this, I could explain to students why it is important to
stay on task when working on assignments and what the
consequences could be if they do not.
I have evidence of students learning through observations, forms of
assessment, and the activities done throughout the lesson.