Teaching Kids About Holidays All Over The World

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Dec 8, 2014 8:09:13 AM

Developing Global Students

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Eager learners benefit from reading about different cultures and places around the world. Literature books and online texts can help students to develop a global perspective. Teaching kids about holidays around the world in conjunction with instruction on maps leads to academic success.

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Tales of Holidays
by Pleasant DeSpain (author) © 2002
ISBN: 9780874836677
These nine short folktales feature stories about traditional holidays celebrated from Czechoslovakia, Russia, France, the United States, and other parts of the world.


thumb-3Reading Maps
by Rolf Sandvold (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789765
Reading Maps explain how to look at maps properly and make sense of them, allowing them to be read quickly and efficiently. Colorful illustrations encourage interest and knowledge in this vital subject.




Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about stories around the world. These books offer a great opportunity to build student’s global perspective as well as enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com


What Do Maps Show?
by John Serrano (author), Kathleen Kuchera (illustrator) © 2010
ISBN: 9781607194194 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
Some maps can show small places, and some maps can show you the whole world! Lets read some maps.


thumb-2My Maps
by John Serrano (author), Kathleen Kuchera (illustrator) © 2009
ISBN: 9781607190479 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
Some maps can show small places, and some maps can show you the whole world! Let’s read some maps.

freeclipart appleConnecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.Key Ideas and Details:


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

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