Character Counts

Holiday Traditions

Learning about other holiday traditions promotes acceptance of other viewpoints, religions, belief systems, and perspectives. 

Holiday Traditions
Grade Level: 6-12
 
Character Skills
  • Respect
SEL Skills
  • Relationship Skills
Academic Skills
  • Curiosity and Passion

Definitions

Respect 
  • Follow the Golden Rule.
  • Be accepting of differences.
  • Be courteous to others.
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
  • Be considerate of others’ feelings.
Relationship Skills

Create positive relationships and meaningful connections with family members, classmates, and teachers.

Curiosity and Passion

Enthusiastic to understand more about themselves, others, and the world around them.

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Students will learn about their peer’s holiday traditions and celebrate the similarities and differences between their own. They will consider how to make others feel accepted and welcome to celebrate their traditions.

Materials/Preparation
    • Venn Diagram

Instructions
  • Ask students to share holiday family traditions with a partner.
    • Invite students to use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast their family traditions with their partner’s family traditions.
      • Student’s unique celebrations are written on the outer portions of the circles; celebrations they have in common are written where the circles overlap.
  • Ask pairs to share their traditions and celebrations with the large group.
  • As a group, discuss the following questions:
    • How do cultural differences affect holiday celebrations?
    • Do you always feel accepted and welcome to share your family’s traditions?
    • How can we make sure others feel safe and invited to share their cultures and family traditions?

Journal

  • What does it look and sound like to allow everyone to be themselves in our classroom?

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