GEDB Birthday Traditions: Learning about Malaysia (Lesson 3 of 3)
In this lesson, we will focus on the country of Malaysia. The students will learn about birthday traditions in this country. The students will share and write in their journals their favorite birthday tradition from Malaysia. This lesson was developed by LaToya Dawson as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.
In this lesson, we will focus on the country of Malaysia. The students will learn about birthday traditions in this country. The students will share and write in their journals their favorite birthday tradition from Malaysia.
The teacher will ask the students to give the birthday traditions they can remember from the country of Malaysia from the previous lesson. The teacher will ask the students the following question: Do you prefer to get money or a toy for your birthday? After students respond, remind them that in Malaysia, money is given instead of toys.
Learning Targets and Criteria for Success
I can understand the birthday traditons in Malaysia.
I can tell how birthday traditioins in Malaysia are the same and different in the United States.
Criteria for Success:
I will write and draw a picture about their favorite birthday tradition from the country of Malaysia.
I will share the differences and similaries between Malaysia and United States birthday traditions that I learned from the class chart.
Birthday Traditions Chart from previous lesson
The book Birthdays Around the World by Mary D. Lankford (HarperCollins, 2002)
Learning Tasks and Practice
The teacher will review the birthday traditions chart from the previous lesson giving emphasis on the country of Malaysia.
The teacher will review the information from the book Birthdays Around the World about Malaysia.
The students will help the teacher create a chart for comparing and contrasting birthday traditions in the United States and Malaysia
The students will talk to their classmates about the Malaysia birthday tradiition they liked the most.
The students will draw and write about their favorite birthday tradition from Malaysia in their journal.
Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning
Students will be assessed on their participation and their ability to share what they have learned in their writing.
Students will also be evaluated on their ability to write a complete thought and if their pictures match their sentences.
Student Self-Reflection and Action Steps
Students were able to show their learning in their writing.
The teacher will assist students as needed with their writing based on individual needs.
Extended Learning Opportunities
I would extend this lesson into our writing station. I would put the Birthday Traditions Chart and book into the writing center for the students to write additional journal entries about birthday traditions in Malaysia.
Teacher Reflection of Learning
Overall, I think this writing assignment and lesson was a great way for the students to show what they learned about the country of Malaysia.