Author:
Melody Casey
Subject:
English Language Arts, Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Lower Primary
Grade:
K
Tags:
  • GEDB
  • Global Education
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    GEDB Global Birthday Celebrations: Sharing Favorite Traditions (Lesson 3 of 4)

    GEDB Global Birthday Celebrations: Sharing Favorite Traditions (Lesson 3 of 4)

    Overview

    Students will review what they learned about birthday traditions and celebrations around the world. They will apply what they learned to their writings and share what they learned with their classmates. This lesson was developed by Tracey Dix 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.

    Lesson Plan

    Description

    Students will review what they learned about birthday traditions and celebrations around the world. They will apply what they learned to their writings and share what they learned with their classmates.

     

    Content

    Student Engagement/Motivation

    Students will review the K-W-L chart that was completed in Lesson 1 of the unit.

    Students will be asked to answer the following questions:

    • How do people in other countries celebrate birthdays?
    • What was your favorite birthday tradition?
    • What country celebrates your favorite tradition? 

     

    Learning Targets and Criteria for Success

    Learning Targets:

    I can provide information about a specific birthday tradition.

    I can use a world map to locate countries and continents.

    I can share my favorite birthday tradition with my classmates.

     

    Criteria for Success:

    I will draw and write about my favorite birthday tradition.

    I will locate where my favorite birthday tradition is celebrated on a world map.

    I will read my journal writing to my classmates.

     

    Supplies/Resources

    • World Map (This may be a resource map supplied by the school or one you find online.  It is recommended that countries and continents be visible for reference throughout the lesson.)
    • K-W-L Chart from Lesson 1
    • Book: Birthdays Around the World by Mary D. Lankford (HarperCollins, 2002)
    • One journal paper per student (See attachment)
    • Pencils
    • Crayons

     

    Learning Tasks and Practice

    The teacher will ask students to share a favorite birthday tradition that they learned about during the unit. 

    The teacher will ask students to identify which country or continent celebrates that tradition.

    The teacher and/or the student will identify the country or continent on the world map. (If the student is unable to locate the country or continent, the teacher will assist the student.)

    The teacher will give each student one copy of the journal paper attached below.

    Students will use crayons to draw a picture to show their favorite birthday tradition.

    Students will use a pencil to write one or two complete sentences about their favorite birthday tradition and write why it was their favorite.

    At the end of the lesson, students will be given the opportunity to share their writings with their classmates.  Sharing may be with the entire class, a table group, or with a partner.

     

    Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning

    Students will be evaluated on their ability to share what they learned in their writing. Students will also be evaluated on their ability to write a complete thought and if their pictures match their sentence(s). Students will also be evaluated on their ability to identify where their favorite birthday tradition is celebrated on the world map.

     

    Student Self-Reflection and Action Steps

    Students were able to take ownership of their writing and reflect on the neatness of their pictures.

     

    Feedback/Instructional Adjustments

    For those students that are unable to express their thoughts on paper, the teacher may ask them to verbally tell about their favorite birthday tradition and tell why it was their favorite.  

     

    Extended Learning Opportunities 

    The journal pages could be bound together to create a classroom book about birthday traditions around the world.  The book could be placed in the classroom library for students to enjoy reading.

     

    Teacher Reflection of Learning

    It was evident that students had an understanding of birthday traditions around the world.  Even if students could not write words to tell about their favorite birthday tradition, they could attempt to draw a picture and tell why it was their favorite. A familiarity of the world map also became evident as students could identify some countries and continents on the world map.