Winter Holidays

Whether you celebrate with a tree, a menorah, a kinara, or none of the above, you’ll learn something fun about winter holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa in this BrainPOP movie! In it, Tim and Moby introduce you to the traditions and origins of some of these holiday celebrations. You’ll learn why holidays aren’t just an excuse to stuff yourself, and which holiday falls on a different day every year. Discover which holiday is named for a Swahili phrase, and which holiday is celebrated by about 1.8 billion people all across the globe! Plus, you’ll learn what all these holidays have in common - and it’s not presents! Happy holidays!

Lesson Ideas for Using BrainPOP to Teach About Holidays

BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. offer lots of movie topic pages for the holidays. Here are some ideas for incorporating them into your classroom instruction: Have students generate and answer their own FYI questions related to a particular holiday. As a class, read the FYI questions on the holiday's movie topic page. Ask students to suggest additional questions about the holiday that were not answered in the movie or on the FYI page. Students can work collaboratively to choose one question to research as a group. Have them share their findings in a class Google Doc or blog post which uses the same format as BrainPOP's FYI. Have students read the responses that other groups composed and facilitate a discussion around them. See more »

Test Preparation Lesson Plan: Self-Assessment and Reflection

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources for test preparation, reflecting on their progress and areas of strength and weakness. Students then review key skills and concepts through independent and collaborative activities. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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