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Title: Social Justice Project: Celebrating Different Cultures

Social Justice Project Celebrating Different
  • By Erin Cooley and Nicole Day

Social Studies Topic
  • Social Justice Topic Culture
  • This topic was chosen because we believe that
    culture is a important learning component within
    the classroom because it teaches diversity,
    multiculturalism, and tolerance.
  • Grade 3 Communities Around the World

Desired Student Outcomes
  • Students will be able to
  • Learn about different cultures and their beliefs,
    customs, and traditions
  • be familiar with other celebrations and holidays
    in different cultures
  • Gain an understanding of the world and the
    similarities and differences that bind us all

Standards Used
  • Standard 1 U.S. and N.Y. History
  • Demonstrate knowledge of customs and holidays
    celebrated within America
  • Standard 2 World History
  • Learning about different cultures around the
  • Standard 3 Geography
  • -understanding of location of different cultures
    on the map
  • Standard 5 Civics, Citizenship, and Government
  • Learn about basic human rights to celebrate
    religion and the holidays one chooses

On Hanukkah
By Cathy Goldberg Fishman
The Book Rationale
  • We chose the book, On Hanukkah, because it not
    only has a good story line, but it explains the
    culture of the Jewish heritage. Also, this book
    was chosen because it correlates with the topic
    of our choice while illustrating colorful and
    eye-catching pictures. Teachers can also
    implement this book while talking and celebrating
    different holidays.

The Activity
  • History of the Driedel
  • Ask the students, Does anyone remember what the
    purpose behind the dreidel is? Why did they use
  • Make a Dreidel
  • Students will create a dreidel using lightweight
    cardboard, scissors, glue, a sharpened pencil,
    and the provided template.
  • A brief conversation will ensue afterward where
    the detail of the inscriptions/symbols on the
    dreidel will be discussed
  • Play the Dreidel Game
  • Directions will be given about the Dreidel game
    concerning the rules and procedures.
  • Objects (twenty per person) will be handed out to
    play the game
  • Hershey kisses, pretzels, cookies, coins,
    monopoly money, and many other manipulatives
  • Play the game!

The Activity Rationale
  • We chose this activity because it immerses the
    students in the Jewish culture. Through this
    activity students learn about the Hebrew alphabet
    using the symbols on the dreidel as well as the
    history about the dreidel.

The Night of Las Posadas
By Tomie DePaola
The Book Rationale
  • We chose this book because it sheds light on the
    Spanish customs of Christmas. The book also
    gives accurate information and detail about the
    traditional procession of Las Posadas. Children
    also are introduced and learn words within the
    Spanish language.

The Activity
  • Recreating Las Posadas.
  • Students will research the holiday of Las Posadas
    using the provided websites
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  • Students will take ideas from the holiday Las
    Posadas to create their own holiday. They must
    include at least two ideas from the story and the
    websites in their own holiday creation.
  • Remind the students when creating their holiday
    to consider symbols, the day, food, gifts,
    decorations, and any other customs they think are
  • Share their holiday creation in front of the

The Activity Rationale
  • We chose this activity because it allows the
    students to be creative while thinking about Las
    Posadas and connections to other holidays. The
    activity also allows the students to think
    outside the box while using information from the
    book and other sources.

A Fast Forward Series
The Book Rationale
  • The book was chosen because it provides a
    timeline of events throughout Egyptian history.
    The book provides a travel through time making
    the reading fun and exciting. The book also
    provides detailed pictures using bright and
    exciting colors.

The Activity
  • Clock the Egyptians
  • Students would be presented in small groups with
    a makeshift clock of Egyptian symbols.
  • Each student would try to match the symbols with
    a specific description.
  • Once students find a match, they would be able to
    self-check their answers with a sheet provided.
  • Students would then tell the time that the
    symbols made on the makeshift clock.

The Activity Rationale
  • This activity provides learning and reinforcement
    of the concepts discussed in the book about
    Egyptian culture. This activity also integrates
    mathematical skills for the students to practice.
    Outside knowledge of the Egyptian culture is
    also provided in this activity for the students
    to learn.

  • Las Posadas
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  • Make the Dreidel
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