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Christmas in Latin America Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Christmas in Latin America. Students will be able to answer questions and describe their experiences using content-specific language as they participate in a celebration.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Christmas in Latin America, students will be able to do the following:

  • Ask and answer questions about Christmas in Latin America
  • Use domain-specific language to describe a traditional Latin American celebration

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Vocabulary

  • buñuelos
  • coquito
  • culture
  • custom
  • Día de las Velitas
  • Latin America
  • lechón
  • misas
  • nacimientos
  • paneton
  • piñata
  • poinsettias
  • ponche
  • posadas
  • Rosca
  • tamales

Materials

  • Copies of the printable worksheet
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Lunch sacks
  • Candy/small toys
  • Tissue paper fringe garland
  • Paper cones
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Hole puncher
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Plastic silverware
  • Eggnog
  • Tamales
  • Roast pig
  • Rice pudding
  • Buñuelos
  • Rosca
  • Hot chocolate
  • Latin American music

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students before reading the lesson.
  • Read Christmas in Latin America: Traditions, Food & Decorations as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What religion dominates Latin American culture?
    • When does the Christmas holiday begin in most Latin American countries? Why?
    • Describe Día de las Velitas.
    • What are some Christmas traditions that have developed around nacimientos?
    • How are religious beliefs infused into the Christmas traditions in Latin America?
    • Explain the religious significance of piñatas.
    • Describe gift-giving traditions in Latin America.
    • What are some traditional Christmas dishes that are enjoyed in Latin America?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.

Activities

Paper Bag Piñatas

Materials: lunch sacks, candy/small toys, tissue paper fringe garland, paper cones, glue, yarn, paper, pens, hole puncher

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