Kwanzaa Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students the history, symbols, traditions, and celebrations for the Kwanzaa holiday with this lesson plan. Students will navigate informational text, then apply key ideas with an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the history of Kwanzaa
  • identify the symbols of Kwanzaa
  • discuss the traditions and ways to celebrate Kwanzaa
  • compare and contrast Kwanzaa and Christmas


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Maulana Karenga
  • Kinara
  • Principles

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2

Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3

Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5

Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

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