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The New Year is a wonderful time for setting goals, reflecting, looking ahead, and making some resolutions! This collection of reviewed resources offers ideas to incorporate New Year's activities in the regular curriculum. Whether you focus on a specific activity or simply share these for enrichment outside of class, your students will find some refreshing new ideas.

 

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New Year Traditions - Australian Media Pty. Ltd.

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Learn about New Year's celebrations around the world. Click on the name of a country to read a brief synopsis of its customs and traditions. Includes links to New Year's-inspired ...more
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Learn about New Year's celebrations around the world. Click on the name of a country to read a brief synopsis of its customs and traditions. Includes links to New Year's-inspired recipes, poetry, and songs. Some of the songs provide lyrics only, while others have sound. A few of the links require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): new years (11), poetry (227), songs (52)

In the Classroom

Play one of the New Year's songs in the background while your students use this site for research about specific countries.
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New Year's Customs Worldwide - TOPICS Online Magazine

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Happy New Year! Come to this site to learn more about New Year's celebrations from around the world. One country believes that if you sleep on New Year's Eve - ...more
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Happy New Year! Come to this site to learn more about New Year's celebrations from around the world. One country believes that if you sleep on New Year's Eve - your eyebrows will turn white! Can you figure out which one? Come to this site to explore many traditions, read personal stories (written by students), view video clips of New Year's celebrations, take an online quiz, and more. Some of the activities at this site require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): new years (11)

In the Classroom

Around the New Years holiday, share this site with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students read through the various country celebrations and choose their favorite and least favorite customs. Have students write a short story or blog entry describing why they made the choices that they did. Have cooperative learning groups explore this site together and take the online quiz.
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Celebrating Yom Kippur - Council of American Hebrew Congregations

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The Council of American Hebrew Congregations offers a brief explanation of this high holy day at the start of Jewish the new year, along with a description of customary holiday ...more
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The Council of American Hebrew Congregations offers a brief explanation of this high holy day at the start of Jewish the new year, along with a description of customary holiday observances.

tag(s): holidays (147), yom kippur (7)

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Share this information for students to use in comparing religious traditions in different cultures. Create a comparison/contrast "map" to promote cross-cultural understanding using a free online tool such as bubbl.us, reviewed here. Student groups can make their own maps or work together as a class on interactive whiteboard.

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