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Kwanzaa is an annual week-long celebration observed from December 25 to January 1. Kwanzaa is celebrated around the world and culminates with a feast and gift-giving. Explore this collection of resources related to Kwanzaa to learn about the 7 Core Principles, crafts, recipes, and other information.

 

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Kwanzaa - Sandbox and Co.

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K to 1
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Enjoy the many ideas and activities for learning about and celebrating Kwanzaa at this site. Learn the terms used about this holiday through an interactive quiz, make a pasta necklace...more
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Enjoy the many ideas and activities for learning about and celebrating Kwanzaa at this site. Learn the terms used about this holiday through an interactive quiz, make a pasta necklace or chain, and see 10 decorations to put you in the mood for Kwanzaa.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Introduce your students to Kwanzaa by taking the quiz to see how much they know about Kwanzaa. Then in pairs or small groups, have students research the terms. As students research, substitute paper and pen journals by asking younger students to create a blog using a tool like Loose Leaves, reviewed here, to share what they are learning with fellow students. A great blogging tool for older students is Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph have students click on an icon to upload related images, add YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. Engage older students, by having them create a poster about Kwanzaa using a tool like DesignCap, reviewed here, and then upload the poster to their blog about the terms and what they've learned about this December holiday.

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Kwanzaa Activities and Fun Ideas for Kids - Child Fun, Inc.

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3 to 6
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Discover a little about the history, principles, and traditions of Kwanzaa and enjoy the activities on this site. You'll find suggested activities for each principle and several others...more
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Discover a little about the history, principles, and traditions of Kwanzaa and enjoy the activities on this site. You'll find suggested activities for each principle and several others about dress and food.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

In the Classroom

Add this site to your activities to use for Kwanzaa and to help children from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Introduce simple activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Bookmark this site on your classroom computers to use during center time. Share this link on your class website for families to access at home.

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All About Kwanzaa - CBC Kids

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Learn all about the traditions, food, and dress of Kwanzaa and then vote on your favorite aspect of this December holiday. Read about the special meaning for each of seven ...more
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Learn all about the traditions, food, and dress of Kwanzaa and then vote on your favorite aspect of this December holiday. Read about the special meaning for each of seven candles.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use during December and to help students from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Have students look at the site in pairs and create a bulletin board of what they thought were the most interesting facts. We recommend a site such as Padlet, reviewed here. With Padlet you can create columns for each of the holidays celebrated in December. Have students display their bulletin boards.

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Ducksters Holidays - Kwanzaa - Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI),

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Learn some fun facts about Kwanzaa in addition to learning about its history, principles, and symbols. Visit Ducksters to learn the details, ...more
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Learn some fun facts about Kwanzaa in addition to learning about its history, principles, and symbols. Visit Ducksters to learn the details,

tag(s): africa (164), cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use for the December holidays and to help students from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Have students look at the site in pairs, and create a poster of what they thought were the most interesting facts. We recommend a site such as DesignCap Poster Creator, reviewed here. Have students display their posters using social media with the provided link, download to your computor, or print the posters.

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Kwanzaa History - History.com

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Use the short video at the top of this page as an introduction to Kwanzaa. On the rest of the page, you'll find information on the history of Kwanzaa, descriptions, ...more
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Use the short video at the top of this page as an introduction to Kwanzaa. On the rest of the page, you'll find information on the history of Kwanzaa, descriptions, and instructions for Kwanzaa observances, and other information about this holiday. Learn about the seven principles and the seven symbols of Kwanzaa.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (146), holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Add this site to your activities to use during December and to help students from all backgrounds understand the different holidays celebrated in December. Introduce this site using the colorful video, then have small groups research a different principle and symbol of Kwanzaa and present their findings to the class. Use an engaging bookmarking tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here. With Wakelet students can make their wakes distinctive by adding a cover image or symbol for their Kwanzaa topic, a background, and choose the layout. As a culminating activity enhance learning by having each student compare Kwanzaa to Chanukah and Christmas using the Interactive Three Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.

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Kwanzaa for Kids - The Kidz Page

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This website features free interactive games and printable pages. Most of the activities are either coloring pages or interactive puzzles. Flash is required for the interactive activities....more
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This website features free interactive games and printable pages. Most of the activities are either coloring pages or interactive puzzles. Flash is required for the interactive activities.

tag(s): holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Introduce the Kwanzaa for Kids to students by projecting it for all to see the different areas to explore. Add a link to classroom computers for the entire site or specific areas. Post a link on your class web page or newsletter for parents and students to use at home. Replace paper pen by asking older students to write blogs sharing information learned using a site like Edublog, reviewed here. Edublog offers tools for creating class and individual blogs
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

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Kwanzaa Activities - DLTK

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This interdisciplinary website provides online games, reference information, recipes, crafts and more - all about Kwanzaa. ...more
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This interdisciplinary website provides online games, reference information, recipes, crafts and more - all about Kwanzaa.

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Get an interactive whiteboard and treat your students to the reference information about Kwanzaa and then play some of the interactive games!

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Kwanzaa - Activity Village

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This site is all about Kwanzaa! There is information, games, reproducible coloring pages, e-cards, crafts and more. This site provides numerous activities. ...more
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This site is all about Kwanzaa! There is information, games, reproducible coloring pages, e-cards, crafts and more. This site provides numerous activities.

tag(s): holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Take advantage of the ideas and activities offered on this site to teach students the meaning behind Kwanzaa. Set up learning stations for students to enjoy different crafts. Post a link on your class web page or newsletter for parents and students to use at home. With younger students, consider demonstrating how to write a letter to Santa or send a postcard to a relative from this site. Take photos, or have older students take photos, of the crafts and recipes the students make and post them on your website for parents to see. Older students could enhance their learning by posting the photos with and explanation using a portfolio tool such as Seesaw, reviewed here. Seesaw also offers tools for incorporating blogs. Alternatively, students could transform their learning by annotating images taken of their activities with text, URL's, or videos using ThingLink, reviewed here.

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The Kwanzaa Web Site

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Developed with the cooperation of the man who began it all, this site offers lots and lots of detail on every facet of the Kwanzaa observance and celebration. This makes ...more
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Developed with the cooperation of the man who began it all, this site offers lots and lots of detail on every facet of the Kwanzaa observance and celebration. This makes it a great resource whether you're planning your own celebration or developing a lesson about the holiday. For students with Kwanzaa questions, this would be a great resource.

tag(s): holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Enhance student learning by having students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration.

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Kwanzaa - The Holiday Spot

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A great resource for anything you ever wanted to know about Kwanzaa. The site delves into Kwanzaa history in detail and describes the meaning of its symbols. There are links ...more
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A great resource for anything you ever wanted to know about Kwanzaa. The site delves into Kwanzaa history in detail and describes the meaning of its symbols. There are links to wallpaper, greetings (e-cards), music, recipes, books, symbols, details about the Seven Days, history, and the Feast.

tag(s): holidays (145), kwanzaa (14)

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Use this source to teach your students about Kwanzaa. Divide your class into several groups. Have each group research one of the links at this site and present their findings to the class using an engaging bookmarking tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here. With Wakelet students can make their wakes distinctive by adding a cover image or symbol for their Kwanzaa topic, a background, and choose the layout. If your class is learning about Kwanzaa along with Chanukah enhance learning by having them compare these holidays using the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, if the comparison includes Christmas use the Interactive Three Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here. Another project idea would be to extend learning by challenging students to create an interactive, multimedia infographic using Visme, reviewed here.

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MyVocabulary.Com - Myvocabulary.com

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Are you looking for some new tricks and tools to entice your students to learn and practice root words, vocabulary, and spelling? The main links at this site include Root ...more
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Are you looking for some new tricks and tools to entice your students to learn and practice root words, vocabulary, and spelling? The main links at this site include Root Word Lesson Plans, Thematic Puzzles, Word Lists, Test Prep/Assessment, and Daily Root Puzzles.

The Root Word Lesson Plans offer three difficulty levels, a prefix study, interactive puzzles focused on Greek and Latin roots. There are fill in the blanks, crosswords, true-false, word finds, and more.

The Word Lists are extensive and include nearly every topic one can imagine: Shakespeare, Legal Terms, Stock Market, ESL, Photography, Dance, Patriotism, Debate, Women in History, Psychology, Mythology, Kwanzaa, and MANY other topics.

The Thematic Puzzles include printable pages, interactive definition match games, and over fifty topics.

If you have students preparing for the SATs or ACTs, don't miss the Test Prep section with over 200 vocabulary words.

tag(s): prefixes (16), root words (13), spelling (166), suffixes (13), vocabulary (299)

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Search the site for topics that you are teaching or that are timely, such as holidays. Share the puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students research various vocabulary words (provided with each topic). Have students create a multi-media project about their vocabulary words: wiki, blog, or PowerPoint. Be sure to take advantage of the free lesson plan ideas, discussion topics, and printable puzzles. As an ongoing vocabulary project, have student create interactive "word books" using Bookemon (reviewed here).

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