TeachersFirst's Kwanzaa Resources

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is a week-long celebration observed from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa culminates with gift-giving and a feast called Karamu. 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 (148), holidays (121), kwanzaa (13)

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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 Penzu, 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 (148), holidays (121), kwanzaa (13)

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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 (148), holidays (121), kwanzaa (13)

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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 (140), cross cultural understanding (148), holidays (121), kwanzaa (13)

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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 (148), holidays (121), kwanzaa (13)

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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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All About the Holidays - PBS Learning Media

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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer...more
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer holidays. Each section includes short videos explaining the history of the holiday. Each selection also includes links to standards along with additional links to supporting materials such as lesson plans or printable items. Not seeing a holiday you want such as 100 days of school? Use the search bar at the top!

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for teaching material during holidays throughout the year. For each holiday use a bookmarking site such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share lesson materials, videos, and game sites for your students. Instead of worksheets or written reports, enhance student learning by asking them to create infographics sharing information about any holiday. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool that includes pre-made templates. Don't keep student learning to yourself, share their knowledge through holiday podcasts for your entire school and community to hear. Anchor, reviewed here, features many kid-friendly tools to get you started with creating and sharing podcasts.

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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 (121), kwanzaa (13)

In the Classroom

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. 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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Word Search Puzzles - Primarygames.com

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This site offers user-friendly, interactive word search puzzles for vocabulary and reading enhancement. Some of the topics include the Olympics (both summer and winter), Dinosaurs,...more
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This site offers user-friendly, interactive word search puzzles for vocabulary and reading enhancement. Some of the topics include the Olympics (both summer and winter), Dinosaurs, Kwanzaa, Farm Animals, Earth Day, butterflies, and various other topics and holidays. These are computer-based word searches, not printables. There is a link to a companion site with printables.

tag(s): christmas (38), earth (173), earth day (62), easter (9), fall (4), holidays (121), kwanzaa (13), labor day (6), olympics (41), spelling (90)

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Share a search on your interactive whiteboard (use student FINGERS to circle the words!). Or make it a center as one of several options for spelling and vocabulary. Your students may ask you to include the link on your teacher web page so they can try some from home, as well.

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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. Though some of the activities require Flash,...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. Though some of the activities require Flash, there is still a lot to be learned at this site.

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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

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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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The Kwanzaa Web Site - Official Kwanza Website

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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 (121), kwanzaa (13)

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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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Wrapped in Pride - Kente Cloth - Smithsonian Institution

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For an interesting lesson idea, start with this presentation on the creation and use of Ghanian Kente cloth, used in African festivals and ceremonies. This site from the Smithsonian...more
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For an interesting lesson idea, start with this presentation on the creation and use of Ghanian Kente cloth, used in African festivals and ceremonies. This site from the Smithsonian shows how the cloth is made and describes the various ways in which Africans use it. The content is adaptable to many age levels.

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Use this activity here in your own classroom during a unit on African culture. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to guide the classroom on how and when to wear Kente cloth. Students can do this with their own cloth, just so long as they are still grasping the significance of the real thing. This would be a fun activity during a class period that's devoted to presentations & the like.

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