Explore different festivals that are celebrated around the world, and invite students to share about a holiday or festival that is important to them.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, and social awareness.
Display the slideshow below to explore festivals that are celebrated by communities around the world. Students will learn about the history and important traditions of each festival, see photographs of people celebrating, and reflect on any personal connections they may have to these festivals.
After viewing the slideshow, engage students in a discussion by asking:
Ask students to create a list of festivals that are celebrated in their communities. Depending on students’ backgrounds, this list may include many different festivals!
Engage students in a conversation about meeting your Empatico partner class. You might explain: “We have an exciting opportunity to meet a class that is located in another part of the world. We may discover that we share some things in common, and there may also be some differences between us! To learn more about each other, we will share about some of the festivals that we celebrate in our communities.”
Ask students the following questions:
Facilitate a live virtual exchange with your Empatico partner class, and invite students to share about their festivals with each other. For example, students might:
After your live virtual exchange, invite students to share about their favorite holidays, and any new holidays that they’ve learned about, in this community Padlet board.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions:
This activity was created in partnership with Educurious.