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Plan a Hometown Spring Festival

Students will conduct research to learn about spring festivals and traditions around the world. They will use what they learn to create a new event for their hometown.

PROCESS:

  1. Invite students to identify springtime festivals and traditions they've heard of and know a bit about. Encourage them to share what they know.
  2. Have students brainstorm a list of things they like-and think are worth celebrating-related to spring. If necessary, prompt students to consider the weather, holidays, sports or even hobbies they can't pursue until spring arrives. Then have them make a list of local springtime traditions.
  3. Instruct students to conduct research to learn more about springtime festivals and traditions around the world. Encourage students to identify their favorite ways of celebrating the new season.
  4. Based on what they learned, give students time to plan a hometown festival that combines their own interests, local traditions and an international way of celebrating the new season.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their plans with the class. Challenge classmates to identify how each festival focuses on local interests and traditions to celebrate the arrival of the new season.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, select a focus and create an overall plan for a spring festival. As you do, identify key topics or areas to include. Have each student pick a topic and draw a picture showing how they would celebrate it in a hometown spring festival.
Grades 5-6:
As a class, select a focus and create an overall plan for a spring festival. As you do, identify key topics or areas to include. Divide the class into small groups. Assign each group one topic or area to pursue. Give groups time to plan how they will celebrate that part of the festival. Encourage groups to write a feature article for the newspaper that describes their part of the festival and encourages people to come.
Grades 7-8:
As a class, select a focus and create an overall plan for a spring festival. As you do, identify key topics or areas to include. Divide the class into small groups. Assign each group one topic or area to pursue. Challenge groups to integrate that topic with a local tradition as they plan their part of the spring festival. Encourage students to write a brief summary of their plans and to draw detailed pictures showing what it will look like.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to select a topic, a local tradition and their favorite ways of celebrating the spring season. Challenge them to then plan their own hometown spring festival. Once their plans are laid out, have students create a special section for the local newspaper about the festival that includes a daily schedule and features about the main attractions.