Students will gain an understanding of the unit topics in a variety of ways, according to their individual learning styles and ability levels. Materials will be presented on several levels. Children's literature relating to the selected holidays and celebrations, will be made available to the students in the classroom. Students will select books to study and read based on individual interests and reading levels. They will be encouraged to read aloud to the class and to each other. The teacher will interact with the students in order to inform, explain information, and to clarify ideas and concepts. The teacher will model expressive interpretation by reading aloud to the class from appropriately selected material, and will present information to the class through lecture, demonstration, and guided group discussion. Students will respond to teacher made worksheets and project suggestions through written expression assignments. The teacher and students will participate in creating experiential, hands-on projects representing various holiday celebrations.
Classroom materials will include teacher generated informational/ background sheets relating to selected holidays, children's holiday books, and general art and craft supplies such as colored paper, paints, markers, papier-mache supplies, pen and ink, and collage materials, etc. Students will have access to research information available to them through the use of encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.