New! “My Holiday Traditions Number Book” Easy Reader Project!


Hey, everybody!  I’ve got a brand new book making project that’s just PERFECT for Kindergarten, TK, or first grade!  It’s called “My Holiday Traditions Around the World Number Book” and I can’t wait to share it with you!  It goes along perfectly with my existing Holiday Traditions Around the World book; in fact, it uses parts of the same illustrations!  So if you like that book, you’ll probably like this one, too! 😀

Holiday Traditions Number Book Easy Reader

This project is a fun, easy reader for kids to make when learning about holiday traditions around the world.  In it, the kids make the illustrations for their own easy reader book that gives just “the gist” of ten different holiday traditions, all told in a rhyming number poem. The little crafty illustrations are a great follow up activity to reading our Holiday Traditions Around the World book, (or reading about these holiday traditions from ANY books, really!)  Plus, it gives children a chance to practice writing their numbers AND their emergent reading skills at the same time! The holiday traditions included are: Christmas & Santa (United States), Hanukkah (Israel), the Christmas Tree (Germany), Las Posadas (Mexico), Three Kings Day (Spain & Latin America), the Christmas & the Jul Nisse (Denmark & Sweden), Diwali (India), Eid-ul-Fitr (Middle East), Nativity Scenes (England), Kwanzaa (United States). There is a shortened version of this book in the file as well, with only five holidays included for those teachers with limited instructional time to complete the book.

Holiday Traditions Number Book Easy Reader

Here is the text of the book, along with notes on which tradition and country is on each page in parenthesis.

One, one.  Christmas is fun!   (USA, Christmas, Santa).
Two, two.  The candles are blue.  (Israel, Hanukkah).
Three, three.  See the Christmas tree. (Germany, Christmas Tree).
Four, four.  Friends at the door.  (Mexico, Las Posadas).
Five, five.  Three kings arrive.  (Spain & Latin America, Three Kings Day).
Six, six.  Elves playing tricks!  (Norway & Denmark, Jul Nisse).
Seven, seven.  Fireworks in heaven.  (India, Diwali).
Eight, eight.  We’re eating late.  (Middle East, Eid-ul-Fitr).
Nine, nine.  The manger is fine.  (England, Christmas nativity scenes.)
Ten, ten.  It’s Kwanzaa again!  (USA, Kwanzaa).

Holiday Traditions Number Book Easy Reader

Recommended Lesson Plan:

I recommend that you plan on doing just one holiday/page per day. The easiest way to do this is to first read the page of the Holiday Traditions Around the World book to the children that they are going to be focusing on, and then do the art project. For example, if you are going to be doing the page on Diwali, read them the Diwali page in the book first. Of course, you may have other resources that you may wish to use to teach about each holiday as well! Any existing resources will do!

Holiday Traditions Book + Number Easy Reader

At this point, I show my students my teacher sample of the book they are making, and together we “read” the whole book/poem together. (They chant along while I read!) I find it especially effective to write up the text on sentence strips and put it on a pocket chart for the class to read along with, looking for words or letters that they may know, etc.

Holiday Traditions Number Book Easy Reader

Then, show the children how to do the page that they will be doing that day.  Discuss how to form the number that is on the page, and how many objects that number represents.

Holiday Traditions Number Book Easy Reader

Some other things I have done that also enhance each lesson are: (Click on link for more information.)

Find each country on Google Earth and “fly there” with the children to take a look.
Do a related STEM project.
Include some critical thinking questions for each holiday.
Do guided drawing with something from the book. (Here is another Santa Guided Drawing lesson.)
– Sing any songs that you might know about those holidays.
– Color the student pictures included in the Holiday Traditions Around the World book.
– Give children their own student copy of the Holiday Traditions Around the World book, (included in the file.)

Holidays Traditions Around the World

I hope you have fun with this book!  I love making books with my kids, and we are almost always in the middle of one!  If you would like to see more of them, just visit this page and you can see the rest!

Happy teaching!



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Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.

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