For many students, December is the best month of the year. They are so excited for Santa to bring presents and to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. However, it is vital to remember that only some students celebrate these holidays. Therefore, students must realize that everyone has their own beliefs, preferences, and traditions. While they do not need to change who they are, they do need to respect other backgrounds. Therefore, respecting celebrations with Our Favorite Day of the Year is the perfect way for students to focus on this!
Between the book and FREE Read Aloud Lessons, students will learn all about their classmates!
Our Favorite Day of the Year
Author A.E. Ali and illustrator Rahele Jamepour Bell show students the importance of friendship and celebrating differences.
Musa is so nervous about his first day of school. In addition to being away from home, he doesn’t know any of his classmates. This means he doesn’t know what holidays they celebrate, what foods they like to eat, and what they like to do for fun. When he meets Moises, Mo, and Kevin, Musa worries they won’t have anything in common. Luckily, this is not the case! All the boys spend time getting to know each other and becoming best friends.
One of the best aspects of the friendships is how the boys can all be themselves. While they may not have everything in common, they respect each other’s differences.
FREE Read-Aloud Lessons
Sometimes, students just need to sit and listen to a book. However, it can also drive instruction. Since students will love to learn about respecting celebrations with Our Favorite Day of the Year, it is the ideal time to focus on academics. Luckily, this FREE unit contains so many incredible resources.
Since teachers are so busy, there are specific directions. This outlines each day of lessons and all of the activities. Additionally, there are instructions for lesson set-up to ensure everything is ready each day.
While students are listening, it is the perfect time to help them reflect. So, there are key talking points. This allows teachers to know when to pause and ask great discussion questions. Likewise, the resource includes vocabulary words. This list provides an excellent way for students to learn new terms.
While discussion is essential to include in lessons, personal reflection is also critical. Therefore, students will complete written response sheets to reflect on respecting different celebrations.
When teaching, teachers can often forget something important. Then, it occurs to them after the lesson. No matter how much planning there is, this just happens! Thankfully, there are sticky note printables to help remember all of the material in this resource.
There is even a hands-on craftivity! Students will love completing a craft that allows their celebrations to shine.
Students should never be embarrassed by their family celebrations. They should be excited and eager to share with classmates. Luckily, the FREE Read-Aloud Lessons will teach students about respecting celebrations with Our Favorite Day of the Year! This resource will help ensure every student is proud of who they are.
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