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19:6

My Special Bendera

Domain:

Read the book K is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda Ford, discuss how holiday celebrations areunique and special, and then the children will create their own benderas (Kwanzaa flags).

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Materials:

  • K is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda Ford
  • Construction paper (red, black, green)
  • Scissors
  • Pre-cut shapes (if needed)- red, black, and green rectangles
  • Dolfi Puppet
  • Song “It’s Great to Be Me”
  • Activity tuneTOON® and tuneTOON®

Goals:

  • To compare their characteristics with others.
  • To display confidence in their unique abilities and characteristics.

Beginning:

  • Introduce Dolfi the puppet. Sing “It’s Great to Be Me.” Refer to the song lyrics as you sing. Repeat the song with movements and encourage the children to imitate you.
  • Say, “Today we’re going to read the book K is for Kwanzaa. The person who wrote this book is Juwanda Ford. What do you see on the cover? What do you know about kwanzaa?” Listen to and acknowledge the children’s observations.
  • Say, “This book is about the celebration of Kwanzaa, a holiday that some families celebrate in December. Families celebrate holidays in many different ways. Let’s read the story and learn more about the holiday traditions of Kwanzaa.”
  • Read the story. Pause to discuss the symbols, colors, food, and the special celebrations of Kwanzaa in the story. Emphasize the starting letter of each component of Kwanzaa along with the book. Tell the children they are going to make a Kwanzaa flag (bendera) using three different colored rectangles, either by cutting their own shapes or using pre-cut shapes (depending on the interest and abilities of children). Give each child the materials needed to complete the project.

Middle:

  • While the children are working, ask them what special traditions they have in their families to celebrate holidays. Discuss how many families have holiday traditions, some are different and some are the same, and that we can have fun learning about other families’ traditions.

End:

  • Tell the children to share their “benderas” with their families and ask about their own family traditions. Sing “It’s Great to Be Me” as the children wash their hands and walk to the next activity in the classroom’s daily routine.

Extend:

  • Bring other symbols of Kwanzaa into the dramatic play center and have children create their own celebration.
  • Make fruit kebobs and share with children that Kwanzaa means “fresh fruit”, and that the harvest is an important part of the Kwanzaa tradition.
  • In circle time, have children create alphabet stories for other holiday traditions (C is for Christmas, H is for Hanukkah), in the style of the book.
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EduPod 19:6

My Special Bendera

Domain:

Learning Foundation:

Theme: Special Events

Song: It’s Great to Be Me

Read the book K is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda Ford, discuss how holiday celebrations are unique and special, and then the children will create their own benderas (Kwanzaa flags).

Materials

  • K is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda Ford
  • Construction paper (red, black, green)
  • Scissors
  • Pre-cut shapes (if needed)- red, black, and green rectangles
  • Dolfi Puppet
  • Song “It’s Great to Be Me”
  • Activity tuneTOON® and tuneTOON®

Desired Outcomes

  • To compare their characteristics with others.
  • To display confidence in their unique abilities and characteristics.

Beginning

  • Introduce Dolfi the puppet. Sing “It’s Great to Be Me.” Refer to the song lyrics as you sing. Repeat the song with movements and encourage the children to imitate you.
  • Say, “Today we’re going to read the book K is for Kwanzaa. The person who wrote this book is Juwanda Ford. What do you see on the cover? What do you know about kwanzaa?” Listen to and acknowledge the children’s observations.
  • Say, “This book is about the celebration of Kwanzaa, a holiday that some families celebrate in December. Families celebrate holidays in many different ways. Let’s read the story and learn more about the holiday traditions of Kwanzaa.”
  • Read the story. Pause to discuss the symbols, colors, food, and the special celebrations of Kwanzaa in the story. Emphasize the starting letter of each component of Kwanzaa along with the book. Tell the children they are going to make a Kwanzaa flag (bendera) using three different colored rectangles, either by cutting their own shapes or using pre-cut shapes (depending on the interest and abilities of children). Give each child the materials needed to complete the project.

Middle

  • While the children are working, ask them what special traditions they have in their families to celebrate holidays. Discuss how many families have holiday traditions, some are different and some are the same, and that we can have fun learning about other families’ traditions.

End

  • Tell the children to share their “benderas” with their families and ask about their own family traditions. Sing “It’s Great to Be Me” as the children wash their hands and walk to the next activity in the classroom’s daily routine.

Extend

  • Bring other symbols of Kwanzaa into the dramatic play center and have children create their own celebration.
  • Make fruit kebobs and share with children that Kwanzaa means “fresh fruit”, and that the harvest is an important part of the Kwanzaa tradition.
  • In circle time, have children create alphabet stories for other holiday traditions (C is for Christmas, H is for Hanukkah), in the style of the book.

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