Festivals Teacher Resources

What is more fascinating than a festival? More fun that a parade? The study of human behavior, tradition, and customs has long been the purview of anthropologists as they examine these celebrations to uncover what they reveal about a society’s values.

Lesson Planet provides reviewed educational resources that encourage social scientists of all ages to join the fun by exploring the observances and celebrations of different cultures, countries, and religions through apps like this one (yes, there are apps for that), presentations, and unit plans.  

Cross-curricular activities ask young engineers to design brochures for festivals from a geographic perspective, and use their math skills to allot space for display booths, while reading worksheets help both native speakers and language learners develop their comprehension skills and interactives like this one let learners enter exotic celebrations across the world.

So come on, it’s time to celebrate and have a good time while learning about the rich tradition of festivals.

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Film Festival: Documentaries for Hispanic Heritage Month

For Students 9th - 12th
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York Times provides links to five short documentary films depicting Hispanic themes and culture. Learners can click on each embedded link to view the films, then answer each set of related...
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Arkansas Festivals of the Land

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle Schoolers research Arkansas community festivals which are tied to the landscape. They create brochures that reflect the festival from a geographical and historical perspective and share them with the class. This ambitious and...
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The Coachella Festival

For Students 7th - 10th
A New York Time article on a major music and arts event can be a good way to get kids interested in the daily news. They read an article about Coachella, and then answer eight comprehension questions, in either blog or print form. Note:...
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Torbury Festival

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Have you been to Torbury Fair? In the set of four lessons, learners solve a myriad of problems related to a music festival, including situations involving floods, market stalls, cows, and emergency plans. 
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Japanese Festivals and Holidays

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
Bring the excitement and beauty of Japanese festivals into your classroom. Kids with special needs create calendars that reflect special festivals and holidays common to Japanese culture. They start the project by creating a list of...
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Divali (Diwali) Festival and Threshold Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Divali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. Upper graders explore cultural aspects of the festival and then create traditional labyrinth-style threshold art. They conduct research on the festival to better understand the significance of this...
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Film Festival

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Everybody's a critic—even your pupils! Using the included resources as a guide, screen films related to social justice and ask film enthusiasts to critique them. Publish the reviews for your school community or develop a film festival...
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Tanabata: Japan's Star Festival

For Teachers 1st - 5th
The Star Festival or Tanbata, is a holiday celebrated in Japan every year. People make tanzakus out of paper and hang them on the trees. Pupils will learn about this culturally significant holiday while creating tanzakus of their own....
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Festivals: Learning for Life and Work

For Students K - 12th
How do different communities celebrate special occasions? After researching celebrations in their countries, class members investigate other festivals like those associated with Ramadan, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Halloween, Easter,...
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Create a Lotus Lantern for the Lotus Lantern Festival

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The Koren Lotus Lantern Festival, also known as Yeondeunghoe celebrates the birth of the Buddha. It is also the topic of a wonderful art-based lesson. The class discusses the significance of the lotus in relation to the story of the...
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Main Street Festival

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Become a city engineer by designing a Main Street Festival! Learners use given dimensions to write a system of equations. Using the equations, they determine the dimensions of each booth.
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A Storytelling Festival

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students examine oral storytelling examples from Native American cultures. They select stories to present orally to the class as part of a storytelling festival. They also think of familiar customs and create their own stories.
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The Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire

For Students 4th - 6th
This worksheet is compromised of 10 sentences about the Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire. English learners read the sentences and change each one to simple past tense. The worksheet is about pumpkins so it might be good to use around...
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Festivals of Light Hanukkah

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Five sessions make up a lesson on the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. After reading and teaching young historians the history of the Jewish holiday, learners explore the celebration through hands-on activities and collaborative learning.
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Renaissance Festival: Classroom Study Guide

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
This resource incorporates a variety of worksheets on the Renaissance, from crossword puzzles and timelines to an activity designing a family coat of arms. If you are considering hosting a Renaissance fair in your class or you're...
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Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago - Chicago Blues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Watching Great Performances’ Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago launches an investigation into and discussion of how the electric guitar and guitarists have changed the sound of the blues over time. An engaging way to...
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A Storytelling Festival

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore the native cultures of the Americas, to learn some aspects of oral storytelling, and to share their knowledge with others. They, in groups, write a story that should say something important about the culture from...
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The Moomba Festival

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students study an Australian festival, Moomba. They research early tram usage, power sources and construct 3-D tram for their own tram parade. They decorate large recycled boxes, such as refrigerator boxes, as trams. Younger children and...
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Health Bytes Film Festival

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students analyze an issue that affects the health of people in our society and demonstrate how to promote positive health practices within the school and the community.
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Foreign Film Festival

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze a short story by an author in the language that they are studying and collaborate on the transition of the story into a movie. Listening comprehension skills are emphasized in this lesson.
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Film Festival: An ESL Lesson Plan to Get Students Talking About Movies

For Teachers 6th - 10th
If your ESL pupils love talking about movies, here is an activity ideal for providing practice with both informational reading and elements of a story. Given fictional movie posters, they decipher the information and put it into a...
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And We Were All in One Place: Youth Culture and the Rock Festival

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore historical youth culture events. In this youth culture instructional activity, students discover details regarding the Altamont, Woodstock, and Monterey concerts. Students conduct research that regarding the rock...
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Festive Season

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students research various cultural and religious festivals celebrated and observed by Australians, describing common elements and identifying adaptations that have been made for life in Australia.
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Glastonbury Festival

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students read about the Glastonbury Festival and then have to plan their own summer festival. In this festival lesson plan, students fill out worksheets and create a presentation for their festival.

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