History of the New Year Reading Passage and New Year Celebrations Around the World
Celebrate the New Year in your elementary classroom with these fun and educational activities! Kids will explore two fascinating reading passages. One New Year reading passage is about the history of New Year celebrations and how our calendar works. The other allows students to get an exciting glimpse into how cultures around the world celebrate the New Year.
The New Year reading comprehension passages combine reading comprehension passages, vocabulary cards, a poster, website links, and videos – all designed to help you explore different cultural celebrations. This resource is the perfect way to learn about these important cultural New Year celebrations while also having a blast!
What’s included in the New Year Reading Passages & Comprehension Activities
Included in the New Year resource are two reading passages and plenty of vocabulary and comprehension activities to keep your students busy during the first week after winter break!
Here’s what’s included:
- Vocabulary Cards with key terms from the reading passages
- A poster that defines New Year’s Day
- Two Reading Passages
- QR Codes for additional research for both passages
- Graphic Organizers for note-taking
- Short Answer Comprehension Questions
- Comprehension Activities for Main Idea & Details and Cause & Effect
- Fact Sorts where students can categorize the key events and attributes
- Discussion Questions for both articles
- Writing Pages
- Answer Key
Vocabulary Cards about New Year Celebrations
The three-part vocabulary cards include on a keyword from the text, a definition, and a picture. Cut them apart and you have an instant hands-on matching activity!
This New Year Reading Passage resource includes one set of vocabulary words. Words may occur in one or both passages.
You can also use one of the included new years vocabulary worksheets where students cut out words and definitions and then match them. If you want to make the activity a little more challenging, provide the worksheet as a blank page and have students write the definition of the words.
Reading Passages for the History of the New Year and New Year Celebrations Around the World
Included are two reading passages. The first New Year reading passage goes in-depth about the origins and history of New Year celebrations. It discusses when, how, and why people throughout history celebrated the beginning of a new year.
It also discusses the modern calendar, expounding on its history, meaning, and eventual worldwide use.
The second New Year reading passage is about New Year celebrations around the world. This article touches on the varying New Year and good luck traditions of several countries around the world. It also discusses what it means to make New Year’s resolutions.
Included with both articles are QR codes and links to websites and videos where students can do additional research about the holidays. There are two sets of websites and QR codes. One for each topic.
Comprehension Activities for Each New Year Passage
We have included many comprehension activities to engage students. Each New Year passage has its own set of reading comprehension graphic organizers, comprehension questions, and hands-on activities.
In addition to graphic organizers and traditional comprehension questions, students can engage in activities that ask them to use common reading comprehension skills, such as cause and effect, sequencing, and identifying the main idea and details. Discussion questions help students make it personal by engaging with each other and the material they just learned.
How to Purchase the New Year Reading Passages and Activities
If you are looking for a teaching resource to help your students learn about other cultures, we have just what you need. Our New Year reading passages and comprehension activities will help elementary students understand the holidays better. And the best part is that you can purchase it now!
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