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Holidays: Chinese New Year
Gives history and cultural significance of the New Year for the Chinese as well as how Chinese Americans celebrate Chinese New Year.
Holidays: New Year's
Collection of information on ways Christmas is celebrated around the world. More than 200 countries represented. Also covers the origin, symbolism, Santa Claus, how to say Merry Christmas in a couple of dozen languages, recipes, music, and ornament suggestions.
This site includes dozens of recipes for Christmas cookies with everything from sugar cookies to Russian tea cakes. Also included are a recipe exchange (registration required) and recommended Christmas cookie cookbooks. Site is keyword searchable and recipes may be browsed by type of cookie (balls, bars, drop, etc.) or country of origin.
- Christmas Traditions in France and Canada
Christmas Traditions in France and Canada Historical background on the social and communal customs, family celebrations and religious ceremonies of Christmas as they evolved from the Middle Ages to modern day France and Canada is explored at this site. Available in English and French.
- Christmas Activities Website
A site full links to other sites that have activities, songs, stories, art projects and more. Created and maintained by a library media specialist.
Happy Holidays : USA.gov
"Connect to U.S. government sites with information related to Christmas, New Years' and other winter holidays (travel, food safety, decorating safety, mailing and shipping, recipes, gifts, shopping charitable giving.
Holidays: Cinco de Mayo
Holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- FatherTime’s.net : New Year Traditions
Based in Australia, Father Time’s Net provides links to information about New Year’s traditions, recipes, songs, poetry, games and more in many different countries around the world.
Holidays: St. Patrick's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Great primary source information about Martin Luther King Jr.
- Timeline of Events In Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life
This site provides a detailed chronology of the events in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service
How can you be a part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service? Download the toolkit to help develop a service project. Other suggestions include tutoring a child, helping an elderly neighbor, serving in a homeless shelter, or volunteering at a community organization.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Preservation District
Click on Learn More About the History of the Park for photos of this Atlanta district. Study The Development of a Black Community and Leader, 1906-1948 and King's Leadership of the American Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1968.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Building on the achievements of Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute provides an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired. Visitors to the King Research and Education Institute’s comprehensive site will find a chronology, encyclopedia, biography, videos, lesson plans and more. Among the online resources is the King Online Encyclopedia, which includes information on more than 1,000 civil rights movement figures, events and organizations; a chronology of the movement; and full-text documents. The Online King Records Access (OKRA) database provides easily searchable access to information on thousands of speeches, sermons, letters and other historic documents by and about Martin Luther King, Jr. Updated weekly on Tuesdays, the Featured Document of the Week series highlights particular King documents that the institute has annotated. And A Call to Conscience features the landmark speeches of King’s career, spanning from the Montgomery bus boycott to his last speech in Memphis. In addition, the King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum (LC) initiative seeks to inform teachers and students about global efforts to achieve social justice, human rights and liberation through nonviolent means, with special emphasis on the modern African American freedom struggle.
Holidays: Thanksgiving Day
- Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian
What happened at the first Thanksgiving? Some historians think that “The First Thanksgiving” wasn’t really a thanksgiving. They call it “The 1621 Harvest Celebration” because it was more like a harvest festival. At the Plimoth Plantation Web site, students will discover clues about what really happened at the 1621 harvest celebration. Accompanying the interactive is a free Teacher’s Guide. As you work through the guide, you and your students will use the skills of historians to peel away the layers of myth and misconception surrounding “The First Thanksgiving” and discover what might really have happened during the fall of 1621. Along the way, you and your students will explore the differences between history and the past, and challenge your ideas about history.
- Plimoth Plantation : Teacher’s Guide
A Teacher’s Guide includes corresponding online activities for Historian Skills: separating fact from myth, identifying and analyzing primary sources, making educated guesses using cultural clues and considering multiple points of view. The Teacher’s Guide also includes a Historian’s Log with free, downloadable graphic organizers to further students’ online understanding and enhance offline work. The student activities are based on the Teaching for Understanding framework developed by educators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
History Channel: Thanksgiving
This site offers information about the history of Thanksgiving, including videos and audio clips of interviews with Plimoth Plantation living history museum characters.
Holidays: Valentine's Day