A Teachable Teacher Sweden! I am so excited to be a part of the Holidays Around the World blog hop!
Last year in my first grade classroom, we studied holidays celebrations around the world and it was SO MUCH FUN! I remember thinking that December was too short! There just wasn’t enough time to go into all the fun details of the 10 countries we “visited.” (I also needed more time to Christmas shop 😉 ).
Like every good unit, we started by filling our classroom with BOOKS! Our school librarian gathered a bunch of the holiday celebration books from the library for me. It was great to have a mix of both fiction and nonfiction text to go along with our unit #thanksCommonCore. Here are some of my favorite books for holidays in Sweden! (You can click on the picture to see the book on Amazon.)
Although our library didn’t have them, these two books would be great with this unit of study!
This one would make a great reference tool!
In Sweden, Saint Lucia Day kicks of the Christmas celebrations. Saint Lucia was a young woman who would bring food to persecuted Christians in Rome. She would wear candles on her head so that her hands were free to carry food. Every year on December 13, the oldest daughter in the house dresses in a white robe with a red sash and a wreath of candles on her head. She then brings coffee and sweet Lucia buns (breakfast) to her family. Boys also participate in Saint Lucia day, wearing white robes and cone shaped hats with stars. They are called Star Boys.
Christmas Eve is a huge day of celebration in Sweden! At 3:00pm, almost all families in Sweden gather to watch “From All of Us to All of You,” a Disney show featuring Donald Duck. Then they eat a big feast, including cold fish, cheese, meatballs, rice pudding, and many other treats. Tomten, which can be thought of as a cross between Santa and a gnome, delivers gifts to the boys and girls. Families exchange gifts on Christmas Eve so that they can go to church on Christmas Day.
Now for the fun stuff – teaching all of that to your class! I’ve included all the above content in a handy PDF form titled “Teacher Notes.” (You know, in case you don’t remember 100% of everything you read 😉 ). I’ve also included a KWL chart for your students, vocabulary cards, a vocabulary graphic organizer, and an exclusive freebie – a Read, Rhyme, Remember poem JUST for Saint Lucia Day! You can click here or on the picture below to download your free Holidays Around the World – Sweden printables!
To download the “Sweden” page of the passport book, please click here.
Don’t forget to stop by my friends’ blogs to grab more information and free resources for holidays celebrated around the world!