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Lower Schoolers Take A Trip Around The Globe To Explore Different Holidays

The first and second-grade classrooms buzzed with excitement as students eagerly opened their hand-made passports and began to explore different holidays and cultures worldwide. 

"Do you know how people in Hawaii say Merry Christmas," asked Mrs. Whittaker as students' hands shot up to answer. "Mele Kalikimaka," a student shouted enthusiastically. 

As part of their yearly Primary Years Programme (PYP) tradition, Holidays Around the World, first and second-graders learned about different national and international cultures to connect the curriculum to real-life experiences.

While some students began their exploration with flower leis and Christmas in Hawaii, others started with dreidels and a menorah for Hanukkah. 

"During this activity, students "fly" around the world with their passports and airplane tickets, first-grade teacher Tabatha Whittaker said. "This fits perfectly with our PYP unit, How We Express Ourselves, as we explore cultures around the world."

Usually, students travel from room to room, but this year, the homeroom teachers worked together to bring the whole experience to students without leaving their classroom.  

This year's adventure included passport stamps to Isreal, Germany, China, India, Australia and Hawaii. 

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Posted by Shayne Dotson at 10:00