This Humanities and Social Sciences unit addresses the topic of celebrations. It covers personal, family and community celebrations; national days; Australia-specific commemorations and religious/cultural celebrations from around the world.
A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore some significant religious and cultural celebrations.
As a class, or in small groups, ask the students to brainstorm any religious or cultural celebrations they know of from around the world. Be aware that the students’ knowledge of these festivals may be limited at this stage. Record their ideas as a mind map on the board.
Display and discuss slides 23-27 of the Celebrations Around the World PowerPoint. Encourage the students to focus on the five senses and what might be experienced during each celebration e.g. sight, sound, smell, taste, touch.
Watch the Diwali – Fesitval of Lightsvideo on YouTube (this could be viewed more than once). At the end of the clip, create a five senses graphic organiser on the board (I can see, I can hear, I can smell, I can touch, I can taste) and complete this together as a class for the Festival of Diwali.
Ask the students to open their Celebrations Around the World Worksheet Pack. Allow the students to select one of the three remaining religious celebrations (Eid al-Fitr, Hanukkah, Christmas). Monitor and support the students as they complete the five senses graphic organiser for their selected celebration independently.
Choose some students to share their five senses graphic organiser with the class, covering a range of religious celebrations (if possible). Ask the students:
Were there any experiences shared by all four religious celebrations?
Which celebration did you find the most interesting?
What makes celebrations such as these so important to people who share the same religious beliefs?
Encourage fast finishers to write a short descriptive paragraph about the religious celebration they have chosen.
Allow less confident students to complete the graphic organiser at their own pace, and to their own level of ability.