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Kwanzaa Vocabulary Word Wall

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Grades: K - 6

Celebrate Kwanzaa with holiday-related vocabulary cards for your word wall.

Joyous Kwanzaa! Introduce your students to the historical and cultural roots of this African and Pan-African “first fruits” festival.  

Immerse Your Students In Holiday-Specific Vocabulary

We hope that a more expansive vocabulary inspires students to become hungry for language. As a result, your students will become thoughtful, articulate speakers and writers who can communicate their ideas effectively and with confidence. 

Our Kwanzaa word wall includes words that will be immediately recognizable AND stretch your student’s language skills and vocabulary. 

Your download includes the following vocabulary words: 

  • Africa
  • African American
  • Black culture
  • black, red, & green
  • celebration
  • community
  • family
  • festival
  • harvest
  • holiday
  • hope
  • joyous
  • karamu
  • kente
  • kinara
  • Kwanzaa
  • Dr. Maulana Karenga
  • mishumaa saba
  • mkeka
  • Pan-African
  • people
  • struggle
  • The Seven Principles
  • tradition
  • ​​unity

Keep reading to find out how to add your own list of words.

What Else Can You Do With This Kwanzaa Word Wall? 

Word walls are a fantastic way to expose students to the growing world of language. 

Check out all the ways you can present these words to your students during your English Language Arts lessons: 

🌍  Daily Oral Language and spelling word of the week exercises

🌍  Identifying phonemes—blends, digraphs, vowel teams, silent final e

🌍  Counting syllables 

🌍  Recognizing parts of speech (noun types, verbs, adjectives)

🌍  Creative writing activities

🌍  Alphabetical ordering

🌍  Games like Charades, 20 Questions, Swat, etc.  

You can use your word wall before, during, and after reading with your whole class, small groups, or individualized instruction. 

Here’s how to create a fun Word Search too! 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.

Alternatively, you can create a custom, printable word wall:

  1. Select the type of font you would prefer from the drop-down box above.
  2. Click on the blue button and use the Teach Starter Studio to add a custom word list to the resource.
  3. Download and print your custom, themed word list.

For more information about Kwanzaa, the Official Kwanzaa Website and this Eating Well article are helpful resources. 

Looking for more ways to incorporate the celebrations of the season into your ELA lessons? We’ve got more word walls to explore:


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