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The Best Websites For Learning About Multiple Holidays & Anniversaries

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I’ve created “The Best…” lists for many, if not most, of the major holidays and celebrations in the United States. To locate them, just go to that link and find the “Holidays” section.

If, however, you’re looking for resources accessible to English Language Learners about holidays that I might not have covered, here are a list of sites that provide information on many different celebrations.

Here are my choices for The Best Websites For Learning About Multiple Holidays:

Social Studies For Kids

Heads Up English Holiday Lessons for English Language Learners.

Holiday Lessons from EL Civics.

American Holidays from Susan Schneider’s ESL Website.

Religious Festivals from the CBBC Newsround.

Self-Study Holiday Quizzes from Activities For ESL Students.

U.S. Holidays For ESL Students

Dave’s ESL Cafe Idea Cookbook — Holidays

Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations From Around The World comes from “Topics Online Magazine,” a resource specifically designed for English Language Learners.

Education World’s Holiday Center

Holidays and Traditions from Ressources Pour Le College

Ressources Pour Le College also has a collection of great Internet Scavenger Hunts, which include several on different holidays.

History Channel’s History of Holidays

Calendar of Themes from Houghton Mifflin

National Patriotic Holidays from Glencoe. Glencoe also has a broader resource on holidays called Beyond The Textbook.

Fact Monster has numerous resources on holidays

Holidays Worksheets from Lanternfish

How Stuff Works — Holidays

The Orange County Register Interactive Graphics

Thinkfinity’s Spotlight On The Holidays

If you type the name of a holiday into the search engine at the New York Times, the first item that pops-up is a page the newspaper has with basic information about the celebration and, more importantly, multimedia it has created related to the day.

The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers has a Holidays and Special Days section on their website.

Renee Maufroid, an English teacher in France, develops a lot of excellent ESL/EFL online activities.  You can find ones she’s created on a number of holidays by going to his site.

If you go to Edsitement and type in the query “holiday” in their search engine, you’ll find a number of resources. Many might be too advanced for ELL’s, but can be modified.

A site called Whyzz has two sections filled with a lot of accessible info on holidays. One is called Holidays and the other is Holiday Q & A’s.

ESL Holiday Lessons has many good lessons about…holidays.

ESL PDF has many printable hand-outs on various holidays.

Kid’s Turn Central has an extensive collection of accessible holiday resources.

Mr. Donn has a good page called Ancient Roots of Modern Holidays.

The Museum Of Science and Industry has an extensive Holiday Traditions section. It has a ton of information, though it’s probably only accessible to Intermediate English Language Learners.

Better Homes and Gardens has slideshows and eCards related to all major holidays.

The Saskatoon Public Schools in Canada has an Online Learning Center with a lot of Holiday links. Scroll down to “Monthly Themes & Holidays.”

Teaching Tolerance has numerous high-quality lesson plans on many different holidays and anniversaries.

Time and Date doesn’t quite fit in with the other sites here, but it does let you quickly determine the dates for holidays in pretty much any country and any year. It’s a good curriculum planning tool.

If you go to Cookstr and click on “Holidays” on the left menu, the screen will show many holidays you can click on to get appropriate menu ideas.

Pete’s PowerPoint Station has a bunch of accessible PowerPoint presentations on different holidays.

Teachers First has a Holiday Central filled with useful resources.

John’s ESL Community has simple explanations for many holidays.

Woodlands Junior School in Great Britain has resources on many national holidays.

Festivals and Celebrations – Quizzes, Games & Printable Worksheets is the title of a great page from ESOL Courses. It has links to resources pages they’ve put together for a bunch of holidays.

Julia Gillard’s American Holidays is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Celebrations & Festivals | Free Early Learning Resources for Teachers has some very useful materials.

CNN Celebrates is a special page on CNN’s site that highlights holiday celebrations from throughout the world.

The Most Common Holidays Worldwide
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I’d certainly be interested in hearing other suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Larry,

    Wonderful list.

    I’d also add that the Tarheel Reader has loads of really well designed presentations on any conceivable holidays. This is my “go to” place for great photos to contextualize the learning. Just click the “holidays” category on the right of the main page.


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