Houghton Mifflin Social Studies
From Sea to Shining Sea
Lesson at a Glance
Chapter 11, Lesson 1: Celebrating Our Land (pp. 218-223)
The Big Idea
Framework Concept: Culture People in the United States celebrate national and state holidays.
- Ask students to name different dates of holidays they celebrate. Discuss why they think each holiday is celebrated and have them tell what they do on that day.
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Check for Understanding
- Ask students to write a letter to a pen pal in another country telling them about their favorite state or national holiday. Tell them to be sure to explain what they do on that day, who the day honors, and why it is important to them.
- Have each student create a picture of their favorite state or national holiday. Assemble all the pictures to make a class holiday mobile.
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