Phase 1: World Holidays

(2 class sessions, 45-60 minutes each)

In this phase, students will learn as much as they can about how we honor people with holidays. 

Have students each select one of the holidays from the list below. Each person in a team should have a different holiday. Encourage teams to select at least one US and one world holiday among the team members. 

U.S. Holidays World Holidays
Martin Luther King Day
President’s Day
Columbus Day
Veteran’s Day
Memorial Day

Boxing Day (United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada)
Guadalupe Day (Mexico)
Guy Fawkes Day (United Kingdom)
St. Lucia Day (Sweden)
Shichi-Go-San (Japan)

  1. Students will do research individually at first. They must use at least two sources (one Internet and one print) to gather information about the holiday to complete the Big6 Data Chart for Phase 1. Have them complete bibliography slips as they go along—it is helpful to spot check this early in the process so that you can ensure students are recording their sources right away. 
  2. Once all the team members are done, they should reassemble and compare notes. The team will work together to complete one copy of the comparison chart on the back of the Phase 1 Data Chart.