Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 15 ~ Israel (Christmas or Hanukkah Lesson)

Around The World in 28 Weeks For Preschool Through First Grade Collage Button 2 OK2We are half-way through our Around the World Series!  I hope you have enjoyed the posts so far.  Please let me know if the series has been helpful to you – and any comments or suggestions are welcome!

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool!

Introduction to Week 15

This week you will be returning with the children in your class to the continent of Asia and traveling to the country of Israel. You can do the lesson plan activities in the order that you prefer.

For a Printable Lesson Plan Schedule for the entire 28 weeks, please see the Around the World introductory post.

Prep Work

  • Gather books and supplies (see Checklists below)
  • Decide on a book and project (see suggestions below) and gather supplies
  • Print out handouts and 3-hole punch them for notebooks (see Checklists below)

Check back during the year, as I will be adding pictures of completed projects and let you know if the kids enjoyed the lesson and any changes I would make for next time. Thanks for joining us!

Disclosure: The books and supply links below lead to products on Amazon. I am an affiliate and will receive a small commission if these links are used to make a purchase.

Western Wall Plaza Jerusalem Israel by David King on flickr

Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem, Israel by David King on flickr

Week 15 Lesson Plan

Date and Destination

Date: Second Week of December**
Continent: Asia
Country: Israel

Pretend Passport: Please see Week 2 for suggestions on how to use the Play Passports during your lesson. Below are free printable Passport Stamps. Please click here for free Airline Tickets, and Cruise Ship Tickets printables. Just click on the thumbnails below to open and view. For best viewing/printing results, open in Adobe Reader.

Passport Stamps

Reading (10 – 15 minutes)

Story:  Favorite Christmas story or Hanukkah story

Discussion: Ask questions to determine reading comprehension; tailor these to your children’s ages and abilities. Depending on the size of your class and as time permits, try to allow each child to participate. Don’t drag this part on too long or your kids will lose interest. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Did you like the story? Why or why not?
  • What was your favorite part?
  • Questions based on the Who?, What?, Why?, When?, and How? of a story are great for getting kids thinking.

Geography (5 – 15 minutes)

Globe or Wall Map Activity: With your class,

  • find the Continent of Asia
  • find the country of Israel
  • find the capitol of Israel, Jerusalem.

I have been allowing the kids to take turns putting little dot stickers on the country we visit on our wall map each week. They have really enjoyed this little extra!

Israel Map Handout*: Pass out the Map Handout to your class and allow them to color the page as time permits. You may want this to be the last activity of your class so they can be kept busy until the next class starts or until their parents pick them up. Have the kids place their handouts in their World Traveler Notebook (3-ring binder) before they leave.

Below is a free printable Map Handout in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer or open in Adobe Reader before printing.

Map of Israel

Christmas Ornament by AForestFrolic on flickr

Christmas Ornament by AForestFrolic on flickr

Art (30 – 40 minutes)

There are so many possibilities for Christmas and Hanukkah crafts.  This is the time of year that we remember to think of others before ourselves, so project time could be an opportunity to remind your kids that they can do tangible things to show love to others.  Here are a few ideas:

Make Christmas or Hanukkah Cards: Buy pre-made, blank cards and envelopes or simply fold construction paper in half.  Decorate with rubber stamps, glitter glue, markers, crayons, stickers, ribbon, etc.  Help your children write messages to their loved ones on the cards.

Make Coupon Books: There are several free printable kids’ coupon books on the web.  (Click here for an example.) Or, provide blank paper and have the kids draw their own pictures on the coupon books.

Make Christmas Ornaments: Provide pre-cut foam or paper Christmas shapes and decorate with plastic crystals, sequins, glitter glue, etc.  Have your children choose a person to give an ornament to, and help them write “To (Name)” and “From (Name)” on the back of the ornaments they make.

For more ideas, please see my “Gifts Kids Can Make” Pinterest board.

Other Activities (10 – 15 minutes)

Israel Facts and Flag Handout and Shepherds Coloring Page*: Pass out these handouts to your class and allow them to color the pages as time permits. You may want this to be the last activity of your class so they can be kept busy until the next class starts or until their parents pick them up. Have the kids place their handouts in their World Traveler Notebook (3-ring binder) before they leave.

Just click on a thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, open in Adobe Reader before printing.

Israel Facts and Flag  Shephers and Angel Coloring Page


*If there is not time in class, provide these as handouts for the kids to do at home. The pages can go in their World Traveler Notebooks as a record of their journeys.

**Our homeschool coop begins during the last week of August, but the Around the World course can be started at any time of year. Some re-arranging of the weekly plans may be necessary due to holidays, but with a little planning ahead of time, this should be very manageable.

Supply Lists

General Supply List

Week 15 Supply List

  • Favorite Christmas story or Hanukkah story
  • Passports and World Traveler Notebooks for each child from Week 1
  • Printables from this post: Travel Tickets, Passport Stamps, Map Handout, and Facts & Flag Handout

Week 15 Art Supply List

Materials needed depend on project chosen.



Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew

Images of Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem, Israel and Christmas Ornament from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Image credits: David King and AForestFrolic.

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