DIAGNOSTIC PHASE: Harvest Festivals Around the World
– Students will watch the Voicethread presentation on Harvest Festivals, and then they will create one of their own in a group based on one festival that they learned about.
Anticipatory Set: Describe your Thanksgiving tradition. What do you do on Turkey Day?
Instruction: Have students watch the Voicethread on Harvest Festivals: Ask them to make comments, post questions, etc. while watching.
As the harvest season approaches, this is a great time to learn about different cultures as well as agriculture, geography and astronomy. This Thursday, all of us will be spending time with our families and loved ones in celebration of Thanksgiving, the day that our ancestors came to America. In the following clips, you will explore some other traditional harvest festivals that are also celebrated at this time around the world.
Chusok, also known as the Korean Thanksgiving, is held on the 15th day of the lunar month. During this time, Korean families take time to thank their ancestors for providing them with rice and fruits.
The celebration starts with a family-get together, where everyone enjoys a special dish of rice cakes that are made of rice, beans, sesame seeds, and chestnuts. The families then pay respect to their ancestors by visiting their tombs.
The August Moon Festival is one of the most celebrated Chinese holidays. Families celebrate the end of harvest season with a big feast, consuming mooncakes. Chinese legends say that the moon is at its brightest and roundest on this day.
The Yam Festival is held in the beginning of August. It is widely celebrated in Nigeria. People offer yams to Gods and ancestors before distributing them to villagers as a sign of thanks.
Pongal is a popular harvest festival in South India. It is named after s sweet rice dish and is celebrated in January, lasting for three days. People celebrate by offering goods to the Gods and engaging in numerous festivities with friends and neighbors.
Succoth is a Jewish Harvest Festival celebrated in September and October. During the festival, Jewish communities hold festivities in succahs, large booths made of blue and gold fabric.
Têt-Trung-Thu or the Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular Vietnamese holiday. Parents buy lanterns for their children so they can participate in the candlelit ceremonies at dawn. Children participate in arts and crafts, and adults participate in dances and serve mooncakes.
Now that you have learned a little bit about different cultural festivals that are celebrated around the world, I would like you to continue to do more research in a group. Each group will be assigned one of the festivals mentioned in this video. Your group will be responsible for researching more about that particular festival and creating their own presentation. You will become the experts that will teach the class all about these holidays!
Guided Practice/Independent Work: Students will research one festival in depth, create their own voicethread in groups, and present it to the class.