Kwanzaa Lesson Plans
- A Gift to Give - One of the traditional aspects
of Kwanzaa is gift giving. In this activity, students choose an educational
gift that they would like to give to a friend or family member for Kwanzaa.
- A Story for Kwanzaa - The student will
be able to write a story about one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
- A Study of the Principles of Kwanzaa -
Students use the Internet to find real life examples illustrating the
seven principles of Kwanzaa.
- African Chants - The student will be able
to work with other students to learn and perform an African chant.
- Celebrating Kwanzaa in the Community -
In this lesson, students learn who their local civic and government leaders
are and how to contact them. They work together in groups to interview
their local leaders about Kwanzaa celebrations in the community.
- Collage of Kwanzaa Colors - In this activity,
students make a collage using the colors of Kwanzaa. They work together
to cut out different pictures that have the colors red, green, and black
which are associated with the celebration.
- Invitations and Menus - Students are encouraged
to be creative as they make an invitation and menu to celebrate the feast
- Making Kwanzaa Placemats - In this patterning
activity, students make placemats for Kwanzaa using the colors red, green,
and black. They are encouraged to cover the entire placemat in alternating
stripes of these colors.
- Ready for Kwanzaa - This is a multi-day project
that gets your room ready for the celebration of Kwanzaa. Students use
the traditional colors and other materials to create the symbols that
represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
& Creating Kwanzaa - Learn about Kwanzaa as a holdiay in the US and
how it derives from Kwanza in Africa.
- Unity in Action - In this activity, students
make a collage out of pictures that demonstrate unity, which is one of
the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
More Lesson Plans From Other Sites
Quilt- This activity will promote acceptance of diversity within the
classroom through the creation of a class quilt.
Gani? -- What's the News?- Learn about Kwanzaa, the world's fastest
growing holiday, with these activities and Internet links.
- Kwanzza: An African-American
Celebration- A thorough exploration of this holiday.
Symbol Strips- Learn about Kwanzaa and traditional Adinkra weaving
patterns used on Kente cloth.
What Is It?- A college article.
- Kwanzaa Recipes
of Bread- Students will recognize that philanthropy is a vital part
of the African American community.
- The Whole
World Celebrated Christmas! Right?- This lesson is for use during
the weeks before the Christmas break. This will be great for middle school
students. It is a comparison of the other religious holidays that are
celebrated around this same time of year.