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2011 APTPLUS Holiday Resources

Recommended for First Grade to Twelfth Grade

 

FREE APTPLUS Learn360 Resources
Explore a variety of December holidays 
 
To take advantage of these FREE resources, you must:
  • Go to www.aptplus.org.
  • Sign In, Register  or click on "Go to My APTPLUS Media Services Page" to access the Learn360 database. 
 
Key word suggestions and a sampling of videos are listed below. Use the key word search function in Learn360 to access the videos that correlate to these key words and titles. Other videos can be easily located by selecting other title and key words to search the APTPLUS database.
  • holidays
  • celebrations
  • Hanukkah
  • multicultural holiday
  • holiday
  • holiday facts and fun
  • traditions
  • Christmas
  • Kwanzaa
CHRISTMAS
Title: Max's Christmas
Grade(s): PreK – 2
Irrepressible Max wants to stay up late on Christmas so he can see Santa Claus.
A Teacher's Guide is included.
Run Time: (4:52)
 
Title: The Night Before Christmas
Grade(s): Pre K – 2
The story of Santa's visit on a snowy Christmas Eve is beautifully brought to life with exquisite illustrations and festive music. A Teacher's Guide is included. 
Run Time: (5:37)
  
Title: Christmas in Pioneer Times
Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
People living in small rural settlements during the mid-nineteenth century worked hard year-round, with little time for pleasure. Christmas was the exception - the time for family festival and religious celebration. Set in the authentic surroundings of a small, rural community in the 1850's, this film depicts how three families of different religious beliefs and ethnic origins prepared and enjoyed the special foods and celebrations of Christmas.
Run Time: (15:05)
 
Title: O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi
Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12
Watch O. Henry's short story 'The Gift of the Magi' about a young couple desperate to please the other with Christmas gifts. The unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions.
Run Time: (19:04)
 
HANUKKAH
Title: Holiday Facts & Fun: Hanukkah
Grade(s): PreK – 2 and 3-5
An animated story of Hanukkah shows how the ancient Jews recaptured their temple and re-established their religious freedom. A Jewish family makes Hanukkah foods (latkes and cookies), plays holiday games (spin the dreidel), sings holiday songs (Oh, Hanukkah), exchanges presents, and has a holiday feast. Student activities, a lesson plan and Teacher's Guide are included.
Run Time: (15:00)
 
Title: In the Month of Kislev
Grades(s): Pre K - 2, 3-5
A wealthy arrogant merchant learns the true meaning of Hanukkah when he takes the family of a poor peddler to court for savoring the smell of his wife's pancakes from outside their window. A Teacher's Guide is included.
Run Time: (12:38)
 
KWANZAA
Title: Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
Grade(s): PreK – 2, 3-5
This unique African-American holiday commemorates the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of community, and gratitude for life's bounties. A Teacher's Guide is included.
Run Time: (9:39)
 
Title: Introduction to Kwanzaa
Grade(s): Pre K - 2, 3-5
Kwanzaa means "first fruits of the harvest" and is a holiday designed to help families better understand their heritage. A lesson plan is included.
Run Time: (1:33)
 
Title: Celebrate
Grade(s): 3-5
Explore the traditional celebrations of Americans of four different ethnic origins. Visit a pow wow and a Kwanzaa celebration and experience the Three Kings Day and Chinese New Year celebrations. Hear about the cultural significance of each holiday. A lesson plan and Teacher's Guide is included.
Run Time: (23:44)
 
Title: Kwanzaa Traditions and Activities
Grade(s): Pre K - 2, 3-5
Many different objects are important when celebrating Kwanzaa. A lesson plan is included.
Run Time: (2:19)
 
MULTICULTURAL
 
Title: Too Many Tamales
Grade(s): Pre K - 2, 3-5
Everyone is coming for Christmas dinner at Maria's house. She and her mother prepare by kneading the "masa" to make tamales. When her mother takes off the ring, Maria tries it on - and is beside herself, when hours later, she thinks it has been kneaded into the tamales. How many can you eat? A Teacher's Guide is included.
Run Time: (12:53)
 
Title: Holiday Facts and Fun: Multicultural Christmas
Grade(s): Pre K - 2, 3-5
The spirit of a favorite holiday's underlying message - love and joy - is enhanced by the unique presentation featuring celebrations of families from Scandinavia, Native America, South Korea, Mexico, and Ethiopia, each in its American home, explaining family and ethnic customs associated with their celebrations. Special foods, songs, stories, games, celebrations, costumes, and other holiday traditions are shown for each group. This presentation is a perfect way to help children understand that ethnic expressions are wonderful ways for individuals and groups to celebrate Christmas and other holidays. A lesson plan and Teacher's Guide are included.
Run Time: (22:34)
 
Title: Celebrate
Grade(s): 3-5
Explore the traditional celebrations of Americans of four different ethnic origins. Visit a pow wow and a Kwanzaa celebration and experience the Three Kings Day and Chinese New Year celebrations. Hear about the cultural significance of each holiday. A lesson plan and Teacher's Guide are included.
Run Time: (23:44)
Title: Celebration Foods
Grade: (9-12)
Describes what foods are used in celebrations through religion and holidays by examining different cultures, like Hannukah. Teacher notes and student activity guide included - great for FACS Hospitality and Tourism-Culinary Arts students.
Run Time: (4:13)
 
Last updated: November 30, 2011 (CJS)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

IQ Leaning Network

Video Library

Education Sponsors

IQ Learning Network
  • Alpha Foundation
  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
  • Monte L. Moorer Foundation
  • Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust
Web-Interactive Field Trips
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children's of Alabama
  • Publix
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting