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Harvest Wreath

People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and show a culture's traditions with this festive wreath!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Students find out about harvest stories and traditions in their country. Or find out about harvest celebrations elsewhere. When did these festivals begin? How are they celebrated? Who takes part in them?
    2. Depending on the climate and soil, different fruits and vegetables are celebrated. The dates for harvest festivals vary too. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October, while the United States observes Thanksgiving in November. When do other countries hold similar events? What about those in the Southern Hemisphere?
    3. Students choose one country. Find out what fruits and vegetables grow there. Create a wreath as a symbol of the harvest in that country.
    4. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, draw a large ring on cardboard or posterboard. This will be the base of the wreath. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors.
    5. Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Using Crayola Watercolor Paints and paintbrushes, paint several coffee filters in fall leaf colors. On watercolor paper, draw and color harvest fruits and vegetables that are grown in the country you chose. Air dry.
    6. Outline a leaf on each colored filter. Cut out leaves. With a Crayola Glue Stick, attach the leaves on the cardboard ring.
    7. Cut out fruits and vegetables. Glue them onto ring to complete the wreath.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

    LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting or plot.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

    LA: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

    SCI: Ask questions about what organisms obtain from the environment and what they release as waste matter back into the environment.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.

    SS: Describe and speculate about physical system changes, such as seasons, climate and weather, and the water cycle.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Explore and understand prospective content for works of art.

    VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin; Itse Selu: Cherokee Harvest Festival by Daniel Pennington; Harvest Festivals Around the World Library by Judith Hoffman Corwin; Harvest Celebrations by World Book

    Students, working in small groups, investigate a variety of harvest festivals around the world. Using the outline of the map of the world and its countries, students identify the location of the people they are investigating. Students prepare a presentation for classmates focused on the people and culture they have become experts on. If possible, encourage the group to dress in clothing appropriate to the people.

    Why is the harvest important for all societies? Have small groups of students respond to this question and brainstorm what can by done by humans to provide safety for our harvests and, perhaps, increase yield.

    What does the word cornucopia mean? Students investigate this question. Have students create 3-D models of harvest fruits and vegetables. Place them inside a horn of plenty for display in the classroom.


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