- "Arthur's Perfect Christmas"
Plans are under way in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even "Baxter Day."
- "It's A Happy Day"
It's an extra special day when Beth invents a new holiday called "Happy Day." The kids can make a wish for something that will make them happy - and the others try to make the wish come true.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Celebrate the Holidays - Dress-up D.W., read the Brain's Big Book of holidays, or see Sue Ellen's scrapbook.
- Berenstain Bears: Thanksgiving Address - Listen to the story, "Giving Thanks" by Chief Jake Swamp. Then brainstorm and illustrate things to be thankful for. (Section 4)
- Caillou: Halloween Safety Tips - Tips for safe trick-or-treating.
- Maya and Miguel: A Cultural Celebration - Explore the Mexican ritual of Dia de Los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, and make sugar skulls by using math measurements and artistic expression.
- Reading Rainbow: The Gift of the Sacred Dog - Start a new holiday tradition in your family.
- Cyberchase: Cyberchase Club - Send It - Read kid submitted Cyberchase Valentine poems or Thanksgiving stories.
- Sagwa: Countdown to the New Year - Celebrate the Chinese New Year with online games and activities.
- Reading Rainbow: Build a Scarecrow - Create a scarecrow online as you answer questions about Thanksgiving.
- The Autumn Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest
By Ellen B. Jackson and Jan Davey Ellis
Published September 2003 by Millbrook Press
This picture book for children 4-8 describes the harvest time activities of cultures around the world, highlighting familiar features found in our own Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. The book includes a Native American autumn story and nine classroom activities.
- The Kids' Holiday Baking Book: 150 Favorite Dessert Recipes from Around the World
By Rosemary Black
Published September 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin
An introductory chapter provides the basics in equipment, ingredients, cooking terms, and safety. The rest of the book collects recipes in chapters devoted to different holidays. The large format makes it easy to keep the book open, and most recipes are presented on a single page or two-page spread to minimize flipping back and forth. Equipment and ingredients needed for each recipe are highlighted.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.