WEBSITES ON KWANZAA FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

 

Access the following web sites by entering the underlined URL in your computer’s web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer or Netscape).  Be sure to explore the various links on the sites.  Note that the evaluation is by the AVA Center staff according to the usefulness of the site for the classroom and/or its appeal to teachers and students.  All sites were active as of November 22, 2005. This list is also posted on our website at http://www.cumbavac.org   and emailed to all teachers with school email addresses. 

                        Websites        Lesson Plans & Classroom Activities            Webquests

 

ABOUT KWANZAA
http://www.rats2u.com/christmas/kwanzaa_index.htm

A gateway site to articles on the Swahili language, Kwanzaa Origins & Traditions, Books, Celebrations, Crafts & Clipart, Recipes, Cyber Cards to send, Events, Symbols, Chat, Coloring Pages to print out and a Kids Section.  Excellent

EDUCATION WORLD KWANZAA PLANNING ARTICLE      

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson039.shtml

Ideas for classroom activities and discussion on Kwanzaa.  Excellent

EVERYTHING ABOUT KWANZAA                    
http://www.tike.com/celeb-kw.htm

Includes the Definition of Kwanzaa, the Seven Principles, How to Celebrate Kwanzaa, Decorating the House, the Colors of Kwanzaa, Gifts, the Feast, a suggested format for a Kwanzaa ceremony, and a Libation Statement.  Excellent

 

KWANZAA                   

http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/holidays/kwanzaa/index.html

A History Channel online exhibit about Kwanzaa.  Includes: History and Symbols.  Includes a video clip.  Excellent

 

KWANZAA      
http://www.theholidayspot.com/kwanzaa/

Information for primary children on Kwanzaa.  Includes: History, The Feast, Seven Days, Symbols, Books, Recipes, Music, Greetings, Wallpapers.  Excellent

 

KWANZAA          
http://www.swagga.com/kwanzaa.htm

An excellent site on Kwanzaa.  Sections: What is Kwanzaa?, Nguzo Saba, Nguzo Saba Description, Kwanzaa Ceremony, Symbols, Pictures, and the Kwanzaa Table.  Excellent

 

KWANZAA – AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CELEBRATION             

 http://globalindex.com/kwanzaa/

A colorful site for elementary students on Kwanzaa.  Sections include: Welcome, What is Kwanzaa?, Seven Principles, Kwanzaa Colors, Definitions, Ritual of Kwanzaa and Resources.  Excellent

 

KWANZAA AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CELEBRATION                 NEW!

http://holidays.bfn.org/xmas/kwanzaa.html

A page of links to websites on Kwanzaa.  Good

 

KWANZAA LAND                            

http://www.kwanzaaland.com/

Good basic information on Kwanzaa.  Includes: General Information, Kwanzaa Graphics, Send a Kwanzaa Postcard, Children’s Corner (good games), Recipes, Books, Music, Kwanzaa Items to Buy and a Kwanzaa Glossary. Excellent

                                                                                                                                                             

KWANZAA TIME AT KIDS DOMAIN

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/kwanzaa/index.html

Includes an explanation of Kwanzaa, Downloads, Cyber Cards to send, Clip Art, Printable Activity Sheets, Music and a video, Online Games, Coloring Pages to print out, Crafts and more.   Note: You may have to go to http://www.kidsdomain.com     then click on Holiday Fun and then find Kwanzaa in the list.  Excellent

 

THE OFFICIAL KWANZAA WEB SITE

 http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.html

The official web site sponsored by Dr. Maulana Karenga.  It includes his welcome and a biographical profile, the Roots & Branches of Kwanzaa, the Symbols, Greeting Cards, the Colors and Decorating for Kwanzaa, the Celebration and the Meditation.  Excellent

 

WEAVE A KWANZAA MAT

 http://www.cstone.net/~bry-back/holidayfun/matt.html

An activity sheet with instructions for weaving a construction paper mat for Kwanzaa.  Excellent

                                             

DLTK’S KWANZAA ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN             

          http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/kwanzaa/

Crafts and activities for primary students.  Includes: Kwanzaa Posters and Coloring Pages, Candle Toilet Paper Roll Craft, Corn Cob Paper Craft, Cute Kinara Paper Craft, Handprint Wreath and Jigsaw Puzzles.  Very Good

HAPPY KWANZAA!                                        
http://www.doth.com/kwanzaa/                         

Lists the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Ceremonial Accessories and the history of Kwanzaa.  Very Good

KHADIJAH’S KWANZAA PAGE                       

http://members.dca.net/areid/kwanzaa.htm

A brief but good site on Kwanzaa.  Sections: The Seven Days of Kwanzaa, The Symbols of Kwanzaa, and Kwanzaa Activities for the Whole Family.  Very Good

 

KWANZAA CLIPART FROM ABOUT.COM                

http://webclipart.about.com/library/weekly/aa120402.htm?terms=Kwanzaa

Links to sites with Kwanzaa clipart such as candles, food, backgrounds and more.  Very Good

 

                                             
 

HABARI GANI? – WHAT’S THE NEWS?                   

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson039.shtml

A group of activities for primary students on Kwanzaa.  Shows various ways to celebrate Kwanzaa in the classroom.  Good

 

INTERACTIVE KWANZAA CROSSWORD PUZZLE            

http://www.abcteach.com/wordpuzzles/onlinepuzzles/kwanzaa.html

An online crossword puzzle for kids.  Good

 

KWANZAA AT PRIMARY GAMES.COM                     

http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/kwanzaa/kwanzaa.htm

Activities for primary students on Kwanzaa including an online storybook, coloring pages to print, musical cards to send, Kwanzaa games, stationery and more.  Good

 

KWANZAA CRAFTS              

http://www.makingfriends.com/kwanzaa_crafts.htm

Simple craft activities for primary students.  Good

 

KWANZAA FROM TEACHER VISION  
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-6638.html

Planning a lesson on Kwanzaa includes Worksheets, Quizzes, Printables, Literature Tie-ins and References.  Good

KWANZAA FUN WITH BILLY BEAR
http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/kwanzaa/kwanzaa.htm

Clipart, Animals, Fun and Games, Post Office, Kwanzaa story links and more.  NOTE:  Not all the activities are Kwanzaa-related.  Good

KWANZAA GAMES & PUZZLES               NEW!
http://abcteach.com/directory/theme_units/month_to_month/l_december/kwanzaa/

Puzzles and games for Kwanzaa.  Good
 

KWANZAA GINGER BEER (NON-ALCOHOLIC) RECIPE           

http://www.zuzu.org/rec5.html

A recipe for Ginger Beer, a non-alcoholic drink frequently served for Kwanzaa.  Good

KWANZAA LINKS                                      http://www.monroe.k12.la.us/mcs/showcase/holiday/links/kwanzaa.html
An extensive list of Kwanzaa links.  Good

KWANZAA RECIPES                                  

http://members.tripod.com/~Nancy_J/kwanzaa.htm

Some African recipes for Kwanzaa.  Good 

 

KWANZAA: RITUALS AND  CEREMONY          NEW!

http://www.ritesofpassage.org/kwanzaaceremony.htm

Explains the symbolism of each part of the Kwanzaa ceremony.  Good

 

LIL FINGERS KWANZAA GAMES                     

http://www.lil-fingers.com/holidays/kwanzaa/

Includes a match-up game, coloring pages and links to other Kwanzaa sites.  Good

 

THE MEANING OF KWANZAA  (FORMERLY THE KWANZAA PLAYGROUND)
http://www.arts.ohio-state.edu/ArtEducation/kplayground/kwanzaa.html

Background, Artists, Artworks, Kwanzaa Resources, Curriculum, Related Topics, and Philosophy and Goals.  Good

 

MELANET KWANZAA INFORMATION CENTER                

http://www.melanet.com/kwanzaa/

A general site with Kwanzaa information intended as a forum for people to share their celebrations.  Includes an overview and reading materials.  Good

 

MIMI’S CYBER KITCHEN PRESENTS KWANZAA              

http://www.cyber-kitchen.com/holidays/kwanzaa/recipes.htm

Recipes for Black-eyed Pea Salad, Kuumba Yams, and New Style Collard Greens.  Good

 

OWARE (MANKALA) GAME                    

http://members.dca.net/areid/oware.htm

A board game for two players for students.  Gives instructions on making the game board from an egg carton and how to play.  Good

TEACHERSFIRST CELEBRATES KWANZAA                      

http://www.teachersfirst.com/kwanzaa.htm

Links for teachers on Kwanzaa. Sections: Planning Materials, The Basics, Fun & Games.  Good

 

TUZUNGUMZE KISWAHILI – LET’S SPEAK SWAHILI!              

http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/afl/lessons.html

A simple lesson on basic Swahili words such as greetings, names and hello and goodbye.  Good

 

WRAPPED IN PRIDE                     

http://www.nmafa.si.edu/exhibits/kente/top.htm

Information on Kente cloth.  Good

 

LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

IDEA BOX – KWANZAA ACTIVITIES
http://www.theideabox.com/special.nsf/kwanzaa.html

Lots of activities for primary students including: Crafts, Recipes, Music & Songs and Activities (flash cards, learn Swahili, etc.)  Excellent

KWANZAA AND HANUKAH INTERNET LESSON PLAN              

http://www.amphi.com/~sschiffm/KwanHanu.html

A lesson plan for first grade students on the meaning of Kwanzaa and Hanukah.  A very extensive lesson plan using the Internet to research the holidays.  Excellent

 

KWANZAA THEME PAGE – TEACHER PLANET         
http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/kwanzaa.php

A collection of lesson plans and classroom activities on Kwanzaa.  Excellent

 

LEARNING TO GIVE- KWANZAA: UNITY WITHIN COMMUNITY         

http://www.learningtogive.org/lessons/unit158/

A three-lesson unit on Kwanzaa for grades K-2.  “This unit teaches students about the principles featured daily in the African American holiday Kwanzaa. The principles of Kwanzaa are connected to universal principles for life within any community. As the students learn about each principle, they demonstrate their understanding through the arts and relate it to some aspect of their own lives.”  Excellent

 

UNIT ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE – KWANZAA       
http://www.courses.dsu.edu/eled360/publish/emilyh.htm

Information and classroom activities for Kwanzaa.   This is a two-week unit with detailed lesson plans for each day.  Outstanding.  Excellent

 

HISTORY OF KWANZAA – LESSON PLAN       
http://www.challenge.state.la.us/edres/lessons/elementary/lesson1.htm

Three lesson plans for grades 1-3 on Kwanzaa.  The learner will recognize holidays of the African-American culture.     The learner will recognize some symbols that are used to celebrate Kwanzaa.”  Very Good

 

KWANZAA MINI-UNIT            
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-celebrations/kwanzaa2.html

A mini-unit for 2nd and 3rd grade students on Kwanzaa.  Includes several activities and projects.  Very Good

LESSON PLAN KWANZAA CLASS BOOK                             http://t3.preservice.org/T0300236/lpKwanzaaClassBook.htm
A lesson plan in which early elementary students learn about Kwanzaa and create books to share with their classmates.  Very Good

LESSON PLANS FOR HOLIDAYS – KWANZAA      

http://members.aol.com/MrDonnLessons/Holidays.html#KWANZAA

Scroll down to Kwanzaa for classroom activities for Kwanzaa.  Very Good

 

WEBQUESTS

 KWANZAA WEBQUESTS (3)

          http://www.ncat.edu/~jackmir/

Features three webquest for 3rd grade students.  1/ CIA Mission #1: A Celebration of Kwanzaa and African American Culture 2/CIA Mission #2: Africans and African-Americans Who Highlight the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa 3/CIA Mission #3: Applying the Principles of Kwanzaa Determining the Mission of Your Life.    Excellent

 

KWANZAA WEBQUEST

http://www.nops.k12.la.us/SchoolWebs/Reed/Kwanzaa%20Webquest.htm

A webquest on Kwanzaa for upper elementary students.  “There are four tasks.  You will be assigned a group to work with. Each group will be assigned a task to complete and will report to the entire group the results of their research.  In addition to the web links there are books, encyclopedias and online databases that you may use to help you complete your tasks.  To access these additional resources click on the link above.”  Very Good

 

CELEBRATE KWANZAA WEBQUEST               

          http://web54.sd54.k12.il.us/schools/muir/lmc/kwanzaa.htm

A simple webquest in which students read the questions and click on the links for the answers.  Note: We found a couple of broken links.  Good

 

THE KWANZAA CELEBRATION              NEW!

          http://lms.jefferson.k12.ky.us/WebQuests/Kwanzaa.htm

A webquest on Kwanzaa for 4th grade students.  During December many of Sashi's classmates were wishing each other a "Merry Christmas." Sashi did not understand because her family did not celebrate Christmas. They celebrated Kwanzaa. The other children did not celebrate Kwanzaa so they were very curious about it. This WebQuest will allow children to explore and learn about the seasonal celebration of Kwanzaa.”  Good

 

KWANZAA WEBQUEST                                    

          http://jets.utep.edu/nixon/slewis/kwanzaa/t-webquest.htm

A webquest for 3rd and 4th grade students in which they study the meaning and history of Kwanzaa and prepare reports and a Kwanzaa recipe.  Good

                                                                        

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Prepared by the Cumberland County AVA Center staff.  Please call #856-451-0817 or email:  cumbavac@snip.net  with questions or suggestions for future web site lists. The site list is also posted on our website http://www.salemcountyava.org    as well as the sites below:

http://www.cjims.org/links.htm

http://www.atlanticava.org

November 2005

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