Free Holidays Influenced By African Americans Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students

Topic: Holidays influenced by African Americans

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to compare and contrast Juneteenth and Martin Luther King Jr. Day by identifying similarities and differences between the two holidays.


  • Pictures or illustrations of Juneteenth and Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations
  • Handouts with information about Juneteenth and Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Chart paper and markers


  • Ask students if they know what Juneteenth and Martin Luther King Jr. Day are.
  • Have them raise their hands if they have heard of either holiday before.
  • Ask them to share what they know about the two holidays.

Direct Instruction

  • Explain that Juneteenth and Martin Luther King Jr. Day are holidays that celebrate the freedom and achievements of African Americans.
  • Share information about the two holidays, including the date and what is celebrated.
  • Ask students if they can think of any other holidays that honor people or events from different cultures or ethnicities.

Guided Practice:

  • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
  • Give each group one of the holidays to research and share information with the rest of the class.
  • Have each group share their information with the class and ask questions if they need help understanding any of the details.
  • Encourage students to use their creativity to come up with ways that they can celebrate the holiday they have studied.

Independent Practice:

  • Have students choose one of the holidays to research on their own and create a project about it. Projects can be in the form of a poster, presentation, or mural.
  • Encourage students to be creative and think about how they can share information about the holiday with others.


  • Have students share their projects with the class.
  • Discuss how learning about different holidays can help us understand different cultures and how they influence
  • Ask students to think about how they can be respectful toward people from other cultures.


  • Observe students during independent practice to assess their understanding of the concepts.
  • Use the independent practice projects as a form of assessment.
  • Collect and review the guided practice worksheets to assess students' understanding of the concepts.

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