My Holiday Portfolio


Barbara Garrison


Dear Kindergarten Student,

I am a teacher in San Diego, California. I am learning to use the computer and the Internet just like you. I was lucky to be chosen to write a computer unit for you on holidays.

Holidays are special days we celebrate to remember a special event or time. Each of us has a personal holiday that we celebrate to remember the day we were born. What is that day called? My special day is June 23. What is your special day?

Many people around the world have different days to celebrate. We do not all celebrate the same holidays. We must all respect each other's special days because this is a way we show respect for each other. One of the best ways to show respect is to learn about holidays of many people.

Enjoy these lessons.

 Mrs. Garrison ~ Click here to meet me.

Teacher Notes

Grade level: Kindergarten

Unit 6: Holiday Celebrations

Lesson Length: Selected Days throughout the school year

History-Social Science Content Standards:

K.5 Students put events in temporal order by using a calendar, placing days,
weeks, and months in proper order.
K.6 Students understand that history relates to events, people, and places of
other times, in terms of:
1. The purposes of, and the people and events honored in, commemorative holidays, including the human struggles that were behind the events (e.g., Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Washington's and Lincoln's Birthdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day.


History-Social Science Thinking Standards: Grades Kindergarten-5
Chronological & Spatial Thinking
1.Students place key events and people of the historical era they are studying both in a chronological sequence and within a spatial context; they interpret timelines.

2.Students apply terms related to time correctly, including past, present, future, decade, century, and generation.

3.Students explain how the present is connected to the past, identifying both similarities and differences between the two, and how some things change over time and some things stay the same.


Language Arts Standards Kindergarten
1. Reading Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
2.2 Use pictures and context to make predictions about story content.
2.3 Connect to life experiences the information and events in texts.
2.4 Retell familiar stories.
2.5 Ask and answer questions about essential elements of a text.
2. Listening and Speaking
Students listen and respond to oral communication. They speak in clear and coherent sentences.


1.1. Understand and follow one- and two-step oral directions
1.2. Share information and ideas, speaking audibly in coherent, complete sentences


Lesson Purpose: This is a year long unit consisting of three student lessons. Lesson 1 introduces the portfolio. Students are instructed to decorate their folder and save their work throughout the year. Lesson 2 contains pages for each month of the year and highlights one or two special days with information and activities. Interactive activities were chosen when possible to introduce the use of the computer. Lesson 3 is a review of the assignments in the portfolio and invitations to the parents to attend a portfolio party.

Lesson 1

Provide students with folders to be used as their Holiday Portfolios. Brainstorm the names of different holidays. Make lists of holiday traditions and special foods. Allow students to decorate the inside of the portfolio with drawings of their favorite holiday and save the outside to decorate in Lesson 3. Students will complete a Holiday Kinder-Log each month with a report on one of the holidays observed that month. Please print one of the log forms and xerox extra copies.

Lesson 2

This activity continues throughout the year. There are student lessons for each month of the year and corresponding teacher guides. Discuss with students: Celebrations reflect values that are important in a given culture. There are many different types of celebrations. Individuals and groups celebrate for many different reasons. Special food, clothes, music, symbols, and events may be associated with various celebrations. Honor all people by honoring their special days.

Student Guide January Teacher Guide

Student Guide February Teacher Guide

Student Guide March Teacher Guide

Student Guide April Teacher Guide 

Student Guide May Teacher Guide

Student Guide June Teacher Guide 

Student Guide July Teacher Guide

Student Guide August Teacher Guide

Student Guide September Teacher Guide

Student Guide October Teacher Guide

Student Guide November Teacher Guide

Student Guide December Teacher Guide


Lesson 3

Schedule a portfolio sharing party for parents near the end of the school term. Students may design invitations on the computer. They may display favorite assignments from the portfolios and make oral presentations.
Helpful Links
Using computers in the kindergarten classroom
Extensive list of holiday sites
Multicultural Links to Holiday Sites

Evaluation to be based on:

  • Ability of the student to follow directions
  • Group participation when applicable
  • The Kinder-Log holiday activity summaries
  • The contents and presentation of the portfolio

Barbara Garrison
San Diego USD