⁣Lesson Plan: Unveiling the Magic: NYC's Fifth Avenue During Christmas Walking Tour

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⁣Lesson Plan: Unveiling the Magic: NYC's Fifth Avenue During Christmas Walking Tour

Grade Level: 3-5

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will explore the enchanting holiday decorations, iconic landmarks, and festive atmosphere of NYC's Fifth Avenue during Christmas. Students will develop observation skills, learn about the history and cultural significance of the decorations, and enhance their understanding of holiday traditions.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.

- Access to the internet or library resources
- Paper and pencils
- Maps of NYC and Fifth Avenue
- Images or videos showcasing Fifth Avenue during Christmas


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the excitement and beauty of NYC's Fifth Avenue during Christmas.
- Show images or videos of the stunning decorations, lights, and festive atmosphere to capture students' interest and curiosity.

2. Research and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to research and find information about the history and cultural significance of the holiday decorations along NYC's Fifth Avenue.
- Encourage students to explore topics such as the origins of the decorations, the significance of certain displays, and the impact on tourism and local businesses.
- Allow students to discuss their findings in small groups or pairs.

3. Map Exploration and Preparation (15 minutes):
- Provide students with maps of NYC and Fifth Avenue, highlighting key landmarks and stores known for their Christmas decorations.
- Instruct students to identify and mark the locations they would like to explore during the walking tour.

4. Walking Tour (60 minutes):
- Conduct the walking tour, either physically if feasible or virtually using online resources and street view.
- Guide students through the tour, pointing out significant landmarks, iconic displays, and notable stores along Fifth Avenue.
- Encourage students to observe and take notes on the decorations, lights, and overall festive atmosphere.

5. Reflective Writing and Discussion (10 minutes):
- After completing the walking tour, have students individually write a short reflection on their experience.
- Prompt students to describe their favorite displays or decorations, explain why they found them captivating, and share any interesting facts they learned during the tour.
- Allow students to share their reflections with the class and engage in a group discussion on the cultural significance of holiday decorations and the impact on tourism and local businesses.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Enjoy a stroll along NYC's Fifth Avenue on Black Friday. This walking tour was filmed on November 29, 2019 in Manhattan, New York City. We walk from Bryant Park to the Plaza Hotel with a short stop at Rockefeller Center.

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