With a vast video library and the chance to build and customize lessons for students, TED-Ed Lessons offers something for all topics and content areas

9 TED-Ed Lessons about different holiday origins


With a vast video library and the chance to build and customize lessons for students, TED-Ed Lessons offers something for all topics and content areas

4. The History of Saint Patrick: Today people around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways, but what are the origins of this holiday? Who was St. Patrick? And do today’s traditions have anything to do with his complicated, dramatic life?

5. When is Thanksgiving? In this lesson, you’ll learn about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States including the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island. What were the English doing in America, anyway? Kick back, and learn how America became profitable.

6. What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence: In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.

7. Facts about pumpkins you never knew: Pumpkin season has officially begun! Skunk Bear teaches us some fun facts about America’s favorite decorative gourd.

8. Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? In the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday, Labor Day. Originally celebrated in New York City’s Union Square in 1882, Labor Day was organized by unions as a rare day of rest for the overworked during the Industrial Revolution. Kenneth C. Davis illustrates the history of Labor Day from Union Square to today.

9. The real history of Cinco de Mayo: Happy Cinco de Mayo! We all love to celebrate on the 5th of May but not many people know the actual history behind this day. Lifehacker explains the history behind the holiday.

Laura Ascione

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