This list is very helpful because it is laid out by month and lists all religious holidays within that month. Additionally, it describes the holiday, dates for that year and the general practices associated with the specific holiday. I will keep this resource in my favorites list and print out each month to be prepared. At the beginning of each month, I would design a lesson on the religious holidays for that month. This recognizes and teaches the holidays that are coming.
This site includes a bevy of lesson plans and activities for third to twelfth grade students. Now that you are armed with information to keep you legal and responsible, here are the plans to carry it all out. Now you can stop worrying and start having some fun with it!
The United States is known as the melting pot for the world. Because of this, we need to provide meaningful multicultural education. I mentioned before that I would plan a lesson each month to discuss that months' religious holidays. This is a good resource in how to carry out that plan responsibly.
What if your student or parent objects to a lesson plan about a religious holiday? Are they excused from class? Know what the correct answers are and be prepared to respond to your student and/or parent about this complex issue. I would keep this PDF printed out to refer to when these situations arise.
This article is written from a legal perspective. It is good to read up and check yourself that you are teaching within the guidelines of the law. For instance, it is permissible to teach about religious holidays, but not to celebrate them. It is a good resource for keeping yourself in check and planning your classroom for all religious holidays.