Christmas in Brazil Unit Study
In this free unit, your child will learn how Christmas is celebrated in Brazil. In addition, they’ll learn about the geography of Brazil, as well as a little related history and language arts. Unlike other “free” unit studies, you won’t have to buy or search for a bunch of required books. Everything you need, except the ingredients for a recipe, is available for free online.
This unit study is designed to last five days and can be used with a wide range of ages, making it a fun activity for the entire family to do together. With younger children, read the assignments aloud to them, and skip the written work if they aren’t ready for it. Older students can read their assignments independently. If you have teenagers, you may want to have them research Brazil and its Christmas traditions further, either at the library or online. Then they could present what they’ve learned to the rest of the family.
Day 1: Introduction to Brazil and its Geography
Read National Geographic Kids: Brazil and click through the picture slideshow.
Watch Geography Now! Brazil.
Day 2: Christmas in Brazil Part 1
Read about Christmas in Brazil at WhyChristmas.com.
Watch How do Brazilian People Celebrate Christmas? from PortuguesePod101 to learn some Portuguese Christmas phrases.
Day 3: Christmas in Brazil Part 2
Listen to Noite Feliz. This popular song is the Brazilian version of Silent Night.
Watch Christmas in Brazil to see some popular Christmas dinner dishes.
Have your children use the Venn Diagram in this printable to compare Christmas in Brazil to Christmas in your country or another country your family has learned about.
Day 4: Christmas in Brazil Part 3
Read the three paragraphs about Papai Noel (Santa Claus) in this article. The last sentence in the third paragraph mentions that a relative or friend will play the role of Papai Noel. You may want to omit this sentence if your children believe in Santa Claus.
Watch this video of Papai Noel arriving in a helicopter. I have set it to begin a little over a minute in. You will probably want to end the video at about five minutes as not much happens after that point. The video is in Portuguese, without English subtitles, but it’s still fun to watch the helicopter arrive.
In the same article, read the four paragraphs about presepios (nativity scenes).
Watch Exposição reúne presépios. This video shows the annual presepios exhibit at Santuário Santo Antônio do Valongo (a Catholic church) in Brazil. The video is also in Portuguese, but it’s very short. And your family can still enjoy seeing the nativity scenes even if you don’t understand what’s said.
Day 5: Christmas in Brazil Recipes
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Note: This post was originally published on November 8, 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.