Webquest Christmas Around the World

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“Do all the countries around the world have the same customs and traditions at Christmas?” English Teacher - Rosa Rodríguez Level: Primary 5 th Christmas Around the World Webquest

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Christmas is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. We all have traditions and customs that help us to look forward to this time of the year. But it would be wrong to assume that it is only celebrated among the Christians. With the world becoming a global village, Christmas is now celebrated in many countries around the world. During this webquest, you will learn about Christmas customs and traditions in some countries around the world . I hope you like it!

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Your Mission: Investigate the customs of another country and report back. Objective: Upon completion of the webquest students will be able describe the celebration of Christmas in other cultures and will create a power point presentation to share with the class. Introduction

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Traditions are an important part of the culture of a group of people. One of our traditions is the way we celebrate holidays, such as Christmas. There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.

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Do other countries celebrate the way we do? Do their celebrations include gifts, decorations, special music and food?

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Task Your mission is to find the following information for the country you are sent to: Name of country How do they say "Merry Christmas" Location (on a map ) Flag Reason for celebration Gifts (including who brings them) Decorations Pictures and things that people do on Christmas eve and christmas day Special Food drink &/or Music Describe the weather during the celebration time.

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When you have explored these traditions create a power point to share with the class.

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Form groups of four students. Choose a country. Search the information related to the country your group has chosen. Prepare a PowerPoint of your country because when you finish it, your group will make an oral presentation to your partners. Process

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Step 1 : Follow the links provided to learn the traditions of the country you have been sent to. Step 2 : Take notes about the customs you will need to report on. Step 3 : Create a power point to share with the class which explains each of the areas listed. Step 4 : Your power point should have at lease 10 slides: a title slide, an introductory slide, five or more slides describing the customs and a concluding slide. Step 5 : You will need to include at least 4 graphics and a transition between the slides. Sound and animation are not required but may be included.

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The students will click on links related to the Christmas traditions in other countries. The students will then create a power point presentation containing their findings. After all projects are completed the students will present their findings to the class. Resources

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Step 1 : Use the links below to begin your travels. Maps & Flags Tradition s More Traditions Clipart about Christmas SYMBOLS, CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

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Christmas Celebrations Christmas Around the World http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/xmas/index.html http://projectbritain.com/Xmas/index.html http://www.happywink.org/christmas-day/multiculturism-santas.html http://www.happywink.org/christmas-day/multiculturism-santas.html http://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/xmas_cnt.htm Resources Continued: http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/ http://www.worldofchristmas.net/

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Step 2 : Congratulations! Now that you are a world traveler and have completed a power point, share your findings with the rest of the class.

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Beginning Satisfactory Excellent Score PowerPoint Presentation Slides 15 points There are 1 – 3 slides. 30 point There are 4 –7 slides. 50 points There are 8 - 10 slides. 50 Bullet points 2 points 0 – 3 slides have building bullets. May have spelling / grammatical errors. Content may not be logically organized. 5 points Most slides have bullets that build. May have few spelling and/or grammatical errors. Content is logically organized. 10 points All of the bullets on each slide build. No spelling or grammatical errors. Content is logically organized. 10 Graphics or Video 0 points There are no graphics or video. 10 points There is only one graphic. 20 points There are at least two graphics or one graphic and a video. 20 Fonts 0 points There are no words 5 points Font is too hard to read or is not suited with slide or background colours. 10 points Font is colourful and appropriate. 10 Resources and External link 0 points No resources or external links were listed. 5 points Not all resources or external links were listed. External links worked. 10 points All resources and external links were listed. External links worked. 10 Total Score 100 Evaluation

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Conclusion Well done! You have finished the job. Now you have learnt how to say "Merry Christmas" in different languages, the origin of Christmas Trees, what "crackers" are and many other things about Christmas Customs . You are ready to answer correctly the following question: “Do all the countries around the world have the same customs and traditions at Christmas?“

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