Webquest celebrations around the world

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This WebQuest deals with celebrations around the world. Four of the most known celebrations will be compared and contrasted so that in the end the students could create their own celebration.

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Webquest celebrations around the world

  1. 1. WEBQUEST “Traditions around the World” INTRODUCTION: There are some traditions and celebrations which are common and celebrated in most of the countries in some specific dates. However, costumes, clothes, dances, and typical activities vary from one country to another. To illustrate the foregoing, one may wonder if Chile and the USA share the same practices to celebrate Christmas. What about the New Year’s celebrations between Japan and Mexico? Well, now you have the opportunity to research about celebrations around the world. Then, can you think in a special celebration for you? Which would be the most important elements of this celebration? Now, you can create your own special celebration. You will choose the date, the reason and the most important elements. *Pictures taken from www.google.com/search
  2. 2. TASK: Your group will create your own celebration of a special moment, including origin, traditions, music, food, dancing, and clothing. You will present it to the class using a PowerPoint presentation. PROCESS: 1. You will form groups of four. 2. You will be given a list of 5 countries. You will choose three of them. The countries are: Brazil, Australia, France, China and South Africa. 3. You will be given a list of 4 celebrations: Christmas, Independence Day, Halloween and Easter. 4. Each student will be assigned one topic to research about it in each country on the Internet using the resources provided. Student 1: Origin Student 2: Traditions Student 3: Food Student 4: Clothing 5. You will write the information you find on the chart in the research worksheet 6. Now, you are an expert on celebrations, so you can create your own celebration considering the same aspects given in the previous activity. You will present your celebration orally and using a PowerPoint presentation to the class. RESOURCES: Why do people celebrate? http://www.skwirk.com/p-c_s-17_u-290_t-725_c-2714/SA/3/Why-do-we-celebrate/Celebrating/Living-in-communities/SOSE/ http://www.ask.com/question/why-do-people-celebrate-occasions Origin of Halloween http://www.halloweenhistory.org/ http://www.history.com/topics/halloween http://www.albany.edu/~dp1252/isp523/halloween.html http://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/origin-of-Halloween.html *Pictures taken from www.google.com/search
  3. 3. Origin of Christmas http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract3.html http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm http://realtruth.org/articles/169-ttooc.html http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2011/12/origin-christmas-december/ Origin of Easter http://rcg.org/books/ttooe.html http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract1.html http://www.religioustolerance.org/easter1.htm http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/origin-of-easter.htm Independence Day in Brazil http://www.calendarlabs.com/holidays/brazil/independence-day.php http://gosouthamerica.about.com/od/brahistory/qt/IndependenceDay.htm http://www.123independenceday.com/brazil/ Independence Day in Australia http://www.123independenceday.com/australia/ http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/on-this-day/2011/09/on-this-day-png-gains-independence/ http://www.australia.com/about/culture-history/history.aspx Independence Day in China http://www.chinatravel.com/facts/china-national-day.htm http://www.123independenceday.com/china/history.html http://www.history.com/news/fireworks-vibrant-history Independence Day in France http://www.123independenceday.com/france/independence/history/ http://french.about.com/od/culture/a/bastille-day.htm http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/holidays/bastilleday.htm *Pictures taken from www.google.com/search
  4. 4. Independence Day in South Africa http://www.123independenceday.com/south-africa/history.html http://africanhistory.about.com/od/southafrica/a/UnionSA.htm http://www.sahistory.org.za/topic/history-africa-day-25-may Traditions of Halloween www.novareinna.com/festive/world.html http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/halloweenglobal.php http://www.jackolanterns.net/traditions.htm http://www.rd.com/culture/halloween-around-the-world/ Traditions of Easter http://www.womansday.com/life/easter-traditions-from-around-the-world-105074 http://festivals.iloveindia.com/easter/traditions/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/12/top-5-easter-traditions-a_n_185687.html http://www.thejournal.ie/easter-fascinating-traditions-around-the-world-405263-Apr2012/ Traditions of Christmas http://www.novareinna.com/festive/xmas.html http://www.allthingschristmas.com/traditions.html http://www.holidayinsights.com/xmas/tradition.htm http://www.traditionsofchristmasnw.com/ Food for Halloween http://www.foodtimeline.org/halloween.html http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/halloween-a-foodie-history/ http://projectquinn.com/traditional-halloween-food/ http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/newletters/news103103.html *Pictures taken from www.google.com/search
  5. 5. Food for Christmas http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasfood.html http://www.wisegeek.org/what-are-some-traditional-christmas-foods.htm#slideshow http://busycooks.about.com/cs/seasonalcooking/a/Christmasdinner.htm http://secretrecipes.co/search/typical%20christmas%20food/?ads=8060912114&gclid=CNy0mOvD4LsCFcQDOgodXjUABw Food for Easter http://www.foodtimeline.org/easter.html http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/easterfoodhist.htm http://projectbritain.com/easter/foods.html http://www.food.com/easter-entertaining/home/package Clothing for Christmas. http://english.cntv.cn/20111128/108323.shtml http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/546427/Swedish-Christmas-Makes-Way-To-JCC--Area-Merchants.html http://julieanderson.myadventures.org/?filename=christmas-in-swaziland http://m.wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=1243 Clothing for Easter http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/galleries/2011/apr/22/easter-celebrations-around-world/31970/ http://www.villageviewpost.com/2010/04/easter-fasika-in-ethiopia.html http://www.fotomage.com/traditional-easter-parade-in-ny-2/ http://listsoplenty.com/blog/?p=8033 Clothing for Halloween http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween http://www.nvcc.edu/depts/loudoun/loudounnews/articles/Lifestyle/CarminaR_9_28_13_CostumesforCheap.html http://flycatcher.squidoo.com/group-halloween-costumes-ideas http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/research-institute/tips-for-choosing-safe-halloween-costumes *Pictures taken from www.google.com/search
  6. 6. EVALUATION: This rubric has been created in order to fulfill the role of self, peer to peer and teacher assessment. 4 3 2 1 Research The student researches his or her topic completely including all the information given. Uses the references provided and presents it on time, also completes the chart successfully. The student researches his or her topic almost completely including most of the information given. Uses the references provided and presents it on time, also completes the chart successfully The student researches his or her topic in an incomplete way, includes only a piece of the information given. Uses a few of the references provided and presents it late also delivers an incomplete chart. The student does not research his or her topic. Does not include the information given. Does not use the references provided and does not present the research. Does not complete the chart. PowerPoint presentation The student creates an adequate PPT using all the information required, following a logical order; each slide contains a limited number of talking points as opposed to complete paragraphs or lengthy sentences. Slides display elements of effective design. Fonts, colors, backgrounds, etc. are effective, consistent and appropriate to the topic and audience. Text is clear and easy for the audience to see. The student creates an adequate PPT using most of the information required, following most of the time a logical order; each slide contains some talking points and a few paragraphs or lengthy sentences. Slides display elements of effective design. Fonts, colors, backgrounds, etc. are effective, consistent and appropriate to the topic and audience. Text is clear and easy for the audience to see. The students creates an inadequate PPT using few of the information required, not following a logical order; each slide contains lengthy sentences or paragraphs. Slides do not show too much design. Text is not clear and easy for the audience to see. The student does not create a PPT. *Pictures taken from www.google.com/search Total Score
  7. 7. Teamwork The work is carried out by all the members. The amount of work developed by each one is fair. The working meetings are always registered and the contributions of each one are identified. Language Skills His or her pronunciation is comprehensible to the audience. The grammatical structures present minimal errors (comprehension is not affected). Uses rich and varied vocabulary. The work is carried out by two or three of the members. The amount of work developed by each one is almost fair. A good number of the working meetings were registered and the contributions of each one were most of the time identified. His or her pronunciation is most of the time comprehensible to the audience. The grammatical structures present some errors (comprehension is affected sometimes). Uses a correct vocabulary. The work is carried out by one or two members. The amount of work developed by each one is not fair. Any working meeting was registered. The contributions of each one were not identified. The work was not carried out by anyone in the group. Any working meeting was carried out. His or her pronunciation is not very comprehensible to the audience. The grammatical structures present errors that affects the comprehension. Uses a limited vocabulary. His or her pronunciation is not comprehensible to the audience. The grammatical structures present a lot of errors that affects the comprehension. The vocabulary is not enough to communicate his or her ideas. Presentation The student is familiar with The students is quite familiar The student is not very The student is not very the material and does not read from slides or rely on notes. It is evident that the presentation was rehearsed. The student speaks clearly and slowly enough to be heard by the audience. The student shows enthusiasm for the subject matter and encourages audience interest. *Pictures taken from www.google.com/search with the material and only a few times read from the slides or rely on notes. It is evident that the presentation was rehearsed. The student speaks clearly and slowly enough to be heard by most of the audience. The student shows interest for the subject matter but does not encourage audience interest. familiar with the material and reads from the slides and relies on notes. It is evident that the presentation was not rehearsed. The students speaks with difficulty and cannot be heard by the audience. The student does not show interest for the subject matter and does not encourage audience interest. familiar with the material and reads from slides all the time and relies on notes. It is evident that the presentation was never rehearsed. The student does not speak very well and the audience cannot understand him or her. The student does not show interest for the subject matter and does not encourage audience interest.
  8. 8. CONCLUSION: CONGRATULATIONS! You have done a great job! Now, you know more about traditions around the world. If you want to know even more, you can continue searching on the Internet by your own. *Pictures taken from www.google.com/search

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