HSIS Trip Around the World Christmas Tour

HSIS Trip Around the World Christmas Tour
Posted on 12/22/2018
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Fifth grade students at HSIS celebrated the end of an in-depth study into Christmas traditions from around the world with a “Trip Around the World” today. Students rotated classrooms to explore the traditions that each group studied in respective countries. By the end of the day, students will have learned about and experienced holiday traditions from Italy, Sweden, Germany, China, Australia, Mexico, Japan, and more. As part of the project, students were also responsible for individually selecting and studying a country, and producing an expository (research) paper, a visual resource to display material, and provide an oral presentation of findings.

Along the tour, each teacher provided a short lesson about the country chosen by his/her classroom as a group, and then provided a craft or activity, or a dish to taste. During their trip students discussed Italy with Mrs. Rains and tasted Panettone, which is an Italian sweet bread with raisins and zesty fruit like oranges. They had swedish meatballs with Mrs. Hicks and learned about Christmas traditions in Sweden.  With Mrs. Galloway, they studied the state symbols of Mexico and tasted bunuelos, which are sweet fried pastries with cinnamon and sugar. 5th graders learned about Germany and made tenenbaums, or fir trees, with Mrs. Longino. They studied Australia with Mr. Shepard and created crafts of kangaroos with Christmas hats.

The Trip Around the World Tour is also celebrating the completion of individual projects by each student. Individually, they each conducted extensive research on any country. The expository paper and visual presentation were on display up and down the hallway. Throughout this week, they have presented projects to classrooms. Stephanie Martinez was our guide through the hallway, and had chosen Israel. “I chose Israel because there is such a big mix of cultures there. We learned about many interesting places and traditions this week,” she said.

In all, students each studied a country chosen by themselves individually, one country chosen by the classroom as a group, and then also enjoyed a summary of what each classroom chose as part of this Christmas-themed research unit.

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