Most people, especially in the Western culture, associate the winter holiday season with rushed Christmas shopping, cheerful songs on the radio, a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, and… an advertisement for a famous soft drink. Many of us don’t even realize that December festivities are so different around the globe. Moreover, the winter holiday season – despite the whiteness of the snow – is full of colors and other cultures, which can be delightfully surprising.
3. Overview of selected traditions and celebrations
Using the information from Attachment 1, present selected traditions to your students. Use the links provided or engage students and show additional information on the Internet. It would be beneficial to present images or videos of these traditions.
4. How are we different, and what do we have in common? Brainstorming session
Use your whiteboard or a flip chart to write down the most obvious associations with the presented wintertime traditions. Firstly, find and note things shared by different traditions. If you conduct a remote class, use a virtual whiteboard, e.g., Aww App. Try to focus on things that are common in all cultures. Initiate a brief discussion on the topic.
5. The Photon Robot discovers the winter festive season traditions
Programming using a virtual whiteboard (if you work remotely)
Screenshot from remote classes showing this activity.
Guess who or what I am?
Programming the Photon Robot using a selected interface.
(Make your robot to become a Dreidel?
Or let it act out Krampus?
Let’s see what you get. Use your imagination! ).
Sample program from one of our students – interface: Photon Blocks
6. “Festive Season Traditions” – revision quiz
The quiz is based on the material included in the presentation.
It’s easy, so even if you won’t talk about all the traditions, it’s worth giving it a try.
You’ll find it here: https://view.genial.ly/5fc7a7e5296a820d13fbd5cb/game-extraordinary-winter-holidays.
The early Christmas celebrations were held in April. It is believed that Jesus was born at the turn of March and April. At a later stage, this date was changed to substitute prevalent pagan celebrations such as Sol Invictus (Rome), Kraczun/Kolenda (Slavs), or Yule (Northern Europe).