Join more than 1,100 students as they participate in Holidays & Festivals of the World this month! Many countries are getting ready to celebrate holidays such as Christmas, New Years, and Día de los Reyes Magos and students are excited to share their holiday traditions! Use this excitement to motivate students advance their writing skills and share their culture and traditions with our collaborative learning community.
Whether your students are 8 or 18, there is something for everyone in this project. Texts and content are differentiated to allow students of all abilities to participate and stretch their thinking. Guiding questions challenge students to expand their thinking and use writing strategies to share ideas with peers from over 150 different countries! Additionally, students have the ability to choose from a variety of project options including designing a holiday card, inventing a holiday, creating a holiday story, and the option to create their own project.
Today, our PenPal Stars are Kasia and Michal from Poland. These creative students are participating in Holidays and Festivals of the World and collaborated to invent their own festival! Check out their creation in this project based learning example:
Unicorns are very nice cool cute magic so we create a holiday about them. March 10 to March 15 celebrated the festival of unicorns during these days all must be dressed in unicorn outfits. The holiday is at the end of winter, but the magical powers of unicorns make it look like the middle of summer. We eat sweets then bake cakes and celebrate other traditions. In each city there is a festival lasting from 10 to 15 March for every festival unicorns arrive. There are various booths and gadgets are culinary stalls, among other things you can try different flavors of ice cream and rainbow cupcakes. They are given away mystical piles of unicorns to eat. There is a stage at the festival where performances are. On March 12, the birthday of the queen of the unions is paying homage to the queen and the castle of the queen is a great ball and various games. During the festival there is a competition for the most beautiful unicorn sculpture.
The Festival of Unicorns sounds like a lot of fun! The PenPal Schools team was so excited to learn about The Festival of Unicorns that we made our own flyer that you can use to invite your community to celebrate!
Kasia and Michal do a great job writing with details to describe their new holiday. For example, they include information about what to wear (unicorn costumes), activities (games and a sculpture competition), food (ice cream and cupcakes). Additionally, they use descriptive language with strong adjectives like magical, mystical, and beautiful to make their writing more interesting.
Congratulations, Kasia and Michal! Your project is a great example of strong writing and collaborative learning for the 1,100 students currently participating in Holidays & Festivals of the World! By using writing strategies to describe your festival in detail, you’ve brought your holiday to life in your audience’s eyes. One student in Italy wrote “I also love unicorns. They are cool and very nice. I would to be part in this festival and I would eat cupcakes.” Thank you for being great PenPal Stars!
Will we see students around the world celebrating the Festival of Unicorns this March? Only time will tell. One thing that is for certain is that students will continue to have fun participating in Holidays & Festivals of the World this month. Sign your class up to join them today!
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