It is officially holiday season! What holidays do you and your students celebrate? In Holidays & Festivals of the World, students explore how people around the world celebrate different holidays including New Years, Christmas, Ramadan, and Diwali through project based learning. Students collaborate with peers to discover traditions and culture as they create products such as holiday cards, proposals for new holidays, and stories about how they celebrate their own holidays!
Today’s PenPal Star is Darina from Ukraine! Darina is “very excited” to be featured as a PenPal Star for her work in Holidays & Festivals of the World. She used writing strategies such as beginning with an introduction, comparing and contrasting, and including strong details to share how she celebrates New Years in Ukraine. Additionally, she included photos to support her writing and bring the holiday to life! Check out her work in this project based learning example:
Hi👐.The New Year is one of the most popular holidays not only in Ukraine, but almost all over the world. But each nation has its own tradition of celebrating. Celebrated on January 1 of each year, celebrated on the night of December 31 to January 1. Many of our ancestors believed that on New Year's Eve, God hears all requests. On December 31, a lavish family table was laid, so the evening of that day was called generous. Also, on New Year's Eve, various rituals were held. An interesting fact is that earlier the Ukrainians did not have a Christmas tree as a symbol of the New Year, but diduh. Diduh was a haystack decorated with ribbons, wreaths, flowers. I love this holiday . 😄😄😄 goodbye👋👋👋
New Years in Ukraine sounds beautiful! How do you and your students celebrate the New Year? Holidays & Festivals of the World has over 500 participants that are excited to learn how you celebrate! By joining this global learning community, students will gain authentic practice using writing strategies and learn about different cultures from around the world from amazing PenPal Stars like Darina.
People can reach mutual understanding only through communication. Thanks to global connections our students keep in touch with peers of the world community. I think penpalling makes our children friendlier, wiser and more tolerant towards other people's ways of life. They learn to collaborate and negotiate peacefully.
We reached out to Darina to find out more about her and her experience with PenPal Schools:
PENPAL SCHOOLS: What has been your favorite thing about learning with PenPals?
Darina: I like to send messages to my peers all over the world.
What was the most important lesson you learned in this project?
Darina: I have understood that all [people] are similar. They have similar traditions, similar customs and similar hopes. I got acquainted with many traditions of celebrating peers all the world.
Tell us about the final project you decided to publish in the showcase! What did you choose to create, and why? How did you come up with that idea?
Darina: I know that New Year is celebrated by people all over the world. Ukraine
has a lot of interesting traditions, so I decided to show Ukrainian traditions to other nations.
I attached some photos to show the beauty of the holiday.
What advice do you have about being a great PenPal?
Darina: Don't be afraid of writing to people of different countries.
What is your favorite subject in school and why?
Darina: My favorite subject is English because thanks to English I can communicate with peers from different countries.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Darina: I would go to France. I'd like to visit the Disney Land and to see the Eiffel Tower.
Why do you think it's important to learn with other students from around the world?
Darina: When you learn with other students you understand each other better.
Congratulations, Darina! Thank you for being a great PenPal Star and sharing your holiday traditions with students around the world.
Are you interested in having your students learn about holidays and festivals around the world? Join our global learning community to put them in contact with peers from over 150 different countries this holiday season!
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