Students in other countries
An activity that explores different cultures, customs and traditions by looking at the many holidays celebrated around the world.
|Social Sciences curriculum connections|
|Level 1||Understand that people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups. Understand how the past is important to people. Understand how places in New Zealand are significant for individuals and groups.|
|Level 2||Understand how cultural practices reflect and express people’s customs, traditions, and values. Understand how places influence people and people influence places.|
|Level 3||Understand how cultural practices vary but reflect similar purposes.|
|Level 4||Understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons and that this has consequences for people.|
|Level 5||Understand how the Treaty of Waitangi is responded to differently by people in different times and places.|
- Coloured pencils
Holidays are celebrated world-wide. What types of holiday traditions do you have at your house (e.g. Waitangi Day)? Create a mind map to record your brainstorming ideas.
Activities and teaching strategies
- Levels 1-2: Create a ‘passport’ for the week’s activities. Fold 3 sheets of 8.5×11 paper in half and staple the folded edge to make a booklet. Draw a silver fern on the front and write ‘New Zealand Passport’. On the inside of the first page, draw a self portrait and sign your name. As you enter into each country, ‘stamp’ your passport!
c) AFRICA ‘Freedom Day’
*Background: Children’s book, ‘Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ by Chris Van Wyk
*Activity: Bake traditional Maelie bread
d) INDIA ‘Gandhi Jayanti’
e) GERMANY ‘German Unity Day’
- Levels 3-8: Let’s learn about holidays! Answer the following questions by doing research:
- What are national holidays?
- What are some examples of national holidays in other countries?
- What are some national holidays that we celebrate in New Zealand that are not celebrated in other countries?
- How are religious holidays different from national holidays?
- What are some examples of religious holidays?
- How is a general holiday different from a national or religious holiday?
- What are some general holidays?
Music can transcend time and culture. It can bring people together to speak a ‘universal language’. Take a look at our global community coming together to share their talents for a common collective.
|Levels 1-5:||Create your own holiday. What date(s) would you celebrate? What would the premise be and what traditions would be formed? Where would people congregate? Would there be specific attire to be worn? Is there music that accompanies the celebrations?|
|Levels 1-8:||International holiday food traditions play a big role in the celebrations. Try out some new recipes and experience what other students have fallen in love with globally.|
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By Rachel Williamson-Dean