We will include schools from a number of countries around Europe. The project will focus on communication. Our pupils will exchange cards and messages. Some schools may produce ecards, for example using Scratch. The children will learn from each other about Christmas around Europe, including traditions, carols and food. We plan to use a number...
Poland had got national award for our project.
OUR SCHOOL MAGAZINE MENTIONS OUR PROJECT
We have created two pages with having mentioned about the project for disseminating the project. And more we have shared our project home page on our school web page.
ON OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE
OUR PROJECT BULLETIN BOARD
My students have evaluated positively the project. They have sated:
1. Helped developing their English
2. A fun way of lecturing
4.Learned from others
5. Learned about Europe
6. Had friends other than from their country
7. Learned how to use technology
NEW YEAR / CHRISTMAST GREETINGS
All of the participant students have shared videos saying "Happy Christmas". The greetins said in their language an we have said in Turkish. Also we have used English to say it. We have learned their language.
NEW YEAR / CHRISTMAS VIDEO CONFERENCE
Video cpnferences has been done. The contents of the calls were:
1. The students have shrared work they have done in the project.
2.They have sang Christmas songs (plus instruments)
3. Christmas/New Year traditions in our country.
NEW YEAR / CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS OF
The traditions of Christmas from around the world have influenced the way in which New Year is being celebrated in our country. We celebrate Christmas not on the 25th December, but on the 31st in Turkey. Actually, we just celebrate new year.
As in many other places in the world that Turkey, on the evening of New Year’s Eve celebrations are organized in a variety of entertainment .“Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun / Mutlu Yıllar” this is how you say “merry christmas “in Turkish. Actually, Turkey has no Christmas tradition. People in Turkey who celebrate Christmas do same things as other people who celebrate Christmas. Well-attended celebrations in metropolitan cities, squares, fireworks, parades, concerts. In Istanbul, the biggest Turkish citiy, this holiday traditionally starts on the Taksim square in the heart of the city. New Year celebrations are famous here. And if you prefer to celebrate outdoors, head for Nişantası‘s giant street party. Starting mid-December, streets and stores are decorated in a similar fashion Western countries do for Christmas. You’ll find plenty of Christmas trees, (street) lights. Several thousand people meet at this central meeting point in order to dance to the music of the New Year’s Concert and to see the big fireworks.
Turkish people do not celebrate Christmas as such, however they are beginning to put up Christmas trees and lights etc. This is only due to a trend, and does not mean a religious inclination. You can buy Christmas trees in every major supermarket; the streets, shops and houses are festively decorated and the loudspeakers in the shopping malls .Despite all that, however, December 24th and 25th are completely normal work days. No one celebrates or exchanges gifts. For the Turkish, December 31st is the “Great Day”. On this day they celebrate “Yıl-başı”, the “head of the year”. After entering the new year gift-giving Posts are also common. In addition, the bingo game is played in most homes. They will have a roast Turkey dinner with friends and family, and exchange gifts and cards.On New Year’s Eve the big lottery draw takes place.
Although most Turkish people are Muslims, they are more relaxed about Islam than the other Muslim countries as demonstrated by the facts that they do consume alcohol, some eat pork/boar, and most women do not wear the Islamic clothes. The idea of Christmas for the Turkish is not a throughly alien one: Santa Claus (Father Christmas) was born in Turkey and is called Noel Baba in Turkish. A historic temple where his home was still exists today and is open for visits. It has long been the tradition, especially amongst the more educated and west-oriented
families, that Noel Baba would bring gifts to kids on the New Year’s Eve.
NEW YEAR / CHRISTMAS DISHES' RECIPES
Every school has choosen students' favourite Christmas dish and students has writtten a recipe for it. Some of the schools has also cooked some christmas cokies. Turkish students has created paper cut videos for their recipes. They have shared their videos to all of the participant students. They also have learned what other countries have used to eat in new year when they have shared on twinspace.
Polish students have also created Cristmas Cook Book of all the recipes shared by participant countries
Part 1: Preparations for paper cuts
Part 2: Recording videos
Drawing and Cutting - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
We have cooked for you
RECEIVING NEW YEAR / CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM UKRAIN AND MALTA
They have received their greeting cards from Ukrain and Malta. My students have been so exited and can't even wait so long. My students have learned how to say Happy Christmas in Ukranian. Reading the letters one by one have helped them to realize that there is some other students like them in Europe.
This made them to be aware of the globe which every children should have as a 21st century skill. Reading in English deveped their language and at least made an effect to realize the necessity of the ability in speaking European languages. They had a real audience for theirwork, which is used particularly for their English practice.
CREATING NEW YEAR / CHRISTMAS CARDS and POSTING
Students make their new year greeting cards and planned their message. My students have added how to say Happy New Year in Turkish.
They are matched with Ukranian students and posted the cards. They have developed their writing skills and creativity for writing a letter and designing. This is a cross-cirrucular activity of art and languge learning.
PROJECT LOGO LETTERS ARE CREATED COLLABORATIVELY
BY PARTICIPATING STUDENTS
FOR EACH COUNTRY
The letter "T" was selected for Turkey. Teams are formed and each team created their T letter with the images thet symbolizes Turkey. Later all the creations exhibited and the students polled them. The one gathering the most point selected as the projet "T" and posted to the partner to be used as the project logo headline. The "T" in the "connections" stands for TURKEY. They developed their creatvivity by completing the logo collaboratively. Each team of students have created their country logo using one or more letter and they were used as the project logo.OUR LOGO: Created by the letters that symbolizes each of participant countries, imaged and colored by the pupils.
OUR SCHOOL VIDEO PREPARED BY THE STUDENTS
Our school is in the capital city of Ankara which is located in the middle of Turkey. Turkey is a kind of bridge between Europe and Asia. There are 1600 students and 103 teachers in the school.We have Math, Science and Technology, Turkish, Social Sciences, English, PE, Religion, Art, Music and elective courses in our school. Morning classes start at 7:30 and finishes at 13:00 and afternoon classes takes place. They start at 13:10 and finishes at 18:50. The grades are between 5th and 8th. We are participating as 7th (age of 13) graders.
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