Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Fun

Yesterday and today students are learning about holiday traditions around the world.  In 3rd grade, students read the legend of the poinsettia.  In this story a little girl is taught that the best gift is one that comes from the heart.  It was a wonderful discussion to have right before the holidays.  

In 4th and 5th grade, students learned about a Spanish tradition called "Doce Uvas."  In many Spanish speaking countries, on New Years Eve, 12 grapes are eaten to the sound of 12 bell chimes. Each grape represents a wish they have for the upcoming year (and there are 12 to represent the months of the new year).  Since we weren't able to eat real grapes, we played a game instead. Students were asked to draw a face on a paper plate.  They put it on their heads and each time the bell rang, they tried to draw a grape in the mouth on the paper plate.  Check out the video to see how much fun they had!

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