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Holidays Across The Globe

 

Introduction:  
  Holidays!!! What do you think about when you hear the word Holidays?
Holidays is a time of joy and celebration. There are more adjectives you can use to describe holidays but the real question is
Do you know how other countries celebrate the holidays?
Can name 5 holidays in other countries?

For this Webquest you will be on a mission to find 5 different holidays in countries outside the United States. You will gather information and create a PowerPoint or Keynote slideshow about your findings. You are going to share this information with your peers and family.
Task:  
  Your job will be to:

1. Choose 5 different countries and holidays you will like to visit.

2. Answer questions about the holiday youre studying.

3. Create a slideshow presentation using either PowerPoint or Keynote detailing all the information you have found about each holiday.

4. Create a Glogster poster that will compare 1 of the holidays you've researched to a holiday we celebrate in the United States.

5. Share and present your information to the class.
Process:  
  1) You will review the resources page and choose 5 holidays that you are interested in researching.

2) Read over the holiday questions, so you will know what information you need to find. Click here to print the holiday questions.

3) Visit the websites listed under your holiday to learn about it. Write down answers to some of the holiday questions

4)Create a PowerPoint or Keynote slideshow to teach others about your holiday. The PowerPoint or Keynote must include answers to the holiday questions, written in complete sentences. It should also contain pictures that represent those holidays.

5) Create a glog that will compare a holiday in another country to one we celebrate in the United States.

6) Present your holiday slideshow and glog to the class.
Resources:  
  Listed below you will find some resources to help you with your project. List of countries and websites that you can find information about the holidays pertaining to that country.

France
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_France

Mexico
http://www.mexonline.com/holiday.htm

Germany
http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/history/mnstatehistory/gr_holidays.html

England (British Holidays)
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/holidays.html

Africa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_South_Africa

Israel (Jewish Holidays)
http://www.goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Tourist+Information/Discover+Israel/List+of+Holidays+Dates.htm

Italy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Italy

Canada
http://gocanada.about.com/od/canadatravelplanner/a/canada_holidays.htm
Evaluation:  
  PowerPoint & Keynote Rubric

Background

4-Background does not detract from text or other graphics. Choice of background is consistent from card to card and is appropriate for the topic.

3-Background does not detract from text or other graphics. Choice of background is consistent from card to card.

2-Background does not detract from text or other graphics.

1-Background makes it difficult to see text or competes with other graphics on the page.

Use of Graphics

4-All graphics are attractive (size and colors) and support the theme/content of the presentation.

3-A few graphics are not attractive but all support the theme/content of the presentation.

2-All graphics are attractive but a few do not seem to support the theme/content of the presentation.

1-Several graphics are unattractive AND detract from the content of the presentation.

Text - Font Choice & Formatting

4-Font formats (e.g., color, bold, italic) have been carefully planned to enhance readability and content.

3-Font formats have been carefully planned to enhance readability.

2-Font formatting has been carefully planned to complement the content. It may be a little hard to read.

1-Font formatting makes it very difficult to read the material.

Spelling and Grammar

4-Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.

3-Presentation has 1-2 misspellings, but no grammatical errors.

2-Presentation has 1-2 grammatical errors but no misspellings.

1-Presentation has more than 2 grammatical and/or spelling errors.

Cooperation

4-Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively all of the time.

3-Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively most of the time.

2-Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively some of the time.

1-Group often is not effective in delegating tasks and/or sharing responsibility.

the material.

Spelling and Grammar

4-Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.

3-Presentation has 1-2 misspellings, but no grammatical errors.

2-Presentation has 1-2 grammatical errors but no misspellings.

1-Presentation has more than 2 grammatical and/or spelling errors.

Cooperation

4-Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively all of the time.

3-Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively most of the time.

2-Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively some of the time.

1-Group often is not effective in delegating tasks and/or sharing responsibility.


Conclusion:  
  Okay so you have now completed your task.

Write a short (2 paragraph) a reflective essay about your Holidays Across the Globe webquest. You will give information about the holidays and how do they compare with the holidays in the United States.

This Web Quest is available at www.teach-nology.com