Module :

Christmas Customs Classes : Juniors

Lesson 1

Christmas Word Art

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Aims

  • To introduce new vocabulary / phrases.

  • To reinforce the understanding of the new vocabulary by getting children to use Word Art to highlight the new words.

  • To reinforce new vocabulary by providing the children with an abundance of flashcards and other materials, produced by the children themselves.

  • To help children to familiarise themselves with the some simple formatting facilties of a word processor, such as Italics and Justification.

  • To allow children to experiment with Clip Art.

 MaterialsIResources: Christmas pictures, flashcards.

Content / Methodology

1 .     The teacher introduces the new vocabulary with the aid of flashcards and               appropriate pictures - Christmas tree, crib, cake, Santa Claus, presents,               Christmas stockings, etc.**LD pupils could be specifically asked to relate their memories and wishes for  Christmas.**

2.     The pupils match the flashcards with the pictures and repeat the expressions after the teacher. **LD pupils actively involved in the matching process moving cards and objects around.**

3.     The children are then shown how to insert Word Art into a newly opened wordprocessing document.**LD pupils paired with more capable partner make their choices of designs.**

4.     The children are shown the wide variety of manipulation facilities available to edit Word Art. **LD pupils involved in decisions on designs and placements**

5.     Word Art, Clip Art. or a combination of both can be used to emphasise the meaning of the relevant Christmas expression.

6.     The children are shown how to add their name at the end of the document, italicise it and justify it to the right. **LD pupils name included with partners**

Follow Up Activities

The wordprocessing work is designed to be completed in tandem with the activities in Lessons 2, 3 and 4. While one section of the class works on Intemet-based assigm-nents, the others can complete their wordprocessing exercises.

A poster with key instructions should be placed near the computer.

Lesson 2

Exploring a Web Site
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Aims

  • To revise the key Internet terminology - Internet, World Wide Web, surfing, browser, address, links.

  • To show pupils how to type in a website address.

  • To teach pupils how to use the following navigation buttons: Back, Home, Forward and Stop.

  • To show children how to print a web page.

  • To allow the children to work cobaboratively in guided activity-based learning.

MaterialsIResources:   Website addresses already checked and vetted by the teacher, a copy of the attached work sheetfor each group.

Content / Methodology

1 .     While half the class are working on this Intemet-based lesson, the others can continue to work on the wordprocessing tasks outlined in Lesson 1.

2.     The teacher revises the most important terms related to the Internet - Internet, World Wide Web, surfing, browser, address, links.

3 .    The pupils are divided into small groups of 3 to 5 and each group works at one Intemet-connected computer. **LD pupil acts as the mouse controller**

4.     Each group is given 2 addresses of safe, educational, informative and attractive websites, previously chosen and examined by the teacher.****LD pupil gets his turn at typing while companion calls out letters**

5.     The pupils will be instructed to choose one address and to find out and record all they possibly can about Christmas in French-, Gemman- or Italian-speaking countries. **LD pupil joins in decision making on preferable site**

6.     The pupils are advised to make sure that they explore the entire website by scrolling and by using the navigational buttons and icons.

7.     The pupils can, with teacher's permission, print out any interesting pages from the sites. **LD pupil acts as printman and page minder for the group**

8.     The pupils are instructed to complete the work sheets (see attachment), with one member of each group acting as recorder.

Follow Up Activities

A notice board display can be constructed using a selection of the more interesting

Christmas customs discovered on the websites.

Lesson 3

Searching the Web
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Aims

  • To revise the key Internet terminology - Internet, World Wide Web, surfing, browser, address, links.

  • To show children how to access an Internet search engine.

  • To show children how to use a search engine effectively.

  • To help children to locate information about Christmas in French-, German- or Italian- speaking countries.

  • To show children how use the 'Favourites' (or 'Bookmark') facility.

  • To allow the children to work cohaboratively in guided activity-based learning.

MaterialsIResources: 4 copy of the attached work sheet (Websearch2) for each.

Content / Methodology

 1.     While half the class are working on this Intemet-based lesson, the others can continue to work on the wordprocessing tasks outlined in Lesson 1.

2.      The teacher revises the most important ten-ns from the previous lesson - World Wide Web, surfmg, browser, address, links.

3.      The pupils are divided into small groups of 3 to 5 and each group works at one Intemet-comected computer.

4.      Each group is given one of the following topics to research: (i) Christmas Tree,

Christmas recipes (iii) Santa Claus (iv) Christmas Carols (v) Christmas

Calendar and (vi) Other aspects of Christmas - crib, decorations, presents, etc.

5.     The teacher demonstrates how to access a search engine (e.g.http://www.altavista.com)

6.      The teacher then explains the need for using different strategies to improve the search results: (i) Christmas > (ii) "Christmas tree" > (iii) "Christmas tree" +Germany.

7.      The teacher demonstrates the need to browse quickly through the initial search results before studying one site in detail.

8.      The teacher elicits the need for, and shows the pupils the mechanics of, adding a web page to a favourites folder.

9.      The pupils will be instructed to find out and record all the information they can find on their given topic.

10.   The pupils are advised to make sure that they explore the entire website by

       scrolling and by using the navigational buttons and icons.

11.   The pupils can, with teacher's permission, print out any interesting pages from the site.

12.    The pupils are instructed to complete the work sheets(see attachment), with one member of each group acting as recorder.

**LD pupil can readily take part in the screen and mouse activity as part of a group of three**

Follow Up Activities

A notice board display can be constructed using a selection of the more interesting Christmas customs discovered on the websites.

Ask pupils to carry out identical searches using three or four different search engines:

http://www.infoseek.com

http://,www.yahoo.com

http://www.lycos.com

http://www.hotbot.com

http://www.magellan.com

Ask them to browse some of the returned websites and discuss the merits and demerits of each search engine.

The children can do some follow-up writing highlighting the differences and similarities of our Christmas customs and those from French-, German- or Italians-peaking countries.

Lesson 4

Letter to Santa
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Aims

  • To revise the key features of an e-mail progranl

  • To allow the class, as a unit, to collaborative on the composition of a letter to Santa Claus in French/German/Italian.

  • To give individual children an opportunity to send an e-mail to Santa.

  • To allow the children to work coraboratively in guided activity-based leaming.

MaterialsIResources:A colourfulposter showing vocabulary neededfor a letter to Santa, a large e-mail template as used in Lesson 1 of the e-mail module, poster showing e-mail instructions.

Content / Methodology

1 .     While half the class are working on this Intemet-based lesson, the others can continue to work on the wordprocessing tasks outlined in Lesson 1.

2.      Children are shown how to open their e-mail program, either by double clicking on the desktop icon or by following the Start/Programmes submenu.  Children are also shown how to close the program.  The word e-mail is explained to them, i.e. electronic mail. **LD pupil can be involved in demonstrating the journey of a mail from computer to ISP mail box**

3.      The World Wide Web browser can be opened to demonstrate how it differs from an e-mail program.  However, children must also learn how to access their e-mail facility from within the browser.  To guarantee a response from Santa, use the email form at http://www.north-pole.com. **LD pupil asked to show the difference between the "Mail" icon and the "Explorer" icon**

4.      A large cardboard model of a typical 'New Message' window is used to explain the relevance of the To: , Subject: and Message dialogue boxes.  The model should be approximately 80 cm by 50 cm.

To:

 
Cc:  
Subject:  
 

 

 

 5.    The collaborative class letter to Santa is sent and the teacher explains that a rota          sy will be put in place to allow the pupils to send their own letter to Santa during the          following week.**LD pupil involved in the vocal action of "making a list".

Follow Up Activities

A notice board display can be constructed using a selection of the letters to and from Santa.

Attached Worksheet

 

Group Number:   ______________               Recorder: ________________

 

Christmas Customs

Websearch I

Here are 2 good websites about Christmas:

1. http:// _____________________________

2. http:// _____________________________

 

Choose one.  Type in the address.  Press return.   Which number did you choose?___

Explore the website.  Read and write all you can about Christnias in this country.

When you find a page you like, ask permission to print it.

1.     Christmas Tree _________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

 

 2. Tree decorations _________________________________________________

 ________________________________________________________________

 

 3. Christmas food and recipes _________________________________________

 ________________________________________________________________

 

4. Santa Claus ____________________________________________________

 ________________________________________________________________

 

5. Advent Calendar ________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________

 

 6. Christmas Carols_________________________________________________

 ________________________________________________________________

 

7. Other interesting information__________________________________________

 _________________________________________________________________

 

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