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Evaluation: Observation, anecdotal records and attached rubric. Lesson Fifty-three

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Evaluation: Observation, anecdotal records and attached rubric.

Lesson Fifty-three- “Obiceiul puntilor”, the ‘Bridges Custom’ (Multiculturalism, Language Arts, Visual Arts, Computers)

Objective: Students will explore customs and traditions related to time by examining rituals associated with global New Year traditions and creating symbols for their individual hopes for the future.
Materials: Air-dried clay, tempera paint, pencil and writing paper, drawing paper, colored pencils or crayons.

  1. Students will find and read the description of Obiceiul puntilor (Bridges Custom) written by George Antonache of School 10 in Focsani, Romania found under the ‘Customs’ section of the Children’s Folk Games Project on the I*EARN Network. Copied as shared- (On the first day of the New Year children from our region are involved in a special ritual. That is the most spread ritual used for future prediction. Children, junior girls and boys, make a “bridge” of a small branch in a pitchfork shape. A stick is placed across between the two rides of the branch. It symbolizes a connection between the old and the New Year. Each child should have her/his run bridge. She/He may dream on the first New Year night her/his destiny).

  2. Students will next brainstorm our own New Year traditions and others related to changes in seasons, I.E. making resolutions, Hopi Kachina Dances, Celtic seed Mandalas.

  3. Students will next ask relatives about New Year traditions associated with their own families and/or ancestral homelands.

  4. Finally, students are to design and create a piece of jewelry, which symbolically links their past, present and future. The piece can be a necklace, bracelet, ring or amulet and should incorporate a happy event from the past, something cherished in the present and a hope for the future. Once the jewelry is designed, it is then made out of clay and painted.

  5. Students share their creations with George in Focsani, Romania and others through the Folk Game Project of the I*EARN Network.

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