Christmas of days gone by!

Searching through http://www.tes.co.uk I have found this fantastic lesson idea and accompanying resources for teaching students about Christmas during the Medieval and Tudor times and comparing these experiences to their own experience of Christmas today. I think this lesson idea would work perfectly in a Junior Cycle History classroom and would allow the students to step inside the shoes of the people from the Medieval and Tudor period. Below I have shared the Powerpoint Presentation for this lesson and to download the worksheets which come with this lesson please click on the link below.  🙂

http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Christmas-through-time-Medieval-and-Tudor-6381111/

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Nativity of Jesus activities for Junior Cycle Religious Education

 

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The below tasks would be useful in a junior cycle Religious Education classroom and appear most suited to First and Second Year students as helpful ways for them to learn about and understand the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and the meaning this brings to Christmas Day.

 

TASK 1

Copy and complete these sentences into your book, filling in the missing words. The words you might need are written below.

At Christmas time, Christians celebrate the birth of baby _______. Jesus was born in a town called _____________. He was born in a __________ because there was no room in the inn.

His parents ______ and ________ had to travel a long way before Jesus was born so they could register in Bethlehem.

Joseph      Jesus        Bethlehem         Stable      Mary

TASK 2

When Jesus was born, the shepherds were out on the hillside looking after their sheep. Suddenly hundreds of angels appeared to them telling them that Jesus had been born. 

Imagine that you are one of the shepherds who saw the angels appear. Write a letter to your friend telling them what you saw and what happened when you went to see the baby Jesus.

How did you feel? Were you afraid? Excited? Happy? Amazed?

 

TASK 3
Answer these questions in full sentences

1. Why did Mary and Joseph have to travel all the way to Bethlehem?

2. What kind of dangers do you think Mary and Joseph might have faced on their journey through the desert on the donkey?

3. How do you think Mary felt when she was told she had to have her baby in a stable with the animals?

4. How do you think the three Wise Men felt after their long journey when they finally found the baby Jesus?

 

TASK 4

Draw 4-6 boxes in your book and create a picture timeline of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth. You could include Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, the visit of the three wise men, Jesus is born and the angels appearing to the shepherds.

 

iMOM Nativity Story Cards 1

 

Merry Christmas 🙂

 

Christmas traditions in Romania VS Christmas traditions in Ireland

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As my search for fun Christmas ideas for the classroom continues I came across an interesting comparison lesson on the Christmas traditions in Romania and the Christmas traditions in Scotland. For the purposes of this blog I have slightly tweaked the lesson by replacing Christmas traditions in Scotland with Christmas traditions in Ireland however feel free to compare the Romanian traditions with whichever traditions suit your school community. I found this lesson idea on http://www.tes.co.uk and additional worksheets can be found there to accompany the lesson. I think it is an excellent chance for students to see how Christmas is celebrated in both similar and different ways around the world and also a chance for students to embrace the culture of another.

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Christmas fun for the History Classroom!

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This day next week Santa Claus will have been and gone, presents will have been exchanged and opened and the turkey should already be in the oven! Yes, this day next week is CHRISTMAS DAY! So in the spirit of the holiday season I went in search of some fun Christmas ideas for the classroom. For many the school term comes to an end this week so why not have a bit of fun with your students whilst learning some new and surprising facts about the history of some of the most recognisable characteristics of Christmas? For those of you like myself who are not teaching at the moment there is no harm in taking a sneak peek at these excellent PowerPoint Presentations which I found on http://www.Tes.co.uk and making a note of them for the next time you will be in the classroom over the festive season.

Merry Christmas 🙂

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Because I am a Girl Campaign

 

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http://plan-international.org/girls/index.php?lang=en

As I have decided to focus my Thesis on women in leadership roles in education I have been researching a lot online about the subject of gender and education, female education and women in education. It was through this research this morning that I came across the website for Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ Campaign and I felt it was necessary to share what this campaign is about. The campaign began on the 11th October 2012, coinciding with the first International Day of the Girl Child. I think this issue would be an excellent topic to bring into the Religious Education classroom. It is an issue which is relevant in the world today and it will give the students the opportunity to realise how lucky they are to be sitting at their desk soaking in the education they are both entitled to and allowed to receive.

Some facts to consider:

  • 1 in 5 girls worldwide is denied an education.
  • Forced into arrange marriages at a very young age.
  • Experience severe violence and abuse.

 

According to the website this campaign by Plan International seeks a number of changes in order to improve the lives of girls around the world.

  • girls’ education to be prioritised by world leaders
  • girls’ completion of a quality secondary education to be a major focus of international action
  • funding for girls education to be increased
  • an end to child marriage
  • an end to gender-based violence in and around schools
  • girls and boys to participate in decision making and inspire those with power to take action

http://plan-international.org/girls/plans-goals.php?lang=en

Plan International’s goals are not solely about changes but also numbers.

  • Reaching 4 million girls directly.
  • Reaching 40 million girls and boys through improving gender equality.
  • Reaching 400 million girls through policy change.

http://plan-international.org/girls/plans-goals.php?lang=en

 

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Some statistics to think about

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Useful video clips for the classroom

 

Useful Links

 http://plan-international.org/girls/index.php?lang=en

http://plan-international.org/girls/plans-goals.php?lang=en

http://plan-international.org/girls/why-girls.php?lang=en

http://plan-international.org/girls/about-the-campaign/our-work.php?lang=en

http://plan-international.org/girls/stories-and-videos/all-videos.php?lang=en

http://plan-international.org/girls/day-of-the-girl.php?lang=en

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/oct/10/five-ways-teach-girls-rights

The Renaissance

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For anyone who will be doing the topic of The Renaissance in the new year or coming up to Christmas below is a collection of Powerpoint Presentations that can be used as the backdrop for five lessons which I made during my Third Year Teaching Practice placement.

Lesson 1: An introduction to the Renaissance

Lesson 2: Leonardo da Vinci

Lesson 3: Michelangelo

Lesson 4: The Renaissance outside of Italy

Lesson 5: Renaissance literature