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Christmas Germany Activity
Old 12-09-2006, 07:45 AM
 
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Our school is doing a Christmas Around the World next week. I have Germany and have been searching hours for an activity and can't find anything that can be done in 30 minutes!

Please, please, please....do you have any suggestions for an activity? It can be art, writing, anything. We start Monday afternoon and I have nothing!

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I believe that Germany was the first place to decorate Christmas trees. What about creating something related to Christmas trees or an ornament?<!--CHRISTMAS1-->
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Try this, I am doing Switzerland.

http://www.theholidayspot.com:80/chr...xmas/index.htm

Lots of good info here.

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These are very beautiful and very unique! I have made them, they are a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, they are addicting!

http://highhopes.com/3dstar.html
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Edible christmas tree
Old 12-09-2006, 04:26 PM
 
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Germany started the tradition of decorating trees so my first graders and I make sugar cone christmas trees. I use sugar cones and color white icing green.

Have the kids ice the "tree" and then I use small candies like mini M&Ms and such to decorate the tree.

the kids LOVE this activity.
FYI, I did this with a 5th grade one year and a 3rd grade another year and both grades LOVED it as well. Who wouldn't love a little sugar rush?
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I do Germany for our Christmas Around the World day. I first have all of the kids put one shoe outside the door. While we do our craft, the counselor sneaks out there and puts wrapped candy in their shoes. They think it is from Saint Nicholas! This is a tradition in Germany. After putting their shoes outside, we make Christmas trees using strips of construction paper. They glue a long thin piece of green paper to the bottom of a sheet of paper. Then they cut another strip a bit shorter and place it over the other one. They do this until they have a completed tree. It is easy prep and easy for the kids!
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Thanks everyone!
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I love all those ideas! I would love to do those edible trees, but I am on a tight budget and have to do this with ALL the kids at my school. I think that might get quite expensive!

RitaFirst, since you have Germany for your Christmas Around the World, do you know where I can find a website where you can hear someone say Merry Christmas in German? I have to teach that as well and I can't find any website that lets me hear how it is spoken. Any other suggestions for my lesson on Germany is much appreciated!

Thanks again for all the suggestions!<!--CHRISTMAS1-->
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I have done Germany as well for Christmas around the World with my 1st graders. I read Cobweb Christmas, an old German tale. I believe the author is Kline. It is about a little German lady that decorates her house for others and the spiders that were left 'decorate' her tree for her. The cobwebs are turned into tinsel by Santa Claus. It is really a cute story. I also make a tree from the diecut and put tissue paper 'balls' for decorations. This becomes an ornament for the tree. Have fun! I love doing this each year.
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german merry christmas
Old 12-10-2006, 01:53 PM
 
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Froi-lick-eh Vi-knock-ten
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German Merry Christmas
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Fröhliche Weihnachten is how it is spelled and you say it like this:
froi leek a vine knock ten (ooh, tough to put in pronunciation like my mother would pronounce it! ) <!--CHRISTMAS1-->
http://home.att.net/~velvet-hammer/german.wav just found a site with the pronunciation!


Happy New Year is:
ein glückliches Neues Jahr



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Thanks so much!
Old 12-10-2006, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks to all who helped me! I tell you what, Proteacher is like having my own personal assistant to help me find things!

I will be using all these ideas!<!--CHRISTMAS1-->


Fröhliche Weihnachten!!!! <!--CHRISTMAS1-->
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German Christmas Tradition
Old 12-15-2006, 12:46 PM
 
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My first grade class just completed our decoration based on the legend of the pickel ornament. It is said that a pickle was the last thing placed on the Christmas tree and the adult that finds it has good luck the next year and the child that finds it gets an extra gift from St. Nick. It was also a way to encourage children to look at the beautifully decorated tree before diving into their gifts. We made ours from construction paper and added google eyes and a santa type hat using cotton balls to add a festive feeling. They are hanging throughout our halls with an explanation posted at different areas so visitors and other classes can understand why pickles are hanging from the ceilings. Each one is just as cute and different as can be.
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