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Week 2-3

Monday October 5th -  Sunday October 18th 2009

Each class formulates a question on their Learning Circle theme according to criteria for quality research sponsored question.


Question from IS1, Fazekas Mihály Primary and Secondary Grammar School, Hungary 

 Harvest season is soon coming to an end in our country. Classes from our school often visit the Open Air Museum in Szentendre, which allows an evocative glimpse of the past, when the whole rural community was involved in the vital task of harvesting and preparing the land for the  next year's crops as well as celebrating other traditional countryside activities.

We strongly believe that it is important to know how our ancestors lived. We'd like you to describe what the traditional way of life was like in your country, and how the ancient customs, techniques, recipes, crafts and tools have survived  to the present day.

A) What are the traditional houses like in your country?

B) What kind of clothes did they wear?

C) What kind of tools and techniques did they use during harvest season?

D) What kind of folk customs and traditions (dances and games) can be attached to harvest festivals in your country?



Question from IS2, Kalupe Basic School, Lativa

Latvia is located in a temperate climatic zone with long and cold winters and warm, short summers. Because of the climate and poor soil quality Latvians have always worked hard to provide food for themselves and their families. Rye bread has a special place on the Latvian tables. Latvians are enthusiastic bread eaters, and in many homes, when cutting the first slice from a loaf of bread, the end is called a 'farmer's son'. Young women compete to eat this slice, so that they may marry a 'farmer's son' - someone who has their own home and farm. Another belief is that a loaf of bread should be sliced from the fatter end, in order for the eldest daughter to be the first to marry.

We’d like to know:

a)     What kind of bread is traditional for your country?

b)     How does the bread of your country look like?

c)      Do you have any beliefs connected with bread?





Question from IS3, Ahliah School, Lebanon


What are your long lasting traditions? Are the ancient images and sounds of your country supporting such traditions and relating them to our recent age? In what aspects? 



Question from IS4, Tarbalout Daoudi Junior high school, Morocco




In Morocco, while celebrating a wedding or other special ceremonies, each region of the country has got its traditional folk groups or bands , and they are usually invited to entertain people. They can also participate for celebrating religious ceremonies. While giving the show ,there are rules they have to follow so that to give a correct performance and people enjoy singing or even dancing with the groups.



What are the traditional folk groups in your country?

What are the ceremonies or festivals in which they participate?

Talk about their dances and songs.

What are the musical instruments they use and the clothes they wear?



Question from IS5, CITAVERDE College Nederweert, The Netherlands


What kind of traditional/national festivals do you have? 

a. Do you wear special clothes for the festivals? What kind?

b. Do you eat or serve special food or dishes for these festivals?

c. Is there special music or are there special singers or instruments for these festivals? 

(Can you describe and/or show the clothes, food, singers, instruments?) 

Sponsored question from IS6, Kirovograd Collegium, Ukraine 

What plants are symbolic for your country? Why? Share with us legends or stories connected with them. 



Question from IS7, Norkem Park High School, South Africa

If we were to travel in your country what are:

1. the absolute must see images in coutry and

2. the absolute must hear sounds of your country

Please provide pictures  and audio if you can



Question from IS8, Kharkiv gymnasium #55, Ukraine


Please, tell us about the natural images and sounds of you region:

  1. What kind of nature is typical for your country?
  2. What kind of nature is typical for your district (region)?
  3. Voice of which birds, animals can be heard in the morning outside?



Question from IS9, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, South Africa


We would like you to tell us about your country's national anthem, national symbols and traditional music:

A. Give us a brief description of the meaning of your national anthem.

B. What are your national symbols and what do they symbolise?

C. Describe the sounds of your traditional music.

D.Give the names of your most famous traditional musicians.








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