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WebQuest GraphicTitle: New Year Celebrations Around the World

Topic: New Year, multicultural holidays, holidays

Subject: Language Arts, Social Sciences

Grades: 3-5, 6-8



URL: http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/Jerrie/WebQuest/Kathie/NewYear.html

Overview: Students learn about New Year's celebrations in various countries around the world. Pairs of students select a country and research how people in that country celebrate the New Year. Then, team members assume the role of travel agents and use their research to develop a presentation that will encourage travelers to visit the country during the New Year's celebration. Teams are encouraged to include a variety of features -- such as music, costumes, and charts -- in their presentations to make them as lively and informative as possible. Teams present their final projects to the class.

 

Notes:
  • This WebQuest was developed for the year 2000. Minor adaptations might be necessary for use in the current calendar year.
  • The quest was developed for students in grades three through five. The activities and resources can be easily adapted for use with students in grades six through eight.

Site Changes and Additions: Many of the online resources in this WebQuest are no longer available or have moved. In Part 1 below, the URLs that are no longer available are noted and alternate sites have been provided to help students find the necessary information for most of the sections. In Part 2, new URLs have been provided for sites that have moved.

PART 1: Web sites no longer available

General Information and Multicultural Sites
The URLs wysiwyg://2/http://www.alltel.net/~wildrose/NewYears/ny.html, http://home.talkcity.com/BlabWay/^hera^/newyears.html, and http://www.celebrate.Y2K.com are no longer available. Try the following URLs instead:


Scottish New Year
The URLs http://www.alltel.net/~wildrose/NewYears/hogmanay.html and http://www.caithness-mm.co.uk/discover/essential/esshogm.html are no longer available. Try the following URLs instead:

Persian New Year
The URL http:www.abadan.com/nowrouz.html is no longer available. Try the following URLs instead:
Chinese New Year
The URLs http://www.brokersys.com/~kcyong/cny.html, http://www.alltel.net/~wildrose/NewYears/Chinese.html, and http://jasono.hypermart.net/main.htm are no longer available. Try the following URLs instead:
Japanese New Year
This URL http://jcult.com/festindex.html site is no longer available. Try the following URL instead:
Islamic New Year
The URLs http://www.indiatimes.com/festival/baisakhi.html and http://enquirer.com/editions/1999/11/05/loc_hindus_to_light_up.htm are no longer available. Try the following URLs instead:
Hispanic New Year
The URL http://ipanema.com/pictours/newyears1.htm#ny is no longer available. Try the following URLs instead:

Conclusion
The URLs http://www.web-holidays.com/tet/game.htm and http://www.att.com/holidays/merriment/story.html are no longer available.

PART 2: Click the highlighted URLs to go to new links for the sites noted below.

General Information and Multicultural Sites
The URL http://www.coe.wayne.edu/~mpettap/lesson/newyr.htm has moved to http://ted.coe.wayne.edu/sse/units/newyr.htm.

Vietnamese New Year


Chinese New Year


Islamic New Year
The URL http://noblenet.org/year/Hy10diw.htm is no longer available. Additional resources on Diwali include:

http://www.diwalifestival.org/
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/the_story_of_diwali.htm


Conclusion

 

Article by Lois Lewis
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Updated 12/27/2011