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Monday December 18, 2017 at 2:51pm Age: 33 days
Category: Minisink Elementary

SECOND GRADERS SEARCH THE WORLD OVER FOR HOLIDAY TRADITIONS


What in the world is a Christmas Cracker? Mrs. Mankoo’s 2nd graders learned all about them after yet another class trip abroad, this time to England.

Equipped with maps, suitcases, airline tickets and passports, Mrs. Mankoo’s class is on a 14-country tour to learn about holiday traditions around the world. At the end of each school day, they watch a video tour of a new country, guided by two young sleuths. They learn to find each country on the map, get their passports stamped, collect special items in a paper suitcase as souvenirs, and practice language skills on a related worksheet. 

The trip to England came with a delivery of Christmas Crackers. It takes two to crack them open—pulling hard at each end of the wrapped tube-like structure. Inside they were thrilled to find a crown, a funny riddle and a small toy.