Teaching/learning activity taught by Italian team in Latvia


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Teaching/learning activity taught by Italian team in Latvia.




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Why religions so much loves symbols?

Understand symbols as a part o human communications and understand why they are used in religious purview

1st step
Explaining the topic of the lesson


Black board and chalk


5-7 min

Religions talks about an unexplainable experience

2nd step
Making an experience

Taste the smell of the spice and try to explain to the other students what it is alike.

2nd Step

A spice or an natural aroma the students hardly can recognize or know, eventually something “outlandish” to touch. (In this case you need to blindfold the student that will touch the item) I will use a spice: fenugreek.

5 min-7min

Explaining three words: “experience”, “symbol”, “intuition”

3rd step
To three students will given at the beginning of the lesson three cards with the explanation of the three words. They will explain

3rd Step
3 cards with explanations of the words


5-10 min

The sun is one of the most important religious symbols in the history of religions

4th step
Presenting the symbol of sun


4th step

Computer and projector

Pictures of the symbol of sun in different religions

2-3 min

A symbol is like a word: it is not appearance it has a meaning

5th step

Students will make three groups, each group must find as many meanings as possible for the symbol of sun and then they will try to explain them

Some pencils and some papers

15 min


  1. Encyclopedia Britannica or similar for the terms: Symbol, Experience, Intuition.

  2. Goldberg E. The Big Symbols Book: The ultimate dictionary for Symbols in mythology, cultures and religions.

  3. Jung K.G. Man and his symbols.


German lesson in Latvia

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Creative writing with music and pictures”

Teaching/learning activity no.1

Taught by Cornelia Fedkenheuer, Henning Oberthuer and Eva Robinson (Germany)

in Latvia on April 18th, 2016




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Creative Writing in a group

Using music to warm-up their imagination and creativity


instinct impulse



group discussion

group work


1. introduction

Teacher gives instructions by showing pictograms and telling the students what to do.

Students sit at group tables of 5 (depends on the size of the group)

2. warm-up and “think”

- (optional) to warm-up the students and to make them familiar with the first step of the method the students can listen to the music with closed eyes and just let their imagination flow (first pictures come up)

- Teacher turns on the music (without lyrics) and students draw whatever they associate with the music - with closed eyes (!).

- Teacher gives instructions for the next step by using pictograms again.

- Students have to keep on drawing or to paint over the parts they want to highlight while the music is playing - with open eyes (!).

- Students have to write down words on little cards which come to their mind when they listen to the music again.

3. “pair:”

- Teacher gives instruction by using pictograms again.

- Students now have to look for other students having the same coloured paper on which they have drawn their picture. They move to the group tables which are signed with the corresponding colour.

- Students exchange and explain their “painting/picture” and words to their group members.

- Students start to arrange the pictures and words in order to build up a story/poem...

They try to bring the pictures in order to form a (nearly) complete picture (the order depends on the decision of the group)

- Teacher helps in the process of creating a picture

4. Creative writing:

- Students try to make up a story/lyrics/poem by using their words and pictures.

- teacher helps in the process of creative writing

5. museum`s walk // “share”

- students share their ideas/their results/products to the others while they walk around the classroom looking at the group table’s products.


Alternative: instead of a museum’s walk you can also do a simple presentation of each group in front of the class



- classical music

- paper (4 different colours- depending on the size of the group)

- pens











At least


Depending on the

time left

Additional info:

- think- pair- share: is a method used in context of cooperative learning. There are three parts: think, pair and share. Due to the individual and cooperative parts of learning there is a variety in the lesson or in a part of a lesson. In the part of individual learning the students deal with the exercise on their own and are preparing for the next steps, the cooperative ones.

You can use this method for complex topics or just a simple repetition of a topic, as a starter of a lesson or a using it a whole lesson. This method supports the development of social learning and it is said that it helps students to understand and remember the topic easier.

Important is a clear time management, clear structure and a fixed group and team constellation. It is also easy to use icons to show the different steps (nonverbal communication).


- creative writing: is a good way to express feelings, thoughts and ideas instead of a simple information reproduction. Most of the times this way of writing is without any correction or it is up to the students if they want the teacher to have a look through their text. It frees the students and stands out of the typical lesson, which is perfection orientated. Students can write with joy and without any pressure to get good grades. Although it can be difficult and challenging for some students, the outcome is immense.

Different ways can be used and help the students to start their writing process for instance: music, pictures and items/objects. There is also no time -limit and the whole idea and implementation of creative writing in the schedule is up to the teacher.

Lithuanuian in Latvia

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    Teaching/learning activity of Lithuanian team in Grobina, Latvia 2016.04.19




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    Handicraft Activity “Friendship Bracelet”

    1. Be able to make bracelets by following instructions of a simple technique and using given supplies.

    1. Choose and match colours correctly.

    1. Learn to be creative, conscious, opt for quality in every phase of the making of this project.


    Making of bracelets

    Learn “makrame” technique of making knots

    Use given information and supplies

    Work together,better in pairs(method Student To Student)

    Complete, present and evaluate your bracelet


    Present topic, task and goal of the lesson.

    Introduce working technique, weaving history, ways of using.


    Explain work process, provide supplies and demonstrate weaving in “makrame” technique.

    Individual work. Teacher instructs the pairs, reminds of the goal of the lesson.

    Reflect on the results from different aspects (professionally as well as emotionally) and help students evaluate their work.

    Discussing results, thanking students for their work.








    Topic, task and goal displayed on the screen.

    Show needed supplies and weaving technique on the screen.

    Show needed supplies (breads, knits, scissors, glue)on the tables.

    Video showing all the process.

    Student To Student” working method. Screen displays work process.

    Sharing impressions of the lesson, exchange of bracelets (if wanted)

    Compilation of lesson evaluation sheet.

    2 mins.

    3 mins.

    5 mins

    30 mins

    3 mins

    2 mins





Latvian lesson in Latvia



Outdoor activity


Group members:





Mentor- Elizabete


1. Find out the thickness of a tree 1,30 m from the ground:

  • use measuring-tape,

  • write down figures in the table!

2. Find out how old is a tree:

  • the perimeter of the tree divide by 2,5. Use a calculator,

  • the number you got is the approximate age of the tree, because a tree grows about 2,5 cm a year,

  • the result you got write in the data table below!

Tree species

Tree thickness

Tree age










Compare your data with the other group!

Present your work to the other students!

April 19, 2016


1. Worksheet 1 download here!

2. Worksheet 2 download here!