Teaching/learning activity taught by Italian team in Latvia


Erasmus + project Nr. 2014-1-LV01-KA201-000431 „How to Make Education |Process Attractive to the Teenagers of the 21st Century”

Teaching/learning activity taught by Italian team in Latvia.




Objectives of the activity

Steps of the activity

Materials needed for each step

Approximate timing of each step


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.