International Tea Party (LS-HU-232)

Using our senses for learning is not very common. Therefore I wanted to experiment with this. I tried to activate 3 out of our five senses: seeing, smelling, tasting. I used tea as a topic and tea as a drink.

Beginning to work

We start with ZeeMaps to collect countries where tea is popular according to students. Then comes a very short history of tea and some necessary vocabulary with some practice exercises. Students in groups create a poster about tea using Europeana resources.

Tea bag Oldenburg, Claes. Provinciaal Centrum voor Cultureel Erfgoed -CC BY-NC-SA 

Prepare to sense

We create a mind map with the help of Popplet to write about the tea making process. Then comes the biggest fun for all of us. Students have to taste many different kinds of tea. They have to guess just by the smell, the taste and what they see.

Two gossiping women taking tea at a small round table. Ink drawing by S. Jennerca. 1850 Wellcome Collection CC BY 

Assessment

As assessment students create different word clouds using Word Art. They have to write (without any help) as many words as they can about tea.

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