The Legacy of Our Ancestors (EN-CUR-379)

Kali and all her symbols. Watercolour drawing

The purpose of this learning scenario is to make students understand how we can preserve traditions by integrating them into the classroom activity. Using Europeana collections, students can identify similarities between the digital cultural heritage and the one they already know by experience.

They are divided into groups and tasked to create decorative plates, pitchers, bookmarks with “woven” motifs, peasant rugs with traditional motifs etc. Moreover, students need to identify the usefulness of the work they created and explain why it is important to carry on the legacy of our ancestors. At the end of the lesson, all the students’ creations are showcased in an exhibition. Learning about traditional patterns is part of the Romanian national curriculum.

This learning scenario has been developed during the English version of the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage (Rerun)” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.

Author: Nicoletta Hustiuc

Age of students: 4 – 5

Subject and topic: Art, History, Music/ Romanian tradition

Learning Scenario:

CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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