Implementation of ‘Let’s Discover Easter Eggs Decoration!’ (SoI-ES-196)

Context for the implementation

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our lives. At our school, Salesianos Úbeda in Spain, we decided to brighten up the upcoming Christmas holidays by working with the students of Technology. These students are 14 years old and the aim was to craft something that could help us incorporate digital culture into our lessons and also cheer us up.

The LS from Tataru Alina Michaela (LS-RO-523) on creating Easter Eggs and getting to know European Easter traditions perfectly fit our objectives, while it is a great way for students to prepare a home-made present for their loved ones for the upcoming holidays. Even if it is not Easter time, we believe that it is always precious to design and give a creative gift to the people we love.

Rehearsals prior to class activity. José María Díaz. CC-BY-SA

The learning scenario we are implementing suggests that we can adapt the idea of making Easter eggs during Christmas time and that – sadly due to the pandemic – we have to live with certain restrictions.

In any way, either in person or online, in this lesson we invited the students of Technology in 3º ESO to use the resources available on the Europeana site, as a source of inspiration for the patterns they could use in their products.

First prototypes. José María Díaz. CC-BY-SA

For the evaluation of the task to be carried out by the students, the following were taken into account: the quality of the inspiration gained from the examples found in Europeana, the manual dexterity using artistic materials and appropriate tools, the good sense of geometry and also creativity in the final product.

Procedure

After seeing the painting decoration image of an Easter egg and one of the videos that Tataru Alina Mihaela gives us as an example, we gave the students time to think about their own design while searching the Europeana resources for inspiration for their geometric designs.

They could decide whether they wanted to make a simple drawing on a recycled yogurt pot to create their own candle holder or decorate an egg in a more elaborate way.

Finalising produts. José María Díez. CC-BY-SA

This activity allowed our young ESO artists to gradually acquire the necessary skills to decorate objects and improving their aesthetic sense.

While students were about to finalise their own designs, in some cases they made mistakes and they had to restart. This is perceived as part of the whole learning process in the learning by doing method. Their final products have been used for the Christmas decoration of the classroom and they were presented to the rest of the class online as we are in a blended learning methodology, where half of the students attend the lessons online while the other half of them are at the school.

Inclusion of our elements in a classic stage of Bethlehem. José María Díaz. CC-BY-SA

Afterword

My students really liked this type of activity and carried it out quite satisfactorily. They navigated through Europeana in English and improved their creative and manipulative skills.

Did you find this story of implementation interesting? Why don’t you read about the related learning scenario?

Let’s Discover Easter Eggs Decoration! (LS-RO-523) by Tataru Alina Mihaela 

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Déri Múzeum – Debrecen.

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