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The seven wonders of the world


Tale typology
Intercultural traditions

Age Suitability
This video is suitable for 5 years old children

Tale summary
A teacher was asking her pupils what the Seven Wonders of the world are. Each pupil tried his best to identify them as fast as possible, only one girl was trying to think at choose only the ones that she considered truly wonders. When the teacher asked her what is her final answer she said: To see; To hear; To touch; To taste; To feel; To laugh; To love.
Educational potential / Learning Outcomes
This story teaches children not to take for granted the simple things that make life great and to be grateful for what they have and the people in their life; to learn how to say thank you and show appreciation
Full Plot
A group of children were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders Of The World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
Egypt's Great Pyramids
Taj Mahal
Grand Canyon
Panama Canal
Empire State Building
St. Peter's Basilica
Great Wall of China
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The little girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there are so many." The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help." The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the "Seven Wonders Of The World" are:
To see
To hear
To touch
To taste
To feel
To laugh
To love
The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wonders. A gentle reminder - that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
One Lesson Plan
Introduction Activity: The teacher plays the video with the story The seven wonders of the world. Afterwards the asks the children why do they think the girl considers - to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, to love as the seven wonders of the world?
Main Activity: The teacher introduce to the participants the concept gratefulness in simple worlds. Gratefulness is “showing appreciation for what I have.” This means recognizing what others have done for you and showing your gratitude. Children can develop gratefulness by saying “thank you” for their food, clothing, shelter, and the many “extra” things they enjoy such as toys, books, a bicycle, games, music lessons, and the ability to live in a free country. She/He can continue to ask the children when was the last time somebody has done something nice for him/her or when the pupil has done something nice for the family members, their friends or colleagues? How can we show appreciation?How can you show appreciation? What is the opposite of gratefulness?
Appreciate the people in my life.
Say "please" and "thank you."
Enjoy what I have instead of complaining about what I don't have.
Take care of my belongings.
Write thank you notes.
Next, the teacher can do one of the following activities, or if the times allows, both of them:
1) Round of applauses
Tell the pupils that you will do together an activity to practice and to show special appreciation to someone in your school administration, family member, friend etc.
Have children trace one hand on a piece of construction paper or use the template provided. Cut out the hands and draw Gratefulnesss messages on them. (Ask them not to write on the thumb or pinky finger, or the message might get covered when the hands are
stapled together.)
Collect all the hands and place them in a circle. Staple the thumb of one hand to the little finger of the next. As a class, present
the “Round of Applause” to show your appreciation for that person.
Supplies: several colors of construction paper, pens or pencils, scissors, stapler

2) Another activity to be tried is the Gratefulness Tree
Help your pupils make a visual reminder of the many things they are grateful for.
Draw a tree trunk and branches on a large sheet of paper. Make paper leaves using this template, and let pupils draw things they are grateful
for on each leaf. Attach the leaves to the tree and keep the tree in your classroom. Discuss how pupils can show gratefulness for the things
they draw on their leaves.
Supplies: large paper for the tree trunk, coloured paper and scissors for making leaves, crayons or markers, tape


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