The morning started with them finishing decorating their suitcases. It was awesome hearing them walk in already talking and wanting to show their parents their suitcases.
Here they are hard at work
I really like to use videos to help give the students a better understanding of the place. Here are a few that were helpful and the students enjoyed.
This is told from a child's perspective about the differences between Santa Claus and Befana. Also has good views of the markets. Some of it is in Italian, but there are subtitles so it is easy to understand. This was my students' favorite!
This shows many different images from Italy. It would be a good one to use to compare their decorations to ours.
A longer video but does explain more about the markets and shows what is special about different cities. I would have definitely used this video with my third and fourth graders last year if I had known about it.
Also I was grocery shopping tonight and saw that Meijer (the Michigan's largest grocery chain) had panettone- the popular Italian sweet bread at the holiday for sale. If I didn't have food allergies we would be enjoying that tomorrow. So be on the lookout as it might be at your grocery store.
Now I have to go shop before the TpT cyber sale is over. Praying I don't forget to use the code like I have in the past.