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Italy
Name: _____________________________________________________________________

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Color Italys Flag

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Italy
Name: _____________________________________________________________________

1. What is the capital


of Italy?
_______________

2. If you traveled
from Genova to
Verona, which
direction would you
be going?
_______________

3. Which two large


islands are part of
Italy?
_______________
_______________
4. Which city shown
in the farthest north
in Sardinia?
_______________
5. Which body of
water borders Italy
to the east?
_______________
6. To travel from San Remo to Torino, which direction would you be going?
_______________
____________________________________________________________

7. Venice is a city of islands and many people enjoy riding in a gondola (small boat)
through the canals of the city. Which part of Italy is Venice in?
____________________________________________________________

8. To travel from the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and


Technology in Milan, to the National Gallery (art museum) in Bologna, which direction
would you travel? _______________________________________________
The Teacher Next Door
Christmas Around the World: Italy
Name: __________________________________
Christmas celebrations in Italy start on December 8th, when churches,
homes, and town squares display very detailed nativity scenes. Although
Christmas trees, wreaths, yule logs, and lights are starting to become more
popular, nativities are the most important decorations for many Italians.
These consist of hand carved figures from the Christmas story, as well as
common people and everyday objects, which create complete villages. The
largest nativity in the world may be found in Naples and it has over 600 pieces!
Another important tradition is caroling. Sometimes actual shepherds
come down from the mountains or people dress up as shepherds to sing, play
the bagpipes, or the flute, as they play Christmas carols from house to house.
On Christmas Eve, families usually eat a dinner of seafood with toasted
french bread, and vegetables in oil before going to midnight mass (church
service). After mass, they come home and might have panettone, which is the
traditional Italian Christmas cake and is made with dried fruits. If the
weather is cold, hot chocolate is also served.
Christmas day centers around the family. Children in different parts of
Italy believe that St. Lucia, Baby Jesus, or Bubbo Natale brings a few gifts on
Christmas morning. Regardless of who brings them, the kids are always excited
to see their presents. Other gifts for the whole family are placed in the Urn of
Fate which is a large ornamental bowl, filled with wrapped gifts. Each person
takes turns choosing one of the gifts from the Urn of Fate, until the gifts are
gone.
Christmas dinner is a formal event and can last a long time. The table is
set with the best tablecloth, dishes and glassware as the family gathers round
to enjoy a meal that might include lamb, beef, chicken, rabbit, sausage, fish,
spaghetti, lasagne, lentils, fresh broccoli, and tossed salad. For dessert
panettone is served, or pandoro (gold bread), which is a cake similar to
panettone but has no dried fruit and is glazed with a sugary frosting. A special
gingerbread called il panforte, which has hazelnuts, almonds, and honey, might
also be served.

The main celebration takes place on the Epiphany, January 6th, and
children wake to find stockings filled by La Befana, a kindly old witch like
character who rides around on a broom. A well known legend says that La
Befana got lost when following the wise men and has been wandering, handing
out presents ever since. The Teacher Next Door
1. Which decorations in Italy are starting to become more popular?
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________

2. What is a nativity? __________________________________________


__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________

3. Which two times in the Christmas season do children in Italy receive gifts?
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________

4. Compare and contrast the Christmas meal in Italy and the Christmas meal
in your country. How are they similar? How are they different? ___________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________

5. Make an inference. Why do you think children in Italy are not afraid of La
Befana, even though she is like a witch?
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________

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Italy
Name: _____________________________________________________________________

How to say Merry Christmas:

Buon Natale
(Bwon Nuh tal ay)

Gift Giver:

An Italian Tradition:

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Italy Key

1. What is the capital


of Italy?
Rome
Venice
2. If you traveled
from Genova to
Verona, which
Adriatic Sea direction would you
Ligurian Sea be going?
northeast

3. Which two large


Rome islands are part of
Italy?
Sardinia and Sicily

Sardinia 4. Which city shown


in the farthest north
in Sardinia?
Sassari

Mediterranean Sea 5. Which body of


Ionian Sea water borders Italy
Sicily to the east?
Adriatic Sea
___________
6. To travel from San Remo to Torino, which direction would you be going? north

7. Venice is a city of islands and many people enjoy riding in a gondola (small boat)
through the canals of the city. Which part of Italy is Venice in?
north/northeastern

8. To travel from the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and


Technology in Milan, to the National Gallery (art museum) in Bologna, which direction
would you travel? southeast

The Teacher Next Door


Christmas Around the World: Italy
Key
Christmas celebrations in Italy start on December 8th, when churches,
homes, and town squares display very detailed nativity scenes. Although
Christmas trees, wreaths, yule logs, and lights are starting to become more
popular, nativities are the most important decorations for many Italians.
These consist of hand carved figures from the Christmas story, as well as
common people and everyday objects, which create complete villages. The
largest nativity in the world may be found in Naples and it has over 600 pieces!
Another important tradition is caroling. Sometimes actual shepherds
come down from the mountains or people dress up as shepherds to sing, play
the bagpipes, or the flute, as they play Christmas carols from house to house.
On Christmas Eve, families usually eat a dinner of seafood with toasted
french bread, and vegetables in oil before going to midnight mass (church
service). After mass, they come home and might have panettone, which is the
traditional Italian Christmas cake and is made with dried fruits. If the
weather is cold, hot chocolate is also served.
Christmas day centers around the family. Children in different parts of
Italy believe that St. Lucia, Baby Jesus, or Bubbo Natale brings a few gifts on
Christmas morning. Regardless of who brings them, the kids are always excited
to see their presents. Other gifts for the whole family are placed in the Urn of
Fate which is a large ornamental bowl, filled with wrapped gifts. Each person
takes turns choosing one of the gifts from the Urn of Fate, until the gifts are
gone.
Christmas dinner is a formal event and can last a long time. The table is
set with the best tablecloth, dishes and glassware as the family gathers round
to enjoy a meal that might include lamb, beef, chicken, rabbit, sausage, fish,
spaghetti, lasagne, lentils, fresh broccoli, and tossed salad. For dessert
panettone is served, or pandoro (gold bread), which is a cake similar to
panettone but has no dried fruit and is glazed with a sugary frosting. A special
gingerbread called il panforte, which has hazelnuts, almonds, and honey, might
also be served.

The main celebration takes place on the Epiphany, January 6th, and
children wake to find stockings filled by La Befana, a kindly old witch like
character who rides around on a broom. A well known legend says that La
Befana got lost when following the wise men and has been wandering, handing
out presents ever since. The Teacher Next Door
1. Which decorations in Italy are starting to become more popular?
Christmas trees, wreaths, yule logs, and lights are starting to become more
popular.

2. What is a nativity?
Answers may vary: A nativity in Italy is a hand carved set of figures from the
Christmas story, as well as common people and everyday objects, which
create complete villages.

3. Which two times in the Christmas season do children in Italy receive gifts?
They receive gifts on December 25th (Christmas) and January 6th (Epiphany).

4. Compare and contrast the Christmas meal in Italy and the Christmas meal
in your country. How are they similar? How are they different?
Answers may vary: In America, most people have a turkey or ham dinner with
struffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, as well as vegetables. Pasta is not
usually served. Both countries serve desserts but Americans usually have pies,
not cakes. Both countries have gingerbread cookies but there are not usually
nuts in the gingerbread in America.

5. Make an inference. Why do you think children in Italy are not afraid of La
Befana, even though she is like a witch?
Answers may vary: Children may not be afraid of her because she brings
presents or because pictures of her are not scary and show her smiling and
looking friendly/kind.

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Italy Key

How to say Merry Christmas:

Buon Natale
(Bwon Nuh tal ay)

Gift Giver:

La Befana
Babbo Natale (Santa Claus)

St. Lucia
Baby Jesus

An Italian Tradition:
Nativity scenes,
shepherds caroling, yule
log, Christmas trees,
lights, Urn of fate,
Epiphany, stockings

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