Classroom Activities for Hungary!
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Elementary Activity

"A Glance at the National Anthems"

Objective: Students will use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the national anthems of both the United States and Hungary.
Students will listen to each individual song and read the lyrics for each.

1. YouTube clips of national anthems
2. Venn diagram
3. Pencil
4. Lyrics to national anthems
1. Students will listen to the national anthem of Hungary. After listening to the musical clip and taking note of the tempo/speed of the song, students will then read the lyrics.
2. Students will listen to the national anthem of the United States. After listening to the musical clip and taking note of the tempo/speed, students will then read the lyrics.
3. Using the Venn diagram, students will fill out what is similar and dissimilar between the national anthems.
4. After completing the Venn diagram, students will write 3-4 sentences as to how each national anthem made you feel and what the songs have in common.
5. Venn diagram will be handed out by teacher during class.

Lyrics for Hungary national anthem:
God Bless the Hungarians
With good cheer and propriety
Extend a protective arm
If they fight the enemy.
Torn by misfortune for long,
Give them happy years.
These people have expiated
The past and the future.
Lyrics for United States national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner":
Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Upper Elementary Activity

"Passport to Europe"

Objectives: Students will recieve a passport with their pictures on them to travel to Eastern Europe. After each country fact sheet is completed, studentd will receive stamps in their passports to allow them to move onto another country.
1. camera (for teacher)
2. Individual picture of students
3. Hand created passport template (1 x student)
4. Stamps
5. Eastern Europe website
6. Fact worksheet for each country
7. Map of Eastern Europe (1 x student)
8. Almanacs
1. Students will work individually to reserach each country located in Eastern Europe that is located on the class website.
2. Each student will start with a specific country and will complete a fact sheet on that country. Students must also find one interesting fact about that country that was not mentioned on the class website.
3. For further exploration, students must use almanacs to make sure that the information on the class website is correct.
4. Once a country is completed, the student will show the teacher and she will stamp that country on the passport.
5. Before moving on to another country, students must use their maps to determine the distance from the current country that they are in to the next one they want to travel to.
6. Once the distance is figured, the student is then allowed to travel to the next country.
7. Once all five countries are explored, worksheets completed, website questions answered, and passports stamped, then the class will move onto another continent.
Fact Worksheet:
Government Type-
Longest River-
Shortest River-
Highest elevation point-
Lowest elevation point-
Most popular ingredient-
Geographical land-
National Holiday(s)-
Family structure-

Fine Arts Activity

"Hungarian Dance"

Objective: Students will listen to the ancient Hungarian music in the video clip and be able to create a dance that embodies Hungarian culture.

1. Youtube video clip
2. Construction paper
3. Sheets/fabric

1. Students will divide into groups of 2-4.
2. Students will listen to the video clip within their groups.
3. The students will be allowed two class periods to choreograph their dances.
4. Students can work in the classroom, hallway, or any open area.
5. The dance must be at least 2 minutes long.
6. Students can use sheets/fabrics to design costumes and construction paper for backgrounds or props.
7. The dances must possess the culture of Hungary (ancient or present), so students need to research the ancient dances of the Hungarian people.
8. Students will perform the dance (nothing with inappropriate movements) in class and discuss either out loud or paper based why they chose to provide those movements. The movements must reflect information that was gathered on the internet or in cultural books.
9. The students will then discuss as a class, how dancing has changed or how it compares to dancing in the United States.
10. The point of this activity is to provide students with the opportunity to try new things, expand their horizons, and have fun. The activity will not be graded on how well one dances, but rather on the effort that is put in. No one needs to be embarrassed because everyone (including the teacher) will be doing a dance!!