Happy New Year!!

This is the last week of 2010. Below are some activities about New Year. Read through the activities and do Parts 1 and 2. If, while you’re out surfing, you discover something else even more fascinating related to this topic then you can report on this. Post your findings in the Discussion forum for your class.

Remember to make notes of unusual or difficult words that you think are useful for your studies.

Have fun!

Useful internet addresses include: Happy_New_Year.jpg

www.google.com

www.history.com

www.about.com

Part 1: The Quests


1. When was Jan 1st assigned the status of the starting date of a year in the western world?

2. What is Chinese New Year, when is it and why does it occur on a different date?

3. Post your 2011 horoscope in English and let us know what’s in store for you this year!

4. Pick one of the following years (1999, 1909 or 1009) and tell us what occurred in that year.

5. List some of the commonly cited predictions for the year 2011.

6. Make a list of your own predictions for the world in 2011.

7. A resolution is a promise that you make to yourself to do something better in the future. Many people make New Year's resolutions at the beginning of the new year. What are your New Year's resolutions for 2011?

Remember to post the answers on this page's discussion forum for your class.


Part 2: Wikipage Edits



1. Do a search on google images and select two or three photos about the New Year. Make sure they are not too large and post them on the Happy New Year Photos page for you class.

2. Find the words, music and/or video for one of the following songs:

U2 -New Year’s Day
Abba - Happy New Year
Sugarbabes - New Year
Auld Lang Syne

You can also choose your own favorite New Year song. Post the lyrics, music, or video on the Happy New Year Songs page.