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Toolkit for teachers: bringing Europe’s cultural heritage to the classroom!


Dear Teachers,

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). This is an opportunity to raise awareness among children and youngsters of the value of our shared heritage  – be it  literature, art and monuments, crafts learnt from our ancestors, traditions, the food we enjoy and the films we watch and in which we recognise ourselves.

In the framework of the Year, the European Commission has developed lesson concepts, activities and projects aimed at encouraging students to discover, interact with and enjoy their cultural heritage. Its brand new Teachers’ Toolkit ‘Europe’s Cultural Heritage’ focuses on the concept of cultural heritage, both in students’ immediate local community and in a European context.

Why this toolkit?

This educational material is an offer for you and your students to explore different forms of cultural heritage around you, throughout concrete ideas for class activities, as well as for activities outside the school community.

The toolkit is an invitation to reflect on the following questions:  what is cultural heritage and why is it important to cherish it and preserve it?  What is Europe’s cultural heritage and why is it shared beyond national borders?  Can we build a shared future by celebrating and recognising Europe’s cultural heritage?

For whom is this toolkit? It has been created to help teachers of any subject or discipline to introduce and discuss cultural heritage at classroom, targeting students between 10 and 15 years old.  The content is universal; it can be used beyond 2018

Discover the toolkit in your language [click here]

What is in the toolkit?

The teacher’s guide explains how to use the toolkit and introduces all its elements, including the project proposals, lesson plans and the online game. It provides tips for sharing and publishing students’ project work online and useful links and resources.

The toolkit proposes two lesson plans. The first is built around an online game on cultural heritage, through which teachers can introduce the topic in a fun and educational way. The second lesson plan encourages students to explore the European dimension of their cultural heritage through creative and hands-on projects.  You may chose out of 16 concrete project proposals to carry out with your students, to take place within or outside the classroom.

  • This is Us
  • Pop-Up Artists
  • Time Capsules
  • Inspired by tradition
  • Adopt a monument
  • Celebrations
  • Cultural Routes of Europe
  • A shared heritage
  • DiscoverEU: Your European bucket list
  • Industrial heritage
  • Let’s dance!
  • Heritage cycle
  • Off the beaten track
  • Town twinning
  • Young people for heritage
  • European Heritage Label

And finally, let your students play the EYCH online game!

The online game “Culture Heritage Detectives”, with two difficulty levels tailored for students aged between 10 and 12 years old, and 13 to 15 years old, introduces the topic of Europe’s cultural heritage and may trigger discussion on its meaning. The game can be played in pairs or groups, with the teacher acting as a facilitator. [play the game now  – link]

We invite you to use the cultural heritage educational resources in 2018 and beyond!

Your sincerely,

The EYCH Team


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