Salad tale Finland

Finland: Salad Tale

– Create a new strategy based on existing characters.
– Share traditions
– Formulate creative hypotheses based on a given text.
– Develop fantasy
At the beginning of the activity the pupils got to know all the new characters from the three other countries. Then the pupils were divided in small groups to translate the current story into Finnish to understand what has happened in the story so far. Then the pupils had a brainstorm session and started to invent how the story could continue. First the pupils wrote the sequel in Finnish and then it was translated in English also by the pupils.
The salad tale was a motivational and interesting activity for the pupils in several ways.
• At the beginning of the activity the pupils got to know all the new characters from the three other countries and by doing so they learned and got new perspectives about the European children’s literature. This activity also raised an urge to find out more about the characters and by doing this the pupils got to practice their skills of searching information as well as digital competence.
• To be able to use old and famous characters in a new way gives possibilities to practice imagination and creativity. As the pupils had many different ideas how the story could continue they also had to use their conversational skills to decide which of the ideas would be used in the tale.
• As the characters of the tale had adventures in four different countries pupils got the chance to travel in Europe through the characters and get to know famous places and sights of the countries involved through the tale. This increased pupils’ knowledge of other European countries.
• It was central for the Finnish pupils that the characters e.g. had an adventure in some famous places of Helsinki and met some famous Finnish people as the pupils wanted to add some real information about the Finnish history, way of living and culture to the story. Therefore to write an international story together with children from other countries, like the salad tale, is an effective and fun way to teach something about your own country to others. This increases cultural knowledge as well as understanding of your own culture and history.
• As the salad tale was made both in English and in Finnish the use of the tale is various in our school. It can e.g. be read in Finnish lessons by the younger students as well as used as a teaching material in English lessons by the older pupils.
• To be able to have international collaboration already in the elementary school is a wonderful possibility for the pupils to learn how to communicate with people from other countries. It is also a useful way to practice how digital possibilities, like internet and social media, can be used as tools of international cooperation.
• This activity was an interesting way to practice both reading and writing skills and the pupils clearly had fun when doing it. To have such a positive attitude towards a reading or a writing activity motivates pupils to practice these skills with concentration and this is why it is important to have activities like the salad tale.