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The sarasota Observer THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011

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CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT

Ashton students embrace different cultures Students at Ashton Elementary got to travel the world and experience different cultures and customs — all without ever leaving the classroom. Groups of students

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What has been you favorite country to learn about today? Mexico was the best, because we got to play bingo.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned today? Italy has lots of mountains, and it’s shaped like a boot kicking a soccer ball.

What was the most interesting thing you learned today? Italy is really old. They have buildings that are thousands of years old.

How is Italy different from America? It’s smaller and they speak a different language. They have more ruins than we do, and it’s part of a bigger continent. I think it’s part of Asia.

If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? Costa Rica. We learned about it last year, and they have lots of islands and beaches and animals.

If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? I would visit Japan, because my dad was born there.

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What has been your favorite country to learn about today? Germany was really fun. We got to play cornhole.

If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? I would go to Italy, because that’s where my family is from. My mom is volunteering today to teach kids about Italy.

What has been your favorite part about today? Learning about all of the different cultures and customs from other countries. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? Italy. They get to eat pizza all the time!

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What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned today? In the Netherlands they only have clear weather for 25 days out of the year. All of the other days it’s rainy or foggy. I’m not sure if I would like that.

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Which has been your favorite country to learn about? Cuba was a lot of fun. I liked the food — we had sandwiches and banana chips.

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What has been your favorite part about today? Making a windmill in the Netherlands room. They have them all over the place there, because they use them to make energy.

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Sarasota Observer - Thursday, January 27, 2011  

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Sarasota Observer - Thursday, January 27, 2011  

Sarasota Observer - Thursday, January 27, 2011