Italy - 4th Grade Culture Study

Marco Goldberg
Slide 1: Map & Location
Slide 2: History
Slide 3: Regions
Slide 4: Government & Economy
Slide 5: Religion
Slide 6: Shelter
Slide 7: Family
Slide 8: Values
Slide 9: Food
Slide 10: Clothing
Slide 11: Sports, Entertainment, and Hobbies
Slide 12: Customs & Celebrations
Map of Europe
Italy is a peninsula in Europe that juts out into the Mediterranean
Sea. It's about the size of Arizona. It is in Southern Europe.
Its coordinates are 43˚ North and 13˚ East. Italy's area is
116,305 sq. miles.
Here are some very important times for Italy:
752 B.C.- Rome is founded
79 A.D.- Mt. Vesuvius destroys Pompeii and Herculaneum
320 A.D.- The first St. Peter's church is built
1861 A.D.- Italy becomes a unified nation
1914 A.D.- World War 1 starts
1915 A.D.- Italy joins the side of the Allies in World War 1
1946 A.D.- Italians vote for Italy to become a Republic and it did
2002 A.D.- The Lira is replaced by the Euro (currency)
Bodies left from Mt. Vesuvius'
Do You Know the Regions of Italy?
The Alps
In Italy, the north half is very mountainous. The South is
more grassy and there is lots of farmland. There are two major
islands in Italy: Sicily and Sardinia.There are also two major
mountain ranges. The Alps and Apennines. The Alps run east
to west on the northern border. The Apennines run the length of
the country, north to south.
Italy was a monarchy until
70 years ago. In 1946 Italy
became a democratic
republic. Now, the prime
minister is
Mario Monti.
For many years, Italy's
currency had been the Italian
lira. But recently, in 2002 the
currency was changed to the
euro. Italy makes a lot of
money on tourism. Many
people come from around the
world to see amazing sights
and taste the delicious foods.
In Italy, although there is freedom of religion, 85% of the
population is Roman Catholic. Only 20% of the Roman
Catholics participate in services of worship. The other 15% of
the population is Jewish, Muslim, or another religion.
The Pope
Random Italian housing
The population of Italy is about 58 million. So where does
everyone live? Lots of people live in the city in apartments.
Others live in modern houses you'd see on your block.
An Italian
In Italy, it is important to have a good bond with your family.
Families help each other out when someone makes a mistake.
Usually, when someone moves out of their parents' house, they
live close to their parents. Mother usually do all of the cleaning
and cooking and the father makes the money. Grandparents
often help raise children.
Italians value many things. They value the handshake, and
they value cleanliness. They value niceness, and they value
timeliness. They value family, and they value health. They
value social interactions, and they value financial safety.
Italy is famous for its many delicious dishes. Its most famous
dishes are pasta dishes. They cook so many different kinds.
From spaghetti to linguini, from baked ziti to ravioli. If you ever
visit Italy, it is going to be very hard to decide what you want to
Pasta with tomato sauce
Random Italians
Imagine you're walking down a sidewalk and it's packed.
What's everyone wearing? Probably jeans and a sweat shirt,
maybe shorts and a T-shirt. In Italy, they're probably wearing
similar things. But Italians are also known for fashion. Milan, a
city in northern Italy, is famous for its clothing designers such
as Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace.
Entertainment, Hobbies, and Sports
Soccer ball
Soccer in Action
In Italy, the the most popular sport is futbol (soccer). Italy has
one of the best futbol teams in the world. They won the World
Cup in 2006. People love to watch futbol games and support
their team. They find futbol very entertaining. Many kids love to
play futbol whether it's in an organized league or just in the
In Italy, on New Year's Eve, families have a huge feast. They eat lentils and pork for
good luck.
Carnival is celebrated 40 days before Easter. It is a huge celebration
for many countries, including Italy. There are giant parades and children throw confetti at
each other. People are also known to play pranks on others.
During Easter in Italy, you probably won't see an Easter bunny, but you will see many
interesting celebrations. For example, on Good Friday many towns have a solemn
procession through the streets as they reenact Jesus' walk to death. Easter Sunday
celebrates Jesus' resurrection.
On Christmas Eve, they don't eat meat except for fish. In fact, they eat 7 different kinds
of fish. No one really knows what they represent but some people believe that they
represent the seven sacraments of the catholic church. Others believe that they
represent the seven days it took God to create the world.
Lentil Soup For Good Luck.
1. currencysomething that is used as a medium of exchange;
2. Catholic- The Catholic religion is the world's largest religion. Many believe
that half the Christians in the world belong to the Catholic faith. Catholic's believe
in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This religion is also known as the Roman
Catholic Church.
3. fashion- a prevailing custom or style of dress
4. paradesa large public procession, usually including a marching band and often
of a festive nature
5. peninsulaan area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an i
sthmus connecting it with the mainland.
6. religion-
Glossary Continued
7. republica state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitle
d to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirect
ly by them.
8. Sicily- an island of the south-west coast of Italy
9. spaghettia white, starchy pasta of Italian origin that is made in the form of long
strings, boiled, and served with any of avariety of meat, tomato, or oth
er sauces.
10. tourism- the activity of touring, especially for pleasure
currency, Slide 4
catholic, Slide 5
fashion, Slide 10
God, Slide 12
parades, Slide 1
peninsula, Slide 1
religion, Slide 5
republic, Slide 3 & 4
Sicily, Slide 3
spaghetti, Slide 9
sport, Slide 11
tourism, Slide 4
Berendes, Mary. Welcome to Italy. Mankato, MN: The Child's
World, 2008
Graham, Ian. Italy. London: Smart Apple Media, 2005
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