Exploring Our World: People, Places, and Cultures

Chapter 12: Europe Today

Student Web Activity


Poland lies in the heart of Europe, bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. In the north, the Baltic Sea forms the border. People have inhabited this land for thousands of years and have developed a rich culture. In this activity, you will explore many elements of Polish culture and traditions.

Destination Title: Polska: Polish National Tourist site

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  • Click on the link “National Traditions” in the center of the page. Then click on the sections “Polish cuisine,” “Polish holidays and customs,” and “Lifestyle.” Read to learn more about the lifestyles of Polish people.
  • Back on the main page, click on “What to Do and What to See in Poland,” and then click on “The Sites on the UNESCO List.” Read about the cities and other historic sites in Poland that the United Nations has included on their list of World Heritage Sites.

After you explore the site, answer the following questions.

What is the Polish word for sausage?
Describe the dish barszcz.
What two main national holidays are celebrated in Poland?
In your textbook you learned that many Poles are Roman Catholic. Thus, one of the most celebrated religious holidays is Christmas. Describe the unique traditions that Poles have to celebrate Christmas.
What significance does the “name-day” have for Polish people? What type of celebration is it similar to?
If you were to travel to Poland, which two sites would you be most interested in visiting? Why?
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