The Planets and the days of the week

I have recently used with my year 2 students the following video to learn the names of the Solar System Planets:

You can find wonderful videos at Happy Learning.

As I told my students, if you pay attention, they explain in the video that the names of days of the week come from the names of the planets.
In Spanish:

LUNA = LUNES
MARTE = MARTES
MERCURIO = MIÉRCOLES
JÚPITER (JOVIS) = JUEVES
VENUS = VIERNES
SABBATH (Jewish influence) = SÁBADO
DOMINUS (Lord’s Day in our Christian tradition) = DOMIGO

It happens just the same in English, but gods of Norse mythology appear:

MOON = MONDAY or moon day
TYR (equivalent to its god of war, just like our MARS) = TUESDAY,
WODEN = WEDNESDAY
THOR (known to all) = THURSDAY
FREIA (the only goddess, just like VENUS) = FRIDAY
SATURN (curiously, here they have the Roman influence) = SATURDAY
SUN = SUNDAY.
A curiosity … If you walk through the Plaza del Corrillo, pay attention to the capitals of the columns: there you will find represented all the days of the week through all these gods:

(you will find more info -in Spanish- by clicking on the photos)

As these students are new to me, I decided to talk to them about our project in order to arouse their curiosity and gradually encourage them to participate in it. As a consequence, they are now truly curious to know about the names of the days in other languages: they would be very excited to know the names of the days of the week in Bulgarian, Norwegian, Finnish and Greek …

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