CONSTITUTION DAY IN SPAIN

Today has been a great day for us. We have celebrated the 41st anniversary of our current Constitution. As you can see it is not so old, so many teachers and parents remember with emotion how the Spanish people voted a unanimous YES to this Constitution after having gone through 40 years of a military dictatorship. Our students´parents have been the protagonists today telling their chidren about personal experiences of that time. They have specially highlighted  how important this document is as  all our rights and duties as citizens are collected there. We, parents and teachers, wanted to make students aware of the importance of our country being a parliamentary democracy since it wasn´t always like that.

Long live the Constitution!

Escape game.

Last week we carried out a particularly motivating activity that encourages teamwork, organization and time management as well as the search for a common goal for the whole group.
It is an educational escape game. As you already know we have been working a captivating learning centre: New York

So, we handed out an outstanding piece of news: “Six thieves have stolen the Statue of Liberty”:

Each work group had the mission of finding a thief and in order to solve it, they had to pass 4 tests, related to topics we studied in class before: literacy ca, que, qui, co cu spelling rules; maths, how to borrow when subtracting; and Natural Science: bones and muscles.

Little by little, the students got all the necessary clues to solve what we asked for: name and surname of the thief, name and number of the street where they lived.
Finally, we showed them a map of New York, and each group had to find the exact location of the address … and they did it!

By the way, this activity was designed by Miriam, a trainee teacher who has been working with me during this term. A few days ago she delivered a FUNtastic lesson using plickers.

Can you draw him?

In this post, our third grader secondary students José and Alba, would like to challenge you to draw Patronio. Patronio is a character of the book “EL Conde de Lucanor” (The Count Locanor). The novel book is composed by 51 stories, and it is a very old piece of Spanish Literature. It was written in the Middle Ages (1335) by Don Juan Manuel. Read carefully the text below, focusing on his physical and personality features and try to draw him. Are you ready?

“Patronio is shown as a knower to the perfection of the moral and the ethics and a very cult man. Although surely, his most characteristic attribute is the wisdom. This can be seen in his language and in his ability with the problems of the count Lucanor.

Patronio, also, is shown always as a very humble man. This can be seen in his answers, ensuring that it isn´t necessary for someone as illustrious as the Count Lucanor to be advised. Even so, he offers to tell him a story. From this story, the count will take a teaching and solve his problem.

All of this makes us realize that Patronio was a man with a large experience in the life, not in itself for many stories he knew, but rather for the way to apply them to the problems. Here, he is seen as a man who has lived as an experienced man.

It can be concluded that Patronio, adviser of the Count Lucanor, was a man with a large wisdom and humility. He also had a lot of culture and experience. He is shown like the adviser that everyone should have to solve all his problems.

He is an advanced man, surely with a white hair and slightly smaller in stature than the Count Lucanor.”

Written by Alba and José.

 

A Spanish national hero.

DESCRIPTION OF A LEGENDARY SPANISH CHARACTER…

...who was born of the minor nobility, was educated in the royal Castilian court and became an important general and administrator, fighting against the Moors in the early Reconquista. Later exiled by King Alfonso VI, he left service in Castile and worked as a mercenary general for other rulers, both Moor and Christian. Late in life, he captured the Mediterranean coastal city of Valencia, ruling it until his death in 1099. (reference).

This is the description that my students have done for you to draw your pictures:

Our character is special because it mixes reality with legend. We will start with his description:

He was a brave and warrior man. He used to wear a beard like most of the men of his time. He is always pictured with an armor, a cape and his sword and helmet. His two most precious assets were his sword and his horse to which he even gave a proper name.

But he wasn´t only a warrior; he also was a family man with a wife and children. He comes from the northeast of Castile, a Spanish region and he is mainly known for his warrior exploits. Despite being considered a hero, he did not always have it easy.

We hope to be helpful with this description to elaborate your drawings.

Now you can find out:

1.- The name of his sword and horse.

2.- The name he was given as a national hero and its meaning.

3.- Something about him that it is part of the Legend.

4.- Where do you have to go to visit his tomb.

Juan of the cow.

There was a man who had a son and a cow. The cow was very beautiful and the son a bit  silly. The father sent him to sell the cow  one day, because they needed the money. Juan, who was called his son, was very sorry, because he was very fond of the animal, but he had no choice but to obey. When they passed a mountain, thieves came out and stole the cow. But he followed them and saw them …

Here goes the beginnig of a traditional tale of our region. It was written by a famous still alive writer from our region , Luis Mateo Díez.who loves writing rural stories.

Now it is your turn…

What will it happen next? Perhaps you can make a comic with the story. We  send you some pictures (click on the following link)

castilian folk tales

WARNING: THE REST OF THE POST IS ONLY FOR TEACHERS!!!!

enter the house where they lived. He returned to his home and his father asked:

 – Why did you come back so soon? Have you already sold the cow?

 – No, father, they stole it from me.

 – How can you be so silly!

 – Do not worry, father, we will get paid

. – What are you going to do?! said the father very angry.

Then John disguised himself as a maiden and went to the house of the thieves. He asked if they needed a maid and they said yes, so that he stayed to serve them. At night the captain called her to her room and told her to sleep with him. He ordered the other thieves not to disturb whatever they Heard.

When the captain turned off the light Juan pulled out a whip that he had under his dress and began to whip the captain and in spite of his shouts, nobody came to help him.

When the captain was already unable to move, Juan took all the money that he found there and escaped through a window, telling him:

Do not forget that I am “Juan of the cow”.

When he got home, he told his father:

Here you have, father, I’ve already get paid for the cow but I still have to make more money out of it.

He sent for a doctor’s suit, and so dressed he approached the thieves home.They were looking precisely for a doctor, since they saw his captain in such a bad condition. So, they asked him to come in.The doctor entered, observed the captain and said:

This man seems to have been strongly beaten.

Yes sir! said the thieves. What a wise doctor!

Then the doctor sent each of the thieves to look for something different.One was sent for bandages, another for alcohol, another for cotton, another for an ointment and  so on until there was none left in the house.Then he went alone to  the sick man, took off his belt and lifting it in the air he said:

 I’m Juan of the cow!  I am Juan of the cow!

When he got tired of whipping him, he filled a few bags with money and left.

The next day Juan dressed as a priest. As the captain had stayed was seriously hurt the thieves were at the door in case a priest passed by, and as soon as they saw him coming, they asked him to come in to assist a dying man. Juan went up to see the patient and said:

– Goodness gracious! This man is going to die! Quickly, go to town and bring me my grail, my clothes, the hyssop (they are all items priests use for their practises).

So he sent all of them for something until there was no thief left in the house.Then again he went to the captain, who just realized who he was and shouted:

– No, please, not again Juan of the cow! Take all the money that you want, but don’t give me any more straps! Look, there is the box. Take everything ,whatever you want.

Juan took all the money, except for three pesetas for them to eat that day; but still before he left he gave the captain a pair of whips more.

When he got home and gave his father all the money, he said:

Man, you’re not as dumb as I thought.

Nevertheless Juan was worried, because he knew that from one moment to another the thieves would take revenge. Therefore, since then, he always by the chimney with a  cauldron of fish, for what might happen.

One night he felt steps on the roof and thought:

– They are there!

He heard one telling the others:

Get me down with a rope little by little.

Then Juan stoked the fire and the thief coming down put his feet in the cauldron and it burnt. He shouted:

– Up up, please! Quickly!

– What’s wrong? -the others asked.

Nothing, … it is very dark and I was scared.

What a thief you are! – laughed the others and another one started down by the rope.

When he reached the cauldron, he also burnt his feet and shouted:

Up up!

What’s wrong?

Nothing, … it is only that there are many mosquitoes and I hate them.

What a thief you are! said the captain this time.I will go down and, even if I say “up, up”, you lower me more.

The captain started down the rope and immediately shouted:

Up, up, “Juan of the cow” is here ! But the others obeyed him and they continued lowering him down until the captain fell the hole of himself

 in the boiling fish.
And here ends the story of “John of the cow “ who was not as dumb as he seemed.

Written by Luis Mateo Díez and translated by Mª Soledad González.

About the Literature Week Project!

Krali Marko

In Bulgarian dramatical existence, a dream was born for an independent and decent life expressed in the images of fictional heroes embodying the most important of our value system. One of these is the legend of Krali Marko, which combines physical strength and high morals, and this becomes an ideal.
In many songs and stories, dedicated to Krali Marko, there is an idealization, a romantic show, bordering on fiction and leading to a legend.
In the image of the Krali Marko, the people embody their bright ideal of heroic personality, whose supernatural qualities pave the way to a free, independent and just life, turning it into a message of good creativity and harmony.

Krali Marko
Krali Marko finds a horse and a bride
When Marko came back, at the end of the town, he got off the white forehead deer and let him go into the forest at Gjurga. He got his sword and then went home. His heart started to beat so hard when he thought whose hand squeezed previously the sword. An old mother went out to meet him at the gate. She asked him.
— Why do you need that scary sword?
— I will go, mother, to defend my brothers from the enemy who is trampling our beautiful land. Touch the ground with your ear and you can hear how our people scream like a little weak eagle whose nest is burning and tries, in vain, to spread his bare wings and escape!
— Our land is wide, Marko. If you walk, you can’t arrive everywhere on time. Where is your horse?
— I haven’t got a horse – thought the young man.
— You shouldn’t be without a horse. Once upon a time, your father had a mare with thin legs. If you see her you will recognize her by the black mark between her eyes. Her eyes are yellow like the autumn leaves in the forest. When your father passed away I left her in the meadows next to the Prespa like. Years have passed since then. She grazed there and never came back. Go to find her. The white mare who has carried your strong father over Macedonia and foreign kingdoms will carry you, too. Go to find her!
Marko turned and walked to Prespa lake where dense green grass grew. He went near the shore of the like and hissed. The mare with thin legs was grazing dewy grass in a deep meadow. When she heard him she raised her head and started to whinny. Beside her, a young stallion with blazing red fur sharpened his ears. Marko tried to catch her by the silver chain but she shivered and threw into the lake. Then Marko caught the foal and looked at him. His eyes were yellow like his mother’s. He climbed on his back, moved forward squeezing tight his furry mane. The foal circled the meadow and streaked off into the lake after his mother. He was swimming and Marko was swimming, too. He sank to the chest in the water. When they passed to the other shore, the young man patted the foal on the back, caressed him on the forehead and told him:
— I will be your master!
Then, like a miracle, the horse spoke in a human voice:
— I am brave but you are stronger than me! Be my master!
— What is your name? – Krali Marko asked him.
— My name is Sharkolia.
— Can you run fast?

To be continued …

 

Literature Week Project!

For this year’s Literature Week, the Funtastic! teachers decided to work together on a joint project.

The idea this year was to introduce each other to children’s stories from our Erasmus+ project countries: Finland, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Spain. Finland started off with the Literature week and completed our project plan and idea. Students in our partner schools will be introduced to the Finnish author Zacharias Topelius and his story “Adalmina’s Pearl.”

The directions for our Literature Week project are as follows:

The students in your classes are not to be shown the title of the story! The students will make up their own title after reading the introduction and completing their own version of the story.

· Students only read the introduction of the story.

· Students continue from the introduction and write their own version of the story.

· Students are encouraged to draw pictures inspired by the story.

 · After students have completed their story and drawings, they can read the original story with the original title.

The story “Adalmina’s Pearl” begins….

In a distant kingdom a long time ago lived the King, the Queen and their beloved only child, a baby daughter, the Princess named Adalmina.

The Princess had two godmothers, the Red and the Blue Fairy. The Red Fairy gave Adalmina a present: a pearl. The pearl would make the Princess wiser, more beautiful and richer every day. But, if Adalmina were to lose the pearl, she would lose all of its magic until the pearl was found again.

The Blue Fairy gave the Princess a fourth gift: a humble heart. The fourth gift would only come true if the pearl was lost, so the Princess couldn’t have all four of the gifts at the same time.

The King and Queen said that the Blue Fairy’s gift was of no use and no good. The King and the Queen liked the Red Fairy’s gifts very much and they said that they would look after the precious pearl. The King had a beautiful crown made for the Princess, and the crown would fit only Adalmina’s head. And the pearl, of course, was on the crown and so well mastered that it would never fall off.

Adalmina wore the crown all the time. The Kind and Queen were very strict and they never allowed Adalmina to leave the Palace. The Princess grew up and she was, just like the Red Fairy had predicted, the most beautiful and richest princess on earth. Everything Adalmina wore was gold, her room was covered with gold and she ate from gold plates. She was also the wisest princess ever.

Everything was well in the royal family. The King and the Queen admired their beautiful and wise daughter. But, unfortunately, Adalmina grew up to be very selfish, arrogant and believed that she was superior to everyone. The Princess also became very greedy, envious and rude. Eventually, everyone became afraid of her.

One day the Princess went to the palace garden, and decided to run away from the Palace and to go as far as possible. After a while, the Princess became thirsty and tired so she stopped by a little pond. The Princess bent over to have a sip of water from the pond. She looked at her face in the pond and admired the beautiful sight she saw. All of a sudden, the crown dropped into the water and sank into the depths. All of a sudden, the reflection in the water changed into something completely different. She was no longer a princess….

From here, students begin to write how they believe the story continues and to create artwork inspired by their own story.

Our students enjoyed this project very much! The students were excited to continue a story and to create their very own version of well-known Finnish story. The artwork that corresponded to the story was another element that allowed students to use their creativity.

We hope that you all enjoy creating your own “Adalmina’s Pearl!”

How would you paint New York?

A few days ago, my year 2 students read the poem New York City, by Carlos Reviejo, which is one of the readings included in our textbook 12 SORPRESAS. LECTURAS, SM Savia. The poem mentions Mondrian’s New York City 3 painting:

MONDRIAN, Piet_New York City, 3 (inacabado), 1941_679 (1983.17)

We connected this idea with the topic we have been working in Social Sciences, giving directions using a map…, and for that reason, we projected the following image of New York:

Then we reflected on the way Mondrian painted New York, and posed the question: How would you paint New York? This question shook our minds activating very creative ideas (click on the link to see more):

Finally, we have made use those creations in each of our cooperative learning groups. First, we made a list of the aspects we liked in each drawing; and then, we have drawn these murals trying to gather in them all those positive aspects that we had highlighted in each individual drawing.

We liked them so much that we have chosen one to be the background of our blog.

HOW OUR BODY WORKS

During two weeks we have been learning that our body is made up of tiny cells that working together in order to form tissues, organs, systems and finally organisms. We know all the systems that form our body, we have studied them, we have learned how to make our summaries and everything working in cooperative teams. We have drawn these systems on sugar paper to show them to our classmates and as our school is bilingual we have decided to join our mother tongue with english. In this way we all learn from each other.

 

ALL ABOUT ME

We spend many hours together and we enjoy great moments togheter but sometimes we don’t know the partner’s hobbies very well, their preferences, where they live or what they usually do during the weekend. We have encouraged ourselves to write in english about our favourite foods , sports and activities that we do outside and inside the school. We tell our classmates about it and we will learn how to express ourselves in English. At the end we all got a big round of applause.