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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Introducing my T-shirt

We spent more than 4 years together in the school. However, we didn’t meet to each other yet.

In order to know more about our mates, we create these T-shirts showing:

Our names, best qualities and qualities to improve, a brand that define us and also one sentence that define us.

Now we are a little bit closer, we are ready to start the 4th grade of primary.

I contribute…

Whenever you have a group of students participating in  an activity , they need to get to know each other to be comfortable in working together.

So this activitidy is perfect  to achieve this goal.

Instructions:

  • Each one is given a paper with a phrase and a drawing of a bowl
  • They should look for the letters to form different words that express values ​​that describe how they are at home, school or with their family.
  • If they need a letter that they don’t have, they can ask their classmates without problem.
  • Then they explain it to their new friends.

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Ready, steady…GO!!!!

A round of questions to get to know each other a little better. Simple and quick questions that we can answer in English or Spanish and that allows us to know things as simple as what is your favorite color, your favorite food or who is the person who supports you the most.

CAT AND DOG – ice breaking game-

There is nothing better than going back to school and having fun with your classmates.

In this activity we tell a story, every time we say the word dog our students should get up and the word cat they should sit down. It is a great activity to have fun and laugh with your new friends

Put it into practice, we highly recommend it!

“One day a cat was walking down the road when suddenly a big and ferocious dog came out of nowhere.

The cat was scared to death and started to run to save its life. The dog leaped and caught hold of the cat.

The cat begged for mercy but the dog was very hungry and did not want to leave such a good prey.

The cat put forward a deal that she would regularly give the dog all that it would catch and would only eat the dog’s left over.

The dog found the deal very attractive and left the cat but warned it of the dire consequences if the cat tried to fool him or run away.

Every day the cat used to give away all that it would catch to the dog and the dog ate everything.

After a month, the dog grew fat since it didn’t had to catch its prey any longer.

One day the cat didn’t return on time. The dog grew impatient and started to search for it. It found the cat devouring a mouse and grew very angry.

The dog said that the cat had broken its promise and now it would eat the cat. The cat started to run to save its life and the dog chased it but since the dog had grown fat, it was getting very difficult for it to match the cat’s speed.

After about 5 minutes of chase, they had reached the end of a cliff. It was a do or die situation for the cat so it jumped across the cliff and luckily made it.

The dog on the other hand who had lost all its agility because of its increased weight, fell over the cliff.

The cat breathed a sigh of relief and walked away.

Moral: Never leave your work on someone else’s behalf. It may be quite luring at the beginning but will turn deadly afterwards.”

 

 Here you have some photos ( fifth grade):

 

Back to school… in Spain

“Welcome to the great adventure that awaits you, a new course in which we WISH YOU ENJOY A LOT!!”

Our neighbours of ZOES welcomed us this morning with this banner. I share that desire (and some of my first impressions) from the very first day:

I love this T-shirt. It says:
“I AM GOOD AT: WRITING.
I WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE: THE WORLD.”