HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT LANGUAGES IN EUROPE? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

My students of 2nd Year of Secondary brainstormed the question and in groups of three searched for the answers on the web.

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Then they elaborated and printed a multiple choice Quizz that swoped with the other groups so that everybody went through all the quizzes.

Later they wrote down on their notebooks all the things they had learnt. The activity took two sessions.

Finally they prepared a Contest for students of 1st Year. Everything is ready for Monday when they will participate in the contest. In couples,they will have to write their answers on a piece of paper and put it in a box. Winners will have a price.

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My students and I have really enjoyed this activity that can be adapted to any content and level.

Feel free to leave a comment.

By: María Soledad González.

What’s the time? – guessing game

Year 4 has been focusing on what the time is in English. To kickstart the lesson the class had a guessing game. The students, one by one, stood at the front of the classroom. The student asked the class “what’s the time?” While imitating the clock. The students had to reply “It is…o’clock”.

At first I let the students see the clock in the background

After some time they had to remember the clock and imitate it as best as they could remember.

By letting the students “being” the clock, they had to remember the time and speak in English. It was a good start to the lesson because the students became more confident before they started doing the written tasks.

European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages aims to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone.

This is the humble way of year 2 children to wish you a happy European Day of Languages.

Another group of year 2 have written these greetings in their Physical Education class:

The following mural was drawn between year 3 and year 5 students:

Enjoy the EDL!

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 …

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.