My students of 2nd Year of Secondary brainstormed the question and in groups of three searched for the answers on the web.
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.
My students and I have really enjoyed this activity that can
be adapted to any content and level.
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”.
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.
I have recently used with my year 2 students the following video to learn the names of the Solar System Planets:
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 …
Today we worked as a team for the first time. We have thought of a name, a flag, a shield and a motto … In addition, we have talked a little about the roles and function of each of them. Little by little, we learn to work collaboratively.
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.