WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GEYPERMAN AND A PLAYMOBIL?

I share a very powerful teaching sequence that I enjoyed this week in one of my Natural Science classes.

We started the lesson listening to BONES SONG. As we have listened to it several times, some students do not pay much attention.

So, we opened the book, and we began to read:
Joints make the skeleton flexible. Joints help us move.
“Does anyone know what JOINTS means.” (I write the word on the board).
“We’re going to listen to the song again, and when the word JOINTS appears, you tell me.”
Now, everyone listens carefully, and we realize when the word appears:
The place where my bones meet is called a joint.
Now we can perfectly understand the sentence
Joints make the skeleton flexible. Joints help us move.

Then we made the following comparison:
What’s the difference between Geyperman and this playmobil? For example, Geyperman can scratch his head. Can a playmobil scratch his head?”
A student answers:
“No, he can´t. Playmobil can’t move and Geyperman can move.”
“Why can Geyperman move?
-” Because he is flexible.
-“Why is he flexible?”
-“ Because he has … (the student pauses for a few second, has a look at the word I wrote on the board and finishes the sentence) … JOINTS.”

ANIMAL BINGO.

I join my colleague taveramt and I will share an activity we have done this afternoon in the after school club, attended by preschool children, 3 and 4 years old. We have played Lego Animal Bingo. A wonderful activity so that children explore collaborative play, follow game rules, and take turns as they build the colorful animal models depicted on the game cards. It is also very suitable for working fine motor skills, so necessary.

Of course, we have also built our own inventions …

SPONTANEITY

I love spontaneity, especially when it comes from my students. We were speaking about Tv programmes and type of films on an English lesson; it was the topic of the day. There was a picture of the musical “ The sound of Music”which most of them had seen when they were little. Then I started singing the Do, Re Mi..song and they recognized the melody  so I had to do it; I projected the video with the lyrics and they started singing along spontaneously.

It was so great that I decided to look for a karaoke version and I just filmed that moment.

It wasn´t in my mind or program to do that ,but sometimes spontaneous things happen and they are wonderful.

Has it happened to you to have a spontaneous reaction of your students that turned to be “FUNtastic”?

  By María Soledad González.       

                                                                                          

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 …

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.”

PROFESSOR PEEK-A-BOO.

It is a long time since we met the well-known MATHEMAGICIAN. Well, the time has come to formally introduce another celebrity from the world of science … It is, none other than Professor Peek-a-Boo, Astrophisics and Astronomy PhD at the University of Mascachuches (Mascachuches in Spanish sounds like “candy chewer”).

In the photographs, you can see him sharing his knowledge with us, using Augmented Reality on this occasion.

It is not the first time that this great professor visits us. On another occasion he told us about the digestive system.

He was also in Salamanca, where he was part of the scientific jury in the First Lego League, a visit that was echoed by the local media.

SOLIDARITY WEEK

Our school, Santísima Trinidad, is celebrating a solidary week to support a nutritional centre in Mexico.

All classes are supporting and helping in many ways.

Since all the activities held are intended to support the Celaya NUTRITIONAL CENTER, in Mexico, second graders have chosen the dahlia, considered one of the natural symbols of Mexico, to make drawings to decorate the schoolyard. The dahlia was declared in 1963 as a symbol of the National Floriculture of Mexico, and since the year 2008, 4th of August is considered as “the national day of the dahlia.”.

In addition, this flower is a great example of the natural presence of the golden proportion in nature:

This is the video that we used to draw them. If you pay attention, you will realize that the drawing starts from a pentagonal shape, so present in multiple patterns of nature:

In this other video you can discover many interesting things about the golden ratio.

These are some of the dahlias we have drawn.