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.”
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 …
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”?
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.
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.
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.”.
My second grade students are working on the topic of TOOLS and MACHINES in Social Sciences. For that reason, during the Arts & Crafts session we have drawn murals on that subject. Afterwards, we have chosen the mural that we liked the most as the background for our blog. Enjoy.