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.”

GUESS WHO

Who do you admire? You can admire to your brother, to your father, your favourite singer… Come and tell us about it!
Stick one picture and explain to the whole class who is, maybe some of them will be able to guess it before you finish it.

The wolf is coming!

When we say WOLF the first words that come to our mind are…LONELY, HUNGRY, WILD,TAIL , GRAY, FIERCE, FEAR ,SCARE

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But today we had a wonderful book about a rabbit  who runs fast to the deer´s house because the wolf is coming; the deer opens the door fast and shakes hands with the rabbit. The same happens with piglet and little bear. Finally the wolf arrives to his happy surprise … If you want to know more about the end, read it, you will not regret it!

Then we create puppets to tell the story to our friends and family .

(We have read it in spanish , but you can find it in all the languages)

BOOk: ¡Qué llega el lobo! by Émile Jadoul

Complete the sentence

A fun game to tell different stories in a very funny and sometimes silly way. Students sit in a circle and one of them begins a telling a story. Whenever the story teller decides to stop then the person on the right has to continue the story. By the end of the circle students laugh and enjoy themselves and feel comfortable with each other. Of course , as a class we now have inside jokes because of the story we created on the first day of school.

Can and Can´t

Can you speak spanish? Can you play the guitar? Can you feed the animals at the school? Yes, I can or No, I can´t, are some of the structures that we work in class today. We exchanged information with our classmates and enjoyed talking in English for a while.

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.       

                                                                                          

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.

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 …