Tag Archives: culture

\\British Wildlife// Teamwork Research

27 Feb

Some months ago, I published the first wixsite I created so my 3rd grade students could investigate and learn about the British culture working on their own. This time, I would like to share the second one I created, which is focused on British wildlife. In general, children like learning facts about animals so I thought this would be an engaging topic.

In this wixsite, the main goal is to discover the differences and characteristics of the vertebrate animals: amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. As you can see in the snapshot below, there are 3 sections:

  • home page (the cover of the site)
  • British wild animals (info and pictures about the animals)
  • activities material (resources to solve the activities)

Click on the image to visit the site

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Investigating is one of the best ways for learning because the students see it as a puzzle they have to solve. Besides, it gives them a real reason for having to read, comprehend and finally produce.

The most important objective of this wixsite is to help the children improve their English by using it for reasons other than just the language itself.

This is the Activity Dossier that goes with the wixsite. Click on the image to see the 4 pages:

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10 LANGUAGE mistakes that drive British CRAZY

21 Jan

When we speak a foreign language, we always try to speak it the best we can to avoid sounding unnatural. However, when we speak our mother language sometimes we relax a bit more and end up making mistakes. Does this happen to you?

I found this video where Lucy tells us 10 mistakes British people make when speaking in English. This made me think of what mistakes I may make when speaking in my mother language and probably I am not aware of!

>> Houses in England <<

8 Dec

Learning a language is much more than just being fluent at it. It also means knowing a little bit about the countries where the language is spoken.

In this case, I am focusing on England. Through a wixsite that has been created specially for this purpose the students can discover many facts about the Modern English houses and the Ancient English houses.

Investigating is one of the best ways for learning because the students see it as a puzzle they have to solve. Besides, it gives them a real reason for having to read, comprehend and finally produce.

The main goal of this wixsite is to help the children improve their English by using it for reasons other than just the language itself.

Click on the image to visit the wixsite I made:

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Next, you can download the activity dossier:

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** I’m a little Snowman **

11 Dec

I LOVE snowmen!!! I find them very sweet 🙂 Maybe, my interest towards snowy things is increased because I live in Barcelona, where we hardly ever get some snow. I am 31 years old and as far as I remember, I have only experienced snow in my city 4 or 5 times!!!

Due to my interest towards snowmen, I planned a Christmas unit for my 2nd Primary students focused on them. I have to say, snowmen are also very popular amongst my students 😉 So we all enjoyed this unit!

To start with, we present our snowman:

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We comment on the accessories that he wears, and we focus on 3 of them:

Right after, I present this Snowman song by “Super simple songs”which I adore. The song is simply perfect because it focuses on describing the snowman and what he wears.

When singing the song, I add some body movements to help the students understand better what the lyrics are about. This way, we sing the song but also dance it 😀

Another day, we play a game called “Do you want to build a snowman?”. Each group of 3 or 4 students recieves the sheet with the game, a dice and a white sheet of paper.

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The goal of the game is to build a snowman all together. The first roll chooses the body shape, the second roll the face style, the third roll the type of arms, the forth roll the hat or hair and finally what the scarf looks like. Once they are all built, they have to be coloured and we display them on the walls.

The following day, we watch the lovely Frosty’s winter wonderland film. It is not very long, which makes it ideal for one session 🙂

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On the last two days, we focus on making a snowman themed Christmas card.The idea is to make a collage snowman using coloured papers and making sure each snowman wears a hat, buttons and a scarf. This is the example I showed my students:

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Instead of writing the message on the front as it is done here, I suggested my students to write the Christmas wishes on the back of the coloured construction paper. This way, the snowman is not covered 🙂

 

Where did English come from?

2 Nov

Ted Talks are fantastic! Besides, I love learning history facts about the languages I can speak. It makes them even more interesting 😀

So here there is this great 5 minutes video where we can learn many things about the origin of the English language. As well as the origin of some other languages that maybe we never thought would be connected to English.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

PUMPKIN… PUMPKIN!!

30 Oct

Pumpkins are a very common Autumny fruit. Besides, they are one of the main Halloween symbols!

There are many activities that could be done related to Pumpkins and that would keep children motived and eager to learn.

Next, there is a collection of resources that I have gathered together to work on Pumpkins with the little ones in Primary level:

To start with, I have selected a book of Splat the Cat, who I adore! (click on the image to hear the read aloud).

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Once the pumpkins have been intoduced through the story, there are many different activities to learn some facts about them. A possible one is to learn its Lifr Cycle and its parts:

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I have made a video tutorial for a a song about a pumpkin named “I’m a little pumpkin” 

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To have some extra fun, there are some pumpkin crafts that could be done, as well. My favourite one is this one, a cute and simple paper pumpkin:

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(click on the image for instructions)

To finish with the pumpkin lesson ideas, I would like to share this cartoon video I found which has got a moral story behind. It is called “Spookley the square Pumpkin”.

History of the Union Jack Flag

13 May

Learning historical and cultural facts about the English Speaking countries is also very important when learning the language in order to understand better their speakers/citizens.

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