22 June 2016

Braveheart Project

Today we publish a great work project in class from IES Mediterraneo in Salobreña (Granada). Alberto Romero, the English teacher, tell us.

During the second term my students in 4º ESO had to read Braveheart (Penguin readers). Apart from reading it, we discussed about these topics: William Wallace and Scotland. Here are some of the projects done by the students (here's the link to my site, where it is: https://sites.google.com/site/albertomeditutor/graded-readers/4o-eso-projects ). I hope you'll like them. 




Visit these links: 
  • Project on Braveheart by Mª José García (4º ESO A):   Click to her blog entry    
  • Project on Braveheart by María Béjar (4º ESO A):   Click to  her blog entry   
  • Project on Braveheart by Alex España (4º ESO B): link to his site  
  • Project on Braveheart by Irene Ramón (4º ESO A): link to her blog entry  




21 June 2016

Writing Stories Year 2 at Colegio San Gregorio

As a final task of our school year at Year 2 at Colegio San Gregorio in Aguilar de Campoo we wrote stories and record them.

The students worked in groups of two people. They follow this process:


  • First, they desing the settlement and the character, and they described both of them: 

  • Then they wrote the stories and decorate them, they should have at least four paragraphs one per each page and the picture to decorate it. Here you can read and listen all of them:















Written by:

English Teacher 
Aguilar de Campoo

20 June 2016

Anne Frank by 4º ESO

The students at IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia), share with us a new work. It's about the book "The diary of Anne Frank".  I hope you like it , it's great!. 
Inmaculada López, the English teacher show us.

After nearly two months without publishing any posts, we are back with this awesome work by students from 4º ESO B and 4º ESO C. As they say in English, all good things come to those who wait.
During the 2nd term students read “The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank” and, like usual, decided they were going to surprise the teacher with fantastic ideas. They thought that good ways to work on it would be:
  • Making a film version of the book.
  • Writing a giant version of the Diary.
  • Interviewing Otto Frank.
Before handing in their final product, they all had to write the scripts of their work on a Google Document and share it with the teacher. The whole process took them all of the 2nd term and is part of our year project “Dark Sides 4º ESO“.
Their work is outstanding. Here is an example of each:
FILM VERSION


GIANT DIARY
INTERVIEW WITH OTTO FRANK
You can click on the photo below for further information on how the whole task was carried out and to view other videos.


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17 June 2016

Saint Patrick's Day in El Chaparral

Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17th March in Ireland.  
In the last few years, this festivity is becoming very popular in many places and countries. Here, you can see, some important monuments illuminated green (people wear shamrocks and green clothes or accessories).




From CEIP San Isidro Labrador in El Chaparral (Granada), Alberto Molina and Marinela Alcázar González, tell us how they were working this festivity in this school:

Videos:



Songs:


Vocabulary:

Patricks flash from maccervilla





Crafts:






Music:



Religion:
Physical Education: Games and sports


More activities: with Preschool children




Thanks to everyone! 


16 June 2016

Stop Bulling

Today we share an interesting work about Bulling from IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia). Inmaculada López, the English teacher tells us. 

Bullying is a social scourge which affects more people than we can imagine. Victims of bullying are often too scared to talk about what is happening to them to the point that sometimes they prefer to kill themselves rather than talk to teachers or parents.
During the 2nd term, 1º Bachillerato students have been working on this topic in different ways. First of all, they read and watched “About a boy”, a “funny” story which deals with serious topics such as the one under consideration in this post. After reading and watching, they all contributed to create a collaborative wall with Padlet in which they offered possible solutions to the problem of bullying at school. Click on the photo to view it:
1º Bachillerato A/C
1º Bachillerato A/C
Once the wall was finished, they organised themselves into groups of 4/5 students and wrote some leaflets using smore to start a campaign against bullying at school. These leaflets had to include videos in which they put themselves in the shoes of the bullies and the victims. As expected, they did an amazing job. Watch the videos and judge for yourselves:


If you want to find out more about how the whole process was carried out or have a look at the leaflets, click on the photo:
The process

15 June 2016

eTwinning project: Reading Together at Aguilar de Campoo

This year at Colegio San Gregorio we had a eTwinning project with the students of Year 5, the English teachers consider very important this kind of proyects with our students because we think it is when they really try to use real English. 

Along the different task of the project the kids will need to use the vocabulary, the grammar, the common expression we taught them in the bilingual lessons. They need to communicate with other people using a foreing language, in this case the English. Also through eTwinning teachers and students can learn new cultural topics or teaching improvements. 

In the project our school, Colegio San Gregorio from Aguilar de Campoo (Spain), worked with Holy Trinity School from Guildford (England). The title of the project was "Reading Together" and the topic of it was developing the reading and writing skills of our students. In the following website you could check all the activities we have done along the school year. 


There were different kind of task, but this year we have include all of them into our National Curriculum using the Standards to develop the different kind of task. We tried to have one task per each month, always using the grammar and vocabulary which was learnt along the units during the English lessons.

All of them were published into the website of the project, here there will show a summary with the final products of each task.














29 April 2016

Are you ready to meet TIC?

We are Celia González, María Lainez, Cristina Risueño, Estrella García and Gonzalo Montón and we are students at the URJC university in the Master of Bilingual Education. We would like to share a couple of challenges for CLIL Primary students with you.

For this group task, we had to become both writers and film directors! We were requested to create a clip but, first of all, we had to plan what it would be about. Therefore we started to create a storyboard with our main ideas. As the topics we were working with for our CLIL e-project were about the Earth, we decided to create a character based on the universe. What could be better than an alien? Everybody wants to know about life from outer space! That’s how TIC was born, our main character. Can you guess why he is called TIC?

To create our storyboard we chose the web tool Storyboard That. Since the moment we started to use this tool, we were surprised at how amazing the pictures were: backgrounds, characters and different shapes, which allow you to create exactly what you want. What we liked best was the possibility of modifying the position of the main character, which makes the story more real.

However, while using the tool, we discovered that a standard account doesn’t allow you to create a board with more than six scenes. This is why we had to shorten the story. It was not a problem because the final clip will include the whole story. This storyboard is a guideline for the video challenge and it is meant to be a tale the teacher could tell their students at class.

Here you are our storyboard! Are you ready to meet TIC?


Made with Storyboard That

From the storyboard, we brought TIC to live! First, if you want to film a movie you need to write a script so we became writers! Our clip was divided into eleven scenes in which our alien would travel through the Solar System to discover the magic planet. TIC was dying to find it out!

Second, we started to film the scenes, but… We needed an actor! Gonzalo, @gonzaalo10, became TIC thanks to our make-up team!

Then, we were ready to record the video challenge. For this purpose we decided to use the chroma key technique. By using Camtasia and this technique, we could substitute the green background for a picture of our choice. Regarding Camtasia, it seems quite difficult to use at rhe very beginning. However, after practicing with it for a while we discovered all its possibilities. We downloaded the free version with a free trial for 30 days. Thanks to Camtasia, we have learned how to use chroma key and how to organize the video clips, the pictures and the audios in order to get the final video. The only problem we didn´t like about this tool was the fact that, because of the free version, a watermark appeared in our video and the quality of it decreased.

Despite this little problem, the result was fantastic! We created a video in which TIC travels through the Solar system and discovers the Earth and its layers. TIC also has doubts and makes questions during the video in order to encourage participation in our pupils. The teacher could stop the video whenever TIC makes one question to let the pupils answer him. This video can be used to introduce a topic, so the teacher can know about their prior knowledge, or to make a review at the end of the topic.



Hope you enjoy it!