what is better than the sharing? Herewith you can find a nice activity (in this case in the form of an English test) to teach English through a CLIL activity about Fireworks. Personally, these activities were intended as a conclusion set of activities because, in the classroom, we have worked a lot on the specific vocabulary and on Chemistry in action thanks to my Chemistry colleague.
Hope it can be useful for you!
Enjoy with your classes.
My dear students!
since I was a child, I have been so fascinated by fireworks: they are such a magic to me. I remember when I was 5 years old and I was so scared by them, but at the same time so intrigued by the colours and the sparkling in the sky and then reflected on the sea water. I remember it was summer, with my mother and my grandmother in front of the Adriatic sea in Caorle. Such sweet memories.
And you? Do you like fireworks? Have you ever been at a fireworks festival? Do you know the history of Fireworks?
I’ll be waiting for your comments and in the meanwhile, if you want, go and visit class 2A MAT page about fireworks https://matenglishblog.wordpress.com/2a-mat/fireworks-chemistry-in-action/
See you at school
In your opinion what are the pros and cons of automation?
I am looking forward to receiving your comments here below!
Here a link to our class activities and videos seen together
Photo credit: http://www.logi-co.it/automazione/
today at school we saw this video. After a Before watching activity LINK HERE I gave a While Watching activity (a chart to be filled in) to my students. It was particularly interesting, mainly the “strange” English accent, which we found out comes from New Zealand. However, the content was extremely stimulating, because it talks about the paths that lead to become an automotive technician in New Zealand, and the fact that this is a really required job all over the world.
And now an After Watching activity!
I ask you (my dear students) to write a short SUMMARY of what you watched today in the classroom. Get inspired from the following layout:
INTRODUCTION –> Today at school we watched a short video about… Our teacher … The video is divided in … parts. We saw the … and the … part.
BODY –> At the beginning we saw … It took place (si svolgeva in) in … On the one hand (dal un lato)… On the other (dall’altro)… It was really interesting to notice that …
Then… After some time…
So (quindi, allora)… At that point…
He described/he explained (ha spiegato) / The reported told (ha raccontato) that to become an automotive technician in NZ… They told that at school it is important to be good at…
CONCLUSION –> All in all (tutto sommato)/ To be honest … I believe/It think that…
I really liked/didn’t like the video because… I found it extremely stimulating/intriguing/interesting because… I didn’t find it…
In the future I would consider (considererei) to become a…
Alcune parole utili:
WORKSHOP = OFFICINA
AUTOSALONE = CAR SHOWROOM
SPARK PLUG = CANDELA
Waiting for your summaries!
Automation, robots and new technologies. My dear students (class 5) READ THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE and then tell me what you think about automation in a broad sense. Pros and cons? For and against? We have gone through this topic during the year, and I strongly believe you have your own idea on the topic.
Waiting for your comments.
Adidas will begin producing shoes in Germany again in 2017, using robots to produce them quickly and locally. After more than 20 years since the company halted production in Germany, Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer announced the opening of the 4,600 square-meter “Speed Factory,” according to an AFP report. Production is currently done by hand…
via Your Next Pair of Adidas Sneakers Could Be Made By a Robot Near You — TIME
When I was at school, it was just a compulsory activity. After High School, it became to me a solitude pleasure. Even if, I am honest here, I read poems once in a blue moon. But a poetry book always lies on my nightstand, waiting for the right moment to come to me.
April, I have recently found out, is the American National Poetry month
In the school I am teaching in, it is also a special month because it is the school poetry competition month too. We will take advantage of it to work on some creative writing activities in the classroom. This will be quite an experiment to me, teaching in a vocational High School. But I am deeply truly sure my students will come out with the most amazing poems.
What is Poetry to me? A window. A closed window to be open, to the world of your feelings, and to the real world too. Outside Life comes in contact with your inner personal Life, and they melt together.
It is a great feeling, when you are reading THE poem. And everything seems much more pleasant and easy to understand, and you just think: Well, this poet could read my thoughts, even before I was born. This just shows us that humans can have and share the same inner thoughts and feelings.
I leave you with this, some of the most powerful lines I have personally ever read:
Ode to the West Wind
P.B. Shelley 1792 - 1822
If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share
The impulse of thy strength, only less free
Than thou, O Uncontrollable! If even
I were as in my boyhood, and could be
The comrade of thy wanderings over Heaven,
As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne’er have striven
As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh! lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!
A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed
One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.