21 Jun 2019

End of the School Year!

Another school year has arrived at the end. That means that we have to say goodbye to the big ones with happiness and wishing them the best. Good luck!!!

14 Jun 2019

Ending the school year

Hi there,
we are really close to finish this school year and we are in a hurry finishing projects. Just right now, I have thought of sharing with all of you an idea that can be amazing in your dossiers. This is the WordCloud to summarize some topics you worked in this third term or along the school year. This is an example:

Another idea is to use mind maps, like the ones below:

These two resources have been very helpful for me. I hope you find them useful.
Cheers!!!



12 Jun 2019

Who is she?

Who is she is a tabletop game about courageous women who changed the world.
I thought of having it for using it in my English lessons. My very first idea is to work each woman. First, individually. Then in pairs and finally in groups of four. In this way, each group will know information about four women. After that, I will give a number to each group and I will make new ones stablishing a person from each group. At the end, everybody will be familiar with some of these important women. 



24 May 2019

A new poem for children

Hi there, after working adverts with year 4 students, I decided to write a poem to make them aware of our learnings. The strategies that designers use in the adverts are going to be easier to remember  when students learn it by heart. What do you think?

20 May 2019

Charles Santore

Hi there,
it has been a pleasure to find this video about Charles Santore, a renowned children's book illustrator. He talks about his "future" project. Now, I can say that I have this book in my hands. Worthy to watch it. 



18 May 2019

Girona

Hi there,
Girona fills the city with plants and beautiful displays for a few days every year in May. The visitors as me can find spectacular patios and places where colourful flowers are spread. Here you have a sample of a space related to Alice in Wonderland.
















This last one is not from Girona. I took it in the Saxion University in Deventer, in the Netherlands last March ;D

14 May 2019

Creative writing

Hi there,
after practicing structures and connectors in the English lessons, I gave an interesting homework to my students. They had to choose three important personal objects and they had to introduce them in a writing activity. 
I had the opportunity to listen to a group of 26 students this morning and the experience has been very cool. All the students have been engaged by homework and they said that they enjoyed doing it. Amazing, fantastic and wonderful. ;D

I think that my students produce and interpret their mates' compostitions in a properly way. The production of a text requires the application of higher order skills (HOTS), following Bloom's taxonomy and that is what we promote in our lessons through topics that engage and motivate them. That's the way that it works.
A long the school year, and always giving some language support, they have written about:
  1. Personal descriptions.
  2. Their best friend.
  3. Their school.
  4. Daily routines.
  5. Important women in their lifes.
  6. Mobile phones and teenagers.
  7. BioPoem
  8. Three personal important objects.
For tips on encouraging children in creative writing, take a look at creative writing page. Worthy to visit it!



5 May 2019

Recommended Cafe in Barcelona


There is a Pudding coffee in Pau Claris Street in Barcelona. It is a place where you will feel like Alice in Wonderland, thanks to its decoration, with giant mushrooms and colored slates. This place goes beyond a traditional café, because you live an experience in which you feel like a child. You can play board games, you can read a book or you can work with your laptop as well.
However, I went this morning with my family and we did not do anything of the activities I mentioned before. Not at all. We decided to enjoy delicious homemade cakes. Personally, I asked a hot chocolate with a homemade carrot cake.



2 May 2019

An important Fair in our City

The 8th edition of "Som Clicks" is dedicated to the wonderful world of CIRCUS. If you decide to visit the Fair this next weekend, you will visit more than 15 large dioramas related to characters in the Circus, pirates, the west and many more surprises creating beliavable worlds in a small scale.
It will be a paradise for everybody because this small toy is one of those toys for which no time passes. By the way, did you know that male dolls are named clicks and female are name clacks?

1 May 2019

A good movie

Hi there,
I want to share with you a short movie that works friendship, joy, loneliness and solidarity among others. Nice to share it in our lessons. The storyline is so creative and the animation itself is so smooth.

30 Apr 2019

Basic Competences exams

Hi there, the basic competence exams will be on May the 7th, 8th and 9th.
Here you have some examples. 
They can be useful mainly for practising listenings with our students.


English exam 2017. Listenings
English exam 2018. Listenings

27 Apr 2019

My eTwinning tools

Hi there, european projects need interactive digital tools.
Here you have the ones I use.

23 Apr 2019

Ready for St. George Day

Hi there, St. George Day is a very important tradition for catalan people. You can find books and roses everywhere. But do you know why Catalonia celebrates this important day every year? It comes from a legend, which says that, once upon a time, there was a dragon who scared people who lived in the same town. People decided to choose a person among them to stop the dragon fearsome force and hungry. The chosen person was a princess. But then, a knight appeared. He was Saint George. He killed the dragon with his sword. The legend says that from the dragon's red blood it grew a red rose. 
So, from this legend you can understand the the tradition at Catalonia nowadays. 
Furthermore, books are important, too. But this tradition comes from Cervantes' day of death.
Related to books and as every year I will tell a story to my students. This school year will be the one you will listen to it in the link below.

After listening to the story, can you tell me the missing words?

and what about the rhyme words?
Finally, can you find the differences between the pictures?

22 Apr 2019

Do it now!

Hi there,
We celebrate the Earth Day today.
It means that people around the world are becoming more conscious of the urgent need to reduce pollution and save our green and blue planet.
So, Earth Day is not just a celebration, it is a call for action!
I worked it in my English lessons at the end of the last term and students and I concluded that 3 R's are very important in our lifes: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Some students gave some ideas to us about reusing:
1. Reuse clothes from family and friends,
2. Reuse mobile phones from family, so that you can play with them.
3. Reuse plastic bags in order to reduce pollution but if you remember, use fabric bags
4. Reuse papers at school. 
5. Reuse pencils from one term to another.


After that, we enjoyed singing an amazing song about the 3 R's. Here you have it!


21 Apr 2019

Easter Monday!

Hi there,
It is Easter Monday Today and that means that tomorrow will be the first day of the third Term! We will meet another time our friends and teachers and we will share our holidays experiences. Anyway, this is my speciall Mona for my godchildren.

16 Apr 2019

Happy Easter to everyone!

Hi you all,
this post is specially if you are a young learner. 
Tap on the picture below and listen to the vocabulary. 
After that, practice it playing some Easter games.

http://www.learningchocolate.com/content/easter?st_lang=en

14 Apr 2019

What does plogging mean?

The practice of plogging encourages people to pick up litter while out running. So, it is not just good for your health, it is also good for the environment.

What I have just found out is the reason of the name. First, the practice comes from Sweeden and it is called "plogging" because is a mix between a Swedish word plocka upp that it means 'pick up' and jogging. 
The fact is that PLOGGING combines going for a run with intermittent stops to collect the rubbish. 
By the way, you can look at a group of runners (some friends and I -I am the one wearing a blue t-shirt) practising plogging in Torrent de Colobrers (photo above).

12 Apr 2019

A new project is being carried on...

Hi there,
after coming back from the Netherlands where I met teachers from six different  european countries, it was time to begin our task in our schools. 
Actually, I am involved in a new project with Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands. We are four teachers of English, teaching in year 2 and year 3. We decided to share something interesting from the places where we live and here we are!
We have just designed the cover for our story where we will have two main characters who will visit our cities and will learn from our cultural heritage. Here you have a summary:


10 Apr 2019

Learning past singing

Hi everyone! 
I always try to make my lessons funny and I think that
the videos below are worthy and useful for working on past simple and 
having fun at the same time.
Watch them and tell me what is your opinion.


7 Apr 2019

An excellent reading


This book is an excellent reading to inspire not only girls but also mothers, grandmothers and teachers. We can read it to schoolchildren. Illustrated by sixty female artists, the book introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives. Empowering, moving and inspirational, they are real lives for heroines who definitely want to be themselves!




1 Apr 2019

Fools Day


 April 1st, the day most commonly called "April Fool's Day" is celebrated in many countries by people in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Australia, South Africa, The Netherlands and other countries around the world. 
 It's a day
to practice jokesget creative and play fun pranks on people around you. 
Nobody is exactly sure where the tradition started but nowadays it's an excuse to play silly jokes on friends, as the example below at my kitchen.

Many newspaper, radio personalities, television shows, and internet web sites participate in the celebration.
Here you have a home made video where you can learn easy eater pranks ;D

30 Mar 2019

Diving into emotions&language learning

Hi there, another training course is over. This has been about emotions in the language acquisition process. The course made me to reinforce in the idea of PBL methodology because it promotes students' interest and engagement. I can say that emotions play a vital role in the learning process. Because of that, playing can be an excellent resource in our lessons. Here you have the new badge.


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21 Mar 2019

Celebrating spring time with Thinglink

Hi there, spring is here and we can describe it with an easy tool: thinglink. Try it! An easy way to summary lessons."

20 Mar 2019

A new badge achieved!

Hi there, the post today is related to a NOOC INTEF badge that I achieved. It's related to the net and how we can teach children about security in it.
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17 Mar 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hi there,
Ireland celebrates today an important celebration. Just if it is your interest, here you have a story that might help you to understand why Irish people celebrate this day.


15 Mar 2019

School strike for climate change

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish Parliament that has since spread all over the world. The movement is now called Fridays For Future and she has been named as one of the worlds most influential teens by Time magazine.

This is an interesting talk that Greta gave in TED talks, it was recorded at a TEDx event.

14 Mar 2019

IMPACT Project

Dear all, as you can see in the photos something is happening this week: it is being celebrated the 5th IMPACT Teacher Training Week in Deventer, The Netherlands. The weather is rainy and cold but the Catalan Team is always shining! 
                                                     Panorama Mesdag, The Hague
Anyway, I am involved in a European team called "Let's travel around Europe". We are going to write a cooperative story time with our kids in year 3. Just if it is your interest, here you have the blog where we will upload all of our materials.

8 Mar 2019

HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY

I want to recommend a book today. That is Mrs. White Rabbit, written and illustrated by Gilles Bachelet. It's a funny book where Mrs. White rabbit loves her husband and their children, but living in Wonderland comes with a number of challenges. In addition, Alice usually visits her and there are endless tasks and chores that disturb her. Her husband never notices, and never collaborates with the housework. Because of these reasons, she wishes a cooperative and lovely husband much more the one she has. Luckily, she writes a diary and she forgets it lying around, moment in which her husband can read it and design a sweet end. Worthy to read it!

5 Mar 2019

Ready for an interesting oral activity

Hi there,
Women Day is coming and I am interested in talking to children about household chores before March 8th.
First of all, I prepared a presentation with some chores vocabulary just to refresh and to remember some basic vocabulary.
After that, I will ask students the meaning of chores. If they don't answer, I will describe them as routine tasks that are often done around home. 
Many people find chores unpleasant or boring and they are averse to do them.  When chores are divided among many people, they can be accomplished much faster.
The presentation below will help us to understand better some of the chores.


After talking about the main chores, we will be ready to introduce a conversation about them:
Who does the most chores at home?
What chores do you dislike the most?
Do you have to do chores as a routine?
Which ones are you assigned?
Both men's and women's chores should be shared fairly. Do you agree? Why?


4 Mar 2019

Close the dream gap!

From this post, I want to thank Barbie for inspiring and encouraging the new generations with this awesome project: THE DREAM GAP! 
Many girls begin to develop self limits when they are kids and they stop believing that their gender can do or be anything. This is the dream gap in which Barbie has developed a short movie sharing many girls' dreams. 

10 Feb 2019

Spiders everywhere

Hi there,
Two weeks ago I introduced Incy Wincy Spider in year 3 English lessons. After that, children were engaged about spiders and they found out many facts about the arachnids. The digital magazine below summarizes their founds.

7 Feb 2019

Dickens' Day!


Today, February 7th  is the 207th anniversary of the birth of English author Charles Dickens! Here you have a cartoon to share with children. It is about the famous writer:


I am sure that celebrations and public readings of his work are being held all over the world. I don't read any of his books in my lessons but I am going to introduce him and his most famous books:

Oliver Twist: most people know the story of Oliver Twist. It is one of the most favourite books for children mainly after the movie's production.
David Copperfield: it is the tale of David Copperfield from his birth through to his maturity, what obstacles he faces in life and what friends he makes. With great characters it was Dickens' own personal favourite of all his novels.
A Christmas Carol: it's the classic story of how a bitter miser ( Mr. Scrooge) gets re-habilitated after being visited by three ghosts. The Ghosts' of Christmas Past, Present and Future show him visions of his life and of his influence on the others' life. On seeing things as they truly are, Scrooge changes his whole outlook on the world.

So, from now on, try to remember these three books from this famous writer, Charles Dickens!

By the way, I recommend to you a helpful blog if you want to dive into Dickens

2 Feb 2019

Did you see the groundhog?

There's an important legend in Catalonia about "la Candelera" (February 2nd). It's celebrated just in the half winter and people say that "Si la Candelera plora, l´hivern és fora; si la Candelera riu, el fred és viu". So, this legend is about weather.
In Pennsylvania there's another one about marmots or groundhogs. It says that an early spring is on its way if you don't see this animal's shadow, but it's six more weeks of winter if you Do see.
Whatever the weather predicts, families will surely dig these adorable Groundhog Cupcakes. 
By the way, if you are a teacher, maybe you are interested in web. You will find some information to work this special day with your students.

30 Jan 2019

Peace Day

Hi there, 
on January 30th we celebrate PEACE DAY.
One of the reasons for this celebration is because Mahatma Gandhi died on the 30th of January. He was an Indian political and spiritual leader who was known for his non-violent form of protesting. Also, one of his famous thoughts was "It's possible to live in Peace". We have been talking in the classroom about his thoughts and after having a brainstorm, here you have the most important ideas children said for living in Peace:
*Do not disturb others
* Be tolerant
* Be peaceful
*Accept diversity
* Do not revenge
*Live in joy

Anyway,
there are some songs I could remember to celebrate this important day, but I want to suggest you “Heal the World”. 
It's a song from Michael Jackson's hit album, Dangerous.
We should make our world better just remember we are the ones who are living in it! 
So think about it that way and thumbs up the song!
Just in case you work this song in the classroom, 

25 Jan 2019

Europe, make a move

Many of you know that Catalonia is living difficult moments. Because of this, the Catalan Association of Civil Rights (relatives and friends of political prisoners) has had a new initiative with the hashtag #MakeAMove. It consists of downloading five letters which have to be sent to five European mandates so that everybody can make an urgent call because the soul of EU is at risk allowing that one of its members is drifting into authoritarianism without taking any steps to prevent it. 
Anyway, if you want to know more information, visit this page and download the letters. Besides that, the Catalan Association of Civil Rights have edited the video below to remember Europe our rights. 



22 Jan 2019

Riddles

Hi there,
today I am going to talk about riddles, but do you know what are they?
Riddles are descriptions or questions with a hidden answer.
Students love guessing and language games.
Personally, I use them in my lessons because students have fun and they reinforce writing and reading.
However, introducing riddles with very young children is not always easy.
For that reason, I chose a book to introduce the language game.
After reading them and make children to guess the answers, I pushed them to design a riddle. However, as very young children don't have resources to write, I decided they could draw. Here you have the template.

In this way, they could create their own riddle. After that, we were guessing the asnwers by groups.

20 Jan 2019

Designing blogs

Hi there,
if you are a blog owner or just a follower, here you have a useful link to help you with your inspiration designs.

15 Jan 2019

Good ideas to share

Hi everyone! I just want to share two activities I put in practice. 
You know that children love moving because they involve action. 
So, what about to learn new chants and vocabulary singing while moving?
Here you have a sample:


Another way to make children having fun in the classroom is by giving them some  vocabulary we have just introduced and using a famous tone for them.
As an example, try to repeat the days of the week or the months of the year as the example below:

January, February,
March, April,
May, June,
July, August,
September, October,
November, December,
Then you turn around.
(To the Macarena) 

10 Jan 2019

Tintin celebrates his 90 birthday today!

The young reporter appeared for the first time in 1929 together with his lovely and amazing dog Snowy. 
From this post, I want to celebrate his birthday bringing to my mind an awesome activity that my husband made at his studio and also a drawing  he made in one of his studio's wall . All the pictures were taken while he was working there and at the end of the process I could be in his project.
Tintin will be always in my family's hearts. Thanks Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi)!

8 Jan 2019

Second term is here!

Hi everyone!
It's time to come back to school and start the second term. Feel happy because we are going to introduce a cool song, the one that you have below! Click on that image and go to lyrics training web. Remember, if you want to listen to the missing word, you have to use the backspace botton. If you have problems, you can always use the tab botton for having the solution.


2 Jan 2019

Traditional game at Christmas

Hi there,
here you have a traditional game at Christmas time in the town where I live. The original game is not in English but I have adapted to play it in the classroom with students.
Here you have:




1 Jan 2019

WELCOME 2019 !

Wishing all my friends, followers and eventually readers good health, happiness, and success in the coming year and always!