26 May 2014

Are you a Science Breaker? We've got a mission for you!

The Science Breaking team of future CLIL Primary teachers at URJC have been designing various activities to aim at fostering Science and Audivisual skills among Primary CLIL students.

Today they are bringing a new mission that they have presented in the animation below:

For students to be able to accomplish this mission, Breaking Science has everything ready in this full lesson including various worksheets, together with an assessment rubric they have designed using Blendspace. Every part of this mini-project is scheduled step by step so young learners can observe, investigate, analyse, create, draw conclusions and evaluate their own work.

First Graders at CP San Claudio in Asturias are already looking forward to seeing what happens after the experiment, thanks to their CLIL teacher, Graciela.

If you ever carry it out in your lessons, @ScienceBreaking will love to hear your feedback!

Cross-posted from EU Robotics Week Education Spain. Originally viewed at Breaking Science

22 May 2014

Comic your subject

Comics are an engaging way to foster reading and writing skills. Kids are usually quite into reading comics, know and admire super heroes and get inspired by their deeds.

So, why not using comics in class to explain your subject and engage learners? Here are some tips to get started:

1. Decide on the topic you would like to explain.
2. Choose a digital tool to design your comic.
3. Draft the comic.
4. Publish it.
5. Use it in your lessons.
6. Disseminate your outcomes and experience.
7. Share with other peers.

Here you are some comics other peers have already designed to accomplish the goal of helping learners to understand content by visualizing it.

21 May 2014

Density Experiment - Breaking Science!

The Science Breaking team of future CLIL Primary teachers at URJC have a new experiment they'd like to share with you all!

Ready for the new challenge? Watch their video clip, listen and practise!

If you are a teacher and ever carry it out in your lessons, or at home if you are a student, @ScienceBreaking will love to hear your feedback!

Cross-posted from Breaking Science

20 May 2014

QR Storytelling

Billy Joel Ramos, CLIL Primary Teacher and member of the Book ME-Library URJC project, is presenting a collection of English e-stories for young learners.

He has designed them along his Master's Degree at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, putting into practice what he has learned in his own lessons, with his students at Colegio Villaeuropa, where he has taught them how to enrich storytelling with their own voices.

Here you are their QR code format outcomes, so get ready, scan them and enjoy storytelling!

Crossposted from Book ME-Library

19 May 2014

The Hare and the Tortoise, revisited

As part of their URJC Master's Degree for Primary Bilingual Education, a team of future CLIL teachers have been designing various CLIL activities to foster digital listening, reading and writing skills among CLIL Primary students within a so called  Heal The World With Stories project.

Their latest outcome is a two-stage assignment based on the traditional children's story 'The Hare and The Tortoise'.
Along the first stage, they explain the three different sections all stories have, and propose kids to mindmap their own story. As an example they have designed a mindmap of 'The Hare and The Tortoise'.

Once done, here comes the next stage: podcasting a new story following the mindmap the kids have designed. And again, they are providing the learners with a recording example. 

What story do you think you are going to hear? Of course, 'The Hare and The Tortoise'

The Heal The World with Stories members are @laugar91, @Maria91bm and @alcalop14. They will all love to hear from you if you ever use their activities in your lessons

Cross-posted from Stop and Learn English. Originally viewed at Heal The World With Stories.

16 May 2014

Comic Creation Tools

Have a look at this webmix and start creating awesome comics for your students, or get them design their own!

14 May 2014

Two storybirds for children

Storybird is a platform for writers, readers, and artists of all ages. Storybird is one of the world´s largest storytelling communities. This webpage allows your students to have fun reading and creating their own story. It is easy, very easy to write a story or a poem and you can get very nice pictures. Everything is free you have to sign up as a student or as a teacher. Other people can write comments on your story. It is awesome!! 
Here you can see two beautiful examples: "The Mermaid became a fairy" written by Diana Scripcariu and "Christmas Time" by Javier García Pardo, they are students in 4th ESO at IES Jaime Gil de Biedma School in Nava de la Asunción.

We hope you like them!

13 May 2014

Nice tips to conduct interviews with your students

Today we are back to Open Voices, a nice project developed at URJC we have already mentioned several times in this blog, aimed at providing tips and ideas to try and use mass media in Primary CLIL lessons.

At The ESL Times, we have been tracking their steps from the very beginning, when they were just crafting the overview of the project, enthusiastically introducing the project trailer and their expectations about it as well as sharing their first tip.

Some days ago the Open Voices team came up with a new activity to put into practice in CLIL or ESL lessons, with young learners. They have recorded a nice video clip and are providing students with neatly explained steps when conducting an interview.

Watch the video below and take good note of their tutorial; we think it may well become valuable support material if you would like your students to understand what an interview is and how it should be conducted, at the same time as they have fun, of course!

The Open Voices team would love to hear from you and read your comments if you ever use this material in class.

Thanks for your attention!

12 May 2014

London guide

The students at 5th-6th level in CPR Los Castaños (Granada) while were working the project "Countries around the world", have created a London guide.

It's an great work where you can find useful information about some interesting places to visit: location, maps, photos, timetable, prices...


More information in this Blog

9 May 2014

Around the world

The students at CPR Los Castaños in Pitres (Granada) have done an interesting work about a city that they chose in English class: writing short sentences, photos and recorded audio.
The used the App photo cut and fotobabble and finally the result was a talking photo.

Here is the work:

8 May 2014

Writing stories

Everything started when a group of students of the URJC University with their teacher (@mjgsm) proposed to us the idea of taking part on their project ICT for Reading and Writing. We are the Year 2B students from Colegio San Gregorio. They wrote everything in this blog:

At the begining we started reading and listening to one of the stories written by the students of the course #ictclil_URJC. The title was THE NAUGHTY MOON. My students really enjoyed it.

After this we decided to create a mind map using a couple of thinking routines: GENERATE - SORT - CONNECT - ELABORATE. and THINK - PAIR - SHARE. In the mind map students try to think about what parts of the story are important. This was the final result. 

So we started to create the main characters of their stories. They had to create a picture and a description. Here you have what they did.

Next day we were reading and listening to another proposal by the #ictclil_URJC students. This time the story was: THE PENGUIN WHO FELT COLD A LOT. They liked it a bit more than the previous one because this was easier for them and also there were pictures to focus their attention.

With this story we started to work on a GRAPHIC ORGANIZER about the three parts of the story. First we analized THE PENGUIN WHO FELT COLD A LOT

By the end of this activity they were ready to create their own Graphic Organizer about what is going to happen in their own story. Here you have an example about what they did.

So now everything was ready to write their stories and created a book of stories written by them. Here you can read and listen what they did. 

THE DOG by Diego and Daira.

THE BAT AND THE BOY by Héctor, Francisco and Bogdan

THE CASTLE FELL DOWN by Gadea, Alfredo and Gabriel

THE PRINCESS by Andrea and Mario

THE PENGUIN by Carla and Ángela.

THE DOG AND THE BOY by Alba and Edgar. 

THE MICE by Jaime, Lucía and Violeta. 

THE TURTLE SUMY by Paula, Javier and Nacho.

With all the stories we have created a book to leave at the classroom library to read along this school year and leave for the next students of this classroom. Here it is:

Every student has done these stories also in a separate worksheet again to set the into their own portfolios. We have sticked on them the QR-codes so they will have their posdcast also in their folders. 

We want to give a very big THANK YOU to the students of  #ictclil_URJC for bringing us this big learning opportunity. It was an amazing e-learning connection. 

Read the #ictclil_urjc stories at ICT reading and writing promotion.

6 May 2014

The creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Alejandro Zamora from CEIP Concordia in Campohermoso (Almería), show us his work about Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook.

Sixth year pupils have made some presentations about people who are important to the human life for something they have made, discovered or invented. Here you have Álex's presentation. Maybe the quality of the video is not so good, but the quality of the content is great! ;)

Congratulations Alejandro!

5 May 2014

Freedom for 2º ESO students

The students at IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia) share with everybody their opinion about Freedom. An excellent work!. 

Inmaculada López, the English teacher tell us:

After a loooong second term learning about different types of slavery, from the past with the plantations in the southern states of North America up to nowadays with modern ways of slavery, we decided that one of the best ways to round off this topic was to make a video in which you had to express what freedom means to you. Many of you agree that freedom is to be able to do whatever you want, to go wherever you please, to express yourselves freely, among other things. Some of your pics are great. Thanks again for your effort and motivation to learn in many other ways rather than just a textbook. Enjoy your work:

Silvia, Raquel, Mª José Bermúdez, Mª José Buendía and Celia (2º ESO B)
Silvia, Raquel, Mª José Bermúdez, Mª José Buendía and Celia (2º ESO B)
Marina, Tania, Ángela, Elena and Elvira (2º ESO B)
Marina, Tania, Ángela, Elena and Elvira (2º ESO B)
Marta, Berta, Verónica, Rocío, Mª Isabel and Ángela Mtez (2º ESO B)
Marta, Berta, Verónica, Rocío, Mª Isabel and Ángela Mtez (2º ESO B)
Alberto, J. Manuel, Arturo, Pablo, Fran and Juanjo (2º ESO C)
Alberto, J. Manuel, Arturo, Pablo, Fran and Juanjo (2º ESO C)
Lorena, María Molina, Tamara, Nerea and Celia (2º ESO C)
Lorena, María Molina, Tamara, Nerea and Celia (2º ESO C)
José Antonio y José Ismael (2º ESO C)
José Antonio y José Ismael (2º ESO C)
Gabi, Miguel, Pedro G and Pablo V (2º ESO B)
Gabi, Miguel, Pedro G and Pablo V (2º ESO B)
Iván, Ricardo, J. Ramón, Fran and Carlos (2º ESO B)
Iván, Ricardo, J. Ramón, Fran and Carlos (2º ESO B)
Cecilia and Laura (2º ESO C)
Cecilia and Laura (2º ESO C)
Alejandro García, Jaime and Ricardo (2º ESO C)
Alejandro García, Jaime and Ricardo (2º ESO C)
Máximo and Jesús ( 2º ESO C)
Máximo and Jesús ( 2º ESO C)
Pablo F, Clemente, Pedro Ayala, José Juan and Antonio (2º ESO B)
Pablo F, Clemente, Pedro Ayala, José Juan and Antonio (2º ESO B)
Alejandro Martínez and Alejandro Salmerón (2º ESO C)
Alejandro Martínez and Alejandro Salmerón (2º ESO C)