viernes, 20 de enero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "Olympic Games", "Human Reproduction" and "Modern Spain: the 19th century" 2

Good afternoon everyone!

This week I'm very sad after correcting the recovery tests about Europe, especially in group B, in which none of the students who did it has passed the test. Obviously, taking into account that I asked you to study before Christmas, and that I waited until last Friday for doing the test, the only possible explanation is that you haven`t taken this test seriously and you haven`t studied. It's a pity! because I can do the effort to prepare an extra test for you; it's my job and my responsability, but what I can't do is study for you... 

And most of you have done exactly the same, this is: "nothing" with the activities of the second unit of the book "Reading and writing". Thanks to that, this weekend is going to be a little more relax for me, but I would have prefered to have much more writing exercises to correct, because you need to improve a lot on this matter and this is the only way in which I can help you.

Well, coming back to this week, these are the links that we have used in the different subjects (as always, we haven't seen all of them, but you can do it now):

English:

We continue with Unit 4: "Olympic Sports". Next you have a video about Usain Bolt and two more about one of the X Games seen in class, and the young star Mitchie Brusco:






Natural Science:

In Natural Science, we have finished the lesson about the reproductive cells, and we have also studied the female reproductive system. We haven't used links, because we are reinforcing the unit with different worksheets that we are doing in class.

Social Science:

This week, we have studied the Spanish War of Independence and the Carlist Wars, and we have also started to talk about the end of Spanish Empire after the 1898 disater and the Spanish-American War.

Here, you have three pictures of the painting "3rd of May 1808" by Goya, one with a very good resolution, another one with explanations in Spanish, and the last one, my own version, that I did 35 years ago, when I was 19 :-)

"3rd of May 1808" by Goya

"3rd of May 1808" by Goya - Notas en español

"Homenaje a Goya - Martín Vicente Lozano

Have a good weekend!

viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

Weekly links, 6th grade - "Olympic Games", "Human Reproduction" and "Modern Spain: the 19th century"

Good afternoon and welcome again to the blog!

Next you can see some of the links we have used in this first week after Christmas, in the different subjects:

English:

In this case, we have continued working with Unit 4: "Olympic Sports" and, although we haven't had enough time to watch it in the class, I had this funny video prepared:


Natural Science:

In Natural Science, we have started Unit 3, about human reproduction and we have began to talk about the reproductive cells.

Apart from the text and pictures in the book, we have also used these two images (remember that you can enlarge the pictures clicking on them):

Types of human cells


Gestation period in mammals

Social Science:

In this matter, we have also started Unit 3, in this case about the Spanish 19th century. We have began talking about two important events that took place in that period, related between them and with a great influence in Spanish history; These are: "The French Revolution" and "Napoleon".

Apart from the contents on the book we have watched several interesting videos to illustrate these facts. First, two videos from the musical film: "Les Miserables" with the crucial moments in which people rise again the power:




Then, you can see one video about the causes that provoked the French Revolution, and two more about Napoleon's life:




Finally, I remind you that next week we are going to start to do some geometric drawings, so that, if you don't have them, you will need to buy a set of "Escuadra" y "Cartabón" (you will find them easily with the names in Spanish :-) and a ruler of about 30 cm long. 

Enjoy them again, and have a good weekend!

jueves, 22 de diciembre de 2016

¡Feliz Navidad!

Puerta sexto BEn esta ocasión, escribo en español, porque me dirijo no sólo a mis alumnos, sino también a sus padres.

Simplemente quiero desearos a todos unas Muy Felices Fiestas y todo lo mejor para el Nuevo Año. Ha sido nuestro primer trimestre juntos y, como decía la semana pasada, en general, salvo en Social Science, ha ido todo bastante bien. Por supuesto, siempre hay cosas a mejorar y ese debe ser nuestro objetivo a la vuelta de vacaciones.
Puerta sexto A
En la asignatura de Inglés, tenemos que mejorar la comprensión lectora, pero sobre todo debemos hacer un esfuerzo especial para mejorar el Writing, pensando en las pruebas externas de final de curso. Es, sin duda en la escritura, donde he observado mayores problemas en la mayor parte de los alumnos,  y eso afecta no sólo a la asignatura de Lengua Inglesa, sino también a las de Sociales y Naturales. En este sentido, hemos empezado ya a trabajar en clase de forma complementaria con el libro “Reading and Writing” de la editorial Oxford y lo seguiremos haciendo de forma metódica a lo largo de todo el curso. No es necesario que los alumnos compren dicho libro, pues les iré dando las fotocopias según las vayamos necesitando. Hemos completado ya la primera unidad, y se llevan a casa la segunda, como única tarea de esta asignatura para las vacaciones.


Christmas 02Christmas 01También quiero aprovechar para insistir en la importancia de que los niños vean alguna serie en inglés en la televisión. No se trata de que estén enganchados a la tele todo el día, sino que sin ven algún capítulo diario o semanal de alguna serie y ésta está originalmente en lengua inglesa, podemos fácilmente seleccionar dicha lengua en la TDT. No hace falta hacerlo de golpe, pues les puede resultar un poco pesado, pero podrían empezar, por ejemplo con ver en inglés los primeros 5 minutos e ir ampliando progresivamente dicho tiempo. Es sobre todo una cuestión de constancia y motivación; y, sin duda, una de las formas más baratas, fáciles  y divertidas de acelerar el aprendizaje del inglés.

Christmas 04Christmas 03Con respecto a Natural Science, el resultado ha sido positivo en ambos grupos, pero en Social Science, especialmente en la unidad 2 sobre Europa, ha sido un auténtico desastre. A lo largo de las últimas semanas he ido poniendo en este blog algunos enlaces a mapas interactivos para facilitarles el estudio de algo tan “pesado” como la Geografía, pero a la vista de los resultados obtenidos, estoy casi seguro de que pocos los han utilizado. Aparte de los mapas interactivos, hay una gran parte de los contenidos que sólo se aprenden si los estudian del libro, cosa que tampoco han hecho la mayoría. El resultado ha sido que más de la mitad de la clase, en ambos grupos, han suspendido el examen sobre Europa, aunque con la suma de todos los elementos evaluables del trimestre, al final muchos hayan pasado la evaluación.

Christmas 05
Christmas 06Como mi objetivo y los del currículo es que los alumnos aprendan unos mínimos necesarios, a la vuelta de vacaciones, probablemente en la segunda semana, haremos un examen de recuperación de Sociales. Dicho examen lo tendrán que hacer todos los alumnos que hayan suspendido la parte de Europa y/o la de España, teniéndose que examinar de una o las dos partes, según les corresponda, independientemente de que tengan aprobada por nota media la evaluación.

Christmas 08Con respecto a Arts & Crafts, aunque hayan aprobado todos, no va a ser necesariamente así el siguiente trimestre. Si bien hay algunos alumnos que se toman la asignatura en serio y lo hacen de forma ejemplar, hay un gran número de alumnos que se limitan a pasar el rato y a  hacer un esfuerzo mínimo o, incluso, inexistente. Como artista que soy, yo me tomo la asignatura con la máxima seriedad y pasión que me permite el poco tiempo de que disponemos. Pero los alumnos saben, porque se lo repito insistentemente, que valoro más el esfuerzo y el interés en el trabajo realizado que el resultado final. Tiene que ser así. Los buenos resultados suelen llegar por inercia, porque con el interés necesario y algunos pequeños consejos, siempre personalizados, los resultados pueden ser y son casi siempre maravillosos.

Christmas 09
Christmas 10A lo largo del artículo, habéis podido ver algunos de los Christmas de los alumnos de ambos grupos de 6º. Muchas gracias a todos los que los habéis realizado.  Y quiero también felicitarles desde aquí por su actuación navideña de ayer, especialmente a nuestros dos presentadores, Adrián y Ainhoa, y a algunos alumnos y alumnas, como Rocío Gómez, que se esforzaron especialmente, no sólo en cantar, sino también en transmitir todo el entusiasmo y la alegría que la ocasión requería.

Christmas 11
Christmas 12Voy a terminar este post, cómo no podía ser menos, con un par de vídeos de canciones Navideñas. Los he escogido a propósito, por ser distintas versiones de las dos canciones que hemos interpretado nosotros en nuestro festival: “Happy Christmas” y “Navidades Blancas”. Ambas canciones formaron parte de un concierto benéfico celebrado en el teatro del Instituto de Educación Secundaria “Cardenal Cisneros” de Madrid, durante las Navidades de 2014. Los villancicos están interpretados por el coro “Siyahambas”, que está integrado por un grupo de adolescentes, del que forma parte mi hija Carmen. Todas ellas han pertenecido o siguen perteneciendo al Coro de Pequeños Cantores de la JORCAM y, cuando sus estudios y ocupaciones se lo permiten, se reúnen para llevar a cabo conciertos con fines benéficos.

 “Happy Christmas”, de John Lennon:



“Navidades Blancas”:



¡Felices Fiestas y hasta el 9 de enero!

viernes, 16 de diciembre de 2016

Weekly links, 6th grade - Christmas time

This week we have finished the tests for this term and we have held the evaluation session. In general, the results haven't been bad, with the exception of "Social Science", but I will speak about it more in deep next week.

Along these days, we have been working in the Christmas decoration of the classroom and our corridor, with the two groups. Besides, we have improved (I think :-) the performance of our song: "Happy Christmas" by John Lennon. More over, you have learnt and practice with Ángel another song, in this case in Spanish: "Navidades Blancas". The song is very short and you are going to sing it very well. Undoubtedly, you need to do a bigger effort with the song in English, for that reason you have here the video again:


Have a good weekend!

viernes, 2 de diciembre de 2016

Weekly links, 6th grade - ,"Nutrition" (healthy food and revision), "Europe" (coastline and revision)

Today we have had a funny day visiting the "Queirós" Circus. Undoubtedly, it has been a wonderful experience. 

Next week, we'll only have class on Monday and Wednesday, and we will do the tests in Social Science (Monday) and Natural Science (Wednesday). For that reason, you have to study as much as you can this weekend. As usual, you can also watch again some videos and webpages seen during the units. 

Of course, you can also watch the video with our song for Christmas in the previous post.

Natural Science:

This week we have focused on the importance of having a healthy diet and the revision of the whole unit. We have watched this video about vitamins:


How do vitamins work? - Ginnie Trinh Nguyen (4:43)


As I told you, you have also here a table that you can copy in your notebooks with some important facts about vitamins (you can pulse over the table to see it bigger):


Social Science:

Apart from the links that you have in the previous articles, I recommend you to read and review all the lessons of the unit, focusing your attention on the highlighted words and sentences on each page. 

As I always tell you, if you have paid attention in the class and you have worked properly everyday, you won't need to study so much this weekend.

See you on Monday!

viernes, 25 de noviembre de 2016

Weekly links, 6th grade - ,"Nutrition" (Circulatory system and excretory system), "Rivers, Physical relief and coasts of Europe"

First, you can watch here the video with the song that we are going to sing at Christmas. The song is "Happy Christmas", by John Lennon:



English:

In the English class, apart from doing the test of unit 2, we have started the second unit, entitled: "Ancient Egypt". 

As an introductory funny activity related to the topic, we have watched the next video:
The Egyptian Pyramids - Funny Animated Short Film (Full HD) (3:35)


Natural Science:

This week we have studied the circulatory and the excretory systems. We have watched only the videos "How Your Heart Works" and "How the Urinary System Works", but you can also watch two other interesting videos:

How Your Heart Works (6:14)

Human Circulatory System (4:52)

How the Urinary System Works (5:13)

Excretory System Parts and Functions Animation video for kids (2:58)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZMJeZL-BVg

Social Science:

"Geography of Europe" (this is a short video about European Geography):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8brpoU_HNI

Remember that in the next links, you can practice the European Geography with several interactive maps, but you have here more information than in our books. You don't need to learn what is not in our books, although this can be a useful tool in your study process.

European rivers:




See you on Monday! 

viernes, 18 de noviembre de 2016

Weekly links, 6th grade - ,"Nutrition" (Respiratory System), "European rivers"

This weekend, the most important thing is to review the unit 2 of English: “Future transport”, for the test we will do next Monday, 21st. As I have told you these days, apart from the highlighted vocabulary on the first pages of the unit, you have to focus your attention in the next gramatical structures:
  • Need to / don’t need to
  • Needs to / doesn’t need to and
  • Will / won’t (in this case, to talk about the future). Remember that you can review this grammar on page 120 of the Students' book.
Apart from this, if you have a little extra time, here you have some interesting links of Natural and Social Sciences:

Natural Science:

First aid education for children: Choking (0:56):

(We have watched the next two videos in group A, and we will watch them next week in group B)

How Your Lungs Work (5:21):

What do the lungs do? - Emma Bryce (3:21):

Social Science:

European rivers:

http://online.seterra.com/en/vgp/3135 (I have explained in the class the different stages in which you can use these interactive maps to play and study at the same time)

Next, you have two more interesting links to practice with European rivers along the week:



Have a good weekend!