viernes, 24 de octubre de 2008

Creative Writing: I am Poem

This activity is very simple to carry out in class, and it is also very revealing. You will be surprised with the outcome! Before starting, it would be a good idea to revise literature concepts such as metaphor, similies, images. You can do this through the song "Feeling Good" by Michael Boubblé.
I recommend you to play soft background music while the children are writing. It helps to create a nice atmosphere. The children can let their imagination fly.
Here is the layout for the children to write their poem. I will include some examples of their writings soon. Stay tuned!

I am...

1st Stanza

I am (two special characteristics you have)
I wonder (something you are actually curious about)
I hear (an imaginary sound)
I see (an imaginary sight)
I want (an actual desire)
I am (repeat the first line of the poem)

2nd Stanza

I pretend (something you really pretend to do)
I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)
I touch (something you imagine you touch)
I worry (a worry that is real to you)
I cry (something that makes you very sad)
I am (repeat the first line of the poem)

3rd Stanza

I understand (something you know is true)
I say (something you believe in)
I dream (a dream you actually have)
I try (something you make an effort to do)
I hope (something you rally hope for)
I am (repeat the first line)

Webquest: Phenomena

The Truth Is Out There!

The world is a strange and mysterious place. People have been fascinated since the beginning of time by the inexplicable - ghosts, aliens, crop circles, psychics, and so on. Now that you have become familiar with science fiction vocabulary, what aspect of “the unexplained” interests you the most? What do you believe could really be "out there"?
Create a Power Point presentation offering basic background information about an unexplained phenomenon of your choice, in order to give a speech in class.

YOUR TASK! (What to do)
REQUIREMENTS (What the presentation must have)
• Include the equivalent of five full paragraphs of writing. Think of an interesting introduction to catch the reader’s attention.
• Make it attractive and easy to view, including graphics/images appropriate to your topic and some text and sound effects.
• Check the spelling and edit your text for punctuation and grammar. Remember! You count on your teacher for help.

PROCESS! (How to do it)

1. Select a topic to research. Possible topics might include:

• Ghosts
• Psychics
• Crop circles - UFOs
• The Bermuda Triangle
• The Loch Ness Monster

2. Use the resources listed below to help you start researching.
* More Unexplained Phenomenon
(Another large web site about many 'supernatural' occurrences)

(A paranormal and UFO search engine)

* PARASeek
(Another paranormal search engine)

3. Browse through the different sites looking for the information you need. Select the parts you are interested in, copy them, open a Word document with the title of your investigation and paste the selected texts.

4. Once you have all the information you need, start editing it to transform those texts into an interesting and informative 5-paragraph essay.

5. Once your teacher has checked your essay, start creating the Power point presentation. You can copy the paragraphs from the Word document.

G O O D L U C K !

viernes, 10 de octubre de 2008

Does water dissolve all kinds of materials?

The 5th form children researched about different mixtures to determine which was the Universal solvent. Then they created this presentation to show all the process of investigation at the annual school Science Fair. They also explained the topic orally to a very interested audience. Well done kids!

Local river polluted with oil?

This presentation is the result of two months work. The children researched about oil, its sub-products and the process of distilation.
We went to visit a natural oil spring that is aparently affecting the Ñirihuau River in Patagonia. Talking to the local people we found out that it's not the oil to blame, but the use of anti-freeze products used at the local airport. Find more.