"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality" (John Lennon)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More on Halloween

This is a very interesting article on the history of Halloween and it is taken from First News, the newspaper students of classes II and III sometimes read.
Click on the link below and you'll discover new info.

First News Children's Newspaper - Official Site Features First News Finds Out: Whose idea was Halloween?

A crossword by a student

Here is a crossword Silvia, a student of the class involved in this project made. She made it on paper and I copied it in a website where it is possible to create crossword.
Do it and have fun!



Imagine: a word cloud

Last week students of class II A listened to the song Imagine and they also did some activities I prepared for them.
This week I asked them to prepare activities on the song and they really did a very good job.
Now here I found a nice way of doing a word search so ... try to find the 10 words related to the song!
The first one who finds all of them will get a prize!

Wordle: Imagine

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012!


Here are some nice poems to celebrate Halloween. 

Three Little Ghosts ghostghostghost

Three little ghosts on Halloween night
Saw a witch and shrieked in fright
The witch just laughed and shouted, "Boo!"
One ghost ran home and then there were two.
Two little ghosts who shiver and shook
With every single step they took.
When the door opened wide
One little ghost said to the other...
I'm going home and stay with my mother.
One little ghost can't have much fun,
so he ran home, and then there were none.

5 little pumpkins

This is my Jack o' Lantern. I made it myself, believe it or not! And I had a lot of fun doing it.

If you want to make your Jack O' Lantern watch this video:

I also made some delicious Halloween cookies and muffins, here they are!

And here you find some recipes to make wonderful biscuits!

If you want to know more about Halloween and to do some exercises click in the following links:

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Translation competition 2012-2013 II

Flat Stanley, Chapter II by November 12th

Mercy Watson, Chapter III by November 12th

Monday, October 22, 2012

Etwinning European Quality label

After having received the eTwinning National Quality Label we also got the eTwinning European Quality Label and I'm really proud of all my students who took part in the project "Postcards from our Countries" last school year.
We work hard and full of enthusiasm trying to learn as mush as we could and improve both our language and ICT knowledge.
We achieved an important result and it's nice to share this achievement with other schools in Europe.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Let's play countries and nationalites

Some weeks ago 1st year students studied countries and nationalities and to review these words we played a game.
They had a photocopy with countries and another with nationalities. They cut all the pictures and made cards. Then we shuffled the cards and gave some of them to each student.
The game started and each student, in turn, pretend to be from a country and another student pretended to be from that nationality.
This was an easy way to learn these words and have a bit of fun at the same time.
Here are the videos with the students playing.

The following video is to review some countries and nationalities.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Means of transport

This set of flash cards will be useful to all of you to learn the means of transport, if you do the games here you will remember these words better.

When you use the means of transport showed in the flascards you say:

I go by car, bike, train, bus etc.


you say

I go on foot


I walk!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What do you like doing?

This morning in class II D and yesterday in class II G we studied like + verb -ing.

Remember what we said:

S (I, you, we, they) + love, like, don't mind, don't like, hate + verb -ing + ........

S (he, she, it) + loves, likes, doesn't mind, doesn't like, hates + verb -ing + ........

Click here to do some more exercises to get ready for your test:

What are they doing?

Second class students are studying the present continuous tense so i thought it a good idea to put some links here to exercises a bit more before the test that they will take soon.

Look at these pictures and answer these questions?

1. What are doing?
2. What is she/he doing?
3. Are they ........-ing?
4. Is she/he ........-ing?


This is a very easy exercise and it will take a couple of minutes to do: http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=8051

These following exercises are a bit less easy but they are not difficult: http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=7021

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A song a month: 1st chat!

Yesterday evening from 8.30 pm to almost 10.00 pm Italian and Turkish students and teachers taking part to the eTwinning project "a song a month" have been chatting and having a lot of fun!
I was really a great experience ! There were more than 20 people chatting at the same moment and they were eager to know each other and asked a lot of questions such as:

What's your name?
Where are you from?
How old are you?
How are you?
What's your favourite sport?
What's your favourite song?
Who's your favourite singer?
What's your favourite food?
What are you doing?
How many people are there in your family?
... and so on.

All the students had the chance of asking and answering a lot of questions and could also "listen" (I should say read but it seemed as if we were face to face) to the others chatting.
Of course English wasn't perfect but we were all able to understand each other and this is the most important aim to keep in mind when we learn another language: to COMMUNICATE with other people!

Both the Turkish colleague and I were really happy and glad to see how effectively our students talked and how enthusiastic about it they were!


Here are some pictures of the yesterday night chat.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy European Day of Languages 2012: a video.

       Dear students who took part to the project Happy European Day of Languages 2012,
 here is a video reporting each phase of the project, all the posters you've created and a short "thank you" video realized by the students of Lugnano in behalf of all you saying thank you in the different languages of the project. The pronunciation is not perfect because we don't know all the languages!

The students were really happy to get a lot of posters from all the countries involved  and enthusiastic of taking part to this project. Together with my colleague we involved 5 groups of students and we managed to create 5 posters, one in each classroom. All of them had the chance to see where each country is on the map and at the same time realize how big but how close all the countries are. We could see many different languages but also a lot of similar words. We really are a big community and we are happy of being part of it! 

So we do love Europe for this. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

A song a month

Students of class II A will take part to the eTwinning project "A song a month". 
They have already started with the first activities of introducing themselves and of writing posts about their favorite songs on the twinspace of the project. We are also having a chat sessions with some students from the partner schools next Friday 12th October in which all of us will have the chance of asking and answering questions to get to know each other a little bit. The chat will take place within twinspace that is a site completely safe and only the students with their passwords and the teachers can get in. 
Here is the map with the schools involved in this project. 

The project idea is to work on some famous songs and on songs the students like and to create language activities to share with the other schools. At the end of the projoct we will create a calendar with pictures and info about singers and bands and with sentences taken from our favorite songs. We will also create a  song book with the songs we listened to and the activities students and teachers have created. 

Here is the list of all the schools involved in the project. 

The main objectives of the project are:

-to create contacts with European students to know them and the culture of their countries;
 - to improve the use of English as a Foreign Language; - to implement the use of ICT; 
- to create language activities; 
- to develop writing skills in English (using both formal and informal language); 
- to know more about music genres; 
- to work together with the aim of creating friendly relationships. 

So, let's listen to beautiful songs!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Where are you from?

These days we've started studying countries and nationalities with first year students.
If you clik here you'll find an old post from last year where you can find videos and exercises.

Here is an easy video to watch and listen to people saying their nationalities.

Listen to this nice old song and try to find as many countries as possible.

More exercises:

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Beatles 50 years ago!

50 years ago The Beatles released their first song "love me do". This pop group changed the way of playing and singing music all over Europe and ... more!
Today in Liverpool people gathered together to sing the song" Love me do".

Here is a video of today event.

And here is an article about it http://gu.com/p/3aq9d.

If you want to know more about The Beatles you can click here: http://www.biography.com/people/groups/the-beatles-20550291

And here is "Love me do".

Love, love me doYou know I love youI'll always be trueSo please, love me doWhoa, love me do
Love, love me doYou know I love youI'll always be trueSo please, love me doOh, love me do
Someone to loveSomebody newSomeone to loveSomeone like you
Love, love me doYou know I love youI'll always be trueSo please, love me doOh, love me do
Love, love me doYou know I love youI'll always be trueSo please, love me doWhoa, love me doYeah, love me doWhoa, love me do

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Translation Competition 2012-2013 I

Some 3rd year students will take part in the Translation Competition (Second Edition).
They have to translate a chapter every two or three weeks and give their work to the teacher. This competition will last all the school year and in June the winners will get a prize.

Here you find the rules (Regolamento) of the competition:

Art. 1. L'Istituto Comprensivo di Attigliano bandisce un concorso di traduzione che consiste in una traduzione dall’inglese all’italiano inedita e mai veicolata sul web, articolato nella sezione ragazzi: alunni classi terze di Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado dei plessi di Attigliano, Alviano, Giove e Lugnano.
Art. 2. I partecipanti al concorso dovranno consegnare la traduzione capitolo per capitolo di una storia concordata con le proprie insegnanti di classe La partecipazione è facoltativa e individuale o a piccoli gruppi.
Art. 2 bis. Non è consentito l’uso di traduttori. E’ consigliato l’uso di dizionari bilingue e dzionari illustrati sia cartacei che online (alcuni link utili si trovano sul blogwww.funwithenglihandmore.blogspot.com).
Art. 3 Gli elaborati dovranno essere corredati dal nome, cognome, classe di appartenenza dell'alunno/a e dell’anno scolastico.
Art. 6. Gli elaborati dovranno essere consegnati alla docente di lingua inglese di ciascun plesso entro e non oltre le date stabilite di volta in volta (probabilmente ogni due settimane).
Art. 7. Gli elaborati dovranno pervenire in formato cartaceo e scritte a mano con la penna. Gli elaborati verranno riconsegnati dopo la correzione. Le traduzioni vincitrici, o brani di queste potranno essere pubblicate sul blog “www.funwithenglishandmore.blogspot.com”.
Art. 8. Verrà premiata la miglior traduzione per ogni classe. La giuria, il cui giudizio è inappellabile, si riserva di assegnare riconoscimenti speciali.
Art. 9. La premiazione avverrà il giorno della manifestazione di fine anno scolastico che si terrà in ogni plesso. Nello stesso giorno verrà allestita una mostra con una parte degli elaborati.
Art. 10. Il premio consiste in materiale utile allo svolgimento delle attività scolastiche ed è offerto dalle docenti.
Art. 11. Verrà costituita una giuria unica per tutto l’Istituto composta dalle docenti di lingua inglese Prof.ssa Sabatini, Prosf.ssa Coniglio.
Art. 12. La partecipazione al concorso implica l'accettazione delle norme del presente regolamento.
Il presente regolamento verrà affisso nelle classi terze di tutti i plessi di scuola secondaria di primo grado e sarà disponibile online sul blog curato dalla Prof.ssa Chiara Sabatiniwww.funwithenglishandmore.blogspot.com.

Here are the due dates for the first chapters. So let's start, good luck and ... have fun!

Flat Stanley, Chapter I by October 22nd

Mercy Watson, Chapter I  - II by October 22nd