Friday, 27 November 2009

Treasure Hunt: Three Constitutions

On 6 December Spanish people remember the day we ratified our constitution. A constitution is the set of rules that establish the structure and duties of a government. It also guarantees certain rights to the people.

In this activity we will review some important aspects of the Spanish Constitution and we will learn some facts about the Constitution of the United Kingdom and the Constitution of the United States of America. The three of them protect the Human Rights.

Read these questions carefully and think if you can answer them:

1. Which of the three constitutions is the oldest? When was it written?
2. When was the Spanish Constitution adopted?
3. What happened on 6 December 1978 in Spain?
4. What is the main difference between the Constitution of the United Kingdom and the other two constitutions?
5. Name three rights American, British and Spanish citizens have.
6. Complete these sentences with one of these words: Parliamentary monarchy, constitutional monarchy, federal constitutional republic.

a) Spain is a . . . . . . . . . .
b) The United States of America are a . . . . . . . . . .
c) The United Kingdom is a . . . . . . . . . .

These are the websites that you should visit to answer the questions:

Please send a comment with your answers and don't forget to include your name!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Happy Turkey Day!

I came across this funny video. I know you like videos and songs, so here it is for you to listen and see!

And here goes the original song:

The First Thanksgiving Day

If I were you I wouldn't hesitate to visit this fantastic website. You will be able to experience what the voyage on the Mayflower was like. You will also learn about a typical day in the life of both Pilgrims and native Americans. Are you hungry? Well, you can always take part of the first Thanksgiving feast! At the end, you can even do a WebQuest and check your knowledge . . . Don't miss it!

A Thanksgiving Day Worksheet

As you know, on the fourth Thursday of November people in the USA celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Members of the family meet around a huge dinner where stuffed turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes play an important role. Americans also enjoy American football on TV and there is a famous parade along the streets of New York.

Here is the worksheet we will be working in class these days. I hope it help you learn new things. Moreover, you can see another activity we will do if you click here.


Let's Give Form to our Letters!

Do you think you need help with your letter? If you click here you will see the format of a friendly letter in English. Here you can see a picture of what a neat letter is. If you click on any part of the picture, you'll get a description.

Make sure you write a nice letter. First impressions are important!

Please Mr Postman!

As you know, we are preparing our first letters for our American pen pals. Soon we'll receive their letters, too. Have a look at this video, listen to Please Mr Postman by The Carpenters and answer these questions:

1. What's the name of the person that delivers letters?
2. Where does he carry the letters?
3. What is the singer waiting for?
4. Who is the addressee of the letter?
5. Who is the addresser of the letter?

Here is a version by The Beatles. What is the main difference with the song above? Which one do you prefer?

6. Who is the addreeser now?

Ready to sing alone? Click here for a karaoke version and enjoy yourself!

Say NO in Any Language!

The United Nations designated November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We should be aware of how important this issue is all over the world. Here is a video for you to refect on violence:

And this is another short one, because NO is NO in any language!

Monday, 23 November 2009

How Healthy is your Diet?

You know that these days we have been working on food and healthy diet. Here you are the food pyramid we have seen in class. I hope you take it into account and put the pieces of advice given in class ("should / shouldn't") into practice. You will go on working on this topic in your Physical Education lessons, so don't forget it!

You can click here if you want to play a game called Mission Nutrition. Follow the instructions . . . and good luck!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

English is the FUNNIEST subject!

Did you understand all the explanations about comparatives and superlatives? If you think you need further clarification, click here and surf the site.

Now you are ready for a quick quiz, aren't you? Click here and do your best!

Now you can send a comment comparing Al, Joe and Ed, can't you?

Present Simple and Present Continuous

As you know, in unit 1 we studied Present Simple and Present Continuous. I think it's time to review both tenses. From here you will have access to explanations regarding their forms and uses, together with activities to check your knowledge.

Present Simple Present Continuous

Moreover, if you click here you can do an activity to distinguish one from the other.

Would you like to do something more challenging? Click
here and complete the text!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Let's Meet our Pen Pals!

Very soon we'll send our first letter to our pen pals. Click here if you want to see the list of the pairs. Would you like to know where they live and study? If you skim this website you'll get a lot of information about them. Make sure you are able to answer these questions and send a comment with the answers:

1. What is the name of the school?
2. What is the name of the town where the school is?
3. In the USA there are 50 states. Which is the state where the school is? (Perhaps you'll have to click here.)
4. Which is the county to which it belongs?
5. Have a look at the location of the state in this map. What is the capital of the state where our penpals live? Which is the ocean their state borders?

I'm waiting for your answers!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

The Health Benefits of Physical Activity

These days you will be seeing how good physical activity is for your health. According to your PE teacher, you should visit this website, read it carefully and learn about five of the benefits mentioned here. Once you've done it, you'll be ready to talk about them in Spanish, won't you? Moreover, you should also be ready to mention three benefits in English.

Apart from that, we'll deal with foods and healthy diet in our English class (you're doing it right now in your biology lessons, aren't you?). So, with the things you learn here you also should be able to mention three things you should eat and three things you shouldn't eat if you want to be healthy.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009


Last week we celebrated Halloween in our class by reading a text and answering a questionnaire about its origins . . . and we also played a scary bingo, didn't we? Here you are some other activities you can do to review vocabulary and have a good time . . . if you dare!

Click here to match words and pictures.

Try this quiz to check how much you know about Halloween.

Here you can read and listen to a story about a haunted house.