A couple of weeks ago, our 4th ESO students wrote a news report in which they had to talk about a natural disaster, a rescue or a survival. Later, they used the webpage www.fodey.com to create their own newspaper clippings.
Watch the first part of Side by Side TV News and answer the questions:
There was a *blackout in Centerville last night. What were people doing when the lights went out?
He was......................and his wife was....................
She was..........................at the laundromat.
They were ...........................and their children were..................
He was...............................all night.
According to the Power Company's Director of Public Information, what washappening when the blackout occurred? It was........................... Were workers watching the controls at the Power Company offices? No...................... What were they doing instead? What was the presenter Bob Rogers doing when the lights went out? He was............................and his wife was.............................. What was the presenter Jackie Williams doing? She was............................. What were the manager and his wife doing when the lights went out? They were.............................. *blackout: aperiodduringamassivepowerfailurewhenthelackofelectricity for illuminationresultsinutterdarknessexceptfromemergencysources, ascandles.
We are currently working the Present Perfect in class so I asked my 3rd ESO students to create memes in which they had to use this tense. Here's the result. Some of them are really funny!! Well done, guys!
In this activity, students worked in small groups. They were given 10 verbs by a different group, 5 of which were well known or very frequently used. The other 5 verbs were found randomly in dictionaries, therefore new for them. They had to create a story in which: - they used all the verbs - they used the present tenses - they included a Magic Hat with a special power. These are some of the stories that students came up with. Congratulations guys, well done! The Magic Hat
by Duna, Lara, Rosa and Joel
He arises at 08.00 and he creeps over his bed. He
falls down and he bleeds. He goes to do his homework and he proves an
experiment in the playground. He starts to dig to make a swimming pool to swim.
He goes to the garage and he starts to sweep
because the floor is dirty. Then, he finds a magic hat.
He catches the bike and then he rides to the
park and shows his hat to his friends. He plays with them and he mislays the
hat in the bush.
At midnight, the hat goes to his house and
prepares breakfast for him.
The Magic Hat
by Maika, Martín L., Aldara and Nerea
The owner of the hat goes to magician classes. He
drinks a potion to bring the hat to life. First, the potion wakes the hat. When
it sees its owner, the hat sees he’s really ugly so it starts to cry.
The hat is sad and sleeps all day long. When he
wakes up, he is at a shop and an old man rents it for a wedding.
Before the wedding, the old man spoils it and
then he goes to an expensive restaurant and there he eats a fantastic meal.
When they go to the wedding, the hat sees a
beautiful hat and he wants to engage with her.
The hat searches her Facebook profile and he
finds amazing pictures so they meet and they like each other so much that they
want to marry.
The wedding is very beautiful and there are
only hats and caps. They have children and they call them “mini-hats”.
The Uses of the Magic Hat
by Lucía Guzmán, Emma, Hugo and Christian
I like this hat because I can do the things
that I want.
This hat can wake you up. You only have to set
This hat transmits information that you need.
In maths exams it can calculate the difficult operations. It can hold all the
information that you want.
In this hat you can tweet with your friends,
using the mobile phone that it offers.
This hat can find you in the place that you are
in the moment.
This hat can disappear and make invisible the
person who wears it.
Sometimes, you can repent of the hat’s use but
at the same time, it makes your life easier.
The Magic Hat
by Daniel, Martín F., Aarón, Lucía González and
I find a hat in my house but when I leave home,
I forget to put it on. I find another hat on the street, I put it on and it
teleports me to another country!
I walk on the street and I realize that nobody
moves. It has never happened to me!
I think that I have a magic hat because when I
put it on, people stop moving and I’m in another country but when I remove it,
people are doing things and I’m in my country again.
I go home and I leave the hat in my bedroom but
when I go to my bedroom again, I think I’ve lost it because it isn’t there! But
I don’t mind.
I go to buy some chocolate and I find the hat again.
It is on the head of another person and I blame him of stealing my hat. But I don’t
tell him anything because I was so hungry that I just wanted to eat the
The Magic Hat
by Samuel, Manuel, Sofía and Aralia
This is the story of Ursula. She doesn’t study
so she needs to infiltrate a book to copy in the exam. She is nervous because
the exams are about the Romans and she doesn’t remember that Roman streets
converge in a public square.
When she goes home, she finds a hat. At home,
her mother is waiting for her. She needs to know the test mark. She’s nervous
but the hat makes her invisible. She goes to her room and she starts to do her
After that, she’s tired and she drinks a glass
of water. She chokes with the water, she can’t breathe. Suddenly, the magic hat
sanctifies her and she saves her life.
Then, the magic hat plays relaxing music and
she falls asleep and has sweet dreams.
If you are currently studying 4th ESO, your average mark is 7 or higher and your English mark in 3rd ESO is 8 or higher, you can apply for one of the 80 grants that "Fundación Amancio Ortega" offers to Galician students who want to study 1st Bachillerato in the USA or Canada.
It's a good opportunity to learn English and live a great experience so, why don't you try it?
Todos aquellos alumnos que estén actualmente estudiando 4º de ESO y tengan una nota media igual o superior a 7 y una nota de inglés igual o superior a 8 en 3º de ESO, pueden optar a una de las 80 becas que la Fundación Amancio Ortega ofrece a alumnos de Galicia, para estudiar 1º de Bachillerato en Estados Unidos o Canadá.
Es una oportunidad de aprender inglés y vivir una gran experiencia así que, ¡animaos!
week ago, actor Leonardo DiCaprio received the Oscar for his role in
the film "The Revenant". Watch his acceptance
speech in the following video:
"Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year for their unbelievable performances. The Revenant
was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and
crew I got to work alongside. First off, to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on screen can only be surpassed by your
friendship off screen. To Mr. Alejandro Innaritu, as the history of
cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past 2
years... thank you for creating a transcendent cinematic experience.
Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency…my entire team. I have to
thank everyone from the very onset of my career…to Mr. Jones for casting
me in my first film to Mr. Scorsese for teaching me so much about the
cinematic art form. To my parents, none of this would be possible
without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are.
Activity: (from 2')
Listen to the speech and complete the text with the missing words.
And lastly I just want to say this: Making The Revenant
was about man's relationship to the natural world. A world that we
collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our
production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be
able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It
is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to
work collectively together and stop *procrastinating. We need to support
leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who
speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for
the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would
be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those
people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of
greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take
this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much".