Friday, 30 March 2012


With this craft to celebrate Easter in class, we wanted to make the traditional Eggs but in a different way. English, Art, collaborative tasks, foreign Festivals, Environment, creativity... All these things were present here. The students had to use recycled materials to design their Easter eggs; we did an exhibition at school with all the works; we sent the eggs to different European Schools as presents for our Comenius partners.

Thursday, 22 March 2012


Following the programme of the course "Learning and Teaching English celebrations", last wednesday, Neda Milenova, teacher trainer and translator, told us about Easter in Britain.  

Neda presented its origin as well as unknown customs and traditions that take place in Britain during Easter.  

We did different and interesting activities, some of them in small groups and in an interactive way, discusing them and adding new ideas and ways to adapt the activities to the students´age. We even had a little contest with prizes: Chocolate eggs!!

At the end of the session three of the participants gave talks about the celebration we dealt with in the previous session and that they carried out with their students, about Saint Patrick's Day. 

Next 18th april we will talk about  the Olympic games and the Fifth of May. 
Don´t skip the class!!

This is the presentation on Easter by Neda :

EASTER Handout (by Neda)

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Saint Patrick´s Day at CC Séneca

Here is the presentation we couldn´t see last Wednesday. It was made by Charo and Juan Antonio, teachers at CC Séneca:

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Saint Patrick's Day

Hello everyone!

This is how my students dealt with Saint Patrick's Day celebration.

2nd ESO.
They didn't know much about this celebration so I decided to prepare a very simple powerpoint about Irish symbols.

A wish for Saint Patrick's Day.
Students drew shamrocks and cut them out. They wrote a wish on each shamrock and made posters with all their shamrocks and wishes.

4th ESO.
In my opinion the videos in Walter's presentation were very useful. So I used them in class and I prepared some questions to check my students' comprehension.

After they were talking about the celebration and all of them shared their ideas.

Monday, 12 March 2012

April Fool's Day - Some Ideas

Last week Thomas explained to us how Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and April Fool’s Day. Then in groups we discussed how to deal with these festivities in our classes. We chose April Fool’s Day instead of St. Patrick’s Day since none of us had ever considered the possibility of using the festivity in our lessons. Our group came up with the following ideas:

Tell the students that the government has announced the timetables are going to change so that from Easter on they are going to have lessons in the morning and the afternoon, after a short break for lunch. Preferably, the Head would announce that, to lend credibility to our story.
After a few moments of panic (allow the students to scream for a minute!) we tell them it’s a joke, because it´s April Fool’s Day. We show a short video ( that explains the celebration, and we ask the students to connect it to the Spanish “Día de los Inocentes” (28th December)

We give the students some “stories” to read. They have to guess which ones are real, authentic stories and which ones are fake. Then they have to explain why they think so.
(see Document 1)

Since students usually like to write bizarre stories, we ask them to make up their own ones. They should take care that what they write has at least the appearance of truth, so that the story could be considered a “genuine” one and then fool others. To make it a bit more complicated they have to include in their text 5 words that they have taken out of a bag (at random)

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Saint Patrick's Day

I have been looking for some videos to work St.Patrick with my primary students.
Maybe you are interested too.

Pancake Day and Carnival

Hi everybody.
Here you have a short explanation about how I worked Pancake Day, and carnival with my Primary students.
  • 3rd cycle (2 sessions)
  • 1st session
    Brainstorming about words related to carnival (costumes, mask, parade, party, fun, clown...)
    Explain them a little bit about carnival in different places and divide the class in two groups.
    Show them both presentations and one group works about Mardi Gras and the other about Shrove Tuesday-Pancake Day.

    They prepare an Open Office Presentation.
    Ask them to bring yellow plasticine, a plastic pan and a mask for next day.
  • 2nd session
    They work in pairs sharing what they have found about carnival for about ten minutes,.
    Show them some presentations.
    Now that all of them know what Pancake Day is, we are going to celebrate a Pancake race.
    They prepare their plasticine pancakes. 
    They wear their mask and HAVE FUN!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Missing information in the slideshow

I'm not sure why but some things didn't come through on the slide show I posted. Here are the missing links:

I look foward to hearing from everyone!


April Fool's Day

Friday, 2 March 2012

Pancake Day

Hello everyone! Have a look at my 3º ESO students making and eating American pancakes in class. We had a great time.

But first they learnt about Shrove Tuesday and some tradtions, for example, Pancake Races in Olney.

They also learnt how to make American pancakes easily.

Next Wednesday I'll show you some of the activities I prepared to do in class before actually making pancakes.

Pancake Day traditions

Pancake Races
American Pancake recipe

See you then.

Elena Sánchez from IES Averroes.