Endangered animals

Do you know that there are many endangered animals all over the world? What’s that?

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Endangered animals are animals in danger of extinction. An animal is considered endangered  when there are very few of them alive.

In the history of our planet lots of cretaures have disappeared, such as dinosaurs. During the age of dinosaurs, only 1 species became extinct, but, nowadays, the problem is much more worrisome because the number of endangered animals is closer to 40,000 species per year.

Most of the extinctions are caused by people, due to indiscriminated hunting or  environmental destruction. If you want to know more about the different causes of animals extinction, click on the picture. 2016-01-17_1302

The more we know about this problem, the more we can do to save the endangered animals.

And if you want to know more about the reasons these animals are in danger, here you have a fun and easy way to learn more about them.

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Why don’t we prepare an illustrated endangered animals encyclopedia? I’m sure that it will be an amazing activity. So that, take a look at this website and choose your favourite endangered animal. Take notes on the most relevant information such as, name, adult size and weigth, habitat, food, the reasons why it is in danger of extinction…..Click on the link below and start working!!!!!!!

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I’m looking foward to seeing your work!!!!!

I can see a rainbow too!!

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Spring is the perfect time of year to teach children about the rainbow.

A primavera é o momento perfecto do ano para falarlles aos cativos do arco da vella.

So last Monday, Miss Spring came to our classroom and  told us that a long time ago, people thought rainbows were magical bridges across the sky full of colors  and she began a discussion by asking us a few questions to get us thinking:Have you ever seen a rainbow in the sky? What was the weather like when you saw a rainbow in the sky? Was it raining? Finally, Silvia explained us how a rainbow appears in the sky. Then Miss Spring read us a story called “The sun and the cloud”and taught us a short and fun song that will help us recognize the colors of the rainbow.

O luns pasado, Miss Spring pasouse pola nosa clase e contounos que fai moito tempo a xente pensaba que o arco da vella era unha ponte máxica que enchía o ceo de cores e para que pensaramos un pouquiño preguntounos se viramos algunha vez un arco da vella e como estaba o tempo cando aparecía no ceo. Ao final, SIlvia contounos que ela sabía porque aparecía no ceo e explicóunolo. Logo Miss Spring leunos una conto titulado “O sol e a nube” e ensinounos unha divertida cancionciña que nos axudará a recoñecer as cores do arco da vella.

Do you want to sing along with us?

I can sing a rainbow” song written by Arthur Hamilton 1955. This video is intended for educational use.

I Can Sing A Rainbow Lyrics:
Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your eyes,
Listen with your eyes,
and sing everything you see,
Now you can sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow,
sing along with me.

Butterfly life cycle wheels

butterfly-lifecycle5-294x300Butterfly life cycle wheels  provide a wonderful visual demonstration to help kids explain how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.All you’ll need is a white paper plate, a coloring sheet  of the butterfly life cycle, crayons, glue and scissors.After teaching my children about the 4 different stages in the butterfly’s life cycle, they colored all of the stages. Then I let them cut around each picture, and glue them on to the paper plate themselve.

As rodas do ciclo da vida das bolboretas aportan unha inmellorable axuda visual que permite aos cativos comprender como unha oruga se transforma en bolboreta. Todo o que necesitades é un prato de cartón, unha fotocopia para colorear co ciclo da vida das bolboretas, ceras, pegamento e tixeiras. Despois de ensinarlles aos rapaces os catros estados do ciclo da vida destes insectos, colorearon as fichas. Finalmente recortaron cada un dos estados e pegáronnos  nos pratos de cartón.

I found numerous examples of this activity surfing on the Internet and here you have our version.

Atopei numerosos exemplos desta actividade navegando por internet e aquí tendes a nosa versión.

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Egg carton caterpillars

We continue working on insects  in a fun way.

I started this activity by having children watch “The very hungry caterpillar” film. It was fantastic to see how interested my kids got watching the film version of this Eric Carle’s book. They liked it so much that  I had to read them the story each time we took the activity up.

Comezamos esta actividade coa película do libro de Eric Carle “A oruga glotona”. Foi fantástico ver o entusiasmados que estaban todos con esta historia e, tanto lles gustou, que tiven que lerlles o conto cada vez que retomabamos a actividade.

This is a classic but very easy and simple art craft.

Material needed/ Material necesario

Empty egg cartons (each kid needs a row)/Cartóns de ovos baleiros (cada rapaz necesita unha fila)

Green and red paint/Pintura verde e vermella

Paintbrushes/Pinceis

Coloured pipe cleaners/Limpiadores de pipas de cores

Wiggle eyes/Ollos móbiles

And don’t forget wipes and towel papers.

E non esquezades toalliñas húmidas e papel.

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 You can also use this activity to review colours and some parts of the body.

Ademais podedes aproveitar esta actividade para revisar as cores e algunhas partes do corpo.

Insects in KIndergarten

Insects are very strange creatures but not all bugs are insects.During these two last weeks my kindergarteners explored the complex world of insects and this is what they have discovered.

Os insectos son criaturas moi raras pero non todos os bichos son insectos. Durante estas dúas últimas semanas os pequechos exploraron o complexo mundo dos insectos e isto é o que descubriron.

Insects from María Abilleira Pomar on Vimeo.

Parts of plants: a task in Kindergarten

fb2736_gifs+ratoncitos+floresComo xa sabedes, este ano en infantil deixamos de traballar cos libros de texto e apostamos polo traballo con proxectos. Decidimos comezar con algo que os nenos xa coñecen como son as estacións e empregar o inglés para coñecer o mundo que nos rodea. Este trimestre é o momento de traballar coa primavera e todo aquelo que aos rapaces máis lles chama a atención desta estación. Partindo dun conto onde a protagonista, Miss Spring, nos amosa todo aquelo que podemos observar na primavera como son os insectos, as flores ou o arco da vella decidimos plantexar coma primeira tarefa realizar un poster en grupo para reflexar as partes das plantas. Esto xurdíu a maiores nunha posta en común cos rapaces despois de que Miss Spring  lles contara que lle gustaban moito as flores. Investigamos un pouquiño partindo do que eles sabían, observamos flores para descubrir as súas partes, traballamos a lectura e a escritura coa pizarra dixital e, finalmente, realizamos uns poster en grupo co título PARTS OF A PLANT. Cada rapaz tivo a oportunidade de descubrir e aproveitar as súas habilidades e, sobre todo, descubrir e aproveitar  ás dous seus compañeiros. A toma de decisiones, o consenso e o reparto de tarefas foron outros aspectos que se fomentaron con este tipo de actividade. Como punto final realizamos unha ficha de forma individual para reflexionar sobre o que aprenderamos con esta tarefa. Aquí vos deixo o seu traballo.

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As you know, this year we stopped using text books  in Kindergarten  and  focused on working with  projects. We decided to start with something that children already know such as seasons and use English to understand the world around us. This term is the time to work with the spring and everything  that  draws their  attention of this season. Starting from  a story where the main character, Miss Spring, shows us all that we can observe in spring such as insects, flowers or a  rainbow, we  decided to create in small groups a poster about parts of plants as the  first  task. First of all, children  investigated a little based on what they knew, observed plant to find parts, worked on reading and writing with the digital board and eventually developed a poster with the title PARTS OF A PLANT. Each child had the opportunity to discover and use their skills and, above all, discover and take advantage of other’s capabilities. Decisionmaking, consensus and task distribution were other aspects that fostered this kind of activity. Finally, children made an individual sheet which gave them the opportunity  to meditate on what they had learned from this task. Here you have their work!

Parts of plants: A task in Kindergarten from María Abilleira Pomar on Vimeo.

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

halloween-scarecrow As you know, we are working on a European project about ABCs. This term my students have to learn words related to Autumn and spell them.

A scarecrow is one of the things Autumn see in our tale. With this cute song, children can learn some action in a fun way.  We’ll also  use our own version of this song to learn some parts of  face.

Como parte do proxecto ABCs in Europa, os rapaces teñen que coñecer palabras relacionadas co outono e aprender a deletrealas. Nesta ocasión, eleximos unha das que aparecen no conto Autumn, Autumn What do you see? que traballamos na clase. Imos a versionar esta divertida canción para aprender ademais as partes da cara e algunhas accións en inglés.