The sun and the cloud

Here you have the last activity of our Spring Project. As Spring is a good season to learn about weather, we use the story “The sun and the cloud” to learn why a rainbow appears in the sky. In adittion,this story ( Robby Rabbit 2-Macmillan) allows us to work in this issue in a fun way. Students read the story, watched the video,learnt some songs related to weather and chose one of the different roles of the tale in order to act out the story.We didn’t have enough time to rehearse the play all we wanted but we hope you enjoy it.

Aquí vos deixamos a derradeira actividade do noso proxecto sobre a primavera. Xa que este é o mellor momento para aprender algo do tempo, empregamos o conto “O sol e a nube” para aprender como aparece o arco da vella no ceo.Ademais, esta historia nos permite traballar esta temática dunha forma moi divertida. Os rapaces leron o conto, viron a película, aprenderon algunhas cancións relacionadas co tempo metereolóxico e escolleron o papel que querían representar na adaptación teatral que fixemos. Non tivemos suficiente tempo para ensaiar todo o que quixemos pero esperamos que disfrutedes coa nosa representación.

The sun and the cloud from María Abilleira Pomar on Vimeo.

Here you have a summary of this project:

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Spring Project-The End from María Abilleira Pomar on Vimeo.

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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Butterfly life cycle

caterpillar-chrysalis-adultMany insects like butterflies have four separate stages of life cycle, each completely different from others. Mummy butterfly lays eggs on  green leaves. After a few days, a small caterpillar comes out of the egg. This caterpillar is very hungry and feeds voraciously, growing quickly in size. Once the caterpillar is big enough, it stops eating and enters the transformation stage. It builts a cocoon around itself and, two weeks later, a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. This adult butterfly lays eggs  and the life cycle  starts again.

Moitos insectos coma as bolboretas ten catro estados diferenciados no seu crecemento, cada un diferente dos outros. A bolboretas poñen  ovos nas follas verdes e, uns poucos días despois, sae unha pequena oruga. Esta está famenta e aliméntase vorazmente, crecendo rápidamente en tamaño. Unha vez que a oruga é o suficientemente grande, deixa de comer e comenza o estado de transformación. Construe un casulo ó seu redor do cal, dúas semanas máis tarde, sae unha bolboreta. Esta bolboreta adulta poñerá ovos comezando asi outra vez o ciclo da vida.

pizap.com13697784130831Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is a great excuse for learning about  the cycle life of a butterfly.

O libro de Eric Carle, A oruga glotona, é unha boa escusa para aprender o ciclo de vida das bolboretas.

Here you have some videos to learn how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.

Aquí vos deixo uns videos para que vexades como unha oruga se transforma en bolboreta.

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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.

It’s Spring time!

mariposas para primavera, butterfly (1)This term we are going to learn about spring and all the changes that happens during this season . Butterflies flying around, a bright rainbow in the sky, flowers growing in the garden, green leaves in the trees.. It’s my favourite season!! Let’s start this project by reading Miss Spring. What do you see?

Este trimestre imos aprender cousas sobre a primavera e os cambios que acontecen nesta estación. Bolboteras revoloteando, o arco da vella no ceo, flores crecendo nos xardín, follas verdes nas árbores,.. É a miña estación favorita! Comencemos este proxecto lendo Miss Spring. What do you see?