1.en.23 the skeleton dance to celebrate Halloween

Hi, everyone,

A Swedish pop band, Fulkultur,  promoted this song with this application. If you upload your photo, you can dance endlessly in different styles. As we are under the Halloween spell, I’ve made a skeleton dance for you.

Listen to the words while you keep fit doing a bit of exercise. Follow the skeleton steps.

Click on the image and you will be able to make the skeleton dance as you will.

Enjoy the long, long, weekend!

The Ugly Dance

Fulkultur

Watch me now,
I’m limpin’ around.
The stomping ground
Like a mule.

A foot, a leg
An elephants parade
You seem to think that I look fool…ish.

I feel stupid when I’m dancing.
No, I can’t dance as cool as you.
I just feel stupid when I’m dancing.
Like a psychopathic fool.

Like a lemur
A fuzzy little dreamer
I strut around with easy steps

I feel stupid when I’m dancing.
No, I can’t dance as cool as you.
I just feel stupid when I’m dancing.
Like a psychopathic fool.

A frowning clown
A leopard in town
I traipse around
Like a cow

You look at me
Tell me to take it easy
but there’s no way to stop me now.

I feel stupid when I’m dancing.
No, I can’t dance as cool as you.
I just feel stupid when I’m dancing.
Like a psychopathic fool.

I feel stupid when I’m dancing.
No, I can’t dance as cool as you.
I just feel stupid when I’m dancing.
Like a psychopathic fool.

 

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1.ca.18 BELLESA CONCRETA

BELLESA

El novel•lista i semiòleg Umberto Eco ha escrit, entre altres obres, “Història de la bellesa”, on considera que l’actriu italiana Monica Bellucci és el prototipus de dona bella, com Venus ho va ser a l’Antiguitat.
Aristòtil, un filòsof grec del segle IV a.C., deia que la bellesa és la millor carta de recomanació. (Es veu que en aquell temps ja hi havia corrupció).
El poeta Jorge Luis Borges va escriure que “la bellesa és un misteri que no pot desxifrar la psicologia ni la retòrica”.
Hi ha qui opina també que la bellesa, juntament amb la joventut, és el primer regal que ens dóna la natura, i el primer que ens lleva.

A continuació podeu llegir dos poemes sobre aquest tema. Un és del poeta francès Baudelaire i l’altre, un fragment de l’anunci d’un cotxe. Els dos tenen coses interessants. Quin consideres més literari?

Pensaves que la bellesa era casual, subjectiva, personal.
Creies que era un misteri impenetrable sense regles ni lleis.
Però, i si tot tengués una explicació?

L’alba neix dels teus ulls,
espargeixes perfums com el vent.
Són un filtre les teves besades i una àmfora ta boca,
que fa l’heroi covard.
L’ull del teu somriure obre la porta
d’un infinit desconegut.

Observau que la idea de Borges apareix també aquí, en els dos poemes, amb un “misteri desconegut”.

Ara, mirau les fotos de diferents tipus de bellesa: persones, un paisatge, un animal, una màquina, … Fins i tot, en exclusiva, abans de sortir a la premsa, us he posat en primícia mundial, la bellesa d’un espai arquitectònic, el saló d’actes del nou hospital de Son Espases.
La vostra redacció sobre la bellesa abstracta ha d’emocionar el professor. A veure si ho aconseguiu. Feliç pont de Tots Sants.

1.en.22 Mills have entered our class: from Es Molins in Industria Street to a wind mill in Malawi

Last Monday, during our science lesson in English we looked at different kinds of mills, do you remember?

  • water mills
  • wind mills

We also went over  two different uses of wind mills in Majorca: pumping water and grinding grain.

You made very nice drawings in your notebook. Some students were very good!

From traditional Majorcan mills we moved to wind farms  that are used to produce electricity.

Today, following the wind mill thread,  we shall move from Majorca to a tiny village in Malawi, Africa, and we shall listen to an inspiring story of a boy, William, who built a wind mill to produce electricity. He got inspiration from a book he had got from a library. In his village there was not electricity, but nothing stopped him… I hope you shall get inspiration from his story.

We set off this year with a visit to a library, the story of William, the boy who harnessed the wind started in a library too. When you watch the video, I would like you to concentrate and to look closely at the library where William borowed the book that inspired him. What do you think of it?

Do you know where Malawi is?

In a remote village of Malawi lived a boy named William Kamkwamba. He got to be known as the boy who harnessed the wind.

Look at the meaning of the word harness in the dictionary and find out about William’s story.

Watch this you tube video and answer the questions:  Homework for Tuesday 2nd November

INSTRUCTIONS:

As usual, copy the questions and answers in your notebook and post answers to the blog. In the blog, remember not to repeat a question that has already been answered, unless it is to correct it.

Everyone must post a comment on the video too. Did you find William’s story inspiring? Did you learn anything? What were the new words you learnt?

 

 

1) How old is Willian  in the video?

2) How many families live in his village?

3) Why did he have to drop school?

4) How many dollars a year do you have to pay to go to school?

5) When did he build his windmill? which year was that?

6) How long did it take him to build his first windmill?

7) How old was him when he built it?

8) Did he build only one mill?

9) What did he use the electricity produced by the wind mill for?

10) In the book he read about wind mills, were there instructions or only pictures?

11) Why did he go to the USA in 2007?

12) Which town did he visit?

13) Where is the wind farm he went to?

14) What is his dream?

15) What has changed in William’s house? Tick the correct answers . Now there are:

  1. solar pannels
  2. a water well
  3. another wind mill
  4. a car
  5. running water

If you want to know more details, you can visit William’s site http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/and find out what the school he could not afford to go to was like and also some of his projects.


You can  also watch this other video, and see how intelligent and witty William’s light switch is. He made it from discarded flip flop sandals, among other things.





1.es.7 ¿Irías al instituto en bata?

Hemos llegado a la conclusión de que algunos de vosotros escribís con faltas de ortografía o de mecanografía porque estáis acostumbrados a hacerlo así en el Messenger. Escribir deprisa y sin fijarse es siempre más rápido y cómodo, por esto es normal que cuando chateamos o escribimos mensajes desde el móvil no nos preocupemos por la ortografía.
Todos conocéis las reglas pero algunos no las aplicáis: por una parte habéis recibido un entrenamiento correcto en el colegio, pero por otra parte desarrolláis una práctica incorrecta en Internet. Digamos que tenéis una doble personalidad.
¿Qué podemos hacer para mejorar? Lo primero de todo: escribir más despacio y con más atención. Con esta simple terapia conseguiréis recuperar la ortografía que habéis aprendido en cursos anteriores.
Seguramente no mejoraréis vuestra ortografía en el Messenger y los mensajes móviles porque, lo mismo que pasa con los bostezos, escribir mal y deprisa es contagioso.
Pero podéis aspirar a tener dos formas de escribir: una buena y otra regular. O sea, una formal y correcta, y otra informal y con muchas libertades. La primera debéis emplearla en los correos, los trabajos de clase y cualquier tipo de documento que vaya a leerse con atención. La segunda podéis emplearla en el chat o los mensajitos tal como hace la mayoría de gente.

Seguramente en nuestra casa vamos a veces en bata, albornoz o ropa interior. Pero no se nos ocurre salir a la calle vestidos así. Con la escritura debemos tener el mismo cuidado.

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The Flintstones

There is our new song for friday.

 

1.ca.17 LA BELLESA ABSTRACTA


Després de pensar molt, hem fet una llista de les coses més importants de la vida: felicitat, salut, pau, amor, justícia, … Ha resultat que la majoria de valors fonamentals, gramaticalment són noms abstractes. D’aquesta manera hem aprofitat l’avinentesa per aprendre (o repassar) les classes de substantius. Com qui no vol la cosa hem recordat noms comuns, propis, col•lectius, individuals, comptables, no comptables, concrets i abstractes.

Ara que ja coneixem els noms abtractes, gaudiu d’algunes mostres de bellesa abstracta. Són obres d’art, pintures de grans artistes. Pensau sobre aquest tipus de bellesa perquè el dimecres dia 3 de novembre n’haureu de presentar una redacció precisament sobre aquest tema: “La bellesa abstracta”.
Demà, dijous, dia 28, heu de presentar en el quadern un resum de tot allò que hem explicat sobre el substantiu: definicions, classes, exemples, formació del femení i del plural, etc.

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1.en.21 Some classmates are leaving us and new ones are coming. With a little help from their friends they will be all right!

Dear students,

this post is kind of sad as Raúl, Shaony and Juan Carlos will move to a different group. We are sure they will be very comfortable in their new groups  and they will find new friends there too. Moving to a different group is not the same as moving to a different school, so we hope to keep seeing them around, during breaks and in our blog.  We believe they will benefit from this change and catch up in some subjects they had some difficulties with. However, WE SHALL MISS THEM and we shall do our best to keep in touch and not lose contact with them.

Some new students, Ritish, Joan and Pau, will come to our class. We have to try hard to make them feel comfortable and welcomed. as we expect the students  in the other groups wil welcome and help Raúl, Shaony and Juan Carlos.

We have been listening to a couple of songs from the Beatles, so today we decided to upload a new one to wish the best to all of them and as a symbol of our friendship. We are sure that, as the song says, with a little help from their friends, they’ll get by !

 

Shaony taking notes last Friday during the outing

 

 

Raúl holding the dossier under the pine tree last Friday during the outing to Santa Catalina

 

 

Juan Carlos, listening to Bernat's explanations during the outing to Santa Catalina

 

 

What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me.
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song,
And I’ll try not to sing out of key.
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,
Mmm,I get high with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends.

Do you need anybody?
I need somebody to love.
Could it be anybody?
I want somebody to love.

What do I do when my love is away.
(Does it worry you to be alone)
How do I feel by the end of the day
(Are you sad because you’re on your own)
No, I get by with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, get high with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, gonna to try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody?
I need somebody to love.
Could it be anybody?
I want somebody to love.

Would you believe in a love at first sight?
Yes I’m certain that it happens all the time.
What do you see when you turn out the light?
I can’t tell you, but I know it’s mine.
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends,
Mmm I get high with a little help from my friends,
Oh, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody?
I just need someone to love.
Could it be anybody?
I want somebody to love

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends
Ooh, I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends,
with a little help from my friends

A pic of the whole group


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