Després de les vacances de Nadal, enllaçant amb el tema de les propietats dels materials, aprofundirem en dos materials d’ús tècnic: la fusta i el metall. Començarem amb la fusta.

Per començar-vos a familiaritzar amb el tema, m’agradaria que pensàssiu què en sabeu de la fusta. Per facilitar-os la tasca us propòs que respongueu aquestes preguntes. Podeu fer-ho al mateix blog o al quadern de tecnologies.

1.Quines propietats de les estudiades al tema anterior creus que té la fusta?

2.Quins tipus de fusta coneixes?

3.Anomena les aplicacions de la fusta que consideris més importants.

4.Creus que avui en dia la fusta és un material a l’alça o creus que s’està substituint per altres materials? Per quins?

5.Quins avantatges i quins inconvenients creus que té tenir els mobles d’un habitatge de fusta natural?

6.T’agradaria tenir parquet al terra de casa teva? Per què?

El primer dijous que tenguem classe ho posarem en comú.

Bon Nadal i Bones festes!


2.en.36 The rise and fall of the British Empire in a couple of minutes

A cup of tea might be for many the very essence of Britishness, You’d agree with that, wouldn’t you? Yet, if we investigate a bit, we’ll discover that one of the most deeply rooted British traditions comes from abroad.

We have been talking about some of the conflicts which affect the world nowadays: Afghanistan, Paletine and Israel. In order to understand their  roots, we have to move backwards and investigate the past. The way the British Empire was built gives us some answers.  Cotton, sugar and tea are used in this video to highlight connections that are quite embarassing.

How are your passive sentences ? Can you try and finish them,..

Tea was brought from…

Sugar was imported from…

Slaves were imported to work in sugar cane fields in …

Cotton was picked by slaves in …

would you agree that many British things were in fact really stolen? 


Watch the video and take note of the most important events in the rise of The British Empire

How many countries are mentioned?

In how many continents  did the British have colonies?

Which wars are mentioned?

How long did Queen Vovtoria rule over the British?

What happenned after the second world war?

Did you find the video interesting?

Avaluació del tangram i de la seva caixa

Com van aquests tangrams? Molts de vosaltres ja l’heu acabat. Avui a classe farem les caixes.
Recordau que dilluns juntament amb la caixa i el tangram heu d’entregar la darrera part de l’informe tècnic: l’avaluació.

7. Avaluació
a) Dibuix del projecte una vegada acabat
Dibuixau el projecte una vegada que estigui totalment acabat.
b) Modificacions efectuades
Feis una breu descripció i explicació de les modificacions efectuades a l’estructura ja acabada respecte del dibuix inicial
c) Nous materials emprats
d) Valoració del treball realitzat
Quan hageu acabat, heu de reflexionar sobre el treball realitzat, el seu funcionament la planificació i organització del grup.

2.en.35 The Melting Pot, Cultural Mosaic, Multiculturalism

In Post 2.en.31, I asked you if you knew what  “the melting pot” meant, in connection with the article you read about different immigrants, talking about their life in New York.

None of you had ever heard the term. On Tuesday, Liz will come to class and we’ll be able to ask her how she feels about this term. Terms such as “multiculturalism”, Cultural Mosaic”, “Melting pot” are widely used in the media. We shall talk about them in class. Listen to this animated video. It might help you understand the idea of “the Melting Pot” I’ve cut and pasted the lyrics for you.

My grandmother came from Russia
A satchel on her knee,
My grandfather had his father’s cap
He brought from Italy.
They’d heard about a country
Where life might let them win,
They paid the fare to America
And there they melted in.
Lovely Lady Liberty
With her book of recipes
And the finest one she’s got
Is the great American melting pot.
The great American melting pot.

America was founded by the English,
But also by the Germans, Dutch, and French.
The principle still sticks;
Our heritage is mixed.
So any kid could be the president.

You simply melt right in,
It doesn’t matter what your skin.
It doesn’t matter where you’re from,
Or your religion, you jump right in
To the great American melting pot.
The great American melting pot.
Ooh, what a stew, red, white, and blue.

America was the New World
And Europe was the Old.
America was the land of hope,
Or so the legend told.
On steamboats by the millions,
In search of honest pay,
Those 19th-century immigrants sailed
To reach the U.S.A.

Lovely Lady Liberty
With her book of recipes
And the finest one she’s got
Is the great American melting pot
The great American melting pot.
What good ingredients,
Liberty and immigrants.

They brought the country’s customs,
Their language and their ways.
They filled the factories, tilled the soil,
Helped build the U.S.A.
Go on and ask your grandma,
Hear what she has to tell
How great to be an American
And something else as well.

Lovely Lady Liberty
With her book of recipes
And the finest one she’s got
Is the great American melting pot
The great American melting pot.

The great American melting pot.
The great American melting pot.

2.en.34 How to help a fainting person

Fortunately, Clara is home and feeling much better. It might be a good opportunity to learn what to do when a person faints of feels faint.

Here are some instructions and a video. We shall look at them together in class in our next session of Tutoria.




  • Some of the signs and symptoms to recognize in fainting victims are dizziness, weakness, paleness, blurry vision and nausea and vomiting. Sometimes the person will also present with sweating and hands that are clammy to the touch. The pulse will be slow or rapid and/or palpitations will be present.

  • To prevent injuries from occurring you should try to avoid the victim from falling onto the ground. If the person is standing upright you should try and place them down onto the ground or to sit down in a couch. Make sure it is not a chair without arm rests as this will still allow the victim to fall to the ground and cause injuries to the body.

  • Open the window or door to allow more ventilation and air into the room. Loosen any tight clothing around the person’s body prevent restriction of blood flow to the body and brain.

  • Turn the person into the recovery position ( onto the left side of the body)to prevent regurgitation of vomit or fluids from the stomach. This position will also allow fluids or saliva to drain from the mouth.

  • Another way to help a fainting person is to get a cold compress and place it onto the forehead. Wrap the compress in a cloth before putting onto the skin.

  • when the victim recovers from the fainting spell get the person back into an upright sitting position slowly. Continue to give support to the victim even after they are sitting upright and fully conscious in the event they have another fainting episode and fall again to the ground

  • If the person is fully conscious then give them some water or fluids with sugar, especially if the person is a diabetic. Make sure they take small sips at a time to prevent choking. Before they stand up make sure they are fully conscious and have rested for a ten to fifteen minutes before attempting to walk.


2.en.33 Folding a tangram

Mar, your technology teacher has joined our blog. This is how I found out you are making a tangram. Tangrams are fascinating. Here you can see how to make a tangram folding, unfolding and cutting a piece of paper.

Check the pronunciation of words. Technical words are ofen simislar in English and Spanish or Catalan, but their pronunciation iw quite different.

Check the words in this picture. I’m sure you will recognise most of them. However, if you listen to the video, you’ll discover how they are pronounced.

Did you find the video difficult to understand?

Which word/s did you learn?

2.en.32 Christmas reading: “the Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde

So far, we have read many newspaper articles and web pages , but we haven’t read any books in English. In one of our sessions with Liz, we talked about steretypes. We focused on American versus English. The book you will have to read during Christmas is an adaptation of the original. It was written by Oscar Wilde. It draws on the stereotypes of America and English culture and it is also a parody of Gothic novels. We’ll discuss the representation of British and American and the clash between the two cultures as it is presented in the book. We shall also investigate on the writer, Oscar Wilde. How huch do you know about him?

What do you think of this quote? Oscar Wilde was very witty, so he is a never ending source for quote lovers.

During Chritmas vacation, you must read a short adaptation of a classic book The Canterville Ghost. The book is a parody of gothic novels but also a humorous picture of the culture clash between a sixteenth-century English ghost and a late nineteenth-century American family.

Last year we did lots of work with  Onomatopoeia. Do you remember?   if you had to produce a sound track for a gothic novel  you’d need to be able to produce...spooky sounds. Now, with you tube at hand, you would have an endless choice. Maybe you can contribute with some suggestions. But if you had to describe those sounds with words, what would you do? 

wind, especially howling rain, especially blowing
doors grating on rusty hinges sighs, moans, howls, eerie sounds
footsteps approaching clanking chains
lights in abandoned rooms gusts of wind blowing out lights
characters trapped in a room doors suddenly slamming shut
ruins of buildings baying of distant dogs (or wolves?)
thunder and lightning crazed laughter

You can download the text in pdf from hereYou can also read it directly in the site, and do the comprehension question exercises.

The site where this version of the Canterville Ghost is found, English on line grammar 4U,  is also very good to do some revision of verbal tenses and exercises.

I recommend you to do 4 sets of exercises:  simple presentpresent progressivesimple past and irregular verbs (levels 0,1 and 2). After Christmas, we shall start writing short narratives and you cannot make mistakes with these basic tenses.

Post to the blog the time you sit down to do the exercises and feed back on the ones you do. Remember to keep a record of the time it took you to do them.  After Christmas,  there will be a test on the Canterville Ghost. Further information on Oscar Wilde by clicking here.

You might try to read the beginning of the book. But try the original version, not the abridged one. It will  let you catch a glimpse of the irony, wit and richness of Oscar Wilde’s writing. Something which is lost in the abridged version.  In Amazon, you can read the first pages of most books. Let’s see if you manage to read the first page of The Canterville Ghost. Post feedback to the blog. Did you find it very difficult?