Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Revealing the mysteries of Stonehenge




Learn more about Stonehenge by navigating this fantastic site from the National Geographic and use the activities below to work on your English skills:


Activity 1:

Watch the video "The Celestial Computer Theory" and answer TRUE or FALSE:

1. The first theory about Stonehenge was that is was some sort of computer.

2. That theory was made by an American scientist.

3. The movements of the sun were not important to the people who built Stonehenge.

4. People knew about the moon and and its movements before they built Stonehenge.


Activity 2:

Watch the video "The Druid Theory" and answer the following questions:

1. According to this theory, who built Stonehenge?

2. Why did they build it?

3. How old is this theory?

4. What clues did the scientists have to support this theory?

5. Why does the scientist in the video think it's not likely that the Druids made Stonehenge?


Activity 3:

Watch the video "The Healing Theory" and complete the sentences with ONE word:

1. There are _________ of theories about Stonehenge.

2. One of those theories says that Stonehenge was a place of _________ .

3. One of the ________used by scientists to support this theory is a story from the Middle Ages of how Merlin wanted to build a memorial for the ________, and they went off to Ireland to collect some __________ because those were the most important in term of their magical properties and their healing properties.

4. One problem with this theory is that there should be a lot of people with health problems buried in this area and the scientists have only found _________ .


Activity 4:

Watch the video "Fantastic Finds" and put a cross next to the objects and places mentioned in the video:

1. a piece of chalk

2. a sword

3. an axe

4. copper

5. cities

6. villages

7. roads

8. houses


Activity 5:

Watch the video "Epic Archeology" and write a parapgraph about the following question: What is the new theory about Stonehenge and what will archeologists do to prove if it's correct?


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rock song for Halloween

Watch this video and read along!




(Narrator does introduction)

Boys and girls of every age Wouldn't you like to see something strange?

Come with us and you will see This, our town of Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene Trick or treat till the neighbors come and die of fright It's our town, everybody scream In this town of Halloween

I am the one hiding under your bed Teeth round sharp and eyes glowing red

I am the one hiding under yours stairs Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! In this town we call home Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

In this town, don't we love it now? Everybody's waiting for the next surprise

Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can Something's waiting to pounce, and how you'll...

Scream! This is Halloween Red 'n' black, slimy green

Aren't you scared?

Well, that's just fine Say it once, say it twice Take a chance and roll the dice Ride with the moon in the dead of night

Everybody scream, everybody scream

In our town of Halloween!

I am the clown with the tear-away face Here in a flash and gone without a trace

I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?" I am the wind blowing through your hair

I am the shadow in the moon at night Filling your dreams to the brim with fright

This is Halloween, this is Halloween Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

Tender lumplings everywhere Life's no fun without a good scare

That's our job, but we're not mean In our town of Halloween

In this town

Don't we love it now?

Everybody's waiting for the next surprise Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back And scream like a banshee Make you jump out of your skin This is Halloween, everyone scream Wont' ya please make way for a very special guy

Our man jack is King of the Pumpkin patch Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King now!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

In this town we call home Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

La la-la la, Halloween! Halloween! [Repeat]


Festivities around the World

October has just started, and Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner in the United States. Check this website for some fun activities on Halloween:

The World of Marye

Then come back to our blog and comment!!! what did you like the most?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Play and learn how to save the earth



Once you have played for a while, make a comment saying which of the questions/answers surprised you the most. Did you know all of this? What do you think about it?

What is a blog?

Watch the video below, and then make a comment: What is a blog? Do you think it will be useful to participate in this blog? Why(not)?

Updates from the United Nations

There are news from the United Nations on our side bar. If you find anything that you think the rest of us should read, make a comment to this post. Please include the name of the article and whether it was a Human Rights, Education or Top Stories article.

National Geographic Photo of the Day

Every day there will be a new photo from the National Geographic on our website. If you like it, click on the photo and read about it. Then, make a comment here including the name of the photo and the day you saw it. Tell us why you liked it...or not!