Thursday, 30 October 2014

Could you tell me what the ISS is?

So what is life like in the ISs?
Let's find out in NASA 's web

Study the rules for Indirect questions here
Study the rules for the use of "the" here

...and do the activities in the handouts.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Winners Education shares a Writing Project with Newtown Middle School, PA, USA

How much more meaningful it is when our writing has a real audience and we are given helpful tips by native speakers of English!

So, our school collaborates with the Newtown Middle School to create an out-of-this-world writing project!

Mr McNulty, the American IT teacher  has set up Google Docs for us to write our essays on here:

This is how we'll share our projects:

  1. Create a Google account (email and Google+)
  2. Log in the above page with your Google profile
  3. Click on the link above to see all the group links
  4. Click on your Group link according to the following list
  5. Write your project. Remember to sign off with your first name
  6. Newtown High students will correct and comment on the writing according to the model
  7. Winners Education students, keep logging in to see all comments to your work
  8. Print the document and stick it to your Essay notebook for further reference
  9. Meet your online partners face-to-face in our next Hangout!!!
We will form 8 GROUPS made up of 1 student of the Greek team and some students from the US team.
Greek students in each group:
Group 1: Anastasia
Group 2: Fotini
Group 3: Harry
Group 4: Hercules
Group 5  Jim Z
Group 6: Jim K
Group 7: Johanna
Group 8: Konstantinos  


Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Decepticons have been defeated!

How big a fun of the transformers story are you?

The Decepticons are the antagonists of the Autobots and they are led by Megatron.

 They are typically represented by the purple facial insignia they all wear. 
Since the Transformers are the specialists of reshaping let's see how they can help us with Passive Voice. Watch the video and then practise.

Here are some practise activities:
Exercise 1 - Active to Passive
Exercise 2 - Make the Passive in the correct tense
Exercise 3 - Make the Passive in thetense given
Exercise 4 - Active to Passive with 2-object verbs (study theory here if you need to)

Passive with Reporting Verbs
Study the theory and practise here

Thursday, 16 October 2014

If my cat had wings.......

It seems we need some practice on Conditionals so here's a very helpful tutorial.

Now Practise here as much as  you feel necessary to improve!

1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named M
2. A clerk at a butcher shop stands five f1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?
2. A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?
3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?
5. What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?
6. Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?
7. In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Our first Skype session for the year!

Where are you from?
Let's find out where our partners are from by asking them  questions.
We take it in turns to ask YES-NO questions.
Each group can ask up to 20 questions

How it works:Option 1: (Advanced) Find the country/state or province/city of the other classroom by asking only YES / NO questions. A “YES” answer allows to ask another question. A “NO” answer gives the opposing group the chance to ask a question. 20 questions maximum. After each 5 questions a CLUE can be given.

Option 2: (Intermediate) Find the country/state or province/city of the other classroom by asking only YES / NO questions. The same classroom will keep asking questions until they find the location. After each 5 questions a CLUE can be given.

Option 3: (Beginning). Students will find the location of the other class using clues that the other class gives. It can go back and forth with each team taking turns with questions and answers. This will help younger students stay engaged and keep the frustration level at a minimum..

After the game: Each class can share facts and information about their home country and/or city.

Possible Mystery Location Questions:

1. Is your continent in the Eastern/Western Hemisphere?
2. Is your continent in the Northern/Southern Hemisphere?
3. Is your continent near the Atlantic / Pacific / Indian / Arctic Ocean?
4. Is your continent N. America / S. America / Africa / Europe / Asia / Australia / Antarctica?
5. Is it a big/small country?
6. Do you speak English as a first language?
7. Is it very hot in summer and cold in winter?
8. Is it north/south/east/west of...........?
9. Does your country border another country?
8. Are there mountains in your country?
9. Does your country have a coastline?
10. Is …...................the capital of your country?
11. Does your state/province border_?
12. Is your country / state / province north / south / east / west of?
13. Is your city in the north / south / east / west of your country / state / province?
14. Is your city the capital of your country / state / province?

Possible Clues:
1. The time is.
2. The season is.
3. We are north / south / east / west of_.
4. The beginning letter is .
5. We also speak French / German / Spanish / Mandarin etc...

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Pitch or peach?

We keep improving our pronounciation in English. Today we work with short and long vowels.