viernes, 27 de noviembre de 2009

Thanksgiving (3)

At this site you can find a listening, including
1.Different American people talking about Thanksgiving Day.
2. A little bit of the origins of this celebration.
3. How the holiday has evolved.
It´s the eighth listening in the list.
We hope you´ll enjoy it!

miércoles, 18 de noviembre de 2009

Thanksgiving: A Poem (2)

T is for the trust the pilgrims had so many years ago

H is for the harvest the settlers learnt to grow

A is for America, the land in which we live

N is for nature and beauty which she gives

K is for kindness, gentle words, thoughtful deeds

S is for smiles, the sunshine everyone needs

G is for gratitude... our blessings big and smallI is for ideas, letting wisdom grow tall

V is for voices, singing, laughing, always caring

I is for Indians, who taught them about sharing

N is for neighbors, across the street, over the sea

G is for giving of myself to make a better me.

by Judith A. Lindberg


1. What nationality is the person who wrote this poem?
(The poem mentions the country where they live)

2. How do you say "peregrinos" in English?
(It´s one of the words in bold)

3. In which words can you find the dyphthong /eI/ ?

4. And the dyphthong /aI/ ?
5. How can you make a better you?
(open answer)

Thanksgiving Day (1)

•IN INDIA: 15th of August.
•IN CANADA: 2nd Monday in October.
•IN THE U.S.A.: 4th Thursday in November.
Enter this site:

Click on Origin of Thanksgiving Day.
Read it and complete the following text:

The pilgrims reached ___(a name)_______ rock on ___( a date)_______ 1620 after a sea journey of ____(a number)________days. Though the original destination was somewhere in the northern part of Virginia, they could not reach the place owing to winds blowing them off course. Nearly _______(a number)____ pilgrims died due to extreme cold in winter. However, in the spring of 1621, ____(a name)___________ , a native Indian taught the pilgrims to survive by growing food.

sábado, 7 de noviembre de 2009

Sites for Reading

Read Print Library offers online books, Poems, Short Stories and other readings.
If you entered and read something,
would you like to share vocabulary, opinions, comments on it?
Send whatever you want to
and she will publish it for you on this site.
Or, if you´ve got your own site, just leave the link to read you at your place.
Thank you for sharing experiences.

miércoles, 4 de noviembre de 2009

Tadpole´s Promise

This is the title of a short story I recommend.
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
First published by Andersen Press Ltd., 2005, UK
Spanish version: La promesa del renacuajo,
published by RBA, Barcelona, 2007
Translator: José Morán Orti
About the author:
Jeanne Willis wrote her first book when she was five years old and hasn't stopped writing since. She has now written over eighty titles, including picture books, novels and television scripts. She has also won numerous awards, including the Children's Book Award, The Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Silver Smarties Prize. Her teen novel, Naked Without a Flat, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award in 2004. She writes with her pet rat keeping her company and often takes inspiration from dreams and interesting conversations with strangers.
About the story:
The creators of "I Hate School" bring their usual sense of wit and wisdom to this hilarious, coming-of-metamorphosis story about two of nature's star-crossed lovers: a tadpole and a caterpillar.
There´s a post with interesting comments here

lunes, 2 de marzo de 2009

Write the corresponding preposition next to each verb

Refer ___
Depend ___
Look something ___ ____ the dictionary
Defend ____

Fill in the gaps with a corresponding word (Carmelo´s)

1. He has been promoted in ________ of his hard work.
2. I´ve read the second and final ________ of Carmelo´s composition.
3. That girl shouldn´t tell _______. Otherwise, we won´t believe her when she´s telling the truth.
4. It _______ me that she always gets her own way.
5. I _______ that you don´t like her attitude.
6. The country was unable to _______ itself _______ enemy attack.

martes, 20 de enero de 2009

"While we try to teach..."

"While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about"
This is a quotation by Angela Schwindt,
who has been a home-schooling mom in Oregon
Particularly, my daughter has taught me:
1. to relax
2. not to give importance to what is irrelevant: most adults´worries
3. to give importance to what is really relevant: storytelling, painting, running for no reason, laughing, jumping, hugging, kissing...
4. to admire and be happy looking at simple things like feathers, sticks, plastic bags moving in circles
5. to forget... bad-tempered moments
... and so on.
What have you learnt from children?