This year we
have been working on a project with all of our primary students, participating specially
with the Grade 4 and 5, Both in Art and English class, we have been rolling out
videos, worksheets, drawings, and projects based on the concept of Global
The idea since
the beginning in the English lesson has been to come to the understanding that
Global Warming is real. We began the project by showing a video about the
causes and effects of Global Warming. The video is narrated by Morgan Freeman.
We then showed a follow up video explaining the scientific processes involved
in climate change.
videos, students brainstormed vocabulary terms related to what they had
watched. We also created some worksheets and word searches for the students to
complete to gage the level of interest in the topic.
We then made a
PowerPoint presentation with the vocabulary terms that each grade had
brainstormed individually. The presentation defined the terms with sentences in
English, and pictures that related to the event.
Next, we created
the dialogues of the Role Plays in small groups in the English lesson, which
were later on agreed for the whole group. Simultaneously, in Art class, we started
drawing and coloring “before” and “after” drawings in our art notebooks. The
drawings were supposed to represent an effect “before” Global Warming, and the
same effect ”after” Global Warming. The drawings were
magnificent, the students really grasped onto the idea!
We finished off
the preparation work for the final event on Earth Day by creating Global
Warming effects murals with our 4th and 5thgraders.
At the same time, our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders
were learning the song titled, “Whole World”, to sing at the main event.
When the murals
were finished, we selected in the English classroom one presenter from each
group to explain the mural to the audience in English. Afterwards, the students
practiced reading as well as dramatizing the Role Plays, focusing on pronunciation,
stress, rhythm and entonation, involving all the students in the interaction.
We are finished!
That was our Global Warming project in a nutshell. Please remember our
message, Earth Day is about celebrating what our beautiful
planet has to give us. If we continue to destroy our planet, then the Earth
will no longer be a beautiful place to live in. WE ARE THE FUTURE! Let us show
everyone what beauty looks like…!!! Ana Isabel Ferreirós Rey. Caleb Morgan.
This was the capstone presentation for our Global
Warming project. We had the idea to compare two cities in the world. One city
that the students were familiar with, Vigo, and another city of the same size
that our auxiliar de conversación was familiar with, New Orleans.
New Orleans was the site of the 2004 hurricane Katrina
natural disaster. The entire city is, and was, built under sea level. So, with
a little bit of strong wind and rain, the city itself could be flooded very
This presentation goes through
the history and geography of the city, so that the students can more easily
relate to the effects of Global Warming. At the very end of the geography
section there are two really cool maps that use GIS (Geographic Information
Systems) to measure what would happen if the global temperature increased and
the sea-level rises. You should definitly check out the maps!
Have a look at the following videos to learn about Climate Change and Global Warming:
-Global Warming for Kids: Global Warming for Kids has been a fantastic video for learning the
process of Global Warming. It was so informative, that we were able to make
worksheets about climate change to further inhance the students comprehension
of the topic
Next are some reading activities related to the video:
This video was a perfect introduction to our Global
Warming project. It shows real places on Earth that have been affected by
climate change, but it also shows places that are trying to fix the problems
caused by industry, gases, and vehicles. After the video was shown, the
students brainstormed ideas from, "Our Future", to begin thinking
about the topic.
-Climate Change by NASA (very difficult video, only for advanced students):
There are more presentations, pictures and videos to come...!!!
In this segment of our Global Warming project, we
created definitions to define the causes and effects that our students had
brainstormed earlier in the year. With dramatic pictures of Global Warming
effects, we were able to show the severity of climate change.
This term we have been celebrating Eart Day both in the English and Art lessons. Today we shared our Project with all the Primary teachers and students. From now onwards we will be posting not only the pictures and videos, but also the murals, the power point presentations and main tasks of the project. So, stay tuned, since there is much more to come...!!!
Caring about the planet is the topic we have been working on for Earth Day. Our younger students have learnt this song, being conscious of the importance of looking after our World. Enjoy the song!
This was the video we
presented to all of primary school during the presentation of the murals made
by 4th and 5th grade. The students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade drew pictures
related to the video, to hold up during the sing-along portion of their
presentation. This was a perfect end to our project. The students really
enjoyed singing along!
We have discovered that there is a link between
cultures that was introduced during Caleb´s presentation. Apparently, in Ohio
they celebrate the chestnut just like we do here in Spain. For Caleb it is
called “the Buckeye”, for us it is called the “castaña” or chestnut, that is
eating in Fall and specially during the “Magosto Festival”. However, in Ohio,
the buckeye is a poisonous chestnut, that cannot be eaten.
The chocolate buckeye was made to look
like a chestnut, but it isn´t made with the chestnut. Therefore, the chocolate
buckeye doesn´t taste like one.
Recently, we could cook them at the school and enjoy them as well...!!!