My Christmas tree (Fun Christmas activities)


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 3rd Grade, 4th grade | , στις 17-12-2020

In my Christmas tree you can find fun Christmas activities for 3rd and 4th grade!

Merry Christmas everyone!



Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία Εnvironment | , στις 17-12-2020

My Christmas tree

26th September – European Day of Languages (Ευρωπαϊκή Μέρα Γλωσσών)


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 6th Grade, lesson plan | , στις 14-11-2019

Σε όλη την Ευρώπη, 800 εκατομμύρια Ευρωπαίοι εκπροσωπούνται από τα 47 κράτη μέλη του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης και ενθαρρύνονται να μάθουν όλο και περισσότερες ξένες γλώσσες, σε οποιαδήποτε ηλικία, εντός ή εκτός σχολείου. Το γεγονός αυτό πηγάζει από την πεποίθηση του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης ότι η γλωσσική πολυμορφία αποτελεί εργαλείο για την επίτευξη ευρύτερης διαπολιτισμικής κατανόησης και βασικό στοιχείο στην πλούσια πολιτιστική κληρονομιά της ηπείρου μας. Ως εκ τούτου, το Συμβούλιο της Ευρώπης στο Στρασβούργο προωθεί την πολυγλωσσία σε όλη την Ευρώπη. 

Με πρωτοβουλία του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης, από το 2001 η Ευρωπαϊκή Ημέρα Γλωσσών γιορτάζεται κάθε χρόνο στις 26 Σεπτεμβρίου μαζί με την Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή.

Έτσι και εμείς στο σχολείο μας προσπαθήσαμε να κατανοήσουμε τους λόγους που μαθαίνουμε καινούριες γλώσσες , ανακαλύψαμε ότι οι περισσότεροι μαθητές είναι πια πολύγλωσσοι και ότι οι γλώσσες  εξελίσσονται προσθέτοντας και αφαιρώντας λέξεις.

Είχαμε την ευκαιρία να ακούσουμε ηχητικά αποσπάσματα από διαφορετικές γλώσσες και να κάνουμε διάφορα γλωσσικά quizzes.

Τέλος τα παιδιά της ΣΤ΄ τάξης στο μάθημα των Αγγλικών αλλά και τα παιδιά του τμήματος Ένταξης  με την κυρία Θεώνη Χριστοπούλου έστειλαν το δικό τους μήνυμα για την ημέρα.


«Travelling» across Europe (Writing a report)


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 6th Grade, lesson plan | , στις 23-01-2019

  Based on Unit 1 –Lesson 1 –Our multicultural class, my 6th grade students wrote reports for nine different European countries.(you can find the lesson plan here).

It was no easy task since they had to work in teams, search for information and decide which of the information would impress their classmates.

After they had written their reports they were asked  to prepare a presentation using Google Docs presentations. Our ICT teacher Mrs Agathi Dova helped the students learn how  to use the tool. The students had to choose the right pictures to accompany their reports .They worked at school during  ICT lesson while some of them chose to work at home as well using their own computer.

In the process, I had the chance to monitor their work through my drive and even write notes with suggestions or corrections under their slides.

Finally each group shared their work with the other teams and had the chance to comment and evaluate the work of their classmates in our padlet.Below you can see their report




5th grade – Unit 1 -Lessson 3- The United Kingdom


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 5th Grade, lesson plan, Seminars | , στις 08-11-2018

I thought it would be a good idea to adapt the specific text,so that it can be read more easily by my students.It is especially adapted to suit the needs of students with learning disabilities, but it also helps the rest of the students understand the content as well as the vocabulary better.It is accompanied by pictures as well as the text fragmented so as to make presentation for the teachers and comprehension for the students easier.I hope you will find it useful.


6th Grade -Unit 1 – Lesson 1- Reading text (with hyperlinks)


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 6th Grade | , στις 03-07-2018

                                                                    Unit 1 – Our multicultural class                       


                                                                    Lesson 1 – Meeting the Newcomers


(Adapted  Reading text with hyperlinks taken from (,11590/)


I come from Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe. It is between Poland and Moldavia in the west and Russia in the east. I don’t come from the capital Kiev. My hometown is Odessa, on the coast of the Black Sea. Ukraine has got large plains but also high mountains, such as the Carpathians. The River Dnipo flows across the country splitting it in two parts.

In winter the weather gets very cold. Summers are warm across the greater part of the country and cool along the Black Sea, so we spend much more time outdoors.

A nuclear power plant accident in Chernobyl, in 1986, is still causing serious environmental problems which worry Ukrainian people. Today we don’t have enough drinking water supplies because of that accident.

Despite these problems, I believe Ukraine is a beautiful country with outgoing and brave people. I love it very much.





Albania, the ancient Illyria, is where I come from. My hometown is Tirana, the capital of Albania. Albania shares borders with Serbia, Montenegro and Greece. On the west, it is bordering the Andriatic Sea  and the Ionian Sea.

The beaches are beautiful and during the hot, dry summers we swim in the clear sea, but in winter the temperature usually drops and it often rains heavily, so there are a lot of forests. We often have problems with natural disasters, such as earthquakes or tsunamis that happen along the South coast.

Mother Teresa , the popular nun and humanitarian Nobel Prize winner, is of Albanian origin.

My country is not very rich and our parents sometimes go to other countries, such as Italy, France or Greece, and work there. However, we miss our homeland.





Do you remember the ancient Colchis and the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece? That is where I come from, Georgia! It is in the West Asia, bordering the Black Sea, which the Greeks called Pontus Euxinos, Turkey and Russia. The temperature is mild and it is usually sunny and warm. The country is mountainous, but along the coast we grow vines, tea and citrus fruit. In this area the temperature rarely drops below zero. Many people work in copper and coal mines, or in oil wells. Others sometimes leave their hometown to find work. My uncle works in T’blisi, the capital of Georgia.




Using the school website


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 3rd Grade, 4th grade, 5th Grade, lesson plan | , στις 05-03-2018

Using the school website to offer some extra digital material for my students has been on my mind since last year when I participated in Andriani Rigoutsou’s  project on Flipped Classroom.I was also influenced by Vivi Hamilou and her excellent work in her blog and by a recent seminar we had with Mrs Kotadaki about dyslexia.

 I have been thinking that it would be nice if I could provide my students with additional practice on the various vocabulary and grammatical patterns presented in the coursebooks.I also thought it would be nice to combine it with padlet platform in order to publish certain project work that my students create.

So I have started adding material  for each class in the school website, where students and parents have easy access to.

The material is available for my students for revision or further practice at home .It is designed in accordance to their coursebooks and is constantly updated by me as we move on from one unit to the other.

However , it turned out to be very useful for classroom use too. Whenever we have some free time in class we can always use the material to practice in class.After all it’s all gathered in one place!

This extra material is drawn from various websites .Below you can see some of them.

I have also used quizlet, to create flashcards and quizzes easily. Quizlet has been particularly appealing to students with dyslexia or other learning disabilities as it combines images with sound.

I still have a long way to go as I’m planning to create material for each unit  and each level separately. It’s a longterm project but from the feedback I got from the “experts”, my students that is, I believe it’s worth trying.

Here are the links to the website of my school and the links to the different grades:

English – 6th Primary School of Amaliada

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

6th grade

To be continued…

Hungry anyone? (6th grade-Unit 2)


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 6th Grade | , στις 01-12-2017

If you’re hungry I’ve got the solution for you! Try one of the recipes that my 6th graders wrote . Traditional greek dishes and dessert recipes written for you to try.For the past two weeks my little chefs frizzled,boiled,baked ,mixed using not only the food vocabulary we learned in Unit 2,but also the cooking verbs video from our Unit 2 padlet and finally published their Recipes in our padlet.


First I thought that writing a recipe would be too challenging for them. I am really impressed and thankful that they embraced this challenge and responded willingly. Writing their recipes was no easy task,but it really paid off.They learned a lot of new words,they familiarised more with the use of padlet,they read their classmates’ works and commented on them,while in the process we enjoyed ourselves and talked about our favourite tastes and smells that filled our classroom. I want to thank my dear colleague Vivi Hamilou  for the idea to use padlet as a tool to publish their work.I also want to thank her for leaving her comments under their recipes!


I’m waiting for some more recipes and next week I’m planning to upload the recipes on our school website for anyone interested to leave a comment or rank the recipes ! My students will really  appreciate it and feel proud of their work. 


Teaching through padlet


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 6th Grade, lesson plan | , στις 31-10-2017


 Using padlet last year for applying Flipped Classroom Lessons in 6th grade, gave me a lot of ideas about how I can use this tool in many other ways too. So this year , since my timetable doesn’t allow me to use our computer lab, I’ve decided to use padlet in order to :

  • provide  my students with  digital material on each unit (that we won’t have the chance or time to watch in  our computer lab)

  • familiarize them with the use of padlet so as to prepare them for some flipped lessons later on

  • make study , revision and practice more appealing to them

  • save precious time for practicing in class

  • communicate with them through messages on my padlet wall

  • give them time and space to work at their own pace

  • make them active learners

My first attempt was to prepare and upload material for Unit 2 – Going shopping-6th bgrade and my goal is to give them extra material for each unit. Most of the material is taken from photodendro. However you can upload any material (ppt presentations for grammar, links to on line games, videos etc)that serves the linguistic and communicative purposes of each unit.

My dear colleague Vivi Hamilou has recently used padlet to publish her students’writing homework,which is an excellent idea. She has also used the website of her school to upload extra material. There’s  a great amount of digital material to enrich our coursebooks but not enough time to do it at school, so technology may be  the answer.

I hope it all goes well! I’ll be back with my students’ impressions and comments as well as material for the next units.


Click here to visit my padlet:   6th grade-Unit 2 – Going shopping


Don’t break the chain! Environmental project by 5th grade


Συγγραφέας: Δημητρακοπούλου Μαρία | Κατηγορία 5th Grade, Εnvironment | , στις 31-05-2017

To περιβαλλοντικό μας πρόγραμμα , μια τρίμηνη περιπλάνηση σε δάση και πέλαγα ολοκληρώθηκε! Εδώ μπορείτε να δείτε τις δραστηριότητες ,στα ελληνικά και τα αγγλικά,που μας βοήθησαν να ανακαλύψουμε πολλά για τα 6 ζώα υπό εξαφάνιση που ζουν στη χώρα μας!Επίσης μας προβλημάτισε η σχέση του ανθρώπου με τα ζώα και το γεγονός οτι η ανθρώπινη επέμβαση στο φυσικό περιβάλλον αποτελεί τη μεγαλύτερη απειλή για την επιβίωση των ζώων αυτών.

Mέσα στη παρουσίαση θα δείτε, μεταξύ άλλων, και τα links που οδηγούν σε έξι ψηφιακά βιβλιαράκια γραμμένα στα αγγλικά και εικονογραφημένα απο τους μαθητές της Ε1 τάξης του σχολείου μας!

Θέλω να ευχαριστήσω την κυρία Έλενα Χριστοπούλου,Δασκάλα της Ε1 τάξης για την ενθουσιώδη δουλειά της, το υπέροχο θεατρικό της και την άψογη συνεργασία της μαζί μου προκειμένου να δημιουργήσουμε αυτή την εξαιρετική εκπαιδευτική εμπειρία για τους μαθητές μας.

Τέλος να ευχαριστήσω τους μαθητές της Ε1 τάξης που εργάστηκαν με επιμονή και υπομονή!


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