eTwinning Project, 2018-2019

This school year 6th graders at the Primary School of Efxeinoupoli have been working on an eTwinning project that focuses on sharing their national and local superstitions with their European peers and learning all about theirs. The teachers involved in this project have the opportunity to raise their learners’ awareness of their own and others’ customs and traditions by means of superstitions, to develop their global understanding as citizens of the world, to help them realize the emergence of English as an international language, and to assist them to learn how to work cooperatively while improving their ICT skills. The secondary objectives of the project aim at developring the learners’ reading and writing skills in English, promoting collaborative learning in the classroom as well as through WEB tools, introducing the use of technology in learning (video, email, search engine, word processor, PowerPoint presentation, etc) and providing room for the learners’ artistic expression.

Prior to working on the actual project, our learners have worked on a collaborative presentation in an attempt to present to their European peers their school and their classroom! Here is the completed schools presentation so far:

We have separated the superstitions into categories so as to be able to present them and compare and contrast them! The first category is related to animal superstitions. All European learners have been invited to present this category on a padlet wall, using text, drawings, pictures and/or videos. You can access their completed work here!

The next category invited learners to present the New Year Eve and Day superstitions in the form of a video. The learners have prepared their scripts in English and are the shining starts in the following video:

The following category presents the superstitions related to weddings and funerals. In order to be able to gather the necessary information to present the topic to their European peers, our 6th grade learners have invited father George Giannios from the local church to help them. Father George was kind enough to present the superstitions, explain the role that superstitions should have in our lives and discuss what the Greek Orthodox church believes about superstitions.

After that, our learners went to school computer lab and worked in groups in order to present the superstitions in English. All European learners have typed their national and local superstitions in a collaborative word processing document in order to create a book! This is what their book looks like so far!

 

eTwinning project, 2018-2019

So many teachers and so many pupils working on the eTwinning project that is related to “Superstitions Around Europe”! We have met each other through our Twinspace, but what do our schools look like? Learners have worked collaboratively on an online PowerPoint presentation with an eye to showing everyone their second home, their school! Here is the presentation they have created in the form of a video!

The course book we use at the 6th Grade in Greek Public Primary Schools invites learners to write a report on their country at the end of the first unit. My 6th graders and I proudly present our electronic (padlet) wall with our reports that have been written with a real-life purpose: to be published on our school blog!

Please, feel free to leave comments under our reports, click on the hearts if you like them and/or invite your learners to read and comment on them, too (if you are a teacher, of course!), so that we know that other people out there can actually access them and read them! Thank you in advance for your time and … enjoy!

https://padlet.com/vivi_hamilou/jo9bvk9n2fgy 

Primary School of Sourpi

Primary School of Sourpi

The 5th Unit of the 5th grade English book invites learners to take action and work on an environmental project. It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that our 5th grade learners worked on a way to reduce their rubbish! They decided to use it, in order to make new, useful objects! Here is what they have proudly presented in class:

Our 4th grade English coursebook invites learners to find information and write about animals that are in danger of extinction. Zoe wrote about polar bears.

POLAR BEAR
by Zoe Gerogiakomou (4th grade)

The polar or the white bears live on the icy Arctic areas in Asia and America. They have got white fur. Their eyes are black. They are 1,30 – 1,40 metres tall and they weigh about 500 kilos.

Most of the times we meet polars bears in groups of 10 or 12, or sometimes even more. They swim great and dive wonderfully under the water. They eat seals, fish, reindeer, roots and seeds.

In the winter, pregnant white bears go to their nests, dig in the ground and give birth to small bears. The mum loves the baby bears very much.

There are many dangers that polar bears face, for example, illegal hunting, lack of food and the fact that the place where they live becomes smaller.

CITIES AROUND THE WORLD
by our 5th graders

As part of a course book project, 5th grade learners present different cities in the world!

LONDON
by Helen Kaltsouni

London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom and the largest urban zone in the European Union. London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans who called it Londinium. In London you can find people with different cultures and religions, and more than 300 languages are spoken there. The Greater London Urban Area is the second largest in the E.U. with a population of 8.278.251, while London’s metropolitan area is the largest in the E.U., with total population of between 12 million and 14 million.

In London you can visit the ‘Big Ben”, the Bukckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, St Margaret’s Church, the Tower of London, the Palace of Westminster, Madame Tussaud’s Museum, e.t.c. Also, London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and 40 theaters. London’s Chinatown is the largest in Europe. The London Underground network is the oldest underground railway network in the world and the most extensive after the Shanghai Metro. For more information, you can visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London

LARISSA
by George Papargiris

Larissa is a big Greek city. Today 124.367 people live there. Larissa is next to a big river. Its name is Pinios. The river is 185 kilometers long. Larissa has got a big plain. People can grow a lot of things. Larissa has got a lot of beautiful things. You must visit it!

ISTANBUL (Turkey)
by Danae Xiromeriti

Istanbul is the largest city and port of Turkey. It is the cultural, economic and industrial centre of the country. The population of Istanbul is about 13 million people and it was the capital of Turkey until 1923. Istanbul is named after its founder Constantine, the Great. This city is a historical treasure that will impress and charm you.

Everywhere around Istanbul there are a lot of monuments indicating its history. The most famous is the church of St Sofia, the archaeological museum located in the region Eminonu, between the park Gulhave and the palace of Topkapi. Other famous attractions are the museum of carpets and rugs and the art museum. For more information, you can visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul

ROUSSE, MY HOMETOWN
by Valentina Velikova

I come from Rousse, in Bulgaria. It is a city which has a population of 165.285 people. It is in the northeastern part of the country.

Many tourists visit Rousse and it is called “little Vienna”. Tourists usually visit the Monument of Liberty , which was made by an Italian sculptor, Aleksandrovska street, which is the main streets of the city and it is full of shops and Rousse Historical museum which was built in 1904 and people can see 140.000 items in it (clothes, china, glass and silver items).

Now, I live in a Greek village, so I miss my hometown very very much it is a beautiful city with wonderful places to visit.

LOS ANGELES
by John Kalantzis

Los Angeles is the biggest city in California State in the USA (United States of America). It has a population of about 3.000.000 people, but with the suburbs the population is 6.000.000 people. It is the biggest city of the USA with the biggest extension.

Los Angeles was made by the Spanish Phillip de Neve in 1781. It was a Mexican city, but in 1835 it was added in the USA.

Los Angeles has got lots of sights, like its city hall with the 32 floors, the temple of ‘Romaeocatholics’, the temple of ‘Mormonon’, Griffith’s park, Disneyland, the state of Hollywood, the state of Beverly Hills where the stars of the cinema live.

Los Angeles is a very big and a great city too!!!

Since the beginning of this school year, learners in the Primary School of Amaliapolis have been exchanging projects with various schools in the USA. After exchanging presentations of our schools, it was time to present the areas we live in! Learners in Amaliapolis took their own pictures of their village and added some other, wonderful pictures they found on the internet. They wrote about their village, and here is their presentation:

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Our English 4th grade coursebook this year invites learners in writing poems about the seasons! When I first told my learners at the Primary School of Amaliapolis that they had a poem for homework, they were shocked at first, but they told me they would definitely try it! Here is what they wrote about the seasons:

This is what Alex Repakis wrote:



And here is what his brother Stratos wrote:



SUMMER
by Nick Stekkas

In the summer we swim
The school is closed
The kids smile
And they feel happy.

SPRING
by Nick Stekkas

In the spring we are happy
The spring is funny
The sun is shining
And the flowers are laughing.

AUTUMN
by Nick Stekkas

The school is open
The autumn is here
The kids do their homework
The autumn is here.

WINTER
by Nick Stekkas

The winter is great
The snow is here
In the winter we wear warm clothes
Because the snow is here.

Here is what Vassiliki Kouri wrote:




SUMMER
by Chris Xanthis

The summer is hot
The sun is in the sky
The people are swimming
And the boats are in the sea.

WINTER
by Chris Xanthis

The winter
The flowers are sleeping
It’s snowing
And it’s cold.

SPRING
by Chris Xanthis

The spring
it’s hot
Children are playing in the park
And it’s sunny.

AUTUMN
by Chris Xanthis

The autumn
It’s cold
It’s windy
And it’s raining.

Well done, children!!!