Anglais (Café N° 37)

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- Christine Reymond -

- A la Une : Architecture and design

Objectif
Cette activité peut faire une bonne activité de fin d'année en troisème, ou vous pourrez préférez l'utiliser l'an prochain en seconde : elle correspond bien au thème de seconde : "vivre ensemble". Vous pourrez aussi l'utiliser dans d'autres classes, avec des élèves qui s'intéressent à l'art, l'architecture, le design ou la technologie. Vous pourrez même choisir de n'utiliser que les images, pour passer ensuite à la phase de création, et réaliser ces activités en primaire.

Déroulement
L'enseignant présentera aux élèves des constructions originales, ou proposera aux élèves de les visionner directement sur internet. Puis il les incitera à réflechir aux spécificités de chaque réalisation, et leur but : ce peut être un but pratique ou purement artistique. Ensuite, les élèves réaliseront un projet, sous la forme que vous (ou eux) choisirez : un dessin, un plan, un modèle en 3D sur ordinateur ou en argile, plâtre ou autre....
Ce faisant, ils utiliseront, apprendront ou réviseront du vocabulaire et des tournures idiomatiques. En concevant leur projet, il le discuteront avec la classe ou les camarades de leur groupe de travail (vous pouvez attribuer des objectifs différents à différents groupes)et ils utiliseront des formulations telles que : the rooms/stairs/wall will/should/might be.....because....., so that....., etc.

Comment commencer?
l'enseignant fournira aux élèves des supports qui leur permettront de trouver des idées et le vocabumlaire de base qu'ils utiliseront lors de la séquence. Vous pouvez leur distribuer des articles ou des textes, imprimer des transparents et les faire commenter à la classe, ou vous pouvez emmener vos élèves dans la salle info et les laisser découvrir ce qui leur plait, puis le présenter à la classe lors de la prochaine séance
Pour cela, vous pouvez utiliser:
- GreatBuildings, presenting several famous building and why they were created that way, and several architects with their special style:
http://www.greatbuildings.com/
- this site from a museum, presenting pictures of unusual buildings and explaining the special design of the museum:
http://hudson.acad.umn.edu/surprises/ind ex.html
- this site also offering pictures of unusual buildings
http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/a rch/
- this site about the Eiffel tower, where you can find facts and figures in English (and in French)
http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/
- this site about "falling waters" by Franck Lloyd Wright
http://www.ds.arch.tue.nl/education/stud ents/MultiMedia/FallingWater/
- those sites featuring modern buildings ( the address is a page of links):
http://architecture.about.com/library/we ekly/aa010200.htm
- this site about Escher and his very special drawings
http://www.mcescher.nl/indexuk.html
including this very special house
http://www.mcescher.nl/Gallery/recogn-bm p/LW399.jpg
- those sites about 20th century architectural trends (for advanced students, but the teacher can only select pictures)
http://architecture.about.com/cs/20thcen tury/
- the site of the skyscraper museum, and especially this page about "future home"
http://www.skyscraper.org
http://www.skyscraper.org/location/loc_0 2frameset.htm
- this site about "adaptive architecture" with pictures showing how houses can be made accessible to disabled people
http://www.adaparch.com/access.html

Réalisations

Design a house
You can find the full lesson plan in pdf format (to print, with drawing and examples) at
http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/tea ch/lp_future_house.pdf
or in the interactive form of a webquest at:
http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/tea ch/lp_design_house_intro.html
At the end of this activity, the students will draw plans for their dream house.

Make your house from clay
You can also invite them to build it in clay, or any other type of material, as you can read in this lesson plan
http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons /display.cfm?id=7

Pour aller plus loin

for advanced students, or for teachers, see:
- these seven stages of the creative process
http://www.mgtaylor.com/mgtaylor/glasbea d/7stagcrp.htm

- discover Paolo Soleri, his theory "archology : "Concept of Ecological Human Habitats was introduced by Paolo Soleri in late 1960's, exploring an alternative urban development in the age of environmental crisis."
http://www.arcosanti.org/theory/arcology /main.html
and his realisations : Cosanti and Archosanti, "an alternative to urban sprawl. "
http://www.arcosanti.org/archives/main.h tml

- read the US "ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG)"
http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/a daag.htm

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- Lesson plans from Thirteen.com

http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/adulted/ lessons.html
you will find lots of interesting lesson plans in this part classified for 'adult education', with precious links to work from at the end of each lesson. See:
holidays and observance, nutrition and food, heros and role models
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/adulted /lessons/lesson24.html
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/adulted /lessons/lesson22.html
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/adulted /lessons/lesson21.html

- Learning styles and MI theory

If you haven't heard about Howard Gardner's Multiple intelligence theory, or if you haven't had time yet to really get into it, here is a site to start : you will find information about the theory, and also ideas of how this theory can apply to your teaching.
The address given in the article for "Variations on a Theme: How Teachers Interpret MI Theory" no longer works, it is now:
http://www.ascd.org/publications/ed_lead /199709/campbell.html
and it offers useful hints of activities designed to fit the pupils's
different learning styles.
And if you want to learn more about MI, go to this excellent site, with videos from classes, interviews and chats with Howard Gardner and teachers who use MI in their classes.
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept 2class/month1/

- Portfolio

La popularité du portfolio dans la classe pour les élèves et comme témoin des pratiques pour l'enseignant semble grandissante au Québec, et ailleurs. Le portfolio se veut un témoin et un instrument de développement des compétences de l'élève à travers un collection de ses travaux - traces de son travail. Je vous invite à télécharger et lire cette étude de la Direction des Ressources Didactiques du ministère de l'education du Québec est présentée par Robert Bibeau. Elle fait le point sur les caractéristiques du portfolio numérique et sur les conditions de son utilisation.(from Olivier Colas)
http://www.meq.gouv.qc.ca/drd/tic/portfo lio.html

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- Activités pour le 4 juillet

Pour célébrer le 4 juillet, fête nationale des USA, vous pouvez faire réaliser ces travaux manuels à vos élèves pour décorer la classe :
- a wind chime
http://www.makingfriends.com/wind_chines _rwb.htm
- spinners
http://www.makingfriends.com/spinners.ht m
- stars and other patterns
http://desktoppub.about.com/library/week ly/blstars.htm?once=true

- Juin est le mois de la sécurité aux US

Eduplace vous popose des activités, des jeux de mots et un questionnaire simple et facile sur la sécurité pour les jeunes enfants, centré sur les dangers de la route, de la baignade, etc.
http://www.eduplace.com/ss/current/

- Plant this card!

Maybe you have already made paper with your pupils : it is a way to show them how recycling old paper works. This site suggest something new : in the making process, add some chosen seeds to the paper, and then the pupils can send letters that will grow into nice bouquets....
An interesting activity for Spring and the end of the year....
http://www.kidscastle.si.edu/channels/ar ts/articles/artsarticle4.html

- Games Kids play

Find there lots of ideas for activities and games, and the rules of some games you have forgotten. Some can be used as is, other have to be adapted...
http://www.gameskidsplay.net/

- Learning activities

This page offers ideas of activities for young homeschoolers : how to increase their vocabulary, make them learn number by memorising friends' phone numbers and using the phone, learn shapes while making sandwiches, or practice reading on cereal boxes and othe familiar objects, encourage reflexion, guessing ,deducing, and explaining how they proceeded. All these ides for pre-reading native speakers can easily be transfered to the language class for older pupils....and make language learning real fun! and, funnily enough....those pages also appear on the official US National Education site...under the signature of the Secretary of State....;(
http://atozteacherstuff.com/printables/s ummer_learningK-3.pdf
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Recipes/reck-3.ht ml
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Recipes/rec4-5.ht ml

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- Inside the animal mind

An interesting collection of intriguing facts about animals, presented in an interactive form of short questions and answers. An excellent activity either as a class if you have an computer and a video projector (OHP), or for pupils to browse through individually in the computer room or in the school library, and then tell the others about their findings, or encourage them to discover what they learnt: an excellent information gap activity. From lower secondary school onward.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/animalmin d/index.html

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- Jazz

Voici un site pour les amateurs de jazz : vous y trouverez des biographies des plus grands du jazz, avec des extraits de leurs oeuvres. un site à ne pas manquer!
http://www.jass.com/

- News

If you like to keep up to date with UK and world news, could be what you're looking for: it updates its stories every five minutes! You can also choose to be updated on specific kinds of news, depending on geographic location or topic, using a simple drop-down menu selection.
This interesting source of information presents the British point of view. You can contrast it with :
http://www.newsnow.co.uk
http://news.google.com which give an American view of the news.....(also updated every three minutes).
And of course, for another British source, don't forget the news from the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/

- The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago

Although it is centered on TV in Chicago, you can still this site for references. If you can't go there, you can still find online :
- "Encyclopedia of Television" featuring articles about the great figures of television (Oprah, Dan rather, Ronald Reagan, etc.), a summary of the most famous US series and programs, and articles about current issues like reality program (compare their definition to what we call reality TV in Europe), tabloid Television, racism and ethnicity, terrorism, TV technology, etc.
My only regret is that there are no videos and very few pictures. But the articles are very interesting and useful.
http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/index. html
- "Docufest" offering videos and lesson plans on several subjects. Civil rights presents an interview of Malcolm X which is very interesting, although there is only a short summary and no full transcript. The videos come with a lesson plan and suggestions to start a class discussion.
http://www.museum.tv/education/docufest. shtml
- Tips for teachers, explaining how they can use Docufest in their classroom
http://www.museum.tv/education/teachers. shtml

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- Statistics and country files

You can use world facts and statistics in many ways in class : for some they are precious info to study geography or economics, for students, they are ways to learn interesting facts and discover other countries, and for teachers, it is an opportunity to make learners practice comparison in an authentic context. I explored some sites for you, choosing the theme of 'phones':

Ask the brain

http://www.askthebrain.com
where I found for example this page about 'phones', with short testimonies
of users, statistics and lots of other information.
http://www.askthebrain.com/phone-.html

Nation Master

http://www.nationmaster.com
where I found these statistics for having a phone at home : 970 out of 1000 people in Monaco, versus 33 in Albania:
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph-T/med_t el_mai_lin_in_use_cap&id=EUR
The site also offers lists of superlatives : the poorest, the richest, the
most murderous, the most educated....and the most square-eyed.....what do
you think it is? ;) see
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph-T/med_t el_cap
the statistics come from the CIA World Factbook 2002

CIA World Factbook 2002

you can access this publication online
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factb ook/
and even download it in .zip format, and make it available for your
students in school
http://www.cia.gov/cia/download.html
You can also access this site through
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/fact book/geos/cd.html

Brainyatlas

this site offers uptodate maps to download, and country profiles with the dates of the statistics (some date back from 1995, some others are missing....)
http://www.brainyatlas.com/
As for phones, you can compare the systems in the different countries:
http://www.brainyatlas.com/fields/2124.ht ml
you can also find figures, but they are difficult to analyse since they just give numbers and not ratios, and the numbers have been collected in different years.....but this can also be an intersting subject to discuss....
http://www.brainyatlas.com/fields/2150.ht ml

Fact Monster

from InfoPlease
http://www.factmonster.com/countries.html
free country profiles, with various infos, including numbers and statistics the site also offers free online
- an atlas with maps
http://www.factmonster.com/atlas/index.ht ml
- an almanach, with a page of world stats and facts
http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0770063. html
- a dictionary
http://www.factmonster.com/dictionary.htm l
- an encyclopedia
http://www.factmonster.com/encyclopedia.h tml
as for 'phone', here is the definition the encyclopedia gives, but no
statistics there:
http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/sci/A08480 85.html

Theodora.com

A world factbook by year, still with the CIA as a source
http://www.theodora.com/wfb/
and also flags, lots of maps, and information about geography and the climate.
See also their chapter 'country rank', with lots of statisctics to compare, based on the 1999 statistics.
http://www.photius.com/rankings/index.htm l
No phone there, but you can choose, for example, to compare the use of nuclear energy in these countries, or discuss their competitiveness ranking....
http://www.photius.com/wfb1999/rankings/c ompetitiveness.html
And if you feel interested in competitiveness, you can access the "World Competitiveness Yearbook" , all the information about how this rate was calculated and access other results on the site of the institute in Switzerland who did the study
http://www01.imd.ch/wcy/

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