Arctic tern's epic journey mapped
"The Arctic tern's extraordinary pole-to-pole migration
has been detailed by an international team of scientists.
The researchers fitted the birds with tiny tracking devices to see precisely
which routes the animals took on their 70,000km (43,000 miles) round trip. "
(BBC) tern = hirondelle de mer, sterne
We Feed the World
"is a 2005 documentary in which Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer traces
the origins of the food we eat and views modern industrial production of food in
a critical light. His journey takes him to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland,
Brazil and back to Austria.
The movie features an interview with Jean Ziegler." (Wikipedia)
6 American cities
"Here are eight pages about 6 American cities.
(Washington DC - Seattle - Boston - Chicago - New York City - New Orleans)
Listen to Stephanie, our American assistant , watch the videos ,
play the games, enjoy the photos and learn."
Activities created by Renée Maufroid.
Harry Potter and Me
- une séquence prévue pour une classe de 2nde.
Le dossier "contient des découpages MP3 de la bande-son,
le conducteur de séance, les activités élèves et une illustration"
+ une 'worksheet'+ une video
(Philippe Hattais - englishdaybyday.net)
90 Years of Vampires on the Screen
- a slideshow
"In Daybreakers, Hollywood reimagines the world of the infamous nocturnal bloodsuckers. Here's a look back at some of the industry's ghoulish hits and misses"
The Top 25 Horror Movies of all Time "From silent vampires to animated murders, from sharks
that won't die to a love story set amid a zombie takeover,
more than a century's worth of big-screen scares."
My Favourite Things from 'The Sound of Music' (YouTube) - the LYRICS "Cream, colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles.
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings.
these are a few of my favorite things."
Enya - White Is In The Winter Night (YouTube) - the LYRICS "Green is in the mistletoe and red is in the holly
Silver in the stars above that shine on everybody
Gold is in the candlelight and crimson in the embers
White is in the winter night that everyone remembers"
"Game Board au format powerpoint sur les animaux australiens.
Le jeu est accompagné d'une fiche à l'intention du professeur et des élèves." Niveau visé: A2
Classe visée: 5ème
"It won't be long before we'll all be there with snow...
I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow...
And with a spade of snow
I'll build a man that's made of snow " (lyrics007.com) - theVIDEO with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney & Trudy Stevens (YouTube)
"White Christmas" musical lesson
"This lesson is based on a special mp3 mix [5 Mo- 5’25"] of 9 different
interpretations of the same song "White Christmas " (Irving Berlin 1942)
by various artists, of various epoques and various styles..."
How online life distorts privacy rights for all
"People who post intimate details about their lives on the internet undermine
everybody else's right to privacy, claims an academic...
The rise of social networking has blurred the boundaries of what can be
considered private... - making it less of a defence by law. "
Cleopatra’s Eye Make-Up Had Health Benefits
- a lesson plan
"Lead is usually a risk to health but the low levels
in the make-up had health benefits..."
The Queen of Egypt Cleopatra "used eye make-up to try
to win the heart of the emperor Mark Anthony." WARM-UPS : EYE MAKE-UP / COSMETICS / ATTRACTIVE / ANCIENT EGYPTIANS
"A collection of some of the most frequently misspelled,
commonly confused and easily misused words." - with exercises to print
(common-mistakes.net) Site recommended by Larry Ferlazzo.
English Village Steven talks about the village he is from in England. "The last time I went back was Christmas...
I saw old friends and family and did the usual Christmas things..." - with a Comprehension Quiz
Swiss man fined $290,000 for speeding in his Ferrari
"The man was reportedly caught driving a red Ferrari Testarossa
at 137km/h (85mph) through a village.
The penalty was calculated based on the unnamed motorist's wealth
- assessed by the court as $22.7m (£14.1m) - and because he was a repeat offender...
Swiss media reported that the man owns a villa with five luxury cars,
including the Ferrari."
Microsoft and HP show off 'slate' PC - with a VIDEO
"The firms unveiled the Windows 7 powered touchscreen machine,
also known as a tablet, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The aim of the device is to bridge the gap between laptops and smartphones."
Booking a room at the Big Apple Hostel in New York
"Cette activité fait partie d’une micro-tâche de ma séquence sur NY.
Il s’agit de donner les moyens aux élèves de pouvoir construire un dialogue
pour réserver une chambre pour leur séjour (fictif)."
Dialogue (accent US et accent GB)
+ 2 pagesd'exercices interactifs.
Séquence sur Twilight (le livre + le film)
destinée à des 4e Euro - la séquence complète
- le poster utilisé pour la 1ère séance
- la fiche de CE portant sur les pp.15-17 du chap.1 du tome 1 Séquence envoyée par Sylvie Teillot (Ac Grenoble)
"is a series of critically acclaimed books featuring cutting-edge manga illustrations
with the abridged original text from Shakespeare." - Books to buy
- FREE resources
World’s tallest building opens in Dubai
- a lesson plan
"The height of the 828-metre Burj Khalifa was kept a secret until the opening
ceremony. It is twice the height of New York’s Empire State Building." WARM-UPS :
TALL BUILDINGS / MOST / BEST / BIG IS BEAUTIFUL /
PLACES TO STAY / BUILDING
"Amy Walker does a little tour of 21 accents in 2 1/2 minutes.
From the UK and Ireland to Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia,
France, Australia, New Zealand, and around North America."
Johnny Cash : I Got Stripes
" On a Monday I was arrested (uh huh)
On a Tuesday they locked me in the jail (po' boy)
On a Wednesday my trial was attested
On a Thursday they said guilty and the judge's gavel fell"
+ the VIDEO
Call for Participation for TESOL's Electronic Village Online (EVO) "For six weeks, participants in EVO can engage with ESOL experts in collaborative, online discussion sessions or in hands-on virtual workshops
of professional and scholarly benefit." FREE
Twas The Month After Christmas - a poem "Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse...
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip...
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore---
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!"
Boosting flight security measures "Some countries have announced plans to introduce more sophisticated
technology to screen travellers, others are making body and
hand-baggage searches more rigorous.
The BBC looks at what changes are being made in a selection of countries."
La réunion des phobiques anonymes
"Quand des personnes atteintes de phobies se rencontrent...
Un sketch irrésistible tiré de la version américaine de l'émission humoristique
d'origine britannique «The Sketch Show»."
Or on YouTube
"a film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats,
and in particular his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne..
directed by Jane Campion, who wrote the screenplay and was inspired by
the biography of Keats by Andrew Motion, who served
as a script consultant on the film."
Reader’s Theater Editions
"are free scripts for reader’s theater (or readers theatre) adapted from stories
written by Aaron Shepard and others—mostly humor, fantasy, and world tales from a variety of cultures. A full range of reading levels is included, with scripts aimed
mostly at ages 8–15. The scripts may be freely copied, shared, and performed
for any noncommercial purpose, except they may not be posted
online without permission."
British regional accents 'still thriving'
"Britain’s regional accents are becoming more widespread despite the increasingly homogeneous nature of society, according to academic studies...
Experts found that Geordie, Scouse, Mancunian, and Brummie accents are,
if anything, becoming more distinct...
Accents are more varied in northern England because they have not been subjected
to the mass levelling of speech caused by London and its commuting hinterland."
New Year's Resolutions for Kids
School Age Kids - ex : " I'll be nice to other kids. I'll be friendly to kids who
need friends - like someone who is shy, or is new to my school."
Teens - ex : "I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and
I will spend only one to two hours each day - at the most - on these activities."
Swimmers flock to beach for New Year dip
"More than a thousand swimmers flocked to the beach - many in fancy dress
- as they braved icy waters for an annual New Year charity dip.
Participants dressed as Welsh dragons, fairies and characters from Little Britain
as they took to the water at Saundersfoot in Pembrokshire for the 26th annual
dip to raise money for a variety of local and national charities. "
10 Unusual Traditions for Ringing in the New Year around the World
"Did you know that in Switzerland people ring in the new year by dropping a dollop
of cream on the floor? Or how about how Armenians bake special bread with
“good luck” and “best wishes” stamped into it? We thought you didn’t.
So in honor of 2010, here are 10 unusual traditions observed
by different countries around the world."
(mentalfloss.com) Page recommended by Larry Ferlazzo.
Pensioner used 136 modes of transport in a year
"Edwin Shackleton, 82, has travelled in a six-wheeled amphibious vehicle,
crashed over waves in a lifeboat and cruised in a gypsy caravan
as he found 136 ways to make a journey. The adrenaline junkie has sailed in a catamaran, lifeboat and sand yacht
and flown in a microlight, executive jet and glider.
He also hitched rides on a bin lorry, fire engine, police car and T-55 tank
- before reaching his target of 100 in July by flying in a hot air balloon."
See The list of 136 modes of transport taken by Mr Shackleton.
New internet piracy law comes into effect in France
"Illegal downloaders will be sent a warning e-mail, then a letter if they continue,
and finally must appear before a judge if they offend again.
The judge can impose a fine, or suspend their access to the internet."
"People dressed as superheroes ride on a London Underground train to promote Marvel's Super Heroes. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 video game,
which launches in the UK today."
Squigly's Writing Corner - Story Builder
"Have fun making your own stories using Squigly's story builder. Squigly and his
friends have written some stories that you can personalize with your own words."
Ten years of changes in technology
"Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones looks at
how technology has changed during the noughties.
The decade has seen a digital revolution that's transformed
the communication and entertainment industry."
A portrait of the decade
"To mark the end of the first decade of the century, the Magazine has been asking readers to tell the story of the past 10 years, based on five themes. Here are our top 100 things that define the Noughties."
How to sum up the 'Noughties'?
"Time Magazine called it the 'decade from hell', but despite 9/11,
two wars and a financial crisis it hasn't been all bad.
So how would you describe it? Watch Matt Frei's thoughts."
The Year in Questions - Interactive quiz
"William Shakespeare famously warned, “If all the year were playing holidays,
to sport would be as tedious as to work.” With that in mind, we present a little
light labor to ease the terrible burden of this holiday season.
Below are 100 or so questions on the personalities and happenings that defined 2009
— from geopolitics and gossip to commerce and celebrity." + Continue the QUIZ "The incidents, accidents, hints and allegations that defined 2009."
(nytimes.com) Quizzes recommended by Catherine Serreau