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(Updated on 04/10/2013)

Write your hurts in the sand and carve your benefits in stone.

 


Related pages :

Asbestos
Atomic archive
Jewels
Lead
Nuclear disasters
Nuclear energy

 

 

Vocabulary :

  • 10 Metals and Minerals for Metaphors (dailywritingtips.com)

    A 'metaphor'
    "is a literary figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object.
    Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegoryhyperbole, and simile."

    (Wikipedia)

  • Fabric and Cloth - Definitions
    "269 names of kinds of fabric and cloth.
    There is an enormous variety in fabrics, with many different national, historical and regional varieties.
    It is interesting to note, however, that almost all of the types of fabric listed below are variants or blends of just five basic fabric types (silk, cotton, linen, wool and worsted).
    Many of the terms are foreign in origin..."

    (phrontistery.info)
  • Materials - a list (dictionary-thesaurus.com)
  • Looking At Materials (primaryresources.co.uk)
    "Ask yourself these questions when you are looking at materials..."

 

  • Textiles (Wikipedia Encyclopedia) - liste et liens

 

  • Traditional anniversary gifts by year :
    1 Paper 2 Cotton 3 Leather 4 Linen 5 Wood 6 Iron 7 Wool 8 Bronze 9 Pottery 10 Tin 11 Steel
    12 Silk 13 Lace 14 Ivory 15 Crystal 20 China 25 Silver 30 Pearl 35 Coral 40 Ruby
    45 Sapphire 50 Gold 55 Emerald 60 Diamond

    (hallmark.com)

 

Encyclopedia / Facts :

  • Material world
    "Why does every person need 200kg of steel a year?...
    Is the raw stuff we devour - plastic, steel, concrete, energy - going down even as the economy grows?"

    (BBC)

 

  • Metal thieves using Google fo find booty - 3 November 2011
    "Metal thieves are scanning railway timetables for engineering disruption to find new stocks of cable to steal, police have said...
    Metal theft is a recession crime and as more people lose their jobs, more people are turning to it."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • 'Uranium rush' prompts Grand Canyon fears 
    "A new "gold rush" is under way in the American West, but this time the prospectors are out for another metal: uranium.
    The Grand Canyon region in the US state of Arizona holds one of the nation's largest concentrations of high grade uranium, the fuel for nuclear power."

    + VIDEOS

    (BBC)




    Do uranium mines belong near Grand Canyon?
    "Mining companies stake claims on federal land adjoining the park, while opponents say drinking water will be at risk."

    (csmonitor.com)



    See Grand Canyon

 

  • Old people are rich :
    they have silver in their hair,
    gold in their teeth,
    stones in their kidneys,
    steel in their knees,

    lead in their feet,
    iron in their knuckles,
    sugar in their blood,
    and gas in their stomach.

  • Peru: 1.5 lbs. of nails pulled from man's stomach
    Doctors "removed 1.5 pounds of metal from (his) stomach, including nails, coins, and rusted copper wire and scrap metal."

    (telegraph.co.uk)



 

 

  • An encyclopedia of the Textile Industry in Britain between 1700 and 1900.
    "The website includes information on the different aspects of the domestic system as well as the woolen, cotton, silk and linen industries. The website also features entries on twelve important textile inventions and biographies of inventors (16) and entrepreneurs (28). There is also a series of lessons available that simulates the debate that took placed in the 19th century on the morality and the economic value of child labour in textile factories." (Spartacus Educational)

 

 

Pictures :

  • SCRAP / SCRAP DEALER :

    Scrap
    (thefreedictionary.com)

    Scrap dealer
    (= 'ferrailleur' in French)

     

  • STEEL :

    Steel mill
    (No link)

     

  • Thatched cottages
    "A model illustrating the different stages that are gone through to create a thatched roof."
    (dkimages.com)

 

 

Listening :

  • Graphene: The Material of the 21st Century - Text + Audio + Quiz
    "Graphene is a type of graphite mineral. Experts often call it 'The Material of the 21st Century' because of its special properties.
    Some U.S. companies are already using graphene for new technology products.
    Graphene is often described as a one-atom-thick layer of carbon."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Golden Rules and Golden Oldies - Some expressions are just golden | WORDS AND THEIR STORIES 
    "Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Materials (elllo.org)
    "Listen to these descriptions about materials for clothes that we wear."

 

 

INTERACTIVE exercises :

  • Patterns - Drag and Drop - Upper intermediate
    - with the pronunciation
    (visualesl.com)

 

  • Material World + For Teachers
    "Pupils will learn about materials, processes and techniques used in art through the different categories of Paint, Wood, Metal, Earth, Animal, Stone and Composite, where information and interactive activities are provided.
    They can gain more information about key works of art by visiting the ‘Gallery’ and unusual words are defined in the ‘Glossary’.
    Works of art from 5 museums are featured:
    The Bowes Museum, Compton Verney, The Holburne Museum of Art, Waddesdon Manor and The Wallace Collection."

    (museumnetworkuk.org)

 

 

 

 

  • Making Materials - How are the things around us made ? (woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk)

 

  • Materials - a quiz - Click on the right material for the picture.

 

Exercises TO PRINT :

 

Reading :

 

Lesson plans :

  • Scientists make super-strong spider web silk (January 14, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A group of researchers from Sweden has unlocked one of nature's biggest secrets.
    The scientists worked out how spiders make such strong silk."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels: Spider Webs - Level 0Spider Webs - Level 1   or  Spider Webs - Level 2
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
    crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
    (breakingnewsenglish.com)

  • London set to ban plastic bags
    - a lesson plan
    (Breaking News English)


    Lien modifié

 

  • Materials (coppschool.lancsngfl.ac.uk)
    "Through this unit children should extend their knowledge of the range of materials we use and of the properties that characterise them.
    This knowledge should help them recognise what needs to be considered when a material is chosen for a particular use."

 

  • The Elements - "This lesson plan is aimed at teaching the elements on the periodic table."
    (absolutenglish-972)

 

Webquests :

 

INTERACTIVE games :

 

Games TO PRINT :

  • Crossword: Rocks (advanced)

 

Idioms, Sayings and Proverbs :

  • Wise sayings :
    The blocks of wood should not dictate to the carver. - Maori (on art and creativity)
    You cannot carve rotten wood. - Chinese

    (wiseoldsayings.com)
  • Breakthrough by Galactic Cowboys :
    "Look out 'cause I'm a bull in a china shop "
  • Paint It Black by Inkubus Sukkubus :
    "I want it black, black as coal"
  • All that glitters by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark :
    "All that glitters
    Is not gold.
    So don't believe everything
    You've been told."
  • Silver Lining by Gang Of Four :
    "Your look will always find me hypnotized
    Behind every cloud there's a silver lining"
    (Proverb : 'Every cloud has a silver lining.')

    (metrolyrics.com)
  • Mellow Mood by Bob Marley :
    "Strike the hammer while iron is hot"
    (Proverb : 'Strike the iron while it's hot')
  • Honor to Us All by Mulan :
    "We're going to turn this sow's ear
    Into a silk purse"
    (Proverb : 'You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear')
  • Knock On Wood by Otis Redding or Eric Clapton
    (lyricsmania.com)

 

Songs :

  • Planning Permission - Darkness (sing365.com)
    "I've got twenty-thousand bricks to lay...
    I've just got this camera stand and a machine to mix the cement...
    I used to work in building supplies
    Graft in a hundred of those
    Concrete and steel by the wheelbarrow load
    Finish at two whos gonna chop the barroos
    I've got a trowel and I ain't afraid to use it!
    "

  • All that glitters by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark :
    "All that glitters
    Is not gold.
    So don't believe everything
    You've been told."

 

  • Black Velvet by Alannah Myles :
    "Black velvet and that little boy smile
    Black velvet with that slow southern style
    A new religion that'll bring you to your knees
    Black velvet if you please."
  • Breakthrough by Galactic Cowboys :
    "Look out 'cause I'm a bull in a china shop "
  • Diamonds & Gold by Tom Waits :
    "There's a hole in the ladder
    A fence we can climb
    Mad as a hatter
    You're thin as a dime"
    (metrolyrics.com)
  • Get down by Gilbert O'Sullivan :
    "You're a bad dog baby...
    Now I'm just like a cat on a hot tin roof"
  • Honor to Us All by Mulan :
    "We're going to turn this sow's ear
    Into a silk purse"
    (Proverb : 'You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear')
  • Knock On Wood by Otis Redding or Eric Clapton
    (lyricsmania.com)
  • Love Went Mad by Elvis Costello :
    "DO YOU HAVE A HEART OF IRON AND STEEL?...
    You go to church quiet as a mouse
    You're a big cheese now in the workhouse...
    But with your fingers in your ears
    Feeling bright as a button"
  • Mellow Mood by Bob Marley :
    "Strike the hammer while iron is hot"
    (Proverb : 'Strike the iron while it's hot')
  • Silver Lining by Gang Of Four :
    "Your look will always find me hypnotized
    Behind every cloud there's a silver lining"
    (Proverb : 'Every cloud has a silver lining.')

    (metrolyrics.com)

 

 

CARTOONS :

 

 

VIDEOS :

  • Raw Materials - The stuff that dreams are made of
    "The European Commission would like to promote skills and employment on Raw Materials to boost sectorial competitiveness and sustainable growth while showing the huge potential of European raw materials..."

    (YouTube)

 

  • Website Asteroid Mining Mission Revealed by Planetary Resources, Inc.
    "Planetary Resources' mission is mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals.
    Through the development of cost-effective exploration technologies, the company is poised to initiate prospecting missions
    targeting resource-rich asteroids that are easily accessible..."

  •  

  • A day made of glass



  • Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man
    "Based on the backstory of one of the most beloved children's novels of all time comes the extraordinary love story between a simple woodsman and a beautiful maiden. Not having many possessions but wanting to marry his maiden, the woodsman sets his heart to build a large and beautiful cabin. L. Frank Baum wrote the back story to the Tin Woodsman in his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
    It "is Whitestone Motion Pictures retelling this little known story of the tragic arc of a beloved character who was once human, made of flesh and blood that turned into tin."

    (vimeo.com)