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martes, 29 de junio de 2010

INDEPENDECE DAY - 4th July

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.



lunes, 28 de junio de 2010

PRESIDENTS OF THE USA

Here you have the histories and times of the presidents of the United States of America.

4th JULY GAMES

Glitter Graphics

Find the differences game:  Find 7 differences between the two pictures before time runs out.



Row Swapping Puzzle: Solve the puzzle by swapping the rows and the columns of the scramble pictures.

 


Animated flag puzzle



domingo, 20 de junio de 2010

SUMMER SOLSTICE 2010

• in the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice begins on Jun 21 2010 at 7:28 AM EDT

• in the UK, on June 21, 2010 at 11:28 UT

Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.

The Summer solstice, also called 'Litha', marks the first day of the season of summer.
 On this day you can see a very old custom at Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England.

What is Stonehenge?

Stonehenge is one of Europe's biggest stone circles. A lot of stones are ten or twelve metres high. The earliest part of Stonehenge is nearly 5,000 years old. It is thought that the Druids used Stonehenge for a calendar.




Who are/were Druids?

The Druids were the priests in Britain 2,000 years ago. They used the sun and the stones at Stonehenge to know the start of the months and seasons. There are Druids in Britain today too.

What happens at Stonehenge on June 21st?

- the Longest Day of the Year

Every June 21st hundreds of people go to Stonehenge to watch the sun rise. The sun shines on one famous stone - the Heel stone. For the Druids this is a very important moment of the year.

Early Celebrations

Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations have for centuries celebrated the first day of summer otherwise known as the Summer Solstice, Midsummer (see Shakespeare), St. John's Day, or the Wiccan Litha.

The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun's energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.

Today, the day is still celebrated around the world - most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.

Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups assemble to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.


BEAT THE KEEPER

Are you a football fan? Try this game to see how many football words you know in English. Can you beat the goal keeper? Good luck!



MY SECRET TEAM

Rovers or United? Which football team does the boy support - in secret?





WE'RE GOING TO WIN

Listen to a song about a football match. Sing with them in this LINK




LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Once upon a time...


After reading and listening the tale, put the story in  ORDER








SOCCER 2010


viernes, 18 de junio de 2010

PLAYERS - FIFA WORLD CUP 2010



FIFA WORLD CUP 2010




ENJOY THE ACTIVITIES

Learn the alphabet. Use your keyboard. Type the missing letters and listen.




 Is the word on the basketball a common noun, a proper noun, or not a noun? Click on the label above the basket to tell what the word is.  

    NOUNS

Make a horse for the carousel. Choose a subject, a verb, and a sentence ending that make sense. Click the gears to change the words.   

    SENTENCES



How much do you know about butterflies? Do you know they begin their lives as caterpillars? You can find out more about butterflies.


    BUTTERFLY



domingo, 13 de junio de 2010

SPANISH TEAM "La Roja"

Profile
On a scale of one to ten, Spain's performance in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ can only be given top marks. On top of wins in each of their ten games, La Roja were the European Zone's second top scorers with 28 goals while conceding a miserly five at the other end. Maturity, resilience and the ability to overcome adversity were all in evidence during their campaign, and few national teams in world football are blessed with squads of such depth and sheer talent. The Iberians have not rested on the laurels of their UEFA EURO 2008 victory, consistently bringing in new faces without renouncing their commitment to attractive short-passing football.

The star players
The team's success has been based on quality and balance throughout the side. In captain Iker Casillas Spain have one of the world's finest keepers, a man who can be relied upon to bring his superhuman reflexes to the rescue when most needed. Midfield string-puller Xavi Hernandez's inch-perfect passing and vision is vital to the Spaniards' fluid style, while at the sharp end of the attack there can be few if any better finishers than David Villa and Fernando 'El Niño' Torres.

Records

Spain recorded ten wins from ten South Africa 2010 qualifiers.
La Selección were the European Zone's second-highest scorers, firing 28 goals to end the campaign just six strikes short of the Fabio Capello's England.

THIS TIME FOR AFRICA (Live from 2010 FIFA World Cup)




You're a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
Get back in the saddle
You're on the front line
Everyone's watching
You know it's serious
We're getting closer
This isn't over
The pressure's on; you feel it
But you got it all; believe it
When you fall, get up, oh oh
And if you fall, get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Cause this is Africa
Tsamina mina eh, eh
Waka waka eh, eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Listen to your god
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don't wait in line
Y vamos por todo
People are raising
Their expectations
Go on and feel it
This is your moment
No hesitation
Today's your day; I feel it
You paved the way, believe it
If you get down, get up oh, oh
When you get down, get up eh, eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Tsamina mina eh, eh
Waka waka eh, eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa ah, ah
Tsamina mina eh, eh
Waka waka eh, eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Cause this is Africa
Tsamina mina eh, eh
Waka waka eh, eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa ah, ah
Tsamina mina eh, eh
Waka waka eh, eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Yango eh, eh
Yango eh, eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa ah, ah
Yango eh, eh
Yango eh, eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa ah, ah
This time for Africa
This time for Africa
We're all Africa
We're all Africa






martes, 8 de junio de 2010

WORLD CUP STUFF (just for football fans)



1. QUIZZIES ACTIVITIES: Picture quizzes, puzzles, spelling activities, crosswords, games, bingos...



2. PLAY A GAME: PENALTY CHALLENGE. Choose the option: "Play Solo"













SOUTH AFRICA


The Republic of South Africa, is located on the southern tip of the African continent and inhabits 1,219,912 square kilometres (471,011 square miles) of land. It is neighboured by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique to the north and Swaziland in the east. South Africa wholly encompasses the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
The country has a population of more than 47 million that spans across nine provinces. The provinces are the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, North West and the Western Cape. The Northern Cape is by far the largest province, but also has the smallest population while the smallest province is Gauteng, which has the densent population.
The country has three capitals: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judicial). The government is further divided into three tiers: national, provincial and local.
There are 11 recognised official languages but English is used in road signs, hotels, commerce, banking, government and official documents. The country is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (UTC +2) and has an average of 8.5 hours of sunshine per day.
Generally, the infrastructure in South Africa is very good and moving between cities is relatively easy. The 2010 FIFA World Cup has been a catalyst for infrastructural upgrades and the South African government is investing more nine billion South African Rand for further works.

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