Watch Stories Read Aloud!

Here’s a wonderful pastime during the hot summer afternoons.







Summer Reading (2) 6 of the best Greek children's books translated in English


THE LAST BLACK CAT by Eugene Trivizas

(Aristophanes for children) by Sophia Zarampouka 

PETROS’ WAR by Alki Zei

TINA’S WEB by Alki zei

Summer Reading (1):6 of the best children's books

PETER PAN (1911)  By J.M. Barrie
Quote: "All children, except one, grow up."

WINNIE-THE-POOH (1926) By A.A. Milne
Quote: "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'"
THE LITTLE PRINCE (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

Quote: “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

By Eric Carle
Quote: "In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple."

ELMER by David McKee
Quote:"Elmer was different.Elmer was patchwork."

TREASURE ISLAND (1883) By R.L. Stevenson 

 Quote:"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

"From A to Z " end of the year activities (2)

"Beat the clock" game

We have four groups of kids trying to put the letters in the right order the faster they can. Some of the groups really needed some help.The winners were those who managed to find the right order faster for both capital and small letters.

"From A to Z " end of the year activities (1)

Now that we have only two weeks till our summer holidays, we are trying to revise what we have learnt throughout the school year in a playful and musical atmosphere.
The kids know how to recognize and write all alphabet letters, so
*  we put them in the right order
*  we find the “couples” (capital-small)
*  we try to remember at least one word beginning with each letter
*  we sing the alphabet song

Fairy tales project (3)

Here are some more pieces of creative writing from my 5th graders. The collaboration worked perfectly in their groups and they even acted out their fairy tale!

Fairy tales project (2)

This activity involves collaboration in groups to write a story that uses the target language.
The task for my class is that they’re going to write a fairy tale and I ask them how the story should start. This is to elicit ‘Once upon a time…’.
To generate a simple, short story I ask questions like :
Who is your hero?
Where did the story take place/happen?
 When did it happen?
 What did he/she do? 
What happened next?
 How does the story end?
To help them choose their heroes , we play the following board game. 
In this way each group has at least 3 heroes to work with, in their story.
Students plan their writing the way they like and at the same time they use the target language structures. 
This is what they wrote:

9 May every year: Celebrating the creation of the European Union.

Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. 
The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production.
 A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

The Stabat Mater is a 13th -century  Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. Its author may be either the Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi or Pope Innocent III.The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater Dolorosa, which means "the sorrowful mother stood".

Stabat Mater dolorosa iuxta crucem lacrimosa dum pendebat Filius
The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her Son was hanging