Sunday, 31 January 2010
One of the most surprising issue about Australia is the aborigine's world and what they call the Dreamtime. Most Aboriginal people believe that all life as we know it today (human, animal, or plant) is part of a vast and complex single network of relationships which can be traced directly back to the great spirit ancestors of the Dreamtime.
In the Aboriginal world view, every event leaves a record in the land. Everything in the natural world is a result of the actions of the metaphysical beings whose actions created the world. Read more...
If you want to learn more about this land visit the World Factbook and enjoy the Photo Gallery, and for fun listen to a Cartoon.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
The Nobel Prize has been awarded to people and organizations every year since 1901, with a few exceptions such as during World War II. Alfred Nobel, the man behind the prize, invented dynamite and experimented in making synthetic rubber, leather and artificial silk. By the time of his death in 1896 he had acquired 355 patents. Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work!
Play the Peace Doves Game!
Several people and organizations have received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to disarm nuclear weapons.
Play the Prisoners of War Game!
The Red Cross, three-time recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, protects and helps war victims worldwide and ensures that the rules of war are followed.
Where and When Did the Wars in the 20th Century Take Place?
You can also find out where in the world the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and nominees come from.
Monday, 25 January 2010
Nature provides us with food and drink, clothes, medicines, building materials, and much more. However, it faces many threats. Habitat loss, pollution, over-use of resources and climate change are some of them.
Find out more about the biodiversity of the UK and why it is important to preserve it.
Oficial Natural History Museum Page.
Identification guides and keys.
What threatens our diversity?
Friday, 22 January 2010
CIA's World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Profile Guide to Countries, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map... There is also a Kid's Page with games.
A good way to learn about geography and politics!
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
If you want to learn irregular verbs in a funny way try this Spanish page. You can select your level in ESO and with 'Oral Crosswords', 'Pictograms', 'Catch the verb' and 'Cath the sound' you'll practice irregular verbs in groups.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Discover Haiti's history thanks to Time.com.
Christopher Columbus sights Haiti in 1492. After the Island becomes a Spanish Colony, disease and harsh working conditions devastate the indigenous population...
For more information Haiti's Earthquake Destruction.
Friday, 15 January 2010
On BBC page we can find some information about how to make a conversation.
These programmes have useful language for when you're chatting to someone. They include:
- getting back on topic
- telling someone about a serious incident
- chatting someone up
- being sarcastic
- agreeing in informal situations
- showing interest
- being vague
You can try out the language you have learned with the quizzes at the bottom of each page.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
BBC's 2010 calendar features photos of costumes and celebrations from around the world.
A long time ago the year was marked out with special days which marked the passing year. These were days of celebrations where people would do things, eat things or make things which they would not normally do.
Cheese rolling, Nettle Eating, Toe Wrestling, Bog Snorkelling are just a few of the strange, bizarre, wacky, eccentric and even mad festivals still taking place in Britain today.
Enter Woodlands Junior School Project and discover what happens each month.