Monday, October 29, 2012

“At the point where everything ends, everything starts again.”

* This post is the answer to what one of my students asked me today:
"OK. We are learning English and French at school. Are they learning Greek abroad?"

She was French. In 1995, she was given Greek nationality.

Schoolteacher. University professor. Philologist. Writer. Translator of Greek classics. Academic. Philhellene. Prize winner.

Known for her work on the culture and language of ancient Greece and, in particular, on Thucydides.

Meet "Madame Grèce" : Jacqueline de Romilly (26 March 1913 – 18 December 2010)



The most relaxing song ever!

Dedicated to S., T., L., V. and S.  (You don' t know them but they know what I' m talking about!)

More Halloween stuff

October 31. Halloween!

Trick or treat, smell my feet,
or give me something good to eat!

Halloween is almost here - well, not exactly here in Greece, since we celebrate carnival in February, but kids in Great Britain, the USA and elsewhere are having a great time.
Don' t be jealous. You, too, can have a great time with this Halloweeen game.

Halloween game 2

How much do you really know about Halloween? Take this quiz to find out!

Oooh, I' ve twisted my tongue!

Are you good at tongue twisters? How good?

He doesn' t ...likes this game

What?! You say "he doesn' t likes "? If you do, play this game. It will make things clear for you.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Window on Britain

How much do you know about Britain?

Here are some worksheets that go with the video.

School in Britain

Compare school in Britain and your country.

Careless Charlie becomes Careful Charlie

Is your family' s planning for eating careful or careless? 

Food in Britain

Are you wondering what they eat in Great Britain?
Play the video and wonder no more!

That' s a pretty long shopping list, dad!

Keep your shopping list short and organized!

Count and non-count casserole. Yummy!

Today I cooked this healthy casserole with count and non-count nouns. Why don' t you try it?

Do you prefer stews? Watch the recipe in the next video.
If you don' t like cooking, you could order something at a restaurant.

Monday, October 22, 2012

What on earth is cider?

Cider is a drink made from apple juice. When it contains alcohol, it is called hard cider or alcoholic cider. Cider or apple cider means less sweet, usually unfiltered,  apple juice.
It is made mostly in France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and North America.
In the USA and Canada people drink cider around Halloween and Thanksgiving. This cider is usually unfiltered, rather thick, and it is often heated and spiced with cinnamon. This is different from the cider in Europe, which is usually not heated.
The French and Spanish cuisines have recipes that need cider. The French and Spanish often drink it instead of wine.
In Europe, many young people drink cider, which costs less than wine, and is often served in pubs and other places where they go.
In Greece, apple cider vinegar is sold at supermarkets, which is very good for salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes etc.

Here' s how to make cider. Be careful! It can make you drunk!

London' s favourite streets

Do you want to go for a walk in the liveliest areas of London?
You can go shopping or just window shopping, eat in a restaurant or even have a drink in one of the pubs.
So, what do you say? Shall we start exploring London' s streets?

Goodnight song

If you can' t sleep (which is unlikely), or, anyway, if your parents cannot sleep, here' s a nice song to relax you - like a lullaby...


This year the 5th and 6th graders of our school are learning both English and French.One of the French children' s songs I like is the following (although I don' t like what is happening to the bird - "I will pluck your feathers" means "Θα σε ξεπουπουλιάσω!!!)

For a funnier version:

"Alouette" means "skylark" in English . It' s the bird "κορυδαλλός", a little bird that can sing while flying very high. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Zisis has been there!

Solve this puzzle to see what Zisis has seen in the USA.

Or maybe this one.

There is one more here. 

ABC order

Are there silkworms in my garden?

This is surely my cat in the video, but what are those white worms eating the mulberry leaves?


The entire life cycle of the silkworm from egg to egg:

A visit to the military airport

Last Friday we were given a tour of the Hellenic Air Force military airport in Kalamata, which serves as a training academy for new pilots.
At first, we were treated to cookies and soft drinks and then, in the briefing room, our guide told us what the training of the air cadets is all about.
Our guide explained that it is important for a cadet to speak English because there are pilots from different countries taking lessons there or visiting the airport and they all communicate in English. The tests that the new pilots have to take are also in English! The planes have all been made in America, so everything inside the plane is also in English! (Now you understand why it is very important for everyone to learn English.)
After that, we flew over Kalamata in the flight simulator and our airplane made loops and turns in the sky, which was both exciting and dizzy.
Finally, we saw the falcons, which are used to scare birds away, so that they don' t fly into any airplane engines and destroy them.
Everybody was excited and learnt something new!

Learn about the falcons in these two videos:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

All Ways People Can Save the Environment Quiz

Are you environmentally conscious?
Are you ready for a quiz?

Red Arrows in the sky

Tomorrow two classes of our school are visiting the Hellenic Air Force military base to see the planes, the flight simulator, the falcons etc.
A couple of years ago we had the chance to enjoy a unique air show here in Kalamata. The Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team of Great Britain, is one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams. Fly with them!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Zisis has actually seen this animal!

What is the animal Zisis took a photo of when he was in the USA?
Solve the  Photograph puzzle.
Start with the frame!


Books teach you what is useful and worthy in life - they educate. They can also be fun to read. So, how about reading one?

Lots of e-books here 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Helpful mnemonics

Do you have trouble remembering the points of the compass? 

There are two ways to remember them:

1. Their names (North East West South) spell "NEWS"

2. To remember their order : Never Eat Sour Watermelon


Are there any parks in your town?

Pete the Cat at school

Pete the Cat is going to school today. Where exactly is he?

Listen to the whole story: Pete the cat - Rocking in my school shoes

Is it always sunny in Australia?

Of course not. Actually, when it' s autumn here, it' s spring there and vice versa.

Australians thought winter was over but they were wrong. Snow hit Australia unexpectedly in the middle of spring! In October they usually go swimming, not skiing. Sadly the ski resorts closed a few weeks ago and did not re-open. One South Australia resident said she had never seen October snow in her half century of living in the area. The weather forecast says the temperature will get warmer over the weekend. 



In ΣΤ2 there are 6 newcomers. All the students are excited with their new friends. (All the teachers, too!)

Peep, peep!

Please, don' t try this at home!

Yesterday a man jumped from the edge of space, the stratosphere, and survived! He broke the speed of sound! Skydiver Felix Baumgartner survived jumping from almost 130,000 feet (39 km) above the earth breaking the record for the highest sky dive. About 8 million people watched the Youtube stream. There were also broadcasts on national television networks. 
When he was up in the air he said, "I know the whole world is watching right now and I wish the world could see what I can see. Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are."

That reminds me of another achievement.

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"
Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon in 1969

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sesame Street classic

Watch the video and then read the script if you are not sure that you have understood what Cookie Monster is saying to the librarian.

Cookie Monster: (Shouting) Wow, look at all these books! Me no seen so many books before!

Librarian: Shhhh!

Cookie Monster: (Whispering) Oh, yeah, yeah, right.

Don' t h_ _ g me yet!

Do you feel like playing Hangman? How about a crossword puzzle?

I played both for a while and it was fun!

Old TV series, how can I forget you?

I don' t know if you watch a lot of TV every day - and I really hope you don' t - but one thing is for sure: modern TV doesn' t teach the values it used to teach in my days. Ask your parents if you doubt that. Show them these videos to help them remember.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Taj Mahal - a love story

He was 14. She was 15. They fell in love. They had to wait for five years to get married. Their marriage was a happy one. They had 13 children. But, while she was giving birth to their 14th, she died. He was sad. Very sad. He had this tomb built in her memory.

Several days ago we had the chance to say a few things in class about the Taj Mahal, which is a famous mausoleum of white marble and a landmark of India. There were some pictures in the course book but what is better than a guided tour? 

Watch the video!

Places in our school

I guess my students will be happy with these photos of their school. Other students who may visit this blog will have the chance to see what a state primary school in southern Greece looks like.

 Inside our school...

 ...and outside

Miss Nancy' s blogs

You might want to visit my older blogs:

Miss Nancy goes online!


Back to school!

Our favourite club

The students of the 5th Grade did a project on their favourite clubs. They worked together in teams - the girls in two teams and the boys in one - and here is what they came up with : )

This is Oxford. That is Marseille.

One of the characters in our course book, Andrew, is from Oxford. Oxford is an old city in England and home of the University of Oxford, one of the oldest universities in the world. (Would you like to study at Oxford University?)

Get a glimpse of Oxford:

Another character, Nadine, is from Marseille, a city on the southeast coast of France.
Enjoy its attractions:

A job I would like to do

If you ask students what they want to be when they grow up, some may say

Oh, big numbers!

Hello, kids! How well can you count? Watch this video to find out. I bet you can count very well.  

The boys will like the next one more! 

Numbers, these weird animals!

I looked out of my window today and what did I see? These weird things! Have you seen them?

Friday, October 12, 2012

The nations of the world - all of them!

Can you show on a map and say the names of all the countries in less than 90 seconds? Is it possible? Can it be done? No way!!!

One more time - more slowly, please!

You must have learned the names of the nations very well by now, so why don' t we go a little faster this time? (We ain't got all night, you know!)


Countries and nationalities

Haven' t you learned the names of the countries yet? Do you have trouble remembering them? Let these videos help you! (In the first video "Portuguese" is spelt wrong. Sorry!)

What have they got?

Meet these three kids and see what they have got.

I' ve got a family

Do you want to meet my family?