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Breaking the ice

Our project: general information

The final outcome will be a poster in which you will tell something about the history of your family: your grandparents, some uncles, etc...  In order to be able to create the final product, you will surf and overcome different missions that will help you gain knowledge and acquire strategies.

This project will be worked in a collaborative way. There will be pair work, team work and individual work. This means that the knowledge will be created by the teacher's explanation, as well as self investigation and interaction among the partners. One of the best points in this project will be the possibility of inviting your family to the class in order you can investigate better about your family. 

It will be really important for the success to follow all the instructions given in each activity, using the net and the links as a source of information. Before starting with your project, there are some points we must check.


This project will be evaluated following this pattern:

  • Your teacher will evaluate the final product (last post in your blog) following the rubric to assess the general product. It will be 40% of the final score.
  • Your partners will carry out peer assessment and will grade your collaborative teamwork. It will be 20% of the final score. The students can generate the different levels or items to evaluate.
  • Students will self-evaluate the final product using the rubric. It will be 20% of the final score.
  • The final score will also include 20% for the teacher to evaluate how the students are involved in the project or tackle the different missions.

The 'Assessment rubric for the project: The history of my family'  will be your reference for the global project.

At the end of each mission, your teacher will give you a badge if you have done a great job. Let`s try and let's do our best!

Every mission will include a final task to consolidate all the learning. This final task will be assessed using the following rubrics:

Your personal blog

You will use a blog that works as your digital portfolio. Each of you must have his/her own blog. The tutorial 'How to start a blog on blogger' will help you to create the blog in a very easy way. The 'Rubric to assess blog posts' will help you do a great work on your blog:

Along the work, you'll be asked to make some posts to share and present the works and activities you are doing. At the end of all of them, you will be asked to design a final post with all the knowledge and products you will have come up with along this project.

All your posts in the blog will be identified with the tag "The history of my family".

This project is part of a group of projects. If you have learnt through the rest of these projects, use always the same blog. If you work only on this one, you must create one for your work.


It would be a pity if just the teacher, you and some of your partners enjoyed your final work and your blog. Why don't you use other ways to spread the word?

  • Send the blog link to your parents, friends... They will really like to know what you are doing at school.
  • Get a Twitter account for the class. It will be run by the teachers. Tweet what you want to publish promoting your final post and some of the works using the #EDIAfamily hashtag and if you wish, you can also create one with the name of your group (e.g. #iescedecgroupthekings). Remember: 280 characters including the link and the hashtag the class has decided for this project. Because of your age the Twitter account will be run by your teachers, so you will write the tweet and then your teacher will recap all the class tweets in The 'Rubric to assess a tweet' will help you create a good tweet.

Is everything clear? If you have any questions, you must ask our teacher (or your partners). Maybe, you have suggestions to make your project and work easier and more useful and, at the same time, more complete.

Who do you live with?

To start with this topic, you are going to play and talk a bit with a classmate about your families and the people you live with.

The document 'Family member: Who do you live with?' will help you with this task.

First of all, you need to write down the questions. They are going to be content questions. Two websites will help you to learn about how to build the questions and the vocabulary about family that you will need. Let's have a look:

When you have already written the questions, you need to look for a partner and talk to him or her about the question. (Please remember to register the information into the chart). Then, you will do a short oral presentation to introduce your mate to the rest of the class. The 'Rubric to assess an oral presentation' will help you do a great job.

You can include our chart and the text of our oral presentation into our blog creating a post. (Don't forget to identify your post with the tag "The history of my family").

If you want, your teacher can disseminate your post using the classroom Twitter account. For that, you have to write down the tweet for the teacher. Remember: 

  • You can use 280 characters.
  • Include the link to your post. 
  • Use the hashtag of the project: #EDIAfamily.

The 'Rubric to assess a tweet' will help you know how to do a great job. 

Before posting our text, you must ask your colleagues to check the work and make suggestions, corrections... You must do the same work with some of your mates' outcomes, too. Don't be afraid. Making mistakes is a good way to learn!

With this task, you have learnt and deal with lots of vocabulary about family and also you have known a bit more about your classmates. 

Learning Diary

In this mission, you are going to start creating your Learning Diary. It will help you reflect on what and how you are really learning.

You will open a Google Document or a text document or a space at your notebook with the title 'The history of my family'. This is going to be your 'Learning Diary'. You will reflect about your learning using the following questions:

  • What are the most difficult aspects?
  • What tool was the most difficult for you to work with?
  • What do you think is the most important aspect you have learned?
  • Are there any aspects you did not understand?

Remember it would be great if you shared these feelings and thoughts with your classmates. You will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.