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Breaking the ice

Our project: general information

The final outcome will be a video clip in which you are going to promote your city, town, village or neighbourhood. 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.

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.

We will use a blog that works as your digital portfolio. Each of you must have his/her own blog. This tutorial will help you create the blog in a very easy way.

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 "Project my town".

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 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 #projectmytown hashtag and create one with the name of your group (ie #iescedecgroupthekings). As in the posts, all your tweets must include the hagstag #projectmytown".Remember: 140 characters including the link and the hashtag the class has decided on 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 list.ly. The following rubric will help you to create a good tweet: 'Rubric to asses a tweet'

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.

At the end of each mission your teacher will give you a badge through the website Class Badges. Let's try and 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:

    This project will be evaluated following this pattern.

    • Your teacher will evaluate the final product following the rubric. 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. This document will be our reference for the evaluation: 'Rubric to evaluate the project'.

    This is New York City

    Let’s start thinking and reflecting a bit on what is going to be our topic during these next ten lessons. We are going to deal with cities.

    At the end of this mission you should be able to:

    • have a general idea about the topic.
    • compare different things using comparative adjectives.

    We will work on listening, writing and speaking skills.

    We will start working with the next video through a Thinking Routine: I view, I think, I wonder.

    Let's have a look at New York City trough this video:

    While you are watching the video you should complete the chart:

    • What can you see in the video?
    • What do you think about what you see?
    • What are you wondering about these images?

    You may use this document to carry out your thinking routine: 'Thinking Routine Guidelines'.

    It is a good time to start with the post of our blog. Remember that the blog will your personal portfolio. So, create one blog or use one you had created before.

    Let's write a short one with a photo of New York and your answers to the Thinking Routine. Don't forget to identify your post with the tag "Project my town".

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

    • You can use 140 characters.
    • Include the link to your post. 
    • Use the hashtag of the project: #projectmytown.

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

    Learning diary

    In this mission you are going to start creating your 'Learning Diary'. It will help you reflect on what you are learning and most important: what the best way for learning is. 

    You will open a Google Document with the title  'My Town'. This is going to be our '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 didn't understand?

    Do not forget 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. 

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