Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The power of old poems

"Reinterpreted from Henry Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha,
 Katherine Clark tells the story of a boy who learns 
from his grandmother to have faith and trust in Universal Love.
 Working with musicians Drew Corey and Elliott Glasser,
 the film is narrated through song,
 and told in a new and unique way."


Hiawatha from katherine Clark on Vimeo.


Hiawatha's Departure
from The Song of Hiawatha
by   Henry Longfellow

By the shore of Gitchie Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
At the doorway of his wigwam,
In the pleasant Summer morning,
Hiawatha stood and waited.
All the air was full of freshness,
All the earth was bright and joyous,
And before him through the sunshine,

Westward toward the neighboring forest
Passed in golden swarms the Ahmo,
Passed the bees, the honey-makers,
Burning, singing in the sunshine.
Bright above him shown the heavens,

Level spread the lake before him;
From its bosom leaped the sturgeon,
Aparkling, flashing in the sunshine;
On its margin the great forest
Stood reflected in the water,
Every tree-top had its shadow,
Motionless beneath the water.
From the brow of Hiawatha
Gone was every trace of sorrow,
As the fog from off the water,
And the mist from off the meadow.
With a smile of joy and triumph,
With a look of exultation,
As of one who in a vision
Sees what is to be, but is not,
Stood and waited Hiawatha. 






Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The green teams

Everyone has his home, his village or city, and his country.
But everybody has just one planet earth. 
We should remember it.
Vegetable life is essential for our planet.
 Let's learn to take care of green spaces.


You can look this video about a green team
 of students with an interesting project.


Natureing::Nurturing: Green Study Project at Brooklyn New School
 from Hynealife on Vimeo.

 "Garden song" by John Denver
Lyrics


Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row, Someone bless the seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below, 'til the rain comes tumbling down.

Pulling weeds and picking stones, man is made of dreams and bones.
Feel the need to grow my own 'cause the time is close at hand.
Grain for grain, sun and rain, find my way in nature's chain,
to my body and my brain to the music from the land.

Plant your rows straight and long, thicker than with prayer and song.
Mother Earth will make you strong if you give her love and care.
Old crow watching hungrily, from his perch in yonder tree.
In my garden I'm as free as that feathered thief up there.

Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row, Someone bless the seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below, 'til the rain comes tumbling down.






Monday, April 28, 2014

Present Simple and Present Continuous

I'm dancing ....................................or I dance.
Occasionally ................................ or usually.
Present continuous ......... or present simple.
 

Present continuous from FLYKIT on Vimeo.


 You can play to make sentences in the right order on







Thursday, April 24, 2014

In The group

In The Group by Tom Chapin & Phil Galdston is a really nice song.


Tom Chapin - In The Group from Steven Mertens on Vimeo.

Lyrics.

If itʼs one, make it two, make it me and you
If itʼs two, make it three, you and you and me
If itʼs three, make it four
ʼCause three could use one more
If itʼs four, make it five, bring this group alive!
Everybody has a body
Keep your body in the group
We found our way in, now, letʼs stay in
Workinʼ, playinʼ in the group
Make it seven, if itʼs six
Do it just for kicks
If itʼs seven, make it eight
Eight is always great
If itʼs eight, make it nine
Nine is really fine
If itʼs nine, make it ten
Then start it all again!
Everybody has a body
Keep your body in the group
We found our way in, now, letʼs stay in
Workinʼ, playinʼ in the group
Eyes and nose in, fingers, toes in
Knees and elbows in the group
Donʼt be strayinʼ, letʼs just stay in
Workinʼ, playinʼ in the group
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, more
Eight, nine, ten, then, start all over again
Everybody has a body
Keep your body in the group
No delayinʼ, when youʼre stayinʼ
Workinʼ, playinʼ in the group
Eyes and nose in, fingers, toes in
Knees and elbows in the group
No complaininʼ, keep your brain in
Keep your body, your whole body
Everybody in the group


More about Tom Chapin 


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Geometric shapes

Let's explore some geometric shapes by cycling.


Geometric cycling from FLYKIT on Vimeo.


 Find the difference between these drawings.
Clue: A cycling is imposible.

 


You can play with this game about
 geometric shapes by ABCya


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Prefixes and suffixes

Some words are like puzzles 
made of roots, prefixes and suffixes. 
This great song by      The Bazillions     explains how it works.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The first total lunar eclipse of 2014

We can watch today a total eclipse of moon
just visible in some areas of our planet.



"This simulation gives you a preview 
of where and when you can see
 the first total lunar eclipse of 2014.
 This eclipse is especially well placed
 for North and South America
 and will be an unforgettable sight. 
During the total phase the Moon
 will turn a coppery-red,
 so make plans for comfortable
 viewing and photography."


Field guide to the total lunar eclipse of April 14 - 15, 2014
from Michael Zeiler on Vimeo.

If you live in an area where the eclipse will not be visible,
 you can follow the live from Peru
on    GLORIA LIVE    






Thursday, April 10, 2014

Interlacing




You can have fun 
making your own design
with the threads 
or elastic bands.

Just needs
the pushpins or the nail tools
where they interlace
and a wood or cork board
where make your design.







This great film could be your inspiration.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The conjunction's song


Conjunction Junction....Best School House Rock
from Ryan Stein on Vimeo.



Lyrics to Conjunction Junction : 
Conjunction Junction, what's your function? 
Conjunction Junction, how's that function? 
I got three favorite cars 
That get most of my job done. 
Conjunction Junction, what's their function? 
I got "and", "but", and "or", 
They'll get you pretty far. 

"And": 
That's an additive, like "this and that". 
"But": 
That's sort of the opposite, 
"Not this *but* that". 
And then there's "or": 
OR, when you have a choice like 
"This or that". 
"And", "but", and "or", 
Get you pretty far. 

Conjunction Junction, what's your function? 
Hooking up two boxcars and making 'em run right. 
Milk and honey, bread and butter, peas and rice. 
Hey that's nice! 
Dirty but happy, digging and scratching, 
Losing your shoe and a button or two. 
He's poor but honest, sad but true, 
Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo! 

Conjunction Junction, what's your function? 
Hooking up two cars to one 
When you say something like this choice: 
"Either now or later" 
Or no choice: 
"Neither now nor ever" 
Hey that's clever! 
Eat this or that, grow thin or fat, 
Never mind, I wouldn't do that, 
I'm fat enough now!
  
 Conjunction Junction, what's your function? 
Hooking up phrases and clauses that balance, like: 
Out of the frying pan and into the fire. 
He cut loose the sandbags, 
But the balloon wouldn't go any higher. 
Let's go up to the mountains, 
Or down to the sea. 
You should always say "thank you", 
Or at least say "please". 

Conjunction Junction, what's your function? 
Hooking up words and phrases and clauses 
In complex sentences like: 
"In the mornings, when I am usually wide awake, 
I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake, 
Where I often see a duck and a drake, 
And I wonder as I walk by 
Just what they'd say if they could speak, 
Although I know that's an absurd thought." 

Conjunction Junction, what's your function? 
Hooking up cars and making 'em function. 
Conjunction Junction, how's that function? 
I like tying up words and phrases and clauses. 
Conjunction Junction, watch that function. 
I'm going to get you there if you're very careful. 
Conjunction Junction, what's your function? 
I'm going to get you there if you're very careful. 
Conjunction Junction, what's your function? 
I'm going to get you there if you're very careful.

on lyricsmania




Thursday, April 3, 2014

Geometry and poetry: sponges and corals.

Nature has its own geometry
and capture it in pictures is poetry.
 Enjoy these sponges and corals.


Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

 "SLOW marine animals show their secret life
under high magnification.
Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures,
 but their motion is only detectable
 at different time scales compared to ours
 and requires time lapses to be seen.
 These animals build coral reefs
 and play crucial roles in the biosphere,
 yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives."




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Basic conjunctions




A conjunction joins two ideas.




And: joins similar ideas.

But: joins different or opposite ideas.

Or: joins alternatives.




Basic conjunctions from FLYKIT on Vimeo.


You can practice on      e c learn english