Monthly Archives: March 2013

Our heritage.- Sculptures in Enciso: Dinosaurs

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Hi dear friends! Here in the village of Enciso we were working on dinosaurs!

The main reason is that dinosaurs are very close to us, we can see lots of footprints, so we wanted to know more about them.

What we mainly wanted to know is the difference between the carnivores and the herbivores so we started looking on the internet for the differences:

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Once we discovered the differences through very funny games, we tried to discover what the dinosaurs which lived in and around Enciso ate.

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Leaves!                                                 Look a carnivore is trying to hunt a herbivore!

And we could see that we had both! Carnivores and Herbivores!

Another activity that we did was the dinosaur identification which consists on building the skeleton of a dinosaur and decided if it was a carnivore or herbivore. Connected with this activity the youngest pupils were digging out bones with Caillou!

Finally we decided to send you an activity to help you discover the different types of dinosaurs and their diet. So enjoy it.

Links: Jclic Activity

http://www.childrensmuseum.org/themuseum/dinosphere/games/earlyreader/earlyReader_3.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric_life/games/skeleton_jigsaw/skeletal_jigsaws/index.shtml

http://pbskids.org/caillou/immersivegames/?gameID=4

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Our heritage.- Legend in Arnedillo: ‘the smoke procession’


In our village, Arnedillo, there’s a legend which tells us how our ancestors were able to stop a small pox epidemic.

We know that on the day which this legend is commemorated a saint’s statue is taken out onto the streets, but as we couldn’t remember what his name was we looked it up on the web.

We won’t forget that his name was San Andres, St Andrew, and there is also a hermitage near our school where this statue is kept. So we decided to go so a brother of this church and also a history expert could explain this legend to us.

The last Sunday of November we celebrate the festivity of San Andres, mostly known as the Smoke procession.

To try to stop the epidemic they burnt rosemary in bonfires in the streets. To make it more effective they also took a saint’s statue out onto the streets, it was the one whose candle burnt the longest. It was St Andrew who is also the health protector.

We now continue with this tradition because people say that it prevents colds and flus all year round.

Do you want to do an activity related to this amazing legend?
Here is the task for you: activity for you

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Our heritage.- Stones in Herce: caves


In Herce we have characteristic red clay walls where we can find artificial caves of great historical and ethnographic value which are a part of our peculiar scenery.

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These caves are still being investigated and we have 3 main types: religious (i.e. monasteries), domestic (the ones to live in) and economical (where they had different animals like rabbits, hens, donkeys…)

Why are there caves in Herce?

In the Roman Era with roman settlements,  Herce was a crossing point in the Roman Way, the most important means of communication at that time.

In the Medieval Times, the first Christians appeared and they used the caves to meet and pray!

And how do we know all this information? We had an expert talk to us, a mother from our school in Arnedillo, Puy Hernáez, came to the school in Herce and gave us an awsome conference about it. Thank you so much!!

Task to develop your imagination!

Watching the following pictures, we want you to create your own cave, drawing it with the shape you want or even create a thrilling story where you are the main character… maybe from the Roman Era??

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Our heritage.- Animals in Préjano: fossils

feb-MARZO 288In Préjano we are very lucky.

This  is a place where you can learn lots of things that happened many, many years ago.

Do you know why?

Because we have found here a lot of fossils.

 

Let us explain what  fossils are. They are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants and other organisms from the past. Sometimes they are easy to find, others you have to look for them, usually by digging the ground.

In our village there is even a museum where lots of different fossils are kept. As we wanted to show them to you, we took our cameras and went there.

We saw lots of  fossils, but the nicest ones are the ones that were found not far from our school. The one we liked the most is this one we took pictures of. It is a conch. Although now, we are not by the sea, millions of years ago, this area was all covered by it. Can you imagine? That is why this conch, and many others, were found in our mountain.

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Have a proper look, it is real!!!!!!!!!

And now it is time to play.- Here is a task for you:

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Vikings – Iceland 1- The “toe sculpture”

This sculpture is a tricky one. We can not agree upon what it might be but we do think it has something to do with vikings.

Is it a house? Maybe not because you can not lie down!

Is it a sculpture of toes?

Is it a sculpture of fingers?

Is it a sculpture of a sword?

Is it a broom?

What do you think it is and why?

Please help us find out what it might be by telling us your ideas!

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Vikings – Iceland 2 – Runes

We wanted to know whether vikings used books or not. We went to the museum of Vikings and found a lot of signs and even some strange letters making an alphabet but we did not recognize the letters.

The vikings seemed to use these letters on stones not in books. So we went out to see whether there could be any stone with runes and we found one!

Of course we had to try to find out what it said. The writing on the stone told us the name of the elementary school here in Innri Njarðvík: Akurskóli. Now we decided to make you two other words and let us see if you can find out what they say?

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Now, were there ever used another alphabet in your countries?

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Vikings – Iceland 3 – Hrafna-Flóki

This statue show us a viking holding a raven. We would like to share with you the legend of Hrafna-Flóki.

Hrafna-Flóki was a viking from Norway who decided to look for new land that he had heard of. He brought with him three ravens to show him the way to this new land. On his journey accross the sea he stopped by the Faroe Islands. Continuing his journey crossing the open sea he let the first raven fly but it headed back to the Faroe Islands. The second raven, on the other hand, flew straight up in the air and came back. But the third one flew in front of the ship and than Hrafna–Flóki knew that the land he was looking for lied ahead.

While staying there Hrafna-Flóki climbed a mountain. Looking over a bay in early spring he saw only ice and since then the land has been called Iceland.

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This is Hrafna-Flóki in his boat on the sea with three ravens flying above him under the sky and the sun made by Hulda María

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This is Hrafna-Flóki lying in his hot tub made by Thelma Lind

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Maybe his hot tub looked something like this in reality. This is the hot tub of Snorri Sturluson who was living in Iceland 800 years ago writing some famous sagas.

Now the settlers of Iceland brought along with them other animals as well. What animals do think they brought along with them? You should be able to find some clues somewhere on our homepage OURTALKINGPICTURES!

Share your ideas with us.

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Vikings- Iceland 4 – The dragon

In Innri Njarðvík there is a museum about the vikings. We went to the museum wondering if the vikings had dragons. We found many dragons as you can see.

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In the museum there is a ship looking like the ships the vikings used to sail the sea.

In front of the ship we found this head of a dragon or some kind of serpentine and we were wondering why the vikings decorated their ship with a dragon‘s head.  We decided to ask Sveinn (the „viking“ who works in the museum) and he told us that it was to make the people on shore afraid.

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Now we have been thinking about what might be frightening about dragons. Maybe because they can breath fire or eat you (or can they)? Maybe they look fierce with yellow eyes and big teeth? We drew pictures and experimented with clay trying to make some sculptures of our own to better understand what make dragons so fierce.

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Þórunn Elfa made this sculpture:

Did the vikings ever come to your country? Would you like to share with us your ideas about what you might think is scary in words, drawing pictures or making sculptures?

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The legend of Skarbnik (The Treasurer)

There is a legend about Skarbnik – the good ghost living in coal mines.
It is said that Skarbnik protects miners from danger and lead them back when they are lost.
He is also the guardian of coal which is the black tresure of Silesia (the region we live in).
The most frequent he appears in a form of old miner with a lamp in his hand,
but sometimes also as a horse, mouse or even a fly!

Skarbnik doesn`t like lazy people or those who say bad words to others.
For such people he is bitter and creates bad situations.

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TASK FOR YOU
For that to remember the figure of Skarbnik – you can play the puzzle game.
Be careful! It is going to be a bit hard game, at least the work in coal mine is not as easy as pie!

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Wanna know more about ghost in Silesia?

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Are you scared?

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Hard work of miners

Working in coal mine is both exhausting and dangerous!
Many people lost their lifes in accidents in coal mines in the past.
What is more, miners still take this risk everyday, even despite new technology being used in mining industry nowadays.

In front of Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze there is a statue of Wincenty Pstrowski. This miner, who died 60 years ago,  used to work ultra vires, more then it was expected. People found his monument to highlight miners` efforts for industry and population well-being. Sometimes people put bunch of flowers under the monument to give a respect to miners` work.

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TASK FOR YOU

We want to make a tribute to all miners working in coal mines around the world.
Let`s draw a bunch of flowers for miners! How about using Paint again?

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If you don`t mind – use the bunch available above.

Please, upload your flowers here:

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