People across the country gather together to share a meal and reflect on all the things they’re grateful for. But there’s much more to do during this beautiful time of giving thanks than just eating. From parades to shopping, running to volunteering – Thanksgiving is celebrated in a wide variety of ways.
Let´s take a moment to share some fun facts about Thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries
Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863.
The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton.
More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year.
By the way did you know that There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
CHOCOLATE PILGRIM´S HATS
Students share what they ‘re most thankful for and made some delicious Pilgrims hats.
A TRADICIONAL ESCAPE ROOM
A different approach to historical moments: A Escape Room
These are some of the advantages of escape rooms in classrooms
Develop skills. …
Develop psychosocial skills. …
Encourage group cohesion. …
Strengthen the teacher/student relationship. …
Create a taste for learning.
Students participating in a Thanksgiving Escape Room : learning about the TRADITION, THE FESTIVITY AND THE REAL history behind.
We woke up early at seven o´clock Then we went to school and there was a bus waiting fo us. We got on the bus and started our trip to Carboneras de Guadazaón in Cuenca. It took us two hours and a half to get there. We felt nervous and excited about the experience . Carboneras de Guadazaón is a very small and isolated village but when we arrived there it became a more lively one. When we arrived, we had a snack a banana. Then we got together and the Criec teachers explained us the rules of the school.
There were going to be three different groups: Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium and in each group there were students from the three different high schools. We were going to compete . After that, we played a game so we could meet everyone.
There were two other schools, one from El Bonillo and the other from Motilla del Palancar.
Later we had a quick shower and we prepared the presentations of our school, IES Juanelo Turriano with our teachers, Javier and Meritxell.
Time to share our presentations and getting to know the other two schools.
It was a long day and at 11:15 we went to bed.
Nerea and Gabriel
We woke up at 8 o´clock. We got dressed, made our beds and tidied up our rooms.Surprise!!!! We got shocked because the monitors went around our bedrooms and rated them ( 1 to 10). Then we had tomato on toasts and chocolate milk for breakfast. Yummy!!.
After that we participated in different workshops: a Escape Room, ( The Treaty of Rome) a Geocaching workshop in the forest and a workshop on Cyberbullying. This day we had three breaktimes, the first one at 11:00, and the second one at 14.00 , then we watched a short video on personal core values and we had lunch.
The third breaktime was at 17.45. Later we played different board games. We had dinner and we enjoyed a cinema night before going to bed.
Álvaro and Marcos
The music started at 8.15 as usual they stared with classical music, then pop music and then… rock!!! We got dressed and made our beds. We had chocolate milk and muffins for breakfast.
Time for our first workshop, Micro-Bits. We learnt about the basic coding and some program skills. The second workshop started at 12.30 , it was about European Culture and… guess what, my team won!!!!.
For lunch we had “fabada” and that day we had chicken and artichoques for dinner.
In the afternoon we participated in another workshop STEAM. We did challenging games. Some of them were very difficult.
Fátima and Mira
The same routine as the previous days
Our first workshop was the Scavenger Hunt. This morning we went into town, the instructors gave us a mobile phone and we had to find some clues : monuments, signs, drawings … In the end we went to the highest point of the town and we enjoyed really nice views from there.
Our second workhop: Clue (Cluedo), a murder mistery game. In the Clue they gave us a puzzle, when we solved it, they gave us some key information and a map, we went around the school and looked for the suspects.
We collected clues about the circumstances of the murder and when we had finished we went to the teacher and he gave us another puzzle. to solve before he gave us a new clue.
It was fun and exciting.
Marco and Diego Gabriel
The music started at 8:15
At that moment all of us were nervous, because it was our last day. We made our beds and then we dressed up.
After that, we went downstairs, we had breakfast and brushed our teeth. Later, we tidied up our things, packed and went downstairs. It was time to know who the murderer was in the Cluedo and also time to know which group was the winner.
And the winner was… Luxembourg !!!!
Time to say goodbye. We said goodbye to our friends and got on the bus. We headed to Toledo.
We were feeling a bit excited and sad. The CRIEC experience had been an incredible experience.
I felt excited when…
the film Dora and the Lost City of Gold ended.
we visited the CRIEC School.
they said who the murderer was in Clue ( Cluedo).
we played basketball.
I felt a bit nervous when…
we did our presentations. There were so many people….
the first day because I didn´t know the people in my group.
I met the other students.
I felt like an alien when…
I was in the dinning room and I had to sit at the table with people I didn´t know.
I arived at the CRIEC.
I felt great when…..
I made new friends.
I played football with other students.
I went back home.
I talked to my new friends.
I felt a bit dissapointed when…
They teachers at CRIEC didn´t let us have our mobile phones.We survived!
The teachers were very strict.
I felt proud of….
we were chosen to participate in this English inmersion programme.
my group because we completed the escape room in time.
myself because I survived five days in the CRIEC
I felt a bit bored when…
Bored? I never felt bored.
I was watching the film.
Scoring and final ratings
I felt stressed out …
Because I couldn´t phone home till Wednesday.
In some of the workshops.
Who felt stressed out?, I didn´t!
I was exhausted…
The first day. It was a very long one.
By the end of the week. We did so many things…
I ´m grateful for…
the friends I made there.
my teachers .
the best moments specially when Mira and Adrián from El Bonillo performed in front of us with hoops in a festival organised by them at break time.
World Music Day is celebrated every year on June 21 to honour the musicians and singers for the gift of music, which gives flight to the imagination and life to everything. So let´s play a Tribute to World Music Day !!
Time-shifted music events recorded offstage at Juanelo.
Bet you didn’ t know about our great performers
Fancy Listening to the Beatles instrumental versions????
More than 40 teachers have joined our eTwinning Project All Together Now. Teachers from Italy, Romania, Albania, Poland, Turkey and Croatia are involved in activities related to the world of The Beatles, the Fab Four. They are all very welcome.
We are having a musical spring… can you feel the vibes?
Our cofounder partner The Gregorio Marañón School organised a Didactic concert, The Beatles Didactic Concert by Three of Us, broadcast on Teams.
They performed in the School front playground playing top 4 greatest hits of The Beatles Friday April 8th, a day to remember!
Here you can see the advertising poster designed by one of our students of the fourth year and the ticket concert.
Our students watching the live concert on Teams.
Students of the first Year rehearsing for an upcoming concert in June. Let it Be, an instrumental version.
Customizing our school logo. Can you see the scrambled Beatless album covers in the letters. I bet you can!
Habibe Erden from Turkey also joined our Classroom Door Contest. ——>
International book day
Book Talk at IES Juanelo Turriano.
Reading has been scientifically proved to be one of the best ways to calm the brain and reduce stress.
If you are looking for good books to read you can browse best-seller lists, click around reading forums and Instagram, ask experts to the best books or you can organise a book talk at school. And this is what we did with our students of the first year.
Grabbing their audience´s attention right away!
Another way of Reading: Dramatized Reading. Off we go!!
Our students of fourth year performing dramatized readings of famous stories.
Adaptation from the classic
“Romeo and Juliet“
And an adaptation from the classic “The Monkey´s Paw” , by W.W. Jacobs
Can you hear the music in our 3rd year students´ hearts?
Nice words to describe the best of everyone in class.
Want to guess?
Watching an animated short story to know about the origin of Saint Valentine. Paying/ Giving compliments can be contagious and so can kindness, so we started a complimentary chain and then our students sent and received complimentary cards on Saint Valentine´s.