Śmigus-Dyngus (also known as lany poniedziałek, meaning "Wet Monday") "is a celebration held on Easter Monday in Poland.
It is also observed by Polish diaspora communities, particularly among Polish Americans, who call it Dyngus Day.
Similar celebrations are held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Oblévačka in Czech, Oblievačka in Slovak, both meaning "Watering")
and in Hungary, where it is known as Vízbevető or Water Plunge Monday.
Traditionally, boys throw water over girls and spank them with pussy willow branches on Easter Monday,
and girls do the same to boys on Easter Tuesday. This is accompanied by a number of other rituals..."
Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part Two- Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
"Paul was a student with a lot of problems. He hated school. In the conclusion to the short story, Paul's Case,
we learn about the fate of the young man who didn't like living in an industrial town.
What happens when he runs away to New York City?"
Foods Important to Easter, Passover and the Spring - Text + Audio - 3 April 2015
"This weekend there are two traditional celebrations that American Christians and Jews celebrate every spring.
You will see flat breads and chocolate rabbits in the stores. Other countries celebrate spring with roast lamb and a special table of foods."
Voivi un travail sur John Lennon et la guerre du Vietnam créé par Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)
"L'un des fichiers est un PDF de trois pages sur la biographie de l'artiste et son engagement contre la guerre du Vietnam
à travers la chanson "So this is Christmas - War is over". Un lien vers un Prezi reprenant la leçon complète se trouve sur le PDF.
Toute la manipulation de la langue est axée sur le passif avec une question de "language use in context"
(underline in green verbs in the passive form...) et à nouveau l'emploi de plusieurs voix passives dans la description de la chanson. Le second fichier est aussi un PDF qui présente de façon très succinte la photo "Napalm girl".
Avec une video que j'ai réalisée pour la révision de mes élèves dans le cadre de l'épreuve d'Histoire des Arts."
California governor orders first ever water restrictions- Article + Video + Photos - 2 April 2015
"The governor of California has implemented the first mandatory water restrictions in the state's history.
The order implements a 25% reduction in water usage for cities and towns across the parched state..."
California governor orders historic water use restrictions due to drought- 2 April 2015
"California is in the midst of its worst drought ever recorded, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to mandate restrictions on water use for 39 million residents. The plan aims to cut overall water use by 25 percent. Omar Villafranca reports from South Lake Tahoe, California."
Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions - 1 April 2015
"Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient."
Robot Scientist Helps Design New Drugs - Text + Audio + Video- 1 April 2015
"Robots are common in today’s world.
They manufacture cars, work in space, explore oceans, clean up oil spills and investigate dangerous environments.
And now, scientists at the University of Manchester are using a robot as a laboratory partner."
Overfishing Opponent Wins Environment Prize- Text + Audio
"A leading American supporter of a method to prevent overfishing, Jane Lubchenco, has won a major environmental prize.
Jane Lubchenco served as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013.
She won this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement."
The Animated Bayeux Tapestry
"The Animated Bayeux Tapestry was created as a student project while at Goldsmiths College.
Just as the historic original embroidary does, the animation depicts the lead up to to the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066.
Starts about halfway through the original work at the appearence of Halley's Comet and concludes at the Battle of Hastings.
Marc Sylvan redid the soundtrack to include orignal music and sound effects."
Selma: Everything you didn't know but wanted to ask
""Bloody Sunday" was a catalyst for the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, paving the way for black voters across the country
to exercise their right. Find out what led up to the event and the impact it had on American history."
(YouTube) Thanks to Evelyne Vittoz (Ac. Amiens)
Selma to Montgomery March
"Vignettes from "Eyes On the Prize" relating to the March 7-21, 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches."
Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part One - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
"WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author.
Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town.
He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life."
Paul's Case- Video with the text
Kapow! Attack of the feminist superheroes
"From She-Hulk to Ms Marvel and the new female Thor, a new generation of hero is revolutionising the world of comics
and consigning sexualised stereotypes to history. And while some of the ‘fan boys’ are grumbling, this is a battle they just won’t win."
Thanks to Annie Payen (Ac. Limoges)
Why Spiderman is the BEST superHERO
"This video was done for a class debate with only a set number of superheroes to choose from..."
Thanks to Laetitia Guigoz (Ac. Lille)
Guns With History
"States United To Prevent Gun Violence opens a "gun store" in NYC as a hidden camera social experiment to debunk safety myths.
Every gun has a history."
Thanks to Annie Payen (Ac. Limoges)
600 students expelled for cheating (March 23, 2015)- a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Authorities in India's Bihar state have expelled around 600 high school students for cheating in their 10th grade examinations."
Green Means Spring and Other Things- Text + Audio
"Spring in the U.S. means the landscape is turning green.
So, it's only appropriate that we teach some green idioms and expressions! Some may surprise you.
Have you ever met a "green-eyed monster?" Is having a "green thumb" a good thing or something that needs a doctor's care?
Read on to find out."
Too Much Gaming is a Pain in the Neck- Text + Audio
"Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more.
Doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of physical deformities,
meaning their bodies are not growing properly."
Prison Watchdog Group Watching US Jails- Text + Audio
+ Video: John Howard Association of Illinois, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient
"The United States has more than two million people in prison. That is almost a fourth of the world's prison population.
One group in the American state of Illinois is working to improve conditions for prisoners in that state.
The John Howard Association was just rewarded for their prison work."
Graphene: The Material of the 21st Century- Text + Audio+ Quiz
"Graphene is a type of graphite mineral. Experts often call it 'The Material of the 21st Century' because of its special properties.
Some U.S. companies are already using graphene for new technology products.
Graphene is often described as a one-atom-thick layer of carbon."
A Day for Fools - Text + Audio + Video: BEST CLASSROOM APRIL FOOLS PRANK EVER - 1 April 2015
"April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries around the world.
In France, it’s called Poisson d’Avril or “Fish of April.”
In Scotland, the holiday is often called “Gowkie Day.”
In Iraq, it is called Kithbet Neesan or “April Lie.”
In the U.S., it is a day of joking and playing tricks on friends."
Month in tech: Dubai serves and protects – quickly
"A roundup of the month's most compelling car-technology news...
Already well known for its Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador and Nissan GT-R fleet cars,
the city's police force just added the BMW i8 to its collection..."
"Pictures are probably the most often used prompts.
Here is an activity that combines physical movement, imagination, self-expression and pictures. Preparation:
Bring to class reproductions of as many landscapes as there are students in the class and some background classical music."
Syrian Journey: Choose your own route
"If you were fleeing Syria for Europe, what choices would you make for you and your family?
Take our journey to understand the real dilemmas the migrants face."
Dreaming of San Francisco in the Yucatan - 29 March 2015
"Many from the Mexican town of Oxkutzcab go to San Francisco, California, to work and bring money back to their families
- but returning home is not easy after years in the US."
Ad of the Day — Pet Cat In-FUR-mercial
"Cats aren't just great alarm clocks, they're also excellent sleeping masks.
This ad, produced for the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, parodies those cheesy infomercial spots
that present miracle solutions to everyday problems (see here for examples).
In this case, however, the gadget that solves all of your problems is a cat! Find out more at NewPetNow.com." + Interactive activity + Related articles
How Old Is She?!
"Some girls, you just can't tell... same with guys."
"Wong Fu Productions shows us how difficult it can be to scope someone out, as a guy tries to figure out exactly how old an attractive woman is. Is she jailbait? His Mom's age? You don't just ask a stranger how old she is, but why didn’t he just ask her if she’s in school?
That wouldn’t have hurt any feelings. As it is, we get way too much other information about her.
But there’s a twist: as he is scoping her out, she’s also trying to figure him out!"