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FEBRUARY 2018 - PART 4 - NEW SITES

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

= BLACK HISTORY MONTH

02 - Groundhog Day
04 - Super Bowl 2018
06 - Safer Internet Day
07 - Charles Dickens's birthday
09 - 25 - 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang 2018

11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science

13 - Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday and Lent
13 - New Orleans Mardi Gras
14 - Valentine's Day
16 - Chinese New Year
19 - Presidents' Day
21 - International Mother Language Day
23 - World Book Day



21/02/2018


SUPERHEROES

Superheroes 6e - Travail réalisé par Isabelle Beaubreuil (Ac. Limoges)
"L’objectif, entre autres, est de développer l’autonomie des élèves dans la recherche d’informations et dans leur travail d’expression.
Le but étant aussi de limiter les documents papier grâce à l’utilisation du site Genially.
Les élèves seront amenés à travailler la compréhension écrite, le vocabulaire des costumes et des pouvoirs des superhéros ainsi que l’expression écrite.
Les enseignants pourront trouver sur ce lien les documents nécessaires qui accompagnent le Genially ainsi qu’un descriptif de la mise en oeuvre :
https://padlet.com/IsaBeaub/mqe7o43lnqzw"

(padlet.com)

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VIDEOS

CGI 3D Animated Short "Print Your Guy" - by Team PYG
"Check out this heartwarming 3D Animated short called "Print Your Guy" as Pamela lives on her own in an apartment in Paris.
One evening while watching a movie she sees a commercial for a company who claim they can print her perfect guy, by logging on at printyourguy.com.
Very excited, she runs to her computer to order one, but when it arrives, she realizes that the product wasn't exactly what she was expecting!"

For more information, please see the details and links below:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Print-Your-G...
Site http://printyourguy.wix.com/shortfilm

 

 

The Chinese zodiac, explained | ShaoLan
"A quarter of the world's population cares a lot about the Chinese zodiac. Even if you don't believe in it, you'd be wise to know how it works, says technologist and entrepreneur ShaoLan Hseuh. In this fun, informative talk, ShaoLan shares some tips for understanding the ancient tradition and describes how it's believed to influence your personality, career, marriage prospects and how you'll do in a given year. What does your sign say about you?..."

(YouTube)

 

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ANIMALS FARMED

About Animals farmed: investigating modern farming around the world - 21 February 2018
"An investigative series looking at the global impact of intensive farming practices and searching for sustainable solutions"

+ 'Dirty meat': Shocking hygiene failings discovered in US pig and chicken plants

+ Red tape in the meat industry? It's the difference between life and death
+ 'She was in so much pain' - how turkey meatballs gave an Oregon baby salmonella poisoning
+ How US plans to speed up pig slaughter times could endanger food safety
+ The controversial law that allows salmonella into the human food chain
(theguardian.com)

'Close to the sheds, the smell is overpowering': inside a UK mega farm - 17 February 2018
"Each shed here contains 42,000 chickens. The conditions are all in line with government regulations, but there are around 17 birds per square metre"

(theguardian.com)

 


The rise of the "megafarm": How British meat is made - 17 July 2017
(thebureauinvestigates.com)

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WINTER OLYMPICS 2018

Even Wild Animals Are Hooked On The Winter Olympics - 21 February 2018
(huffingtonpost.com)

 

Winter Olympics day 11 – in pictures - 20 February 2018
"Speed skating, curling, figure skating, and Elizabeth Swaney on the halfpipe. Our pick of the best pictures from today in Pyeongchang"
+ See the best photography from previous days

(theguardian.com)

Winless Joint Korean Hockey Team Scores Symbolic Victory - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 February 2018
"The Olympic women’s hockey team made up of players from the two Koreas has ended its historic run at the Winter Games in PyeongChang."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

Florida Students Press for Gun Law Change - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 February 2018
"The students have organized a demonstration for Wednesday in the state’s capital of Tallahassee to put pressure on the Republican-controlled legislature."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Six radical ways to tackle US school shootings - with pictures and videos - 20 February 2018
"After 17 people were killed in Florida, could these measures stop US school shootings?"

(BBC)

Students stage White House protest as Trump gives nod to background bill - 19 February 2018
+ Protect kids, not guns: students stage gun reform protest in front of White House – video
+ Stop going on vacation and fix gun laws, angry Florida students tell Trump - video
+ Quick guide: Mass school shootings in the US
(theguardian.com)

Third-graders are selling AR-15 raffle tickets in Missouri - 17 February 2018
"Third-graders in a Missouri community are continuing to sell raffle tickets for an AR-15 to benefit their traveling baseball team
after the same type of rifle was used to slaughter and injure dozens at a Florida school."

(kansascity.com)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Trump-Russia inquiry: lawyer who worked with Manafort pleads guilty to lying to FBI - 21 February 2018
"Alex van der Zwaan charged with making false statements to special counsel investigating Trump campaign and its ties to Russia"

(theguardian.com)

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US / NORTH KOREA

Study reveals North Korean cyber-espionage has reached new heights - 20 February 2018
"Spying unit is widening its operations into aerospace and defence industries, according to US security firm"

+ Rex Tillerson says the North Korea nuclear threat is growing – video
(theguardian.com)

Pence Planned Secret Talks With North Korea, But Meeting Was Called Off
"The vice president’s office accused the country of trying to “whitewash their murderous regime with nice photo ops.”

(huffingtonpost.com)

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DRONES

Drone tracking technology unveiled in world first - with a video - 20 February 2018
"Vodafone has created an air traffic control system for drones that could eliminate airport trespassing and drug smuggling,
while bringing delivery drones a step closer to reality."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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PLASTIC BANS

Plastic bans worldwide will dent oil demand growth, says BP - 20 February 2018
"But oil giant expects demand for crude to grow and not peak until late 2030s"

+ Quick guide: Plastics and our throwaway society
(theguardian.com)

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DRIVERLESS CARS

Terrorists could use driverless cars to carry out atrocities, Oxford and Cambridge researchers warn - 21 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CINEMA

Black Panther movie breaks box office records (February 21, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The new superhero movie Black Panther is breaking box office records. It is the highest moneymaking debut ever for a February film."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Black Panther - Level 0Black Panther - Level 1 or  Black Panther - Level 2
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

'Black Panther' smashes box office predictions - 21 February 2018
"Black Panther has more than doubled the amount of money it was predicted to take in its opening weekend...
Based on the Marvel comic book character, Black Panther revolves around the ruler of a fictional central African nation who moonlights as a costumed crime-fighter."

+ Video: Black Panther: Why this film is a moment
(BBC)

‘Black Panther’ Actress Letitia Wright Hopes Shuri Inspires More Girls To Pursue STEM - with videos and pictures - 20 February 2018
+ The Black People Behind The Scenes Who Made ‘Black Panther’ A Reality: see gallery

(huffingtonpost.com)

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A HISTORY OF ENGLAND

Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places - Protest, Progress & Power
"2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, 1918, which gave the first British women the right to vote.
This gallery of images from the Historic England Archive illustrates some of the places where the power of protest illuminated the cause for women's suffrage."

(artsandculture.google.com)

 

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VOCABULARY

Some Very 'American' Words Come from Chinese - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz
"Many of the Chinese words that are now part of English were borrowed long ago. They are most often from Cantonese or other Chinese languages rather than Mandarin."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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19/02/2018


FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING

Students who escaped Florida shooting voice anger at Trump as protests spread - 19 February 2018
"Pupils at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school criticise ‘divisive’ president amid plans for national walkout in support of gun controls"

+ Stop going on vacation and fix gun laws, angry Florida students tell Trump - video
+ 'How about we stop blaming the victims?': Florida shooting survivors speak at anti-gun rally – video

(theguardian.com)

Florida school shooting: Students to march on Washington - 18 February 2018
"Young survivors of Wednesday's school shooting in Florida have announced a national march on Washington to demand political action on gun control."
+ Video: On Saturday student Emma Gonzalez, an organiser of the march, told lawmakers: "Shame on you!"

+ Video: What has Donald Trump said in the past about guns and gun control?
+ US students demand 'Never Again'
+ Who are the victims?
+ A school shooting comes to 'paradise'

(BBC)

Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates: 'We call BS' - 18 February 2018
"Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed a gun control rally on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
days after a gunman entered her school in nearby Parkland and killed 17 people."

- with a full transcript of her speech and a video
(CNN)

20 Years of School Shootings - a video - 16 February 2018
"Since 1998, there have been more than a dozen shootings at kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools that resulted in multiple deaths.
These are some of the victims."

(wsj.com)

Parkland student makes demand to lawmakers - 16 February 2018
"Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, demands action from lawmakers to prevent school shootings."

(YouTube)

 

 

Florida shooting: FBI admits it failed to investigate Nikolas Cruz tipoff - 16 February 2018
- Agency said report should have been investigated thoroughly
- FBI says caller expressed concerns Cruz could attack a school
- Jeff Sessions orders review of federal response to warnings

+ 'He shot through my door': survivors recount Florida high school shooting - video
+ 17 confirmed dead in 'horrific' attack on Florida high school – video report

(theguardian.com)

This European comedy sketch explains how the world sees America’s gun problem - 15 February 2018
"From the outside, it’s just baffling...
Sunday with Lubach, which is sort of like the Dutch version of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, looked at guns — specifically, the US’s love of firearms.
And it’s very telling."

(vox.com)

 

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PRESIDENTS' DAY

A History of Presidents’ Day - Text + Audio + Pictures
"The third Monday of February is known as Presidents’ Day in the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


George Washington laying the cornerstone for the US Capitol from a mural by Allyn Cox.

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TRUMP

Rapid fire rifle device on special offer in salute to Trump - 18 February 2018
"‘Bump stock’ used by Las Vegas shooter in promotional tie in with presidential campaign slogan"

(theguardian.com)

Trump-Russia inquiry: Manafort under pressure after reports that Gates has flipped - 19 February 2018
"Paul Manafort’s longtime business associate Rick Gates has struck deal with special counsel, reports say"

+ Who is Paul Manafort?
(theguardian.com)

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges - 17 February 2018
"Russia's foreign minister has dismissed as "blather" the charges levelled by the FBI special counsel against 13 Russians for election meddling."
+ Video: The Russian foreign minister called for "facts" before commenting further

(BBC)

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WINTER OLYMPICS 2018

Winter Olympics: Alexander Krushelnitsky subject of anti-doping case
"An anti-doping case has been opened against Russian medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, says the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas)."

(BBC)

Russian curler banished from Winter Olympics after failed drug test - 19 February 2018
- Alexander Krushelnitsky tests positive for meldonium
- Set to be stripped of mixed curling bronze, won with wife
+ IOC responds after Russian athlete charged with doping offence – video
+ Why one tiny Scottish island is key to every Olympic curling stone – video

(theguardian.com)

Russian curler fails Winter Olympics drug test - 18 February 2018
- OAR confirm ‘possible violation of anti-doping rules’
- IOC banned Russia from Pyeongchang over doping at Sochi

(theguardian.com)

Lizzy Yarnold takes skeleton gold to make Winter Olympics history for Britain - 17 February 2018
- Laura Deas claims bronze after thrilling set of final runs
- First time Britain have won three medals in same day

(theguardian.com)

Winter Olympics day eight – in pictures - 17 February 2018
"Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu in the men’s figure skating, short-track speed skating and Ester Ledecka winning the women’s super-G:
all the latest pictures from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang"

(theguardian.com)

Super-G: snowboarder Ledecka wins shock gold on borrowed skis with Vonn sixth - 17 February 2018
- Czech athlete had never finished on podium in an alpine event
- NBC already announced Anna Veith as winner before Ledecka’s run
- Vonn’s slip costs her but still has favoured downhill to come
+ Czech snowboarder wins super-G gold on borrowed skis – video

(theguardian.com)

'Stoked' Izzy Atkin becomes Britain's first Olympic medal-winning skier - 17 February 2018
- US-born 19-year-old wins bronze in the ladies’ ski slopestyle
- Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin takes goldSwitzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin takes gold
+ Britain's Izzy Atkin wins bronze in women's ski slopestyle – video

(theguardian.com)

Winter Olympics: Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu wins historic figure skating gold - with pictures and a video - 16 February 2018
"Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu became the first man since 1952 to defend a Winter Olympics single figure skating gold medal with victory in Pyeongchang."
+ Video: Winter Olympics 2018: Historic gold and six quads - best of men's figure skating

(BBC)

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POLLUTION

Household items as bad as cars for pollution (February 19, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Everyday household items such as toothpaste, deodorant and perfume contain volatile compounds that help to cause pollution."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Household Items - Level 4  or  Household Items - Level 5
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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PLASTIC

Are we poisoning our children with plastic? - 19 February 2018
"The chemical BPA is widely added to food and drink packaging, and more than 80% of teenagers have it in their bodies. But how dangerous is it?"

(theguardian.com)


Glastonbury festival set to ban plastic bottles in 2019 - with pictures - 19 February 2018
"Emily Eavis says festival is working on ‘enormous project’ to ban plastic bottles on site when it returns after year off in 2018.
Glastonbury organisers have estimated that 1m plastic bottles are used during the event."

(theguardian.com)

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YEAR OF THE DOG

Year of the Dog: Lunar New Year kicks off, in pictures (39 pictures) - 18 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


The Flying Lions

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MIGRANTS / ASYLUM SEEKERS

'I love Rome, but Rome doesn't love us': the city's new migrant crisis - with pictures - 19 February 2018
"Italy’s refugee crisis has reached its peak in Rome, where thousands of migrants are being evicted from squatting in the city’s abandoned buildings"

(theguardian.com)

UK under pressure over Afghan asylum seekers amid civilian deaths - 19 February 2018
"Home Office guidance recognises Afghanistan to be ‘least peaceful country in world after Syria’."

(theguardian.com)

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MOSUL

After Darkness: Mosul emerges from Isis control – in pictures - 19 February 2018
"After a nine-month battle, Islamic State was finally expelled from Mosul, leaving devastation and residents physically and psychologically scarred by the war.
Abbie Trayler-Smith’s new exhibition records the devastating effects of life under Isis control in northern Iraq and the bewildering aftermath of conflict."

(theguardian.com)

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RAILWAY STATIONS

The world's 20 most spectacular railway stations - 18 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


Kuala Lumpur Train Station, Malaysia

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MARS ON EARTH

Mars on Earth: Tests in Desert of Oman - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 18 February 2018
"The desert in Oman looks so much like Mars that more than 200 scientists chose it as a place to field-test technology for use on Mars."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Two scientists test space suits and a device called a geo-radar
for use in a future Mars mission in the Dhofar desert of southern Oman.

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TRUMP / GUN CONTROL

Rapid fire rifle device on special offer in salute to Trump - 18 February 2018
"‘Bump stock’ used by Las Vegas shooter in promotional tie in with presidential campaign slogan"

(theguardian.com)

Donald Trump's shifting stance on gun control - VIDEO - 16 February 2018
" Watch how Donald Trump's shifting stance on gun control has evolved over the years."

(telegraph.co.uk)

President Trump’s views on gun control over the years - 4 October 2017
"President Donald Trump’s stance on guns may have been consistent during his presidential campaign, but it has shifted over the years.
Here’s a timeline of Trump’s views on gun control."

(YouTube)

 

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RUSSIA-TRUMP INQUIRY

Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump - 17 February 2018
"DoJ indictment alleges Russian operatives ‘communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign’."

+ Ten key takeaways from the Mueller indictment
(theguardian.com)

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges - 17 February 2018
+ Video: Russians recruited 'real Americans' as part of 'information warfare'

+ Seven key takeaways from the indictments
+ The Trump-Russia saga in 200 words
+ Full text of the Russia indictment

+ The tactics of the Russian 'troll farm'
+ Trump Russia affair: Key questions answered
+ Who's who in Russia scandal?
+ Video: All you need to know about the Trump-Russia investigation

(BBC)

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CALIFORNIA PROSPECTORS

Go for gold! Vintage portraits of California prospectors – in pictures
"Young gold-rush prospectors stare down the camera in these striking daguerreotypes and tintypes of the 1850s,
from a time before California boomtowns became ghost towns."

(theguardian.com)

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AMERICA'S DARK UNDERBELLY

America's dark underbelly: I watched the rise of white nationalism - with pictures - 17 February 2018
"Journalist Vegas Tenold spent six years among some of America’s most extreme white supremacists,
and discovered a people who believe the white race is under threat and the enemy is everywhere"

(theguardian.com)

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DR CONGO CRISIS

'I knew I had to get out' of DR Congo - 17 February 2018
"The crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo has produced millions of refugees, more than Syria, Yemen or Iraq.
Last month 20,000 people fled to neighbouring Uganda where many families are still left separated."

(BBC)


 

DR Congo crisis: On Kasai's hunger road - VIDEO - 12 December 2017
"Fergal Keane reveals the crisis along a road in the Democratic Republic of Congo that threatens hundreds of thousands.
Nearly half a million severely malnourished children are at risk of starvation in the country's Kasai region.
The UN has just declared the crisis in DRC as the highest level of emergency - the same as Yemen, Syria and Iraq."

(BBC)

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MEDICAL DRONES

Pointing the way: how medical drones are saving lives in Africa - 16 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Try our free meme makerresizersubtitle makerfilters, and more!

(kapwing.com)

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