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Centenary Competition for Schools 2013 – Project 1

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This is the description of the first Project in the currently running Centenary Competition for Schools 2013.

Project 1: The world came to our house today (ages 8+) 

Description of project: Give a presentation (in groups) on the international origins of the objects around you. 

Age group: Activities 1–6 are for children aged 8+. Activities 7–10 are more suitable for children aged 12+.

Activity 1 (aged 8+) 

Reviewing major country names on a map. Find a large map of the world and give each student/ pair of students a country name and get them to stick this name on the map. If your students encounter other countries in the following activities, they can then add these new country names to the map after each activity.

Focus: Vocabulary

Activity 2 (aged 8+) 

Find an object with a sticker or a stamp on it that says where the object was made. For example, many toys are ‘made in China’. For homework, ask your students to look for five objects in their house that were made in different countries. They must draw/sketch/take a photo of these objects then bring the pictures to the next class. In class, students find out the English words for the objects they have drawn. Your students may know what some of the objects are called. If they don’t know what they are called, encourage them to find out by asking a partner, a teacher or finding the word in a picture dictionary. Put all the pictures on a table and students pick up the pictures of the words they know.

Focus: Reading and Speaking

Activity 3 (aged 8+) 

Supermarket/food shop treasure hunt. Go to a supermarket and explain to your students that the food in a supermarket comes from different countries. Alternatively, you could set up a ‘supermarket’ in school by asking your students to bring in food items from different countries from home. Then give the students a list of countries and ask them to find a product that comes from each country on the list. Pass these items around the class and ask students to identify where each item comes from and note it down on their worksheet.

Focus: Reading

Activity 4 (aged 8+) 

Vocabulary input may be necessary as your students may not know all the words on these imported goods. Depending on the level of the class, it could be anything from simple nouns to words like ‘fairtrade’ and ‘carbon footprint’. For a searchable listing of words and phrases in English, use the free English Vocabulary Profile.

Focus: Vocabulary

Activity 5 (aged 8+) 

In pairs, students write down the products that would be in a typical shopping basket of food (the sort of food that a parent would buy for a typical weekly shop). Students look at where these foods come from. They may already know where some of this food comes from but they can find out about other products by looking at the packets they have at home. They could also note down the prices of the product and therefore work out the cost of a typical weekly shop.

Focus: Writing and Reading

Activity 6 (aged 8+)

Ask your students to write the names and prices of the products from their shopping basket next to the countries on a map of the world. They can then total up the amount that each country has earned from this shopping trip.

Focus: Writing 

Activity 7 (aged 12+) 

Discuss with the class the advantages of buying local produce rather than buying imported goods (the food is fresher, there is a lower carbon footprint, it keeps the money in the local economy, it keeps local people in jobs, etc.). Why do people buy imported goods? (These goods are not made in their home country, they are exotic, people want to eat international food/have international things, etc.)

Focus: Speaking and Listening 

Activity 8 (aged 12+) 

In groups, get your students to choose three objects from their homes or schools that they think have interesting origins. The groups then research the places where the objects came from. How many people were involved in making each object? What sorts of places do they work in? How difficult are the objects to make? Were many machines involved?

Focus: Reading and Speaking 

Activity 9 (aged 12+)

Groups then work together to prepare a presentation about the most interesting object they have researched. They can create visuals for this as a handout or on the whiteboard. The teacher needs to monitor closely in order to help with language questions, feed in vocabulary, etc. Groups also write down three questions about their presentations to ask students to ensure they have listened carefully.

Focus: Speaking and Writing 

Activity 10: (aged 12+) 

Groups give their presentations. After each presentation, the group asks their three questions and the rest of the class writes their answers individually. Go through the answers at the end of the lesson and get students to mark each other’s test. Give a prize for the best presentation and the highest-scoring student.

Focus: Speaking and Listening

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

June 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

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