Prehistoric Times: Part 2

In celebration of finishing my last week in Cenicero, there has to be an update on our year-long project! Check out Part 1 if you missed it.

Our year-long project was to end with the school-wide “museum” put on for other classes and the parents. We transformed the English classroom into a Prehistoric Museum Show. We covered one wall with cave paintings, the other with our depiction of the seasons with viñas, and finally completed our marketplace.

Our first week back after Christmas vacation was to discuss vocabulary related to the seasons. We decided that a plant that would hit closest to home with the kids would be the grape plants, or viñas. So we had one grape plant for each season, and the kids decorated them accordingly with a painting technique Ana found on Pinterest. Yay for a fellow Pinterest addict!

The result: Very easy vocabulary for the kids that they needed, but my least favorite week because it was so basic. Awkward moment of the year:I was having a hard time explaining “buds” to the kids, that come up on the plant in spring. So I did a quick Google image search for everyone on the projector. Cue photos of marijuana filling the screen. Facepalm.

Next up we learned about tools and weapons, and how they have changed throughout prehistory. The vocabulary was okay for the kids, but actions proved more difficult. We proceded to make axes and hammers with first and second grade, then lances and bows and arrows with third through sixth grade. Ana and Xabi were super creative, and found a way to cut cardboard for the weapons and we used tin foil to make the points metallic!

The result:When given the choice of hammer or axe, your first grade class will turn into murderous savages. 95% will choose axes and begin to act out killing each other. Even after you explain that it should be used as a tool!

Finally, we finished up with menhirs, dolmens, and putting together our marketplace. Each class created a market stand for one of the crafts we completed. There was a jewelry shop, clothes shop, pottery shop, and a smith for the weapons.

For my last lessons of the year, we did different dialogues you could go through while you´re in a shop, or checking out at the grocery store. The kids loved acting each situation out (even if their pronounciation was lacking), and I felt like it really increased their motivation. It was a great way to end the year, and I loved seeing the kids proud of their exposition. I know that I was!