dimecres, 7 de juliol de 2010

The Loch Ness Scavenger Hunt



Have you ever heard about the Loch Ness mystery? Do you know where this lake is? What is the name of the monster? Is this lake big, small…? Well, time has come for you to find out! You are about to do a scavenger hunt, using the websites provided, you will learn a lot about this famous lake. Let’s get started!


You are about to do a Scavenger Hunt about the Loch Ness, please follow the instructions and answer the questions in a word document which you will hand in when required.

Web Resources:





The Lake

1 Where is Loch Ness? Name the villages and places on Loch Ness.

2 How much does Loch Ness measure?

3 How much water does it hold?

4 What rivers feed Loch Ness?

5 How much water does a 15 minute rain add to the Lake?

6 Does Loch Ness ever freeze?


1 When did the Loch Ness Monster first appear?

2 Why did the residents around the Loch use to tell their children stories about a monster?

3 When was the first recorded sighting of the creature?

4 When was the first picture taken? Who took it? Where?

5 Why is the photo taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson so important?

6 When did the first attempt to find the monster start?

7 What is the greatest piece of evidence for the Loch Ness monster? When was it taken? By whom? List the fish living in the lake and describe them.

The fish

List the fish living in the lake and describe them

Learn more:

If you wish to learn more about the Loch Ness, visit the following websites:





dimarts, 6 de juliol de 2010


Read this text and answer the questions you will find at the bottom of this post.

The history of Jack O'Lantern

The history of the Jack O’ Lantern actually comes from Irish folklore centered around a certain trickster who went by the name of Stingy Jack. The legend says that Stingy Jack decided it would be a good idea to meet the Devil at a local pub and have some drinks. After they both decided they had enough for the night, Stingy Jack had no intentions of paying his dirnks so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin and use that to pay for the drinks instead. The Devil fell for this trick and tuned himself into a coin, Jack promptly put the evil money into his pants pocket where it lay next to a silver cross. The cross prevented the Devil from turning back. Jack made a deal with the Devil, he made him promise to leave him alone for one year and to not take his soul when he dies. The Devil agreed and was able to transform back.

A year passes and Mr. Devil decided to see how our good buddy Jack has been holding up. After a few minutes of “What’s up?” conversation, Jack convinced the Devil to climb a tree outside his house to get some fruit. Not sure why, but the Devil agreed and climbed to the top of the tree to reach the fruit upon which Jack carved a cross in the trunk of the tree preventing the Devil coming back down. Jack then made another deal with the Devil to not bother him from the next 10 years. The Devil agreed and Jack let him back down.

Not too long after this, Jack died.

Jack’s first stop was Heaven but God would not let him enter Heaven for being such a trickster. So Jack went down to Hell, but the Devil kept true to his word and would not claim his soul. Jack had nowhere to go and was left in complete darkness. The Devil gave Jack a little burning ember from the flames of Hell so it would never go out. Jack quickly carved out a hole in a turnip (which was supposed to have been his favorite food) and placed the burning ember within. Thanks to this lantern he could light his path.

He went on to be known as Jack of the Lantern and in time just, Jack O’ Lantern.

When this tradition hit America, the turnip was replaced with a more indigenous and familiar food, the pumpkin. People carve pumpkins to celebrate Halloween the night of October the 31st. The pumpkins remind people of the story of Jack O'Lantern, and that is why they carry his name.

  1. Where does the pumpkins tradition come from?
  2. What happens to the devil when he becomes a coin?
  3. What is the first deal between Jack and the Devil?
  4. What happens the second time Jack and the Devil meet?
  5. Does Jack go to heaven?
  6. Does Jack go to Hell?
  7. How does Jack light his path?
  8. Why do people put pumpkins with scary faces in their windows?

Guy Fawkes Day

On November the 5th, the English celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. It celebrates a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament (that’s where Big Ben is) in London.

Bonfire Night is perhaps the biggest outdoor celebration in Britain. Every town and village puts on a fireworks display. There is usually a large bonfire in the middle of the town. People gather at it to watch the fireworks and eat traditional Guy Fawkes Night food. Baked potatoes and toffee apples are the most popular treats.

Read the text you'll find on this link and answer the questions below.

  • What exactly was the Gunpowder Plot?
  • Who was involved in the Plot?
  • How was the Plot discovered?
  • What happened to Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators?
  • How is the Gunpowder Plot remembered?
  • Are the Houses of Parliament still searched before State Opening?
  • Does the cellar where Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament still exist?

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a United States holiday commemorating the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. "It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states since the 18th century, but didn't become a federal holiday until the 1930s. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage.

Click on this link to watch a funny video about this famous historical character:


Independence Day

Last Sunday, 4rth of July, the people from the USA celebrated the Independence Day, do you know why? If you want to learn more click on this link: http://www.elcivics.com/esl_fourth_of_july