The Sleeping Baobab Tree by Paula Leyden, like its predecessor The Butterfly Heart, is set in Zambia. One morning twelve-year-old Fred wakes up with an unaccountable sense of foreboding, which his friend Bul-Boo, one of the twins from next door, insists is just his imagination. However, the feeling persists – and grows stronger when Fred’s scary and extremely eccentric great-granny, Nokokulu, asks him to accompany her on a trip to an ancient burial site called Ng’ombe Ilede, a place described by their teacher, Sister Leonisa, as the Place of Death. [click to continue…]
The National Sea Life Centre is located on the sea front in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Sometimes described as an “aquatic zoo”, it is home to over 1,000 creatures including Black Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Seahorses, Stingrays and Red-Bellied Piranha. It is a regular destination for school tours where pupils can engage in, amongst other things, quizzes, touch starfish and crabs and listen to talks [click to continue…]
Edcanvas is a website which I only recently came across. It is used to help students and teachers organise and present online content in one place. So, for example, let’s presume that you are starting a new topic or project in class and you are doing some research to gather your resources for the topic. Normally, your resources for the topic may be spread across various sources. You may have a Powerpoint in Dropbox, a Word file on your desktop, [click to continue…]
Next Wednesday, February 13th marks the beginning of Lent 2013 and, as usual, the Trócaire charity has produced some great classroom resources to coincide with the season of Lent. India is the focus of the resources this year and there are separate resources for Junior Primary pupils, Senior Primary pupils, Post-Primary pupils and resources as Gaeilge for Gaelscoileanna. The resources provide pupils with information, lessons, photos and activities that explore Trócaire’s work through the lens of India.
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This is a single A4 sized page with a calendar for Eanáir 2013. It is suitable for sticking to the teacher’s desk, to the classroom wall or to the staffroom noticeboard.
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