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Week 4 - Stone and Brick








By the end of this week, students will have..

    • read, listened and discussed about the uses of stone as a construction material in architecture and urban planning:
        • history of stone as a construction material
        • characteristics
        • advantages and disadvantages
        • its use in modern constructions and cities
    • written a paragraph using information about stone given in a brain map
    • recorded the paragraph






Introduction to materials: Go to the Materials page




1. Do this jig-saw puzzle, and share your answers to the following questions:

      • What do you see in the puzzle?
      • What is the material used?
      • How many types of uses are given to the material?

2. Create a new page on your wiki, call it "stone", and write your ideas about the following questions:

      • What are stones?
      • How many kinds of stone do you know?
      • What characteristics do stones have?
      • Why are stones used in construction?

3. Read the brain map below, and, in pairs, write a paragraph using the information given (use the "stone" page on your wiki)



4. Listen to the recording about stone on our Podomatic blog

Recording is a courtesy of Moira Hunter in France



5. Take notes, and add more information to the paragraph you have written. Write the new information using bold font

6. Read the text about stone\" found in Moodle

7. Edit and proofread your paragraph

8. Practice reading the paragraph, and record it in Springdoo.

9. Post the recording to your stone page on your wiki.

10. Add new vocabulary to the class glossary in Moodle


Homework: Do the following activities about the reading, and post them to the stone exercises forum in Moodle:


A. Read the text and find..

  • 2 definitions
  • 2 statements of comparison and contrast
  • 2 statements expressing cause and effect
  • 2 adjectives in the superlative form, and 2 in the comparative form.


B. Look at the following slide show and write a sentence describing 10 of the 17 images


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Courtesy of Rubena St. Louis in Leeds, UK.





1. Complete the activities about Stone if you haven't finished them

  • Post a reply to the podcast on Stone: Do you like stone constructions? Why?




2. What do you know about brick? Share your thoughts. Open a brick page in your wiki and answer the following questions (you can do a search on the Web):

      • What are they made of?
      • What are they used for?
      • How many types of brick are there?
      • What is the meaning of brick laying techniques?
      • Describe 2 brick laying techniques
      • What are their advantages and disadvantages?


4. Listen to the podcast and reply with your thoughts on the use of brick in construction and public spaces

The podcast is courtesy of Gladys Baya from Argentina]



5. Homework::


  • Read the text about Brick found in Moodle, week 4.
  • While reading the text, create a brain map about:
      • Advantages & disadvantages
      • Origins
      • Differences through history
  • You can create your brain map using Gliffy, then copy it to your wiki brick'' page









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