Otzi and melting ice

In our school we are just starting a new age of CLIL lessons. What you can see below is a pilot of a series of 100% CLIL course, aimed at children aged 10-12 who are interested in English but also science and geography. Together with two other teachers we are introducing a completely revolutionary programme. Apart from CLIL methodology we use LEGO blocks in our experiments. The first meeting was about Otzi, the Iceman, and melting the ice by means of various substances. 

Prior knowledge – HOTS and LOTS – Cognition/Communication 

TIME: 10 mins  

We asked our Ss some questions checking their knowledge and understanding.
What is water? 
What happens when you boil water? 
What happens when you freeze water? 
Why do people freeze things? What do you have in your freezer? 
How do you defrost goods? 
Where is it cold – in the Arctic or in Africa? What about high mountains? 
What is an iceberg?  
Have you heard about Otzi, the Iceman? http://www.iceman.it/en/oetzi-the-iceman 

TASK 1  – Content/Communication 

TIME: 10-15 mins 

Time to present Otzi, the Iceman. Information about him was taken from www.iceman.it. Before the lesson we prepared a handout for more advanced students. This time we worked with a younger group so we prefered to talk to them. Afterwards, Maciej, our bilingual tutor, asked the children several questions about what they had just heard.

TASK 2 – Content/Communication/Cognition

TIME: 35-40 mins 
In pairs/groups: We asked students to guess which substances would help them melt ice. We wanted them to take out the LEGO men intact as the Iceman had had his hip broken during this procedure in 1991.  They had to fill in the worksheet with their guesses. After the experiment they checked the outcomes and we compared the results. Ts explained why salt melts the ice and to make it more understandable we played a game where a part of the students were salt molecules and the rest were water ones. It was great fun!

TASK 3 – Cognition/Communication - HOMEWORK 

We also thought about homework. This time as it was a pilot lesson we changed the idea slightly and did it together in a form of oral presentations.

To practise past forms of verbs: Imagine the Legoman you have found is an iceman. Draw a picture of him/her and write/say a few words about himhis skills, life, abilities. OR describe what happened just before he died. 
To practise present verb forms: Imagine the Legoman you have found is an iceman. Draw a picture of him/her and write/say a few words about himwhat does his everyday life look like? 


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