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“Best Idea Ever” English version

Here is the English version.  Thanks again Tana Krohn for sharing your work and your ideas!  (look for her ideas after the readings!)

English #1:

There is a man. His name is Sir Newton. Sir Newton is under a tree. An apple falls on his head. Sir Newton studies the apple. He studies more apples. He has an idea.

Sir Newton makes pies with the apples. He wants to sell the pies. No one wants the pies. Sir Newton is sad.

There is a bird. The bird poops on Sir Newton. Sir Newton has another idea!

English #2:

In a town there is a man. His name is Sir Newton. Sir Newton is under a tree. He is under a tree when an apple falls on his head. Sir Newton looks at the apple. He looks at the tree. He looks at the apple. He looks at the tree. He looks at the apple and throws it in the air. He studies more apples… and has an idea! He runs to the town with a lot of apples.

Sir Newton makes a lot of pies with the apples. He wants to sell the pies. No onw wants the apple pies. Sir Newton is sad. He throws an pie on the ground. Suddenly, a bird poops on his head. He looks at the bird…. and has another idea!

English #3:

 

There is a town where the weather is good. It’s sunny and cool. It’s fall. In the town there is a man. His name is Sir Newton. Sir Newton is tall and thin and has white hair (truly he has a white wig).

Sir Newton is under a tree. He has a telescope and five books. He is under a tree when an apple falls on his head. Sir Newton is confused. He looks at the apple. He looks at the tree. He looks at the apple. He looks at the tree. He takes the apple ant throws it in the air. He studies more apples. He eats the apple… and has an idea! He runs to the town with a lot of apples.

Sir Newton makes apple pies! He likes apple pies. He makes a lot because he wants to sell the pies. Unfortunately, no one wants the apple pies. Sir Newton is sad. He throws a pie on the ground.

Suddenly, a bird poops on his head. Sir Newton is confused. He looks at the bird… and has another idea! He makes wings in order to fly!

This tied in nicely with the kids’ current physics unit!
In addition to the readings, I also had students complete some of the following activities:
1)  Add their own details to the story based on known vocabulary:  weather, season, colors, physical/personality descriptions of characters, etc.
2)  Write their own True/False statements about the story.
3)  Give them a pre-quiz and “quiz” on the story based on their own true/false statements.
4)  Illustrate a scene from the story. Have the kids exchange drawings and write the a sentence about someone else’s drawing. I had other activities I wanted to do around these drawings…. Have students walk around the room and write sentences about multiple drawings of their choice (each drawing has a number and students write down the numbers of the drawings that hey write about). There is also a fun activity that involves drawing a picture and passing it to the next person who has to write a sentence about the drawing. Then you fold the first drawing down and have the third person illustrate the second person’s sentence. I’ve this at parties, but haven’t tried it in class yet.
Much of the vocabulary in this story (included and omitted) was obviously based on what I know my students know. You will definitely want to tailor it to your own students’ needs!

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“Best Idea Ever” Spanish Version

A fantastic contribution from Tana Krohn.  Thank you so much Tana!! (The English version will post next.)
An embedded reading exercise based on Arpan Jolly’s animation:

“Best Idea Ever”

This tied in nicely with the kids’ current physics unit!
In addition to the readings, I also had students complete some of the following activities:
1)  Add their own details to the story based on known vocabulary:  weather, season, colors, physical/personality descriptions of characters, etc.
2)  Write their own True/False statements about the story.
3)  Give them a pre-quiz and “quiz” on the story based on their own true/false statements.
4)  Illustrate a scene from the story. Have the kids exchange drawings and write the a sentence about someone else’s drawing. I had other activities I wanted to do around these drawings…. Have students walk around the room and write sentences about multiple drawings of their choice (each drawing has a number and students write down the numbers of the drawings that hey write about). There is also a fun activity that involves drawing a picture and passing it to the next person who has to write a sentence about the drawing. Then you fold the first drawing down and have the third person illustrate the second person’s sentence. I’ve this at parties, but haven’t tried it in class yet.
Much of the vocabulary in this story (included and omitted) was obviously based on what I know my students know. You will definitely want to tailor it to your own students’ needs!

La mejor idea #1

Hay un hombre. Se llama Señor Newton. Señor Newton está bajo un árbol. Una manzana se cae en su cabeza. Señor Newton estudia la manzana. Estudia más manzanas. Tiene una idea.

Señor Newton hace tartas con las manzanas. Quiere vender las tartas. Nadia quiere las tartas. Señor Newton está triste.

Hay un pájaro. El pájaro hace popó en Señor Newton. ¡Señor Newton tiene otra idea!

La mejor idea #2

En un pueblo hay un hombre. Se llama Señor Newton. Señor Newton está bajo un árbol. Está bajo un árbol cuando una manzana se cae en su cabeza. Señor Newton mira a la manzana. Mira al árbol. Mira a la manzana. Mira al árbol. Mira a la manzana y la tira en el aire. Estudia más manzanas… ¡y tiene una idea! Corre al pueblo con muchas manzanas.

Señor Newton hace muchas tartas con las manzanas. Quiere vender las tartas. Nadie quiere las tartas de manzana. Señor Newton está triste. Tira una en el suelo. De repente, un pájaro hace popó en su cabeza. Mira al pájaro… ¡y tiene otra idea!

La mejor idea #3

Hay un pueblo donde hace buen tiempo. Hace sol y hace fresco. Es el otoño. En el pueblo hay un hombre. Se llama Señor Newton. Señor Newton es alto y delgado y tiene pelo blanco (realmente tiene una peluca blanca).

Señor Newton está bajo un árbol. Tiene un telescopio y cinco libros. Está bajo un  árbol cuando una manzana se cae en su cabeza. Señor Newton está confundido. Mira a la manzana. Mira al árbol. Mira a la manzana. Mira al árbol. Toma la manzana y la tira  en el aire. Estudia más manzanas. Come la manzana… ¡y tiene una idea! Corre  al pueblo con muchas manzanas.

¡Señor Newton hace tartas de manzana! Le gustan tartas de manzana. Hace muchas porque quiere vender las tartas.  Desafortunadamente, nadie quiere las tartas  de manzana. Señor Newton está triste. Tira una tarta en el suelo.

De repente, un pájaro hace popó en su cabeza. Señor Newton está confundido. Mira al pájaro… ¡y tiene otra idea! ¡Hace alas para volar!

 

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Alma …game!

Here is a wonderful reading activity “game” sent to us from “Fravan” (Twitter handle) in Maine.  If you have been using Alma…this is great!!   Just click on the words below and when the window opens up, click on play below the “Game Console”  Gracias !!!

Alma Game

 

 

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Despereaux, El Pequeño Gran Héroe Post #2

Following the Embedded Reading the class watched the “trailer” for the film:

The clip was shown, without sound, using a “Movie Talk” format to narrate and discuss the scenes.    The Embedded Reading provided the group with a great base to begin to discuss the clips and to predict what might happen in the movie.

The students then chose one version of the Embedded Reading to re-read before watching longer clips of the film.

In groups the students examined the following list of qualities and determined the English equivilents.  (this was primarily review and recognition of cognates)

La honradez

La justicia

La verdad

La amistad

La confianza

La dignidad

La educación

La libertad

La fé

La paz

La salud

La ayuda

El respeto

El trabajo

El hogar

El amor

El cariño

Each student created a list of the top 5 qualities s/he believed were necessary for being a hero.

 

Film “The Tale of Desperaux” © Universal Pictures 2008

Book ©  “Desperaux” by Kate DiCamillo, published by Candlewick Press 2003.

 

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Embedded Reading, Video and Activities: The Vampire and the Dentist

Here is the link to a wonderful SERIES of activities involving a movie clip and embedded reading.  Cynthia has an excellent blog with tons of ideas for teachers.  Hope you enjoy!!

The Dentist and the Vampire

In the post you will find the movie clip, the embedded readings in Spanish (but fairly easy to follow if you teach another language!) and the activities!!

THANK YOU CYNTHIA!!

 

 

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Fame via Youtube…in Spanish

As a follow up to Matt Harding, we’ve been discussing the phenomenon of Youtube and how this part of the Internet has changed our lives.  Here is an Embedded Reading in Spanish from a blog about singers who have found their “fame” on youtube!!

(I keep trying to find the exact url again, but haven’t had much luck…as soon as I find it I’ll post it!!)

I wrote two “summaries” or Resumenes because when I used this with my Level 3 students, it was too difficult for them to go from the summary to the first level of the reading.    (It was perfect for my Level 4’s.)  So I added an additional “layer”.

El Resumen A Cantantes en la web

 

YouTube los lanzó a la fama

*********************************************************************************************************************************** Fenómenos de YouTube se convirtieron en estrellas.

 

Puede ser  una estrella.

 

 YouTube se convirtió en la manera para mostrar su talento.

 

Justin Bieber usó la web.  

 

Su voz alcanzó a las personas importantes musicales famosos. 

 

La historia de Justin ahora es la historia de otros estrellas ambiciosas.

 

Justin cantando “Bebe”

 

El Resumen B  Cantantes en la web

 

YouTube los lanzó a la fama

*********************************************************************************************************************************** Fenómenos de YouTube se convirtieron en estrellas.

 

Puede convertirse en una estrella.

 YouTube se convirtió en la manera para mostrar su talento.

Justin Bieber usó la web.  

Su voz alcanzó a empresarios musicales bien conocidos. 

La fama sólo fue cuestión de tiempo.

Su historia se ha repetido.

 Justin cantando con letra

Versión   1  Cantantes que se dieron a conocer en la web

YouTube los lanzó a la fama

Subieron videos y se convirtieron en estrellas. Hablamos de la historia de estos fenómenos de YouTube.

 

 

Con una cámara,  el Internet y talento puede convertirse en una estrella.

 

No es exageración.   En los últimos diez años, YouTube se convirtió en la manera para mostrarle al mundo su talento.

 

Justin Bieber y Arnel Pineda son músicos que usaron la web.   Cantaban canciones y su voz alcanzó a empresarios musicales o miembros de bandas reconocidas por todos. Fue cuestión de tiempo para que alcanzaran la fama.

 

A Bieber y Pineda, la fama les llegó hace unos años, pero, su historia se ha repetido.

 

Xuso Jones y Greyson Chance son dos recientes famosos nacidos en el portal de videos.

 

El éxito tocó a Pablo Alborán, quien grabó una canción, recibió el apoyo de una cantante famosa, y lanzó su primer disco.

 

También Alexis Jordan, eliminada en del concurso Americas Got Talent, subió sus canciones a YouTube y llamó la atención de Jay Z, quien decidió contratarla.

 

Por último, Kim Yeo-kee,  o Applegirl, cantando hits de Beyoncé y Lady Gaga, que recibieron millones de visitas. La artista de 22 años, lanzó su disco (Don’t Fall in Love) y ha grabado dos videoclips.

Arnel

Versión 2:  Cantantes que se dieron a conocer en la web

 

YouTube los lanzó a la fama

 

***********************************************************************************************************************************Subieron videos en Internet y se convirtieron en estrellas. Repasamos la historia de estos fenómenos de YouTube que hoy dan alegría a miles de fans

***********************************************************************************************************************************

Estos son días en los que tenga una cámara,  el Internet y talento puede llegar a convertirse en una estrella.

 

No es exageración.   En la última década, YouTube se convirtió en la manera para que varios cantantes le mostraran al mundo su talento.

 

El canadiense Justin Bieber y el filipino Arnel Pineda son músicos que usaron la web.   Interpretaban canciones y su voz alcanzó a empresarios musicales o miembros de bandas reconocidas por todos. Fue cuestión de tiempo para que alcanzaran la fama.

 

A Bieber y Pineda, la fama les llegó hace más de cinco años, pero, su historia se ha repetido en varias ocasiones.

El español Xuso Jones y el estadounidense Greyson Chance son dos recientes de esa lista de famosos nacida en el portal de videos.

 

El éxito tocó a otros, como al español Pablo Alborán, quien grabó una canción en su casa y, tras recibir el apoyo de una cantante famosa, lanzó su primer disco.

 

También está la estadounidense Alexis Jordan, eliminada en del concurso Americas Got Talent, subió sus canciones a YouTube y llamó la atención de Jay Z, quien decidió contratarla.

Por último, está la coreana Kim Yeo-kee,  o Applegirl, con cuatro iPhones y su voz estremeció YouTube cantando hits de Beyoncé y Lady Gaga, que recibieron millones de visitas. La artista de 22 años, lanzó su disco (Don’t Fall in Love) y ha grabado dos videoclips.

Xuso Jones

Pablo Alborán

Versión   3       Cantantes que se dieron a conocer en la web

 

YouTube los lanzó a la fama

 

***********************************************************************************************************************************Comenzaron subiendo videos en Internet, pero terminaron convertidos en estrellas. Repasamos la historia de algunos de estos fenómenos de YouTube que hoy dan alegría con su voz a miles de fans

***********************************************************************************************************************************

Estos son días en los que tenga una cámara de video,  el Internet y talento musical puede llegar a convertirse en una superestrella.

No es exageración.   En la última década, YouTube se convirtió en la manera perfecta para que varios cantantes le mostraran al mundo su talento.

El canadiense Justin Bieber y el filipino Arnel Pineda son dos músicos que usaron la web.   Interpretaban canciones de otros artistas y su voz alcanzó a grandes empresarios musicales o miembros de bandas reconocidas mundialmente. Fue cuestión de tiempo para que alcanzaran la fama.

A Bieber y Pineda, la fama les llegó hace más de cinco años, pero, su historia se ha repetido en varias ocasiones en todo el planeta.

El español Xuso Jones y el adolescente estadounidense Greyson Chance son dos de las más recientes de esa lista de famosos nacida en el popular portal de videos.

El éxito tocó a otros cantantes, como al guitarrista español Pablo Alborán, quien grabó una canción en la sala de su casa y, tras recibir el apoyo de la cantante Kelly Rowland, lanzó hace poco su primer disco.

También está la estadounidense Alexis Jordan, eliminada en las semifinales del concurso Americas Got Talent, empezó a subir sus canciones a YouTube y llamó la atención del productor Jay Z, quien decidió contratarla.

Por último, está la joven coreana Kim Yeo-kee, conocida como Applegirl, quien con cuatro iPhones y su extraordinaria voz estremeció YouTube versionando hits de Beyoncé y Lady Gaga, que recibieron millones de visitas. Ahora, la artista de 22 años, lanzó su primer disco (Don’t Fall in Love) y ha grabado dos videoclips.

 Greyson Chance

Alexis Jordan

 Version   4   Cantantes que se dieron a conocer en la web

YouTube los lanzó a la fama

***********************************************************************************************************************************Comenzaron subiendo videos en Internet sin pretensiones, pero terminaron convertidos en estrellas. Repasamos la historia de algunos de estos fenómenos de YouTube que hoy deleitan con su voz a miles de fans

***********************************************************************************************************************************

Estos son días en los que tenga a su disposición una cámara de video, una conexión a Internet y una dosis de talento musical puede llegar a convertirse en una superestrella.

No es exageración. En la última década, YouTube se convirtió en la manera perfecta para que varios cantantes le mostraran al mundo su talento.

El canadiense Justin Bieber y el filipino Arnel Pineda son dos de los casos de músicos que usaron la web.   Interpretaban canciones de otros artistas y su voz alcanzó los oídos de grandes empresarios musicales o miembros de bandas reconocidas mundialmente. Fue cuestión de tiempo para que alcanzaran el estrellato.

A Bieber y Pineda, la fama les llegó hace más de cinco años, pero, desde entonces, su historia se ha repetido en varias ocasiones en todo el planeta.

El español Xuso Jones y el adolescente estadounidense Greyson Chance son dos de las más recientes incorporaciones a esa lista de famosos nacida en el popular portal de videos.

El éxito tocó a otros cantantes, como al guitarrista español Pablo Alborán, quien grabó una canción en la sala de su casa y, tras recibir el apoyo de la cantante y compositora Kelly Rowland, lanzó hace poco su primer disco.

También está la estadounidense Alexis Jordan, quien tras haber sido eliminada en las semifinales del concurso Americas Got Talent, empezó a subir sus canciones a YouTube y llamó la atención del productor Jay Z, quien decidió contratarla para su sello discográfico.

Por último, está la joven coreana Kim Yeo-kee, conocida como Applegirl, quien con cuatro iPhones y su extraordinaria voz estremeció YouTube versionando hits de Beyoncé y Lady Gaga, que recibieron millones de visitas. Ahora, como era de esperar, la artista de 22 años, lanzó su primer disco (Don’t Fall in Love) y ha grabado dos videoclips.

 

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Applegirl

Version 2 Where (the hell) is Matt? in English

Here is the English translation of the  article that I used with my Spanish classes.  I’m offering alongside the English article because the language, and the perception is different.

Here is the English article: Matt Harding Article

Here is the original Spanish: Matt Harding Spanish

Version 1:

It’s a video that makes us envious.

We would change places with Matt.

Matt was born in Connecticut.

He’s a programmer.

He decided to see the world.

During his travels, he has been dancing.

He has left us this legacy of his lack of rhythm.

Have you see his video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active  2006

 

 Version 2:

It’s a fun video.  I think that makes us envious and that we would change places with Matt.

Matt is an American born in Connecticut.  He’s a programmer that, one day, decided to see the world.  During his travels throughout seven continents, he has  danced in thirty nine countries.

He has left us this legacy of his lack of rhythm and his fascination with the world.  Have you seen his video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&safe=active   2008

 

Version 3:

It’s a very fun video.  I suppose that makes us a little envious and that we would happily change places with Matt.

Matt is a thirty-five year old American. Born in Connecticut, this programmer that, one great day, decided to abandon his work and see the world.  During his travels throughout seven continents, he has  danced  his dance in thirty nine countries.

He has left us this legacy making fun of  his lack of rhythm and his fascination with exploring the world.  Have you seen his video?
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4quCAG4eCc&safe=active

(out takes)

Version 4

¿Where is Matt?

This is  a very fun video.  I suppose that makes us all just a little envious and that we would, with great pleasure, change places with Matt.

Matt is a thirty-five year old American born in Connecticut.   He is a videogame programmer that, one great day, decided to abandon his work and see the world.  During his travels throughout seven continents, he has  danced his own unique dance in thirty nine countries.

He has left us this unprecedented legacy making fun of  his lack of rhythm and his great fascination with exploring the world. 

Surely you’ve seen his video, haven’t you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwe-pA6TaZk&safe=active  2012

Adapted from this site: http://frikeando.wordpress.com/category/viajar/

 

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New Alma in Spanish materials!!

Today I received a wonderful set of materials that Doug Stone has used in his classes (grade 8 Spanish, but as always, adaptable for everyone!)  Thank you so much Doug!!

The materials are used in connection with the Alma video below:

and connect with these earlier posts:

Spanish

Russian

Doug has sent us his Spanish version, in a Word and PowerPoint version and a comprehension review/quiz:

Alma embedded lectura 

Alma embedded lectura PowerPoint

Alma Repasito Version 1

Thank you Doug!!  Feel free to share your ideas and materials with us.  Life is so much easier when we share.   You may add it as a comment or email to me at lclarcq@rochester.rr.com

Where (the hell) is Matt? English article

This version comes from an English-language article.  It is not a translation of the Spanish version.  If you would like a translation, let me know, I can do that in another post.  I wanted to offer this version from an authentic English source for teachers of English.

Matt Harding

 

Matt Harding’s videos have reached over thirty million viewers.   Matt Harding quit his job and spent his savings on a trip around the world. A friend suggested that he video his terrible dancing in the places that he visited. In 2005, his “Where the Hell is Matt?” video became an internet sensation, and a company began to pay for his travels.

The following year he visited all seven continents to make his second video, which became an even bigger success. Inspired, Matt returned with the idea for a third video where he would invite people in the places he visited to dance. Thousands said yes, and the third video became the most successful one yet. Matt’s videos have been viewed over thirty million times.

Matt’s work has been written about in newspapers around the world.   His video has been shown on many television programs.  He has also made many television appearances.

Matt speaks about becoming “famous,” but his message is about trying the unknown and learning about  joy. He has spoken to students of all ages.

Have you seen his video?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active  2006

Matt Harding

 

Matt Harding’s inspiring videos have reached over thirty million viewers around the globe.

At twenty six, Matt Harding quit his job and spent his savings on a trip around the world. He took a suggestion to perform his terrible dancing in the settings he visited. In 2005, his “Where the Hell is Matt?” video became an internet sensation, which prompted the Stride company to sponsor his travels.

The following year he visited all seven continents to make his second video, which became an even bigger success. Inspired by a visit where he danced with a group of children, Matt returned with the idea for a third video in which he would invite people in every place he visited to dance. Thousands answered the call, and the third video became the most successful one yet. Matt’s videos have been viewed over thirty million times.

Matt’s work has been profiled in newspapers around the world; including the New York Times. His video has been shown on Oprah. He’s made appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America.

The most unexpected acknowledgement came when NASA chose Matt’s third video as their “Photo of the Day.”

Matt speaks about what it’s like to become “famous on the internet,” but his message is about taking a leap into the unknown and learning to work with unexpected joy. He has brought his talk to Google and Amazon, as well as students of all ages.

Have you ever seen his video?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&safe=active   2008

Matt Harding

 

Named as TIME magazine’s “#1 Viral Video of 2008,” Matt Harding’s inspiring, appealing videos have reached over thirty million viewers around the globe.

At twenty six, Matt Harding quit his job and spent his life savings on a trip around the world. He took a friend’s suggestion to perform his terrible dancing techniques in the settings he visited. In 2005, his “Where the Hell is Matt?” video became an internet sensation, which prompted Stride, a chewing gum brand, to sponsor his travels.

The following year he visited all seven continents to make his second video, which became an even bigger success. Inspired by a visit to Rwanda where he danced with a group of children, Matt returned with the idea for a third video in which he would recruit people in every place he visited to dance with him. Thousands answered the call, and the third video became the most successful one yet. Matt’s videos have been viewed over thirty million times.

Matt’s work has been profiled in major newspapers around the world; including the New York Times,  and the Chicago Tribune. His video has been shown on Oprah and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He’s made appearances on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

The most unexpected acknowledgement came from NASA when they chose Matt’s third video as their “Astronomical Photo of the Day.”

Matt speaks about his experiences and what it’s like to become “famous on the internet,” but his message is about taking a leap into the unknown and learning to collaborate with serendipity. He has brought his talk to Google and Amazon, as well as students of all ages.

Have you ever seen one of his videos?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4quCAG4eCc&safe=active

(out takes)

Matt Harding

 

Recently named as TIME magazine’s “#1 Viral Video of 2008,” Matt Harding’s inspiring, universally appealing videos have reached over thirty million viewers around the globe.

At twenty six, Matt Harding quit his job as a videogame designer and spent his life savings on a trip around the world. He took a friend’s suggestion to perform his terrible dancing techniques in the various exotic settings he visited. In 2005, his “Where the Hell is Matt?” video became an internet sensation, which prompted Stride, a chewing gum brand, to sponsor his continued travels.

The following year he visited all seven continents to make his second video, which became an even bigger success. Inspired by a visit to Rwanda where he danced with a group of children, Matt returned to his sponsor with the idea for a third video in which he would recruit people in every place he visited to join in and dance with him. Thousands answered the call, and the third video became the most successful one yet. Matt’s videos have now been viewed over thirty million times.

Matt’s work has been profiled in dozens of major newspapers around the world; including the New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. His video has been shown on Oprah and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He’s made appearances on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, among many others.

By far the most unexpected acknowledgement came from NASA when they chose Matt’s third video as their “Astronomical Photo of the Day.” It was described as “a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species.”

Matt speaks about his travel experiences and what it’s like to become “famous on the internet,” but the core of his message is about taking a wild leap into the unknown and learning to collaborate with serendipity. He has brought his talk to Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Yahoo!, as well as students of all ages.

If you have not seen his newest video, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwe-pA6TaZk&safe=active  2012

Adapted from:  http://www.caaspeakers.com/matt-harding

Where (the hell) is Matt?

Many of you are familiar with the story of Matt, the dancing traveler, and his videos on Youtube.   Here is a series of Embedded Readings adapted from a Spanish-language blog.   I’ll be using these in my Level 3 and 4 classes.   At the end of each level, we will watch one of the Where (in the hell) is Matt videos!!   (I’ll try to get the English version uploaded tonight, and if there is time, a version for Level 1 and 2 students as well)

Version 1:

Es un video que nos da envidia.

Nos cambiaríamos por Matt. 

Matt nació en Connecticut. 

Es programador.  

Decidió conocer el mundo.

Durante su travesía ha estado danzando.

Nos ha dado este legado de su falta de ritmo.

¿Han visto Ustedes su video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active  2006

 

 Version 2:

Es un video divertido. Pienso que nos da envidia y nos cambiaríamos por Matt.  Matt es un

americano nacido en Connecticut.   Es programador, que un día decidió conocer  el mundo. Durante su

travesía por los siete  continentes, ha estado danzando sobre treinta y nueve países y nos ha dado este

legado de su falta de ritmo y de su fascinación el mundo.  ¿Han visto Ustedes su video? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&safe=active   2008

 

Version 3:

Es un video muy divertido. Supongo que nos dará un poco de envidia y felizmente nos cambiaríamos

por Matt.  Matt es un americano de veintinueve años. Nacido en Connecticut, este programador,  un  

buen día decidió abandonar su trabajo y conocer el mundo. Durante su travesía por los siete

continentes, ha estado danzando con su baile sobre treinta y nueve países y nos ha dado este legado

haciendo alarde de su falta de ritmo y de su fascinación por explorar el mundo.  ¿Han visto Uds. su

video? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4quCAG4eCc&safe=active

(out takes)

Version 4

¿Dónde Está Matt?

Esto es un video muy divertido. Supongo que a todos nos dará un poco de envidia y gustosamente nos

cambiaríamos por Matt.

 Matt es un americano de veinte y nueve años nacido en Connecticut.  Es un programador de

videojuegos que un buen día decidió abandonar su trabajo y conocer el mundo.     

 Durante su travesía por los siete continentes, ha estado danzando con su particular baile sobre treinta

y nueve países y nos ha dejado este legado sin precedentes, haciendo alarde de su falta de ritmo y de su

gran fascinación por explorar el mundo.

Seguramente Uds han visto su video…¿no?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwe-pA6TaZk&safe=active  2012

Adaptado de este sitio: http://frikeando.wordpress.com/category/viajar/

 

 

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