Answers.com

28-Mar-2008

MEC Product Trainer, Sarah Milligan, writes:

What’s the meaning of life?

It’s a big question, but not too big for Answers.com. In fact you can ask Answers.com anything and it will do it’s best to give you the answers you need.

If you don’t feel like asking philosophical questions you can always go for something more practical such as ‘How do you grow tomatoes?’ or ‘How do you create a blog?’ Alternatively you could go directly to the Answers library and look for information there.

This site has a wealth of information that you and your learners could take advantage of by asking questions in the classroom or as a homework task. As well as giving you the answers to any question you might ask, at the bottom of the page there is a word of the day section and a spelling bee game.

The word of the day could be a great motivator for advanced learners who are looking to expand their vocabulary. It includes a definition and examples of how to use the word. The spelling bee would be a fun game to play with advanced learners at the end of a class.

Use this site as an extra activity for learners to do after reading a MEC news item. For example use the news item ‘Global meltdown: the tipping points identified’:

  • Divide your class up into groups and give each group a different aspect of the news item to research.
  • Divide the class into four groups; A B C and D.
  • Group A can research climate change, group B, Arctic sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet. Group C can research the Amazon rainforest and group D, the Sahel region.
  • Do this either in the class or as a homework task and learners can compare what they’ve found either after the allotted time or at the beginning of the next lesson.
  • End the exercise with a discussion about what has been learnt for each topic.

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