Games | Clue and Bingo

September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

I bought the game Clue.  I used to love it as a kid.  I think it will be fun.  All question/answer stuff and deductive reasoning (!  Right, whatever).  And then there’s Bingo.  Stupidly fun.  Number nightmare.


24 Sept Class

September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Kinda zoned today.  But ready to groove!  I couldn’t access my site to prepare as well as I’d liked to.  Lesson learned, backup in place.  Today O, G, and B were here.  It’s great to have O back! 


Last weekend I went to the park.  I went to the park on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.  I went to meet a special group.  They learn to sword fight.  I want to learn to sword fight too.

We did present, future, substitution for verbs.


We reviewed/learned past, present future: To Be/ To Go

Explained Present Tense as “in general” with examples.  And throughout the class session as it came up.  Also compared to Present Continuous -ing.

Discussed: Broken/To Break – something is broken vs. to break something.
Some other things I don’t remember.


Need to review in, at, on in time.
Went to the wall map to see where everyone came from.


She dropped her phone. She picked it up. She looked at the screen. She gasped. The screen was cracked. She was upset. Her phone was important. She texted on her phone regularly. She frequently made phone calls. She had internet access on her phone. It was her world. The phone was not cheap. It had costed her a pretty penny. She had to buy a new one. She did not have enough money. She went to the store. The store sold cell phones. She talked to the salesperson. She told him that she had dropped her phone. He asked to look at the phone. She handed it to him. “Can you fix it?” she asked. He said yes he can. She paid to repair it. It costed less than a new phone. Her cell phone was repaired. She bought a protective case for it.
Each student read segments aloud, so we practiced -ed pronunciations.
Went through each sentence for meaning – without literal/dictionary translations.
Word List  we discussed from story:
Drop – not throw
Pick up
Her world
Not cheap
Pretty penny
Enough, not enough
Sold – in context of this story
Hand – verb
Cost less
They all knew “protective case”
Reading passage above about a cellphone with computer exercises:
Computer exercises next week 
Pronunciation check : They were way off on meanings
Chip – cell phone and small missing fragment (They knew cellphone chip)

17sept class Follow Up

September 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

I veered from the plan.  “More Better” came up.  (That drives me to distraction)


We covered Superlative, Comparative, Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectivess.  (Explained “state of being” To Be with much better results than before – repetition pays off)


Good   (much) Better (than)  (the) Best

Easy  Easier  Easiest, etc.

Note:  I had to listen and clarify carefully what the Best, Easiest, etc meant.  Stressing that there is nothing above the Best, the -iest.


Edna printed the passage with a nice, good-sized, American flag – in color.  They were used for the rest of the class and lab.

We read the Flag passage.  

Discussed the symbolism – as I had hoped, Ynt was there to say “the 13 original colonies”.  I talked briefly about what the colonies were, colonies in general, being a part of Britain, and breaking free through the R war.  No details.  Just to illustrate how young America is, in contrast to the great ancient cultures of Mexico and especially Iraq.  (I avoided pre-Columbian US History for now.)


I looked up their countries’ flags in my flag book.  Mexico and then Iraq.  We learned what the state emblem of Mexico is and what it stands for.  The story of Mexico’s founding by the Aztecs.  Including the god whose name I mangled.  Also the recent Mexican Indepedence Day (I did not know that) – and the date of independence.  We learned about the script on the Iraqi flag.  Allah Akbhar.  The permeation of religion in every day life/culture for Arabs.  Mentioned Mesopotamia, Cradle of Civilization, etc.  Cool!

Computer Lab

We spent the last half of class on the computers.  It went very well.  Even the sentence scramble that I thought would be too difficult.  Fantastic!  We shall be doing more.  There are lots of passages and exercises following that format at various levels.


Class 17sept 2014

September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Meet and greet new students!  I will ask them questions about themselves, see what goes from there – fun and witty commentary.  Then invite answers from others, compare and contrast.   My way to gauge their comprehension and speaking – comfort, ability.  And to set an inviting tone.

This looks to be 2 classes.

Tongue Twister

Tiny Tommy Tortoise talked to Tessie
Turtle on the telephone ten times today


Toni looked at the flag. The flag is red, white, and blue. It has 50 white stars. The white stars are on a blue square. The flag has six white stripes. It has seven red stripes. All the stripes are horizontal. They are not vertical. The stripes do not go up and down. They go from left to right. Toni loves her flag. It is the flag of her country. It is a pretty flag. No other flag has 50 stars. No other flag has 13 stripes.

from:  – There are activities following online – some require listening to MP3s.

  • Explain/ask about the significance of stars and stripes.
  • Change at least one thing – tense or person.
  • Look up their flags on iPad or an atlas – students describe them: colors, designs, emblems – tricky
    *Bring book of flags – explains symbolism.  Bring atlas.  A writing exercise next class?


(follows passage online with links w/pronunciation)


  • To Have – past, present, future, continuous/perfect
  • To Be – past, present, future, continuous/perfect

Word Order:

For this example, teach them Subject + Verb + Object or SVO to help them remember. How the board is organized will also aid your students. For this lesson, be sure to use three columns where column one has subjects, column two has made, and column three has a list of objects.

  • Preview lab exercise:Sentences scramble?  Tricky/difficult/time

Computer Lab

Next class – Based on Flag passage:


Computer Lab:

Explore – Webster’s Online Visual Dictionary  what can I do with this?  It’s awesome.


Class 3sept 2014

September 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today we will be on the computers!  We will work on vocabulary, with pictures. (J, G, Y and her daughter I, no English)

Paragraph, printed out:

Labor Day Lesson


Labor Day is on the first Monday in September. It is an American holiday to honor working people. It was started in 1882 by the Central Labor Union as a day off for the “working man”. Before World War I, Labor Day celebrations often included pro-union demonstrations and parades. Labor Day is a federal holiday, so banks, post offices, schools, most businesses and some stores are closed. The holiday marks the end of summer vacation for many students. Labor Day is celebrated in the United States with parades, picnics, festivals, and sports. It is the symbolic end of summer, which ends on or around September 20.

Follow along as we read with:  Vocabulary, Discussion.

Rights: J was very knowledgeable here…

Constitution/Bill of Rights – Freedom of: speech, pursuit of happiness, religion, assembly, petition the government


demonstration – A public meeting or march protesting against something or expressing views on a political issue.
celebration, workers’rights, on strike, to honor, parades, picnic, etc.


To Strike – irregular verb
To Study – regular verb 

Worksheet: a little much No time, J for homework.

Computer Lab

J and G rolled through.  Don’t know how far they got.  J and I on first 2 pages of no.1.

I. was fully able to do exercises.


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