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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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: http://www.rong-chang.com/nse/se/nse001.htm – 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 dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/ links w/pronunciation)
- To Have – past, present, future, continuous/perfect
- To Be – past, present, future, continuous/perfect
- helpful http://busyteacher.org/3687-how-to-teach-word-order.html
- I like this pattern cue – “I’m so adjective! I verb nouns!”
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
Next class – Based on Flag passage:
- Gap Fill
- Sentences scramble – may be too challenging. With caps and punctuation.
- Dictation I will read each line. Next Class? (Start the sentence with a capital letter, and start a proper noun with a capital letter. End the sentence with a period, question mark, or exclamation mark.)
Explore – Webster’s Online Visual Dictionary what can I do with this? It’s awesome.
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 http://www.elcivics.com/labor-day-vocabulary.pdf No time, J for homework.
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.