November 16, 2015 Comments Off on Class: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
A wet day today. It rains on and off, sometimes it rains and stops. It is warm, not cold like you would expect in November. I want cold weather to come and stay. I do not like warm days in the late autumn or winter.
Our story is from: People and Places. We started to read about George Washington Carver. He was a very famous American scientist. He was black man. He was born a slave during the Civil War. His mother was a slave. They lived on a farm that belonged to a farmer named Mr. Carver. The mother and baby were slaves, they belonged to Mr. Carver.
Night riders came to the Carver farm to steal the slaves. Night riders stole shares at night, took the slaves to Texas, and sold the slaves in Texas. The night riders stole the mother, but did not take the baby. The baby lived with the farmer and his wife. The Carvers did not have children. They took care of George and raised him like a son.
George Washington Carver was a sickly child. He was weak. He could not do hard work on the farm. He made his own garden on the farm with plants from the woods. He grew his plants better than anyone else in the area. They called him the “plant doctor”.
We will continue the story…
Simple Present Tense
Add –es 3rd person singular with:
- verbs that end in z, x, s, ss, sh, ch and o.
- verbs that end in y preceded by a consonant, change y to i and then add –es.
- Add do not / don't or does not / doesn't before the base form of the verb.
- Do not change the base verb form.
Place do or does before the subject to create a question.
October 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today we will discuss “love”. Write questions on the board. Ss copy and answer verbally.
- What is love?
- What kinds of love are there? How are they different?
- How does it feel?
- Does it last forever?
Should, Would and Could
Should is used to give advice and make recommendations and to talk about obligation, duty and what is expected to happen. Reference is to the present and the future. Should is similar to must but is not as strong as must.
If we want to talk about an unreal or unlikely situation that might arise now or in the future, we use a past tense in the if-clause and would + infinitive in the main clause. Compare the following and note thatwould is often abbreviated to ‘d:
- How would you manage, if I wasn’t here to help you? ~ I’d manage somehow. I wouldn’t bother to cook. I’d go out to eat or bring home a take-away. I’d ask your mother to help me with the washing and the ironing. I know she’d help me.
Nouns and Verbs – handout: “Batty About Bats”
Bats fly. Bats have extra skin. This skin connects their hands, arms and ankles. Why do they have it? The skin forms wings. Bats use their wings to fly. They fly at night to find food. They need their wings to eat.
People sit and stand. Bats hand upside down, even when they sleep. Some bats live in trees. Some live in buildings. Others live in caves.
Find the nouns – which are a person, place or thing?
Find the verbs.
Is this piece past, present, future or in general?
Reading for Computer Lab. See 8oct 2014 class/computer lab
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.
December 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
Things we need to work on
1). Writing! Expressing personal thoughts and opinions on paper.
- Favorite subject in school or something that interests you
- Something that interests you and why? – follow up lab: Google search and take notes
- Write from Google search notes.
- Leisure time #1 – what do you like to do at home alone? If you have/had time to do it. TV, reading, phone calls, cleaning
- Leisure time #2 – what would you do if you had time and money? Travel, school – details about activities.
2). Reading comprehension and discussion
- Current events and news stories – check my feeds for material and follow up questions
- History – world and US, Constitution Bill of Rights, Prohibition, Civil Rights. Simple, brief written handouts
- For me – plan vocabulary accordingly
3). Activities that require directions: Computer Lab
Crossword puzzles, puzzles, quizzes and other excercises on computer – to learn to read, understand directions, and follow them.
October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
Today we had a new student: Mirabel. Delightful lady. She understands English well and speaks easily. A great addition to the class.
Started with a tongue twister – happened to be an excellent challenge.
Denise sees the fleece,
Denise sees the fleas.
At least Denise could sneeze
and feed and freeze the fleas.
1.) reviewed the 5 senses and what you use for each:
Smell. You use your nose to smell. Etc.
2.) briefly conjugated each of the 5 as verbs.
3.) a crossword puzzle, on the senses, followed by accompanied questions.
– I had to review: “I like” and “I don’t like” as incomplete answers. Must have an object. Etc.
4.) started working on the Surprise Wedding true story. I read the story aloud – we hashed out comprehension and vocabulary. They understood the story quite well.
5.) I assigned the first subsequent exercise for home work. Short.
They liked the crossword puzzle a lot. Had to explain how to answer questions – one word. And ‘across’ vs ‘down’. Even one letter per space. Interesting.
And they like the stories with the exercises, a lot.
September 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
1.) on writing
Your favorite game or toy when you were a child. We discussed the answers and I wrote significant words on the board for each person. Then they wrote down what they told me.
2.) next we read the penguin story. Save the rest for next week. Joanna had to leave early.
3.) on Alma’s favorite game, her writing and I corrected her work. On the board.
Rosalinda is still in Mexico this week.