Class: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

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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.

Negative Form

  • Add do not / don't or does not / doesn't before the base form of the verb.
  • Do not change the base verb form.

Question Form

Place do or does before the subject to create a question.


29Oct 2014 | Class Plan

October 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Halloween is this week.  So will will read a story about it.  I wanted to read a piece and modify a lesson about cemeteries:  But we need the practice with reading, vocab, discussion and lab time.


Let sleeping dogs lie


Multiple choice definitions for basic words.

Grammar/Computer Lab

YES/NO question formation.  Review first in class, then they do these exercises:  This needs to wait for auxiliary verbs

Drill: To Be
This is an intensive set of exercises for the verb To Be.  They are in Simple Present and Simple Past only.  Start with Exercise 1 and work in order.  They get more difficult.

  • Do exercises 1-10 (not all of them at once – a few labs)
  • on this page:.

Class/Computer Lab:


It was Halloween, the last day of October. It was October 31. Halloween was Freddy’s favorite day. He liked Halloween better than Christmas. He liked Halloween better than his birthday. Halloween was dress-up day. Halloween was costume day. Halloween was Superman day. On Halloween, Freddy was Superman. Every Halloween, Freddy wore a Superman costume. He wore his red boots. He wore his blue pants. He wore his yellow belt. He wore his red cape. He wore his blue shirt. His blue shirt had a big red “S” on it. The “S” was for Superman. Superman was Freddy’s hero. Superman was strong. Superman could pick up a train. Superman could pick up a house. Superman could pick up a ship. Freddy loved his costume. He wore his Superman costume every Halloween. Everyone said, “Hello, Superman!” to him. He said hello to everyone. People gave Superman lots of candy.


  • belt
  • boot
  • candy
  • cape
  • costume
  • dress-up
  • Halloween
  • hero
  • shirt
  • strong
  • superman
  • wear

Dictation: assign as homework

Class 1oct 2014

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

Handout: “In Love”
Donna loved her husband. Her husband loved Donna. They were in love with each other. She wanted to give him a birthday present. He was going to be 40 years old next week. She wondered what to give him. Should she give him a watch? Should she give him a sweater? Should she give him a new guitar? What should she give him? She asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He said he didn’t want anything for his birthday. “Oh, you must want something!” she said. “You’re right,” he said. “I want your love forever.”
Lab Exercises:  Crossword, Cloze, Dictation
Dictation:  can’t hear computers in lab, I will read.  They will write answers online.
1).  Did she love her husband?
2).  They were in love with each other.
3).  She wanted to give him a birthday present.
4).  He was going to be 40 years old.
5).  She wondered what to give him.
6).  Should she give him a watch?

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)

class notes for future 2014

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.




2oct 2013, in class

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.

11sept 2013

September 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

We worked:

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.

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