Rachael's English Worksheets

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Magic Tree House Afternoon on the Amazon Chapter 2

Magic Tree House
Afternoon on the Amazon
Chapter 2

While Reading Make a chart of the events that happen in this chapter

Background reading

Bugs of the Amazon

creepy – Adjective Causing people to be afraid
I heard a creepy noise last night. I made sure that the door was locked!
I don’t get it,” - idiom that means you don’t understand
You are not afraid of the dark, so I don’t get it, you say you are afraid of a small spider?

plus – say l clearly
Which book is opened now?
What doesn’t Annie like about it?

How does Jack persuade Annie to go there?

What time of day was it?

What sound do they hear when the Tree House lands?

Will a mouse really stay still in a pocket?

Research an animal of the Amazon. Tell about what part of the rainforest it lives, what it eats, and how it defends itself.
Use this website to help you:


I saw a Hyrex the last time we went on a hike in Ein Gedi National Park in Israel. They are very cute, and one even smelled my hand, but I didn’t pet it. (Although I really wanted to!)
They eat green vegetation, and live in the mountains in Israel. They have big front teeth so it can bite you if you get too close!

Here is a picture of one:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Afternoon on the Amazon Chapter 1 Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House
Afternoon on the Amazon
Chapter 1
Student Assignment Sheet

Before reading:

What do you know about the Amazon? Where is it? What is the most important feature of the Amazon? What is the weather there? What kinds of animals live there?

While Reading Make a chart of the events that happen in this chapter

Background Reading

The Amazon
What is a Rainforest?
Amazon River Animals
Map of Amazon Rainforest


lump – a small piece or mass of something
There was a lump on the floor that turned out to be a rock.

shining – shi nin

shimmered – shim erd

lump say l clearly

Where did Jack and Annie go before?
What was exciting about your favorite book?

Would you want to go there yourself?

What would you like to do there?

What are Jack and Annie doing now in Chapter 1?

What are they excited about?

What did they find in the Tree House?

Visiting an exotic place. If you could visit any place in the world, expenses paid, where would you go? Tell about your dream vacation place. Where is it? What can you do there? How long would you stay?



Visiting an exotic place
If I could visit anyplace, expenses paid, I would like to go to an old English castle. I would like to see the Great Hall and how people lived 500 years ago. I would imagine what it was like to live in the Medieval times and pretend to be a knight fighting from the castle ramparts.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Why Can't I speak English , I have been learning for a YEAR????

According to language learning theory, (from a few theorists)  Language acquisition  takes place in a few stages.  

Let's think of these as a child begins to learn language.  
First there is a passive stage,  that even begins before birth.  This is why some parents like to play Mozart to their unborn babies.  It works as well if you read aloud, or learn a new musical instrument. 
(I learned the saxophone when I was pregnant with one of my kids)  
So, at this stage children are passive on the outside, but inside they are picking up new words and phrases.  When you are a beginning language learner you are also picking up new words if you work on your target language every day. 

This stage lasts until you have a working vocabulary that you can think in sentences in your target language.  

Then, if we go back to the metaphor of a child, at about 1.5 to 2 years, a child begins to speak.  It may be one word at a time, it could be a few.  But they do have the vocabulary, and they are just trying it out.  

The language learner also gets to a point where it seems to fall into place. This is the time when it is very important to use the target language, either reading, listening or speaking every day.  Then you will feel more comfortable in speaking.  

When I was learning Hebrew, I only could read Hebrew with vowels.  But reading the newspaper was too hard because most Israeli newspaper don't have vowels.  There was a day.  Yes, one day that I looked at an Israeli newspaper without vowels and I could read it!  It was one day I couldn't read without vowels and then the next day I didn't need them anymore!!!!  

This process can happen as well with speaking.  One day you can't speak, and the next day, BAM, sentences come out of your mouth with ease!  

Why can't a person speak in the target language after a year of language learning?  Well each person learns at their own pace. 
I have been learning French seriously since July 2016.  I am almost at the end of the Beginner level.  but I can't speak yet.  Am I frustrated?  No, Yes, Ok a bit.  But when I pick up the beginner book, I can understand what I read!  This is a big step since last July. 

So the answer is not to get down on yourself for not speaking yet.  Patience and give yourself a pat on the back for making progress. 

Reward yourself every week, that you can do your target language every day.  

Speak with a native speaker of that language every day.  
Take Language lessons with a Native speaker Fully Qualified Credentialed Teacher. 

Good luck on your language learning! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sunset of the Sabertooth, Magic Tree House, Chapter 5

 Magic Tree House
Sunset of the Sabertooth
Chapter 5 
Student Assignment Sheet

Background reading


Key Terms: 
Art Gallery - a place where important pictures are displayed
Cave Paintings - ancient paintings on the walls of prehistoric caves. 
 sorcerer - a person with magic powers 
 tunnel  - an artificial underground passage 

Why does Annie think that this place is an Art Gallery? 
What is Jack's answer? 
What information do they find in the book? 
Why did the Master of Animals have on a costume? 
What powers did it give him? 
Why did Jack and Annie have to find the Master of Animals? 
What happened to Peanut? 
Where did she go? 

Homework:  Write play using the dialogue in this chapter. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

English thoughts for a Happy New Year! The Letter C!

English has 24 letters in the Alphabet, everyone knows that.  But what they don't know is that not all of the letters have their own sound.  Some sounds share letters.

C                                                                    C

C                                                                     C

The letter C for example sometimes has the S sound, and sometimes has a K sound.
This site has interesting information about it.


If we look at Hebrew, the third letter of of the Aleph Bet is Gimmel,  which stands for Camel.
This word was taken by the Romans and pronounced G also.   To make a long story short, the Normans came along and took the letter c and pronounced it S before certain vowels and K otherwise.

So we have two ways of pronouncing C because it comes from French.  So if you learn French you will know how to say the letter C.

But for the rest of us, we just have to learn it.

Here is a worksheet for practicing  the letter C


Have Fun with the letter C

Rahcael Alice Orbach 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sunset of the Sabertooth Magic Tree House Chapter 3 and Chapter 4

 Magic Tree House
Sunset with the Sabertooth
Student Assignment Sheet
Chapter 3 and Chapter 4


Whew! - Say when you are saved from a dangerous situation.
Whew, that was a close one! We ran away just in time!

Their shadows danced – a metaphor that means that the shadows were moving around
Their shadows danced on the wall, as the bonfire burned all night long.

ledge – a small shelf on the side of a mountain
I tried to sit on the ledge, but it was too small.

How did Jack know that the snoring came from a bear?
Why were the children so cold?
What did they bring with them?
What did they find?
What is the difference between the two caves?
What information did they learn from the book?
What did they find to keep them warm?
What notes did Jack write in his notebook?
How did Cro-Magnon light their homes?
What did they make their clothes from?
What did they see in the tunnel?


Write a report for your teacher about the Ice Age people. Where did they live, what did they wear, how did they light their caves?

How the Plains Indians lived:
The Plains Indians live in the Midwest of the United States, They lived in tents called teepees, they captured horses that had escaped from the Spanish. They hunted bison on the plains. Boys were taught how to hunt and girls were taught how to cook and sew clothes and the teepees.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Harry Potter #1 Chapter 6 pages 110-122

Key terms 
furious - angry
for company - to be with someone
a company, - Google, facebook, WeChat are all Internet companies
I like your company.  = I like to be with you.
 to vacuum - to clean the rug with a machine that picks up dirt
punctures - a hole in a tire
 drifted over  - smoke coming out of the engine moving slowly
striding  - walking very purposefully
goggle at - to look at and make fun of
keep your hair on - if a woman is wearing a wig, she doesn't want to show anyone else

fun  hear the n
say ed
talked = talkt
briskly - going fast
drifted  drif ted
twice  long I
leaned  leeened

How does Harry feel about the new relationship between himself and the Durselys?
Why doesn't Aunt Petunia come inside the room anymore?
What does Hedwig bring in?  Why?
How does Harry get to Kings Cross station?
Why does Uncle Vernon have to take Dudley to London?
What does Dudley do when he sees Harry?
Why does Aunt Petunia have to do to get Dudley to sit next Harry?
How does Harry get to the platform?
How does he feel when he finally gets onto the platform and sees the train?
What picture do you have of platform 9 3/4?
What does Lee have in the box?
What is interesting about the twins?
What did Neville lose again?
What does Ron have on his nose?
What is Harry's reaction to being recognized?
How does he feel about going to Hogwarts?
How do the twins recognize Harry?
How does the twins's mother feel about Harry?

How do famous people react when they are recognized?
Have you ever met a famous person?
Have you ever met someone who youi admired?

Links to go to:


Write a post card that Harry writes to the Dursleys