Rachael's English Worksheets

Rachael's English Worksheets
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone pages 87-100

Harry is now on his way to Diagon Alley!  One of my favorite things that you can buy there is the moon globe.  I actually had one when I was a child.  It had the landing places of the Apollo landings!

instruments  inst ra ments
towered - very tall
swarthy - dark skin
stool oo
marble mar bl
wide  long I
plunged  plun ged
eagerly - very excited
crime long I
kind long I
hopped one syllable
quiet  kwi et
wrote  long o

Why did Dumbledore engineer that Harry grow up in the Muggle world?
Why can't the people in the Leaky Cauldron let Harry go?
Who is Professor Qurrel?
Why does he always tremble?
How do you get into Diagon Alley?
Why does Harry need 8 more eyes?
What does the poem mean at the entrance of Gringotts?
Why does Hagrid have all the stuff in his pockets?
What is surprising about the tunnels under Gringotts?
What is the difference between stalactites and stalagmites.
for a beautiful picture:

Why doesn't vault 713 have a keyhole?

Harry goes to a new place that has never seen before?  Tell about at time that you went to a new place that you have never seen before.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Day of the Dragon King, Magic Tree House, #14, Chapter 5

The Day of the Dragon King brings Jack and Annie to Ancient China.  The have to save a bamboo book from getting burnt.

For more history about books in Ancient China go to this link: http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/tien-hsia.php?searchterm=020_chinese_book.inc&issue=020

It is written at a very high level, but it is the only link that I can find that talks about how ancient Chinese books were made.

Key Terms
 shimmered  - the sunlight shows brightly from the object i
honor  - h is almost silent
scholar - someone who studies books, and writes about them

 citizens  si ti zens

Why is the Dragon King afraid of the scholars?
What is the Dragon King going to do?
Do you think that this will help the Dragon King?
How will it help the Dragon King to burn the books?
Why do Jack and Annie show their library cards?
How does the scholar reacts to them now?
How will the scholar help Annie and Jack?
How does he feel about Frog Creek?

Homework: How did the Chinese book develop from tortoise shells to bamboo strips?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book review

Have you ever read a play and really liked it?  Shakespeare plays put you in the mind of William Shakespeare, and the move "Shakespeare in Love," really bring the plays to life!  

On the other hand, the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a different animal.  In order to understand the play you have to know the books, all seven of them inside and out.  And you have to have read some Harry Potter fan fiction as well.  Here is the best of the best of the Fan Fiction:   http://hpmor.com/

I read this book in two nights. but it took Jack thorne a long time to get the basic conflict of the story.  I liked it, but I am glad that I got the book out of the library, so tomorrow I am going to bring it back there.  

You can go to the Givat Shaul Beit Roos  25 Givat Shaul Street, and then you can check out the book as well!  

Have fun reading!
Rachael Alice Orbach 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book #1, Chapter 5 pages 76 -87

Diagon Alley is Harry's introduction  to the magical world. Harry is filled with wonder and so are we
Owls were the means of communication, but in the modern world during WWI and WWII carrier pigeons were used:

Carrier Pigeons

Key terms
 collasped - broken down  
his heart sinking- he is very disappointed
 rapping - knocking
delivery - brought to the door
 high-security - very important, need to keep safe  
 while - at the same time
Bungler - someone who messes everything up 
 pelts - throws something at someone  
 Blimey - slang for oh my God! 
 stared - to look intently 
sense of humor - knowing when something is funny
grubby - wet dirty 
record shop - a place where 33rpm recordings were sold 
 shabby - needs repair  

delivery - de li ver ri
Bungler bun gler
Blimey -  long i
complained com play ned
piles long i

What does Harry get as a birthday present from Hagrid?
What does he usually get for his birthday?
What date is Harry's birthday?
How does Hagrid use magic? Why does he do that?
Why doesn't Harry want to open his eyes the next morning?
Who does he think is tapping at the window?
How does Harry pay the owl?
Where do wizards keep their money?
How do Hagrid and Harry get to the shore?
Why is it difficult for Harry to keep quiet while Hagrid reads the newspaper?
What does the Ministry of Magic do? Why?
Why is Hagrid amazed at parking meters?
Why doesn't Hagrid understand Muggle money?
What is funny about the list of books and authors on Harry's book list?
Describe the problems that Hagid has when he is traveling on the train?
Why can't the passerby see the Leaky Cauldron?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Day of the Dragon, Magic Tree House, Book 14, Chapter 4

Now Jack and Annie have to be very brave!  Someone is after them, they are not allowed to keep the silk.

 steering steer ing
peeked say k clearly
invaders long a
structure  stuk shur
gaze - long a

Let's study about:
The Great Wall of China


What happens in this chapter?

Why are the people after Jack and Annie,
Where do Jack and Annie hide?
What is in this place?
Is it a good hiding place?
Who do they see crossing the road?
What are these people going to do?
Why are there guards guarding the workers?
Who finds Jack and Annie?
How does he react to Jack's book?
Is this man dangerous to Jack and Annie?

Homework: Summarize the reasons why the Qin Dynasty built the wall. who were the workers. Why didn't the Mongols continue to use the Wall?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Day of the Dragon Book 14 Magic Tree House Chapter 3

In Chapter 2 we met Jack and Annie as they are going to the Tree House.  It seems as if their family know about the adventures, but neither is going to tell on the other, Very honorable!
Silk was and still is very important in China.

Now the story starts in Chapter 3

Write the events of the chapter: _________________________________________________

  A link to help you to understand the process of making silk.

\\\Why do silk weavers want to keep this process secret? 

Why did Jack and Annie have to leave very fast?

Would you like to go back to this time in history?

What do Jack and Annie have to find?
Which book?

Homework:  In your own words, list  the process of making silk.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Chapter 4 pages 57-75

How does Harry find out about Hogwarts?
Who is the man who comes into the hut?
What is the reaction of Vernon Dursely?
What does the giant do first?
How does he react when he finds out that Harry doesn't know about wizards?
What does Aunt Petuna react to the news?
How did they explain how Harry's parents died?
What was the truth?
How does Harry react to Hagrid's news?