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Teaching the Poem Fog

Teaching the Poem Fog
Key Components Activities Before (H.W. from Session One) After (Session Five) Pre-Reading Activity Discuss what is fog\cat-characteristics                         Predictions inferences : fog- wetness\inability to see cat: cleanliness\ agility Basic Understanding Read poem get to a first level of comprehension . LOT questions about the content. Analysis and Interpretation Thick or thin fog\fogginess
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Quick as a Cricket book review for teaching

Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood Quick as a Cricket

1982 Child's Playground

Summary: This is a rhyming story about a young boy who uses similes to compare himself with insects and animals around him. Examples include, “I'm as cold as a toad, I'm as hot as a fox, I'm as weak as a kitten, I'm as strong as an ox.”. The boy concludes by stating that if you add up all the diverse characteristics you have him!

Recommendation for Parents: This book is invaluable for celebrating a child's developing a sense of self awareness. It reinforces the child's understanding of rhyming and introduces him or her to similes. The colorful chalk drawings aid in the child's decoding of words as well as overall comprehension of the story. Each page allows the parent(s) and child(ren) to discuss emotions and their facial ex…

Reflection on Black English.

Reflection on Black English.
by Rachael Orbach

I didn’t know that Black English really had a structure!  Even though the Black kids from the Center of Los Angeles were bussed into our suburban school, and I had to study with them, I heard them talk, but never really paid attention to their  speech per say.   We were not friends even though  they were in the same class.  
It was really surprising that Black English, has its own grammar like the word “Be”  and that when it comes in a sentence.  It reminds me a bit like how Spanish is.  If you say “Vou estas bien”, it could be a complement, or not.  “He be good,” means that the boy is good, and is always good.  But, “He good,” is only for right now.  This could be a compliment or not.  
Sometimes when Black children speak, it almost seems like another language, the way that words are accented and run together.  This is different from American English, and it makes it difficult for Blacks and Whites to integrate.
Letter substitutions like …

Anger Close at Hand

Anger Close at Hand

The Gemara cites the possuk, "Anger rests in the heart of the fool."  (Kolelet 7:9) The Dubna Maggid explained by means of a story.   A person who runs a store separates his products into two types.  The products that are constantly asked for are kept close at hand,  while the products that are seldom purchased are kept on a high shelf, out of reach.  So too, the fool keeps his anger close at hand, since it is always in use.  The wise man, however, keeps his anger out of reach, taking it out only at the rare times when it is absolutely necessary. ( Ohel Yakov).

1. What are the action words in the paragraph?   Circle them.

2.What are they called? _______________________________

3. What tense are they in?  ___________________________

4. Write the nouns:


4. Write the adjectives:

The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop Study Guide Chapter 2

What do you know about Ancient Egypt?  The Pyramids?  The Nile River?   Alex and Laura find themselves in Ancient Egypt, and see incredible things!  To get the Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop go here
Questions How do Alex and Laura figure out where they are?  Who knows more about history, Alex or Laura?  Why does Laura tell Alex to put his phone away?  Why did they go to Ancient Egypt?  What do we see in the illustration?  Why do they go see the huts instead of the palace? 

Homework:  What do you already know about Ancient Egypt?  Where would you like to visit there?  Who would you like to meet? 

Timelinks G5 History and Culture pages 12 - 13

History Past and Present.  If we don't learn from the past, then we are doomed to repeat it.  This is why I am always interested in learning history so that I can see how and why events happened before. Then I can learn from other's mistakes and not make the same mistake myself.


historian  artifact culture primary source secondary source 


Which artifacts from the past are most reliable source of information?  Give an example of a primary source oral history?  written primary source?  What is a secondary source?  Give an example.  Is a museum a primary source or a secondary source?

Homework: Write about an historical place in your city.  What happened there?  Who lived there?  What is the site being used for now?

The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop Study Guide Chapter 1

The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop Study Guide Chapter 1

Get the book on Amazon:  The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop #1 Moshe Rabbainu Mocha Munchie
In Chapter 1 We meet Alex and Laura.  They are new Olim, that is new immigrants to Israel who live in Jerusalem. They have been in Israel for a while, but still miss the United States.  Alex is very smart, and he has really put a lot of effort to learn Hebrew.  Laura, on the other hand is more interested in having fun and looking good.  She has not truly adjusted to living in Israel and misses her friends "back home."  
This story takes place the day after Passover ends, and in Israel it is not a holiday, but according to religious Jews who live outside of Israel it is a holiday.  The kids are happy to be out on the town, and to have an extra day of vacation from school.  
All of the Hebrew terms are defined in the Glossary at the back of the book, but I will define them here in the study guide as well. 
Key Terms Isru Chag – The second day of…