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Spelling Tests for real learning

What is the purpose of giving spelling tests?

We want to prepare our students for their future lives
and to become good writers.  If someone is a poor speller,
it then reflects back on all other parts of their performance.

The problem with spelling tests is that students only study for
the test.  Then after the test, everything is forgotten.

One way to combat this attitude, is to have each student to have
a personal spelling chart.

When the student gets back the general spelling test,
they should have a different list ready to put all the
words that were missed on the last test.

Then each student will have to learn the review words
for the next week.

This doesn't have to be a lot of extra work for the teacher
however.  When it comes to the spelling test for the nest week,
the teacher can just collect the personal spelling test sheets
from each student, and pick only 5 words from each list
for the test.

It is also helpful to have the student to practice writing
sentences with th…

Classroom Management

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to turn our minds
 as teachers to getting things done in class.

Classroom management is an important part of this.

For the younger kids, 1st to 3 grades, they need hands
 on clues to keep their attention on the lessons.

One way is draw a box on the board, in the upper
 right hand corner.
In the box draw smiley faces at random times during
 the lesson when you
see that the class is working well.
If you see a child acting up, then erase one smiley face.
This is to get peer pressure to work on the trouble makers
to stay on task.

You can use other record keeping systems:  You can
hand out chart for the students to keep themselves, and
at the end of the lesson, the teacher goes around and checks
that the students accurately recorded their behavior,

Another way is to have a card for each student with their name
written on it,  and when the student is good, they get a pink mark,
when they are acting up a yellow mark.  Then the teacher counts up
the …

HOTS Questions to use before a poem or a story

HOTS  Higher Order Thinking Skills  are essential for everyday life, These questions can be used before teaching a poem or a short story in class.


HOTS  Logic (1): Underlying assumptions
What assumptions or emotive implications underlie these statements? 1.      This food is composed entirely of natural ingredients, so it is good for you as well as being delicious. ______________________________________________________________________
2.       Everyone knows that the earlier you start learning a language the more successfully you will master it ______________________________________________________________________

3.      This method is scientifically proven to be effective.
______________________________________________________________________

4.      Thousands of people have already signed up: join now!
______________________________________________________________________

5.      He always wanted to be famous: now he is famous, so he must be very happy.
_______________________________________…

Teaching Two poems, I'm Nobody and Poetry

Literature 11th grade
I. Voice
In the study of literature we learn to look for the “voice,” the person who is speaking to us out of the text, giving a personal expression and point of view.If we find and understand this “voice” we can identify with the person, ideas and issues more easily.Sometimes the “voice” appears in the first person, or “speaker,” at other times it appears through a secondary character or characters.
II I’m nobody! Who are you? By Emily Dickinson
I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there is a pair of us, you know
How dreary to be somebody How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog!


1. What is the voice of this poem? _________________________________

2. To whom is the poet speaking? _________________________________

3. What is the message of this poem? ______________________________

4. Write your own poem on the same theme:
_____________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________…

What is good writing?

If we want to teach writing to our students we have to have standards
 about what is good writing.
How do we judge good writing?
There are three categories of writing that the teacher and the student
 have to be aware of.
The first is content.
The content has to be interesting, the writing has to have a message.
 If there is no message in the writing, whether it be an e-mail, an essay
or a story, there is no reason to write.
The content has to be coherent.  The ideas must be developed and clear.  
The writing has to be relevant to the topic.  If the assignment is to write a
 restaurant review, then don't give a recipe.   The writing has to be clear.
Your readers need to be able to follow your train of thought.

The second category is technique or skills of writing.  These skills include
 spelling, punctuation, syntax (word order) vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure.
 English is not forgiving if a writer doesn't follow these technical rules.

The last category is form.  …

Yosef Story Part 2

"Yosef" - his other stepmother would call. "Yosef"  you are going to be late for Cheder!"
"Yosef" - his other stepmother Bilha would call, "Yosef! Everyone has already eaten up all the pita that I baked this morning! All that is left is the stale bread from yesterday!

Finally, Leah, Yakov's chief wife would call Yosef, "Just because you are your father's favorite doesn't mean that you can take advantage! Your mother Rachel in Gan Eden can't protect you forever!"  Come and eat and go to Cheder.
But Yosef would not listen and many a day he want to school hungry.  But the other brothers  would not let their brother starve and his best friend Benjy would always sneak an extra pita for his older brother.

But one day, precious children, listen to this, Benjy forgot to bring extra food, and Yosef never watched his temper either in those days. he thought nothing of getting angry.  It was natural for him to raise his voice, he …

Idioms Make many, much, remember and remind.

make, many, much, remember, remind.

Make often means to produce or create something that was not there before.


Make a bargain - two people agree about money


We made a bargain when we bought that car, we've never had any trouble with it. 


Make the bed - straighten sheets and blankets 


My daughter has to make her bed in order to get her allowance. 


Make believe - imagine


Young children make believe with toys and other household items such as pots and pans! 


Make a mistake - to err  


I'm afraid I made a mistake on my taxes, I hope I won't have to pay a big fine! 


Make a fire.  - light a fire. 


The Indians made fire with flints and stone, but today we use matches. 


Make noise - to cause a loud sound 


Please don't make noise right now, Jill has a migraine headache and 
needs to rests in the next room. 


Make a statement - to release a statement to the press. 


The President is going to make a statement this evening at 7:00pm on national TV. 


Make war - to cause armed conflict


I don't under…

A short Story about Yosef - Another story from the Bible by Rachael Orbach

Part 1.

Once, my precious children, there was a boy with many many brothers and one sister. You probably know their names, Yosef, Binyamin, Reuven, Asher Levi, Shimon and the rest.  Yosef was one of their father's favority but as you kow you shouldn't play favorites with children, but you you know the story of the Sriped Coat?  Well, my preicous ones this is not that story, but a different one.

Yosef was very proud of his hair, mirrors were not invented in those days, so Yosef always wanted to look at his hair. expecialy the long and curly payot,  his side locks were his favorite part of his hair.  he would comb and braid them for hours, and he would never cut them. He would go down to the river and catch is reflection in the water when the wind was not blowing.

Learn from the deeds of others, but do not necessarily do the same, my precious children.  Yosef was vain. when he was five years old, and not at all agreeable to other people even his mother!  Can you believe it?  At…

A short Story about Yosef - Another story from the Bible

Once, my precious children, there was a boy with many many brothers and one sister. You probably know their names, Yosef, Binyamin, Reuven, Asher Levi, Shimon and the rest.  Yosef was one of their father's favority but as you kow you shouldn't play favorites with children, but you you know the story of the Sriped Coat?  Well, my preicous ones this is not that story, but a different one.

Yosef was very proud of his hair, mirrors were not invented in those days, so Yosef always wanted to look at his hair. expecialy the long and curly payot,  his side locks were his favorite part of his hair.  he would comb and braid them for hours, and he would never cut them. He would go down to the river and catch is reflection in the water when the wind was not blowing.

Learn from the deeds of others, but do not necessarily do the same, my precious children.  Yosef was vain. when he was five years old, and not at all agreeable to other people even his mother!  Can you believe it?  At breakfas…

Exercise to go with the book Upgrade!

We have just learned the names of places in a city!

You need to complete the sentences with a noun from the word bank there are more words than you need.
Example:
1. Helen is going into the clinic.

2. Dan is ____________________________ to get some money.

3. Tal is sitting at the ________________________ waiting for the doctor.

4. Tom is entering the ______________________ to work out.

5. Lee is exiting the _______________________, he just got off the bus.

6. Shira is waiting outside _______________________ so she can take her mother home.

7.  Guy is going into the ____________________ to eat lunch.

8.  Andrea is waiting in line at the _______________________ to pay for the food.

9. David is waiting at the _______________________ to put gas into the car.

10. Tony ran into the ____________________ to buy milk.

Word bank:  Bank, hospital, clinic, bus station, restaurant, gym, supermarket, clothing store, bakery, mini market, gas station, cash machine

Daylight Saving Time

This is for an English speaker class 9-12th grades.  Have fun!

Here is the link for the article: http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2011/03/daylight-saving-time-health-risks-short-term-health-risks-long-term-gains.html

Here are the questions and vocabulary:

Vocabulary -Look these words up in the dictionary:
health risksleep deprivedgrouchytemporarily
heart attackstresslingeringcardiovascular
seasonal affective disordermotivatetendsuffertranslate
Students look up the vocabulary as the Do Now to start class. 
Here is the worksheet, the lines are set for a standard A4 page, so you can just cut and paste. 
Name ___________________________________
Questions:
1. What are the health effects of Daylight Saving Time?
a. ______________________________________________________________________
b._____________________________________________________________________

2. Which day of the week are people most likely to suffer a heart attack?
a. _____________________________________________________________…

Science Fiction poetry Mars and Earth

Mars and Earth   by Rachael Orbach

Blue sunsets on Mars, I will always remember
But pink sunsets on Earth will always make me feel tender

I look up at the blue ball so far away
I know that I'll never go back there anyway.

Colonists on a one way trip,
We live in domes and can't sip

I miss water that flows from the cup,
instead of the ice to suck.

We live inside
Oxygenated,Pressurized and  Magnetized

Because Mars doesn't have a magnetic field
our fate here is sealed.

We stay in contact with radio
and my family and I will go into limbo

Remember us people of Earth
Mars is a world of truth,

We should have never come here
I really fear.




To teach this poem you need to have some background on the conditions
on the Planet Mars:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars
(if this is too hard, choose the simple English translation)

Go over any vocabulary words: 
 Colonists
Domes
Magnetized

Sealed
limbo
truth
fear

Questions

1.  Which facts does the author use in the poem?

2.  How do…

The Long Road to Jerusalem

The Long way to Jerusalem


By Rachael Pittler Orbach 

It was a hot day and I had only arrived in Israel that week. I was visiting a family that I had never met, who were friends of a friend of mine. The lived in Beer Sheva, in the southern part of Israel. I had been a bad guest, sleeping when they were awake and awake when they were sleeping. The big excitement in town in the middle of summer was the Bedouin Market near the city. We went there, and saw a shopping mall encamped on the sand. Almost any dry goods that anyone would want to buy, was sold out in the open, clothing, jewelry and full bolts of cloth were all available. If you wanted to buy some wool, you could, as long as you bought the sheep as well. But would it fit on the bus to take it home?

After the outing of the week, I bought a ticket to Jerusalem. My halting Hebrew was enough to buy the ticket without butchering the Holy language too much. I waited at the outside benches sipping water. Soldiers, only young boys and gi…

Project about Humour to go with the book Bridges

בס"ד I just wrote this to go along with the ECB book Bridges, to use
 instead of the project in the book or in conjunction.   This is the
time of year to think about humour because of the upcoming
holiday of Purim. 
Name_____________________________
Humour Project
Objective: To do research about Humour.
Define: What is humour?
Find two definitions in a dictionary.
Copy two definitions on to this page.

1. __________________________________________
Which dictionary did you use? ____________________

2. _______________________________________
Which dictionary did you use? __________________
Write 10 questions about Humor.,
1. _____________________________________
2. ______________________________________
3.______________________________________
4._____________________________________
5._____________________________________
6.____________________________________
7_____________________________________
8._____________________________________
9.___________________________________
10.________…

Snow Treasure Character Study

Name_______________________________________ Grade Level _____________  

Snow Treasure Character Study   Up to Chapter __________
The opening chapters of Snow Treasure provide background information for the book. Complete a chart that shows the information that you have gathered about characters, using their name and description as well as the central problems in the story.        

Peter _________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________
Uncle Victor ____________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________


Helga _________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________…

Because of Winn-Dixie: Worksheet for Chapter 1 - 2

Name__________________________________Date___________________
Because of Winn-Dixie:

Think of a person who is close to you — a parent, sibling, friend, relative, etc. List ten things you know about that person. Be specific and descriptive.

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