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A joke you can tell in class!

COCA-COLA IN ISRAEL A disappointed salesman of Cola returned from his assignment to Israel.  A friend asked, "Why weren't you successful with the Israelis?" The salesman explained, "When I got posted, I was very confident that I would make a good sales pitch.  But I had a problem. I didn't know how to speak Hebrew. So I planned to convey the message through three posters :

First poster : A man lying in the hot desert sand ... totally exhausted and fainting.
Second poster : The man is drinking Cola Third poster : Our man is now totally refreshed.
And then these posters were pasted all over the place." "Terrific! That should have worked!" said the friend. "The heck it should have!" said the salesman. "No one told me they read from right to left!"
From somewhere on the Internet!

Today's Date in History

I just found a very interesting site, Today's Date in History.

Just to start out, I picked today's date, December 23rd.

In the classroom, you could use this for a writing assignment, or a research project.

Example.  Take an event and show how it was significant or not,

One event that was insignificatn:
1975Congress passes Metric Conversion Act

Well, this didn't work because in the United States people still use the old system of measurement!  When I was growing up, we used inches, yards and miles.
The temperature is in Fahrenheit, and in the kitchen we use cups, quarts and gallons.

Did the fact that Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act really change the way that Americans measure the world?  Not really.  I was going to school during the 70's and really, people in the States still measure the old way.  Coming to Israel where the measurements really are in Metric was a big change for me!  And to tell the truth, in…

Spelling i before e words and some exceptions.

I, Too, Sing America Exersice Langston Hughes

If you are using the poem I, Too, Sing America in a 10th grade class, then here are some questions that you can use for reading comprehension.   
Have fun with the poem, and have a Happy Chanuka! 
Rachael Alice 
For Chanuka Pictures go to:Chanuka Pictures

Questions about I, Too, Sing America. Why is Langston Hughes considered a great American poet? __________________________________ What is the main point of the poem. ___________________________________ What emotion is the voice of the narrator? __________________________________ What does eating in the kitchen represent? __________________________________ Why was the narrator in the kitchen?___________________________________ In stanza two, the narrator tells of his plans to get out of the kitchen. Why is this important? ___________________________________ What is the narrator's expectations that other people will say? __________________________________ How will the narrator feel then? ___________________…

Exercise Relative Pronouns

This is a short exercise if you are working on Relative Pronouns.

There are a few Relative Pronouns, Who, which, That, Where.

Complete the sentences with the correct Relative Pronoun.

1. I have an older sister _________________________ thinks she knows everything.
2. I am a person _______________________ is very shy.
3. Who ate the cake ____________________ was here on the table?
4. Artemis Fowl, ______________________ is a series of books about a mythical world was recently on the New York Times Best-Seller's list.
5. Shmuel, ________________________ is the tallest, is a great basketball player.
6. Did you see my cellphone _____________________was on the table?

Rachael Alice Orbach

New Book on Amazon, and you can get it now!

"To Be A Cat Is To Love Life" is here!  I have put it up on Amazon,

Offer good only until Amazon puts up the final publishing page.  Get your copy now to compliment the first Cat Story

Happy Reading!

Rachael Alice
P.S.  Don't forget to put up a Reader's Review of the book!  If you have  a Kindle, you can lend Cat Story either or both to your friends for free!

Get Cat Story at a lower price on Amazon

Thank you everyone who downloaded my new book  "Cat Stories - The First Adventure!"  I hope that you enjoy the book.

Now I have a request for you. If you liked the book, then if you could be so kind and write a reader's review, that will help me very much!

Refer your friends to buy the book at the lower price of $4.99 instead of $7.00!

Click here:
Cat Stories - The First Adventure! Cat Stories - The First Adventure

Have a great day!

P.S. Book 2 is written and I am in the process of formatting it for Amazon so it will be up soon!

Rachael Alice Orbach

For more books go to:Rachael Alice Books on Amazon

Cat Story - The graphic Novel is now on Amazon Kindle

Announcing the release of the Cat Stories - The first adventure on Amazon Kindle by local Jerusalem  author, musician and  English teacher, Rachael Alice Orbach  This book is a fun look at cats and humans and how they interact with each other. Handwritten and drawn by the author for your enjoyment. Read it on your Kindle, or other digital format! 
Enjoy this story and more to come!  Rachael Alice 

We need to revamp Math Class

Now after all the talk about High Order Thinking Skills, and the program is being used in all the English classes in Israel.  We have been teaching this way for about 2 years, some even three.

How do you feel about this program?  Do you feel that the students are really benefiting?
Can these skills be taught even earlier in the school career?  What about the students learning this when they are in Elementary School, in their native language?  Why do these basic skill have to wait until 15 years old?

There has also been talk in the Math world, at least in the United States and in the UK about problem solving skills.   Dan Meyer gives us some insights about how Math is taught now, and what it could be.

We need to make Math more relevant to each student.  I remember a classic math word problem.

I'm going to bore you a bit:

 1. There are two trains, one is going 50 miles an hour west, the other is going 80 miles an hour east.  At what speed are they going to crash?

Why is this a goo…

Lesson Plan for Harry Chapin

The Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin Rachael Orbach

Audio lesson for an 8th grade English speaker's class or 10th grade 5 point.  
Timing for this lesson is two 45 minute periods.
I would start out this lesson by first giving a talk about Harry Chapin, who he was, what he did and the causes he believed in.  I would give the students a copy of his biography.  The timing of Harry's work is very important.  He was not as famous as Bob Dylan, or Pete Seeger, but with his songs he did raise awareness of the vagaries of American life.  At the end of his life he did benefit concerts to end hunger.  10 minutes.   
Then I would play the song: "Cat's in the Cradle" , two times.
I would have the students read the words, the first time while listening to the song, and then the second time the song would be played, I would hand out the chart and have the students complete the chart while listening.   I would give 10 minutes for the students to listen to the song, as …

Use the Correct Verb exercise!

I use this as a homework assignment when I am working on the irregular verb chart.

This helps to the student to actually use the verbs!

Niece: I (tear, tore, will tear) my sweater this morning!  It (is, will be, was) my favorite, I wore it all last winter!

Aunt:  Let's go to Gimbels to (get, getting, got) a new one!

Uncle: Have you (forgot, will forget, forgottn ) that Gimbels has been (close closes, closed) for a few years now?  Could you (try, tried, have tried) Saks Fifth Avenue? Don't (take, took, will take) too long. We've (getting, got, will get) tickets for a helicopter ride over Central Park at 4:00pm. and at 7:00pm we're (go, going have gone) to the Royal Ballet at Lincoln Center.

Niece What will you (doing, do, did) tomorow?  I'm (go, going, have gone) to Greenwich Village to see the street musicians.  I want to (get, go, gone) tips on outdoor performing,  I (play, played, have played) the saxophone for two years now.

Aunt: We want to (will see, have see…

What is Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley has become synonymous with the High tech bubble.  Many of the most successful names in the Internet are located there.  go to this blog post to find out more

Have fun the last day of summer vacation!

Rachael Alice
I am still available for haircuts this week!
call 052-750-0608 

New Children's Story looking for publisher!

Here is a new children's story, hot off the press, or shall we say from the pencil and paper.

This is only a sample, mind you.  The whole book is 28 pages long full of cat adventures.

I am actively looking for a publisher!

Any and all leads that don't involve self publishing are appreciated.


Rachael Alice

Primary School System in Israel

Now that the school year is about to begin, we need to find out about how the primary school system works.

If you are just coming on Aliyah, this is very important information.
I was really green about this and I didn't know anything.  But now after being here for 20 years, I can tell you   a thing or two about it.

Here is a blog post about it:

Good luck for the coming school year!

Rachael Orbach

How to correct bad spelling

Lets face it.  Spelling in the modern world is getting worse.   Even with spell checker, many times the student chooses a wrong word just because it looks right.  But they don't know the meaning of the word, so it doesn't fit into the sentence!

I came across an old book written in 1918, by David M. Roth

Here is a lesson about spelling, sometimes old can be good!

He takes some words that are commonly misspelled, and have the student practice them in a different way than we usually do.

There are two ways that we can do this:
First we take the word that has a letter that we don't usually hear:

Privilege:  The letter i people usually don't hear and spell it with an e.

So how do you practice spelling this?
You make the i bigger.

privilege  This is much easier when you are working with a pen rather than on computer,
Write the word this way five times. Then test yourself the next day, writing the word regular.

Vacationing during the summer

If you are like me, then you like to get away during the summer when it is very hot here in Israel.

There are many places to go where you can use your English.  I like to return to where I grew up in Los Angeles.

I have wonderful memories of Disneyland, rollerskating up and down Santa Monica Beach, playing First chair in the Santa Monica Symphonic Band, One time I was late to the performance which was on the boardwalk,  I parked in the tall parking garage, put money in the meter (not enough as it turns out) and put on my purple rollerskates, that just happened to match my dress, and pelted through the streets with my clarinet in the backpack.  I got there just as the Band Director had almost given up.  They left me a seat on the edge, so I saw my seat, rolled down the incline, grabbed the clarinet, put it together and the Director, Wally Umber nodded at me as I had the reed on the mouthpiece and we began to play.  Such memories of California!

Here is a blog post of places to visit i…