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Lesson for Yom Yerushalim!

I use this text and the simple question below for a end of lesson - homework on Yom Yerushalim, which falls today and at my son's school which is in the Rova also tomorrow.  Happy Yom Yerushalim! 
Rachael Orbach 


The SevenGates and The Six Day War
For nearly twenty years, Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, was a
divided city. The new city was part of Israel. The Old City was
controlled by the Arabs. The Israelis were not allowed to enter it.
One day, in 1967, war broke out in Israel. The soldiers of Israel
fought bravely and won great victories. This war lasted six-days, so
it was called the Six-Day War. When the soldiers reached the Old City
ofJerusalem they looked at the huge wall around it. They looked at
the eight gates (seven are open, one is closed). They did not know
which gate to go through to enter the Old City. Each gate begged, one
louder than the other, "Come in through me!"

Even G-d could not decide. The angel Michael said, "G-d in Heaven, let
each gate speak and expl…

Learning Music can Increase School performance

Learning music can increase school performance. The discipline that learning a musical instrument such as the clarinet, saxophone, flute, mandolin, recorder or guitar teaches that even though a task may seem hard at first, the more that you work on it the better you become. Each step can be very small, but at the end of six months or a year of practicing every day for a half an hour, the student shows tremendous improvement in the physical ability to play the instrument as well as a profound increase in musical understanding. These abilities can carry over to the student's school work. This means that instead of thinking about music as an extra activity that takes time away from school work learning a musical instrument adds more value to school work.
Rachael Orbach For more information: a free pdf report, and to schedule a music lesson  call 058-750-0608 rachaelalice@gmail.com

Lesson Plan to use at the end of the year Mind Matters Text book

I have  used Mind Matter from Eric Cohen for many years.  I have to keep updating myself with this book and come up with new ways of presenting the lessons and using the material in the book.  Here is a lesson plan that I use to finish Unit 3.  Good Luck!  Rachael Orbach 
Lesson Plan Outline Level: Intermediate 3rd Stage      Grade 8th          Date May 24
Lesson 4  This is a double class period lesson to finish the unit.
Domains: Access to Information,  Presentation and Appreciation of Literature and Culture Benchmarks:
Understand the structure and conventions of a trivia quiz. Use additional information tools, such as reference and the Internet. Present information taken from different sources.
Materials: Mind Matters course book, Extra paper, writing materials. Stage: Set Induction:  5 minutes Teacher asks the class: What is a trivia quiz? We turn to page 65 in the course book, and do the quiz out loud as a game with two teams.
Practice:  15  minutes Pair work: The students use the Internet and…

The short vowel u

Rachael Orbach  - this is background why it is difficult for Israeli children to pronounce the short u sound. 
The Problem With The VowelShortU.
This vowel can be hard to pronounce by Israeli children because it doesn’t exist in Hebrew.  The Hebrew vowels are
אִ אּוּּ      אוֹ.     אֵ    אֶ    אָ  The pronounciations of these vowels are: [ i:]        /a:/     /e/      /ei/                            /u:/
There are many more vowels in English.   The vowel short u, most Israelis pronounce as as Hirik, [ i:]
This vowel u   pronounced as : / ә/   appears in the word mother, and the color rusty.  In the word rusty ,  [rәstı:]  sometimes it is pronounced  “ risty” [rıstı:]. 
The way to pronounce the vowel   /ә/ is as follows: 
The mouth is opened,  the tongue is placed on the bottom of the mouth, the throat is opened.  This is a open-mid vowel. 

Practise with the vowel /ә/ 
First I will say two words, and you will have to tell me which vowel I am saying.
We will choose   the vowel [ …

Ai worksheet

I use this when I am teaching privately.   I read the words and then have the student figure out the sound of ai with the different words. 


Name________________________                Date_________________________ Ai worksheetSay these words to your neighbor and translate:  תגיד המילים ותרגם לעבריתto paint __________________                                     rain_______________red hair___________________                                    jail________________to wait for the train______________                             a chair ____________Match the rhyming words:  להתאים את המילים החרוזים 1. jail                 crazy2. rain                     mail3.wait                bare4. hair                           train5. Daisy                 hate                                  talkהשלימו את המשפטיםComplete the sentences:1.It's late.  I can't _________ for you.(want, wait)2. The robber is in ____________ .(jail, jam)3. Sit on this______________. (hair, chair)4. There are cloud…

How to teach word order in English to young children

Word Order or Syntax  How to teach it to young children
Rachael Orbach Syntax is word order.  This essay will help teachers to teach the proper word order to their students. The difference between  Hebrew speakers as compared to  English speakers shows up very early in the language learning of English.
Because language is structure dependant, the student must understand where each part of speech appears in each language. 
In Hebrew, the adjective appears after a noun, whereas in English the adjective goes before the noun in a sentence. In the following sentence:  I have a green pencil, the adjective green is before the noun pencil.  In Hebrew, יש לי עיפרון ירוק  , the adjective is ירוק   appears after the noun עיפרון .  
The difference between Hebrew and English in adjective, noun placement causes many Hebrew speakers problems.  One of these might be that students might not even know the parts of speech.  The students speaks and says the native language without being aware of why …

Book Review of Teacher Man

Teacher Man by Frank McCourt


By Rachael Orbach

Here they come.

Oh boy, that's exactly how I feel each and every one of my classes that I teach. Not
ready? Well, I've prepared a lesson according to how I've been taught, to have
different activities for the 50 minutes. But the students saunter in five minutes after
the bell. They then have to find their books, and finally they can learn.

Frank McCourt expresses what I feel. Well, the events that he describes didn't happen
to me, I teach in a boys school. I would never eat a student's sandwich, or talk about
sheep the way he did. I teach in a religious school after all.

I have had my eraser thrown at me. I didn't catch it. I brought a bell to class, I got
laughed at. Then I brought a castanet. That got a bit more response. The best thing
I've found is to go around with the grade book, and record a zero when the students
are misbehaving. "Ok, Yossi, thank you that earns you a zero for today." Then th…