Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Today's Date in History

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

http://www.brainyhistory.com/days/december_23.html

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 the kitchen I still measure in cups!

Rachael Orbach  

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Spelling i before e words and some exceptions.


With all the other things that we have to do in the classroom, we can't forget spelling!  This is a spelling assignment for the pesky  i before e rule. 

Rachael Alice 




Name ________________________  Date ______________________

Spelling  i before e words and some exceptions.


height – this word is an exception to the rule.

hierarchy - The i-before-e rule works here.
weigh – here is an exception to the rule








Assignment:

Write each word in a sentence:

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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 
www.rachaelorbach.weebly.com 
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Questions about I, Too, Sing America.
    1. Why is Langston Hughes considered a great American poet?
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    1. What is the main point of the poem.
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    1. What emotion is the voice of the narrator?
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    1. What does eating in the kitchen represent?
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    1. Why was the narrator in the kitchen?
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    1. In stanza two, the narrator tells of his plans to get out of the kitchen. Why is this important?
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    1. What is the narrator's expectations that other people will say?
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    1. How will the narrator feel then?
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    1. What is your general impression of this poem?
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Monday, December 3, 2012

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
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