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Homophones, or Homonyms

This is one of my favorite lesson plans, I use it as a time filler for the last 5 minutes of class.  You can use it for 4 points, 5 points or English speakers!
Rachael Alice Orbach

Homophones, or Homonyms

Read each sentence  circle the homophone and write the translation of the two homophones.

1. I have a red shirt            _________________________

2. When is the last time you read a good book?                      _________________________

3.  Last night I ate eight pieces of chocolate cake for dessert. _________________________

4.  She blew a big soap bubble               _________________________

5.  Is blue your favorite color?                _________________________

6.  When are you going to buy a new backpack?                       _________________________

7.  Please come by my house for tea this afternoon.                   _________________________

8.  I wanted to buy that apartment, but the seller went to New York.  _____________________…

How to build the Past Simple in English הרכבה העבר פשוט באנגלית

Most verbs in the Past Simple are very easy to put into the past tense.
Just put an "ed" at the end of the word

בסוף המילה    "ed" כדאי להפוך פועולה לעבר שפות רוב השמן שמים Examples:  דוגמות
Past                                                Present הווה                                                  עבר        
walked                                               walk                                  הולך talked                                                 talk                                   מדבר added                                                add                                  להוסיף called                                                 call                                      קרא designed                                            design                                לתחנן jumped                                               jump                                  קופץ cleaned                                               clean                …

The Five Uses of the Past Tense חמש סיבות להשמש את העבר פשות

We form the Past Tense in English by taking the Present Simple and adding "ed" or use the Irregular Form.

See my blog post about V1 V2 V3 teaching chart to figure out what the irregular from is.

   או להשתמש היוצאי דופן    ed הזמן עבר באנגלית נעשתה להוסיף

Examples:  דוגמות

Regular Past Tense Forms
Present    Past
walk     walked
jump     jumped
call        called
wait       waited

Irregular Past Tense Forms  יוצאי דופן
Present     Past
run           ran
eat           ate
write        wrote
speak       spoke
take          took

There are 4 uses for the Past Tense in English יש ארבע מקרהים שמשתשים את העבר באנגלית

 1.  A completed action in the Past that happened in the past and finished at a particular time in the Past.
  פעולה שקרה בעבר וסיים בעבר בזמן מסוים

At 5:00pm last night I finished my work and went home.
She woke up at 7:00am yesterday morning.
He ran the Jerusalem Marathon la…

A- An Worksheet

Worksheet a – an  adjectives   a/an  שם תוארים ו
All nouns in English have to have a determiner, either a/an or the. We use a/an when we are are talking about a thing, not a specific thing.
A/An  We use a/an  in front of a countable noun.  apple, orange, pen and other nouns like that.  The vowels are a e i o u  If the word begins with a consonant we use a, if it begins with a vowel we use an.  We have to pay attention to the word that comes

 For each adjective, write the correct a or an, and then on the next line write a sentence using the words that you wrote.

אנחנו מתשמשים a/an
  .לפני שם עצם  שאפשר לספור.  תפוח , תפוז , עט     אם השם עצם אי אפשר לספור כמו קמח עצמו אין להשתמש
רק דבר יחיד לא רבים a/an     an  אם המילה מתחיל אם אות תנועה תכתוב   a  אם המילה מתחיל אם אות יצור תכתוב  בשורה הבה תכתוב משפט אם המילה Name________________________________________________

   1.   ______     black coat

2. __…

There are SIX uses of the Past Progressive!

There are FOUR uses of the Past Progressive!
This is similar to the four uses of the Present Progressive.

The way that you construct the Past Progressive is very easy.

was/were + verb+ing

Was and Were change according to the person you are speaking about. This follows the same rule that we use in the Past Simple:
I was
He was
She was
It was
Mr. Smith was
You were
We were
They were

If I want to write sentences in the Past Progressive it is very easy.

I was reading a book on my phone.

He was walking for four hours.

She was eating a pizza.

It was working!

Mr. Smith was jogging around the neighborhood.

You were speaking on the cellphone.

We were riding the train.

They were working hard.

Now we get to the interesting part.

The Past Progressive can be used in four different situations.

The First usage is an action that took a long time in the past.

We were studying English for 3 years.

She was living in Paris.

The computer was finally working properly!

The second usage is that one acti…

There are FOUR uses for the Future Progressive!

The Future Progressive describes and action that will take place in the future for a period of time.

There are also 4 uses of this tense.

There are two forms of this tense, and Native English speakers don't make a difference in meaning between them, so you shouldn't either.

The first from is: will be verb+ing


I will be teaching this evening.
She will be arriving from New York at the end of the week.
They will be studying for the IELTS exam for an entire year.

The other form use "going to be"


You are going to be studying for the TOEFL tonight?
They are going to be cooking all week for the holidays.
I am going to be teaching next year.
He is going to be playing football for Manchester United soon.


He is not going to be writing his book because he is in the hospital.
We are not going to be reading this book this year.
I am not going to be buying a new smart phone next month.


Are you going to be buying a new computer?
Is he going t…

The Present Progressive also has FOUR uses!!

I bet that you didn't know that the Present Progressive also has FOUR uses!

The form of the Present Progressive can be confusing to students of English.  The verb is made up of two words, the form of the verb "To Be" according to the person, I am , He is, She is, It is, Mr. Jones is, You are, We are, They are. Then you add the action verb in the present tense and the "ing" at the end.

In a formula:  To Be (is, am, are) + verb+ing

The word "is" can be used as a contraction as well.  He's, She's  Example: She's sleeping. This is a full sentence in the Present Progressive!

Example:  She is eating now.  He's reading a book

Uses of the Present Progressive!

Something that is happening NOW

In the first usage, we tend to think about the Present Progressive as something that is happening now.

He is reading now.  You can't read a book in one minute.  It takes a bit of time. Even a children's picture book takes time to read aloud to the…

Did you know that there are FOUR uses of the Present Simple Tense?

This is a sample of what I have been teaching lately to my students!

There are four uses of the Present Simple Tense.

1. When we want to say what happens every day. Example:  Everyday I check my Facebook page.
This is an action that I do automatically, so the word "check" in the above sentence is in the Present Tense.

2. An action that is a proven fact.  Example:  The Earth is round.  This has been accepted as a proven fact, This might not have been accepted as a fact in the past, but now it is a proven fact so we use the Present Simple to describe it.

3. When we talk about feelings. Example:  I love salads.  I like Klezmer music.  He likes to eat chocolate. For these "actions" we use the Present Simple.

4. We can use the Present Simple to describe an event that will happen in the near future.
 Example: He flies to New York this week.  How do we know that this event is in the future?  We know because we put in the time expression "this week".  The verb i…