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Sunset of the Sabertooth Magic Tree House Chapter 3 and Chapter 4

Magic Tree House Sunset with the Sabertooth Student Assignment Sheet Chapter 3 and Chapter 4

Background reading Cave Bear

Expressions Whew! - Say when you are saved from a dangerous situation. Whew, that was a close one! We ran away just in time!
Their shadows danced – a metaphor that means that the shadows were moving around Their shadows danced on the wall, as the bonfire burned all night long.

Pronunciation ledge – a small shelf on the side of a mountain I tried to sit on the ledge, but it was too small.

Questions How did Jack know that the snoring came from a bear? Why were the children so cold? What did they bring with them? What did they find? What is the difference between the two caves? What information did they learn from the book? What did they find to keep them warm? What notes did Jack write in his notebook? How did Cro-Magnon light their homes? W…

Harry Potter #1 Chapter 6 pages 110-122

Key terms 
furious - angry
for company - to be with someone
a company, - Google, facebook, WeChat are all Internet companies
I like your company.  = I like to be with you.
 to vacuum - to clean the rug with a machine that picks up dirt
punctures - a hole in a tire
 drifted over  - smoke coming out of the engine moving slowly
striding  - walking very purposefully
goggle at - to look at and make fun of
keep your hair on - if a woman is wearing a wig, she doesn't want to show anyone else

fun  hear the n
say ed
talked = talkt
briskly - going fast
drifted  drif ted
twice  long I
leaned  leeened

How does Harry feel about the new relationship between himself and the Durselys?
Why doesn't Aunt Petunia come inside the room anymore?
What does Hedwig bring in?  Why?
How does Harry get to Kings Cross station?
Why does Uncle Vernon have to take Dudley to London?
What does Dudley do when he sees Harry?
Why does Aunt Petunia have to do to get Dudley to sit next H…

Starfleet Academy the Movie - Worksheet

I had a few free hours last night during the rainstorm, so instead of pushing myself to go out and teach and get wet on the way there and back, I decided to watch a movie. This is very rare for me, but as I am a teacher, I chose a movie about school. Well not a normal school, but one from the 23rd Century.  Starfleet Academy takes place in the Future San Francisco and in the Klingon Empire, where ever that is.

The movie came out in 1997, so even though it is old, it is a goody to behold. Some of our favorite Star Trek characters Chechov, Sulu and James T. Kirk

After watching this movie, a number questions come to mind.

What is the philosophy toward education of the Federation and of the Klingons?
Which involves more teamwork?
Which would be more acceptable in the 21st century?
Why don't we see the Klingon cadet?
How does David Forester win the No-Win Situation?
What projection is Surik working on?
How does David Forester infiltrate the subversive group…

Going Shopping in Diagon Alley pages 100-109 Harry Potter #1

Going Shopping in Diagon Alley.

Key Terms
revenges - to get back at someone
circumstances - special occasion
supply - an amount that hou will need
stammering - can't get the words out
faded - the color has gone away
spindly - not very sturdy
creepy  - a little bit scary
transfiguration - to change from one form to another
reflected - to see yourself in a mirror
relief  a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress.
piercing look - to look very carefully
substance - a particular kind of matter with uniform properties
nostrils - where you breathe from at the bottom of your nose
bow to bend over in greeting or saying goodbye
laden - loaded down  They have lots of packages with them after shopping
singled outsomeone or something out (for something) to choose or pick someone or something for something

cage - say hard g 
faded - long a 
flexible - x = ks sound 
pile - long i 
dusty y is I sound 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone pages 87-100

Harry is now on his way to Diagon Alley!  One of my favorite things that you can buy there is the moon globe.  I actually had one when I was a child.  It had the landing places of the Apollo landings!

instruments  inst ra ments
towered - very tall
swarthy - dark skin
stool oo
marble mar bl
wide  long I
plunged  plun ged
eagerly - very excited
crime long I
kind long I
hopped one syllable
quiet  kwi et
wrote  long o

Why did Dumbledore engineer that Harry grow up in the Muggle world?
Why can't the people in the Leaky Cauldron let Harry go?
Who is Professor Qurrel?
Why does he always tremble?
How do you get into Diagon Alley?
Why does Harry need 8 more eyes?
What does the poem mean at the entrance of Gringotts?
Why does Hagrid have all the stuff in his pockets?
What is surprising about the tunnels under Gringotts?
What is the difference between stalactites and stalagmites.
for a beautiful picture:

Why doesn…

Day of the Dragon King, Chapter 5

The Day of the Dragon King brings Jack and Annie to Ancient China.  The have to save a bamboo book from getting burnt.

For more history about books in Ancient China go to this link:

It is written at a very high level, but it is the only link that I can find that talks about how ancient Chinese books were made.

Key Terms
 shimmered  - the sunlight shows brightly from the object i
honor  - h is almost silent
scholar - someone who studies books, and writes about them

 citizens  si ti zens

Why is the Dragon King afraid of the scholars?
What is the Dragon King going to do?
Do you think that this will help the Dragon King?
How will it help the Dragon King to burn the books?
Why do Jack and Annie show their library cards?
How does the scholar reacts to them now?
How will the scholar help Annie and Jack?
How does he feel about Frog Creek?

Homework: How did the Chinese book de…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book review

Have you ever read a play and really liked it?  Shakespeare plays put you in the mind of William Shakespeare, and the move "Shakespeare in Love," really bring the plays to life!  
On the other hand, the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a different animal.  In order to understand the play you have to know the books, all seven of them inside and out.  And you have to have read some Harry Potter fan fiction as well.  Here is the best of the best of the Fan Fiction:
I read this book in two nights. but it took Jack thorne a long time to get the basic conflict of the story.  I liked it, but I am glad that I got the book out of the library, so tomorrow I am going to bring it back there.  

You can go to the Givat Shaul Beit Roos  25 Givat Shaul Street, and then you can check out the book as well!  
Have fun reading! Rachael Alice Orbach 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book #1, Chapter 5 pages 76 -87

Diagon Alley is Harry's introduction  to the magical world. Harry is filled with wonder and so are we
Owls were the means of communication, but in the modern world during WWI and WWII carrier pigeons were used:

Carrier Pigeons

Key terms
 collasped - broken down   his heart sinking- he is very disappointed  rapping - knocking delivery - brought to the door  high-security - very important, need to keep safe    while - at the same time Bungler - someone who messes everything up   pelts - throws something at someone    Blimey - slang for oh my God!   stared - to look intently  sense of humor - knowing when something is funny grubby - wet dirty  record shop - a place where 33rpm recordings were sold   shabby - needs repair  
delivery - de li ver ri
Bungler bun gler
Blimey -  long i
complained com play ned
piles long i

What does Harry get as a birthday present from Hagrid?
What does he usually …

Day of the Dragon, Magic Tree House, Book 14, Chapter 4

Now Jack and Annie have to be very brave!  Someone is after them, they are not allowed to keep the silk.

 steering steer ing
peeked say k clearly
invaders long a
structure  stuk shur
gaze - long a
Let's study about:
The Great Wall of China

What happens in this chapter?

Why are the people after Jack and Annie,
Where do Jack and Annie hide?
What is in this place?
Is it a good hiding place?
Who do they see crossing the road?
What are these people going to do?
Why are there guards guarding the workers?
Who finds Jack and Annie?
How does he react to Jack's book?
Is this man dangerous to Jack and Annie?

Homework: Summarize the reasons why the Qin Dynasty built the wall. who were the workers. Why didn't the Mongols continue to use the Wall?

The Day of the Dragon Book 14 Magic Tree House Chapter 3

In Chapter 2 we met Jack and Annie as they are going to the Tree House.  It seems as if their family know about the adventures, but neither is going to tell on the other, Very honorable!
Silk was and still is very important in China.

Now the story starts in Chapter 3

Write the events of the chapter: _________________________________________________

  A link to help you to understand the process of making silk.

Questions:  \\\Why do silk weavers want to keep this process secret? 

Why did Jack and Annie have to leave very fast?

Would you like to go back to this time in history?

What do Jack and Annie have to find?
Which book?

Homework:  In your own words, list  the process of making silk.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Chapter 4 pages 57-75

How does Harry find out about Hogwarts?
Who is the man who comes into the hut?
What is the reaction of Vernon Dursely?
What does the giant do first?
How does he react when he finds out that Harry doesn't know about wizards?
What does Aunt Petuna react to the news?
How did they explain how Harry's parents died?
What was the truth?
How does Harry react to Hagrid's news?

Sunset of the Sabertooth Magic Tree House #7 Chapter 2

Magic Tree House Sunset of the Sabertooth Chapter 2 Student Assignment Sheet

Before Reading:What happened in Chapter 1? What activity were the children coming from?  How were they dressed?

While reading - Make a chart of the events that are happening





____________________________ Vocabulary ,bare  Adjective - nothing is growing on the plant Example: In the winter the trees are bare.

chattered Verb - the teeth involuntarily move up and down in a effort to get warm. Example: When she got out of the pool, her teeth chattered.

slipped Verb - to put in a place quickly Example: I slipped into the classroom at the last minute.

Cro- Magnons Noun - Early Modern Humans, they lived in Northern Europe adapted to cold weather. Example: Cro Magnons lived in caves in Northern Europe.

they drove  Verb - to force animals to move in a certain direction Example:  The Indians often drove buffalo over …

Hunchbach of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo pages 13-14

Hunchback of Notre Dame was written mainly to prevent the destruction of Gothic landmarks, and this case, it worked! Here we get a picture of the Middle Ages from a writer who wasn't as far away as we are now.  Enjoy!

In these page

Version that we are going to be studying

loungers - lazy people
scantily - not very much
cemetery - a place where people are buried
avenues - a street that connects different parts of a neighborhood
Ch√Ęteau - a beautiful villa
encumbered - a lot of people are there
aspect - it looks like
augmented - added to
incessantly - all the time



Feast of the Fools

 thronged  one  syllable
 designated des I na ted
representation re pre sen ta shun
encumbered en cum berd
augmented aug me ted
incessantly in sess sen tly

What were the three things that we…

Harry Potter #1 pages 48-56

This chapter is very interesting. We see how Uncle Vernon tries to deny magic and what he does to get away from the letters that Harry is receiving.

For those of you who don't remember the hit song: Tiptoe through the tulips by Tiny Tim

For those of us who wan to know:  Cokeworth:

Key Terms
stole - to go very quietly
 trodden - past tense of tread  to step on
 tuft  - bunch of hair
speeding  -  going very fast
alien - cartoon character from another world
damp -a bit wet
 musty -  smells of mold
timidly  - speaking softly in a fearful manner
 perched - sitting on top
shriveled - scrunched up
dial - the face of the watch

alarm a larm
hammered ham er erd
squashy skw shy
pieces pe ses
cracks - one syllable
speeding  speed ing
usually u zha li
certain ser ten
kindly  long I
wicked  wik ed
hours  almost silent h

What was Harry's plan?
How did it go?
Who was a…

Sunset of the Sabertooth Magic Tree House Book #7 Chapter 1

Magic Tree House Sunset of the Sabertooth Chapter 1 Student Assignment Sheet Prologue and Chapter 1

Before Reading:What do you know about Saber Tooth Tigers?   When did they

live?  What did they look like?

While reading - Make a chart of the events that are happening





____________________________ Vocabulary
darted - Verb to run very fast
Example: He darted in and out of the trees. 

Discovered Verb- to find out something Example: Christopher Columbus discovered America

gathering - to bring together in once place Example: We were gathering information for the new school library

Mango Noun - a tropical fruit that has a large seed inside. Example: Mangos have a sweet taste, but are messy to eat.  

Prepared- Noun made ready in advance Example: My mother always tell me to prepare my school bag the night before,

Idioms to set out Idiom that means to start Example” We are going to set out by ca…

Harry Potter #1 pages 40-48

This is a Whelk. Seafood that Aunt Marge gets sick on!  Well I would get sick eating one too!

usual u zh al
written wri ten
wildly wild li
Marge - hard g
shelves  say l clearly


emerald green ink
letter bomb - a bomb that would fit inside a letter.
promptly - on time
whelk - sea snail
Marge -Uncle Vernon's sister
swapped - to exchange one thing for another
bawling - crying  very loudly
spying - to have someone under surveillance
darkly - frowning at each other
wrestle - a fight on the ground

What doe Harry feel about his school uniform?
Who finally gets the mail?
What does Harry find?
How does he feel about it?
What happens when Harry tries to gets his letter?
What is Uncle Vernon's reaction?
Why won't Uncle Vernon and Petunia let Harry read his letter?
 What did Uncle Vernon do that was unusual?
What did he do with the letter?
What was painful about Uncle Vernon?
What falls into his hair?
What is the condition of Harry's new room?

Harry Potter #1 pages 36-41

This part of the book shows us Harry's childhood. Where he sleeps, how he deals with Dudley and the highlight, the trip to the zoo.
Dudley's Smelting uniform 
UK educational system overview

argue - to talk back

: What are the most important facts about Harry's childhood?
What does he feel about the strangers in the street?
 What does he remember about his parents?
What is his first memory?
 At what age do you think children have a first memory?
What are the most important facts about Harry's childhood?
 What does he feel about the strangers in the street?
 What does he remember about his parents?
What is his first memory?
 At what age do you think children have a first memory?
What do you think about Dumbledore's decision to have Harry grow up with the Dureley's?
Why does Dudley get to go a different school?
What special things does Dudley get in his uniform?
 What do…

The Dragon King !14 Magic Tree House Chapter 2

Magic Tree House #14, is a very exciting book. By now Mom and Dad have some bit of an idea that Jack and Annie are going places, but maybe they think it is a joke. What do you think?

Background reading

Why did their clothes change?
What social class are Jack and Annie dressed like?
What information do they find in the book?
Why did the king choose his name?
What notes did Jack write?
Who did they meet in the field?
What message did he give them?  
Where is the book that Jack and Annie need to find?
How does the farmer feel about the Dragon King?
Predict how the Dragon King will talk to Jack and Annie.
What is exciting about this chapter?
What else would you bring with you to Ancient China?
Why did they bring the Library Card?
If you had to choose your own symbol what would you choose?  Why?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo wrote this novel in 1830-1831 in three parts.  Today we put all them together into one book. His purpose was to help people realize the beauty and usefulness of Gothic architecture, as there is so much description in the story.

Modern readers sometime have trouble with 19th Century writing which uses much more words and description than in modern writing.    The writer wants the reader to have the same picture in mind as the author so every detail is mentioned.

The novel starts on January 6th 1482, a normal day,  But Hugo describes the events that happened two days before in great detail so it is like looking through a telescope the wrong end at the 1480's.

Here is the link so you can download the book for free:

An easier translation: 

And this is a background and plot summary of the book for those who have to know what happens in a n…

10 Masterpieces of Baroque Architecture

10 Masterpieces of Baroque Architecture
Women in Architecture have to work 10 times harder, but there is still hope for the future.  A student of mine chose this article to study and you might want to too!

Who finally finished the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane?
Why is St. Peter's 
What was the original function of the Les Invalides? 
What is it being used as now? 
How long was St. Peter's Cathedral the tallest building in London?
Why did UNESCO World Heritage Sites designate the The Zacatecas Cathedral?
Which site is the most beautiful? 
Why is it important to study the Baroque period? 
Why is was it difficult to restore Baroque buildings after fires? 
Who finally built the facade of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela?

Key terms
leading  - one of the most important people 
 facade - the part that faces the street

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lesson Plan pages 6-7

To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Alabama,  The father Atticus was elected to the State Legislature.  This affects his status in Maycomb.  but how much real power does he really have?

Key Terms: ran in her family tyrannical epic squinted 
Questions to think about during the book:  Who is high status?  Who is low status? Who are the whites?  Who are the blacks?  Who is rich and who is poor?
How does these characteristics affect the people and how they act and react? 
Homework:  Describe the relationship between Calpurnia and the author, and the relationship between Atticus and the author.  

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Lesson Plan pages 22-31

Hagrid's Hankerchief!  Ten years have passed since we saw Harry dropped off at his Aunt's and Uncle's house. 
Lets read to find out what type of childhood Harry had. 
Key Terms  shrill - very high and annoying demanded  asking strongly cupboard - a place for storing dishes knobbly - knees bigger than they should be  punched   hit meanwhile  - at the same time tantrum - starts to scream and yell a lot  unwrap wrap means to cover up with pretty paper  un means the opposite ruins - destroyed wailed - scream loudly spoil - something went bad shrunk - gotten smaller because of too hot water mustache - hair on the upper lip of a grown man
Pronunciation   fateful  fate ful   sign long I demanded de man ded hid den short I wanted  want ted involved say d clearly  bacon long a   hair  haire  direction dir reck shun cabbage cab je  scrawny too thin scissors  sis zors  
Why do we fast forward 10 years?  What were our expectations about Harry's childhood?  Were you surp…