Sunday, January 31, 2016

What is Education?

What is education?

In the Dictionary,  education is defined as the field of study that deals with methods of
teaching and learning.
Education is the process of imparting knowledge to others who want that knowledge.
Education can also be a self directed process by which a person seeks out knowledge
from many different sources and synthesizes it to reach new conclusions or discoveries.

What is your view of Education?

What role does Education play in your life?

Where do you find your educational resources?

How has Education changed in the past 10 years?


What have we gained?  lost?




Rachael Alice Orbach - English Teacher


Friday, January 29, 2016

Commonly confused Words #2

 Words Commonly Confused #2

For each of the following problems,  circle the correct choice.

Example: (Who’s, Whose) been sitting in my chair?

The correct answer is Who’s, so I would circle it

     (Who’s, Whose) book is this?

The correct answer is Whose, so I would circle it.

1. My cat had (its, it’s) kittens last night.

2. Please be (quiet, quite) during the test.

3. Our school’s (principal, principle) shaved his head when the soccer team won the

state championship.

4. Be careful with (your, you’re) new cell phone; you’d hate to lose or break it.

5. Sam just barely (passed, past) his driver’s exam.

6. When Rachel got hit with a baseball, we thought she might not be (conscious,

conscience).

7. (There, Their, They’re) going to be angry when they find out that their trees were

toilet papered last night.

8. I can’t stand it when people give me (advice, advise) that I don’t need.

9. Please put (your, you’re ) clothes in the laundry basket.

10. How many fans (were, where) at the game?

11. I’m sorry, but this restaurant doesn’t (accept, except) credit cards.

12. In science class, we learned about the Greenhouse (affect, effect).

13. When Jen told a joke, we all (burst, busted) out laughing.

14. I don’t know (who’s, whose) going to pick you up after school.

15. The (principle, principal) problem facing our company is that we need to advertise

our products more.

16. Stay on task because you don’t have (alot, a lot, allot) of time to finish the project.

17. When (your, you’re) going on a long trip, make sure to pack clothes for all weather.

18. That shirt is (to, too, two) small for you!

19. I would love to come over tonight, (accept, except) that I have to write a paper.

20. They went to dinner and (than, then) went mini-golfing.

21. I live (passed, past) the grocery store on 7th Street.

22. I was not (conscious, conscience) of the fact that my car was nearly out of gas.

23. When you go (to, too, two) the store, could you pick up a gallon of milk?

24. I would (have, of) been on time, but my car got stuck in the snow.

25. The recipe calls for (to, too, two) eggs.

26. I would rather read a mystery novel (than, then) a romance.

27. Do you know if (its, it’s) supposed to snow this weekend?

28. The girls can’t find (their, there, they’re) uniforms anywhere.

29. Yes, this test will (affect, effect) your final grade.

30. Once we have the money counted, we will (alot, a lot, allot) it among the four of us.

31. (Their, there, they’re) are several things you need to do for homework.

32. Everyone keeps telling me that I should (of, have) gone to the concert last night.

33. Have you figured out (who’s, whose) backpack this is?

34. I would not (advice, advise) you to poke the bear.

35. In the (passed, past), farmers used oxen to plow their fields.

36. (Its, It’s) been a long time since I’ve heard this song.

37. I think strawberries are better (than, then) bananas.

38. Jessie (passed, past) a police car going 10 miles over the speed limit!

39. A lack of sleep can have a bad (affect, effect) on your grades.

40. I’m going to the concert, (to, too, two).

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Magic Tree House book 3 Mummies in the Morning Chapter 1

This is the third book in the series. The first two book are very interesting too. http://www.overstock.com/Books-Movies-Music-Games/Magic-Tree-House-Books-1-4-Dinosaurs-Before-Dark-The-Knight-at-Dawn-Mummies-in-the-Morning-Pirates-Past-Noon-Paperback/962375/product.html?refccid=MQVOBS33FOKY3RKBUA7EWJVBNY&searchidx=2

I am teaching this series of books, so I am writing these lesson plans for this book 
Mummies in the Morning. 
Chapter 1
Before Reading, 

What do you know about Ancient Egypt? 
What was the purpose of the Pyramids? 
What is the weather like in Egypt? 
 Here are some website that you can go to 



While reading
List the events in the chapter 

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Vocabulary 
gazed Verb to look at carefull
They gazed at the movie's special effects. 

rattled Verb to move and make noise
The rattle snake rattled his tail. 

parade Noun a procession of people or animals usually for an important event
The Rose Bowl Parade happens every January 1st in Pasadena, California. 
Idioms 

caught his breath. - Means to stop your breath for a second, usually because of surprise.
The view of the waterfall was so beautiful that he caught his breath. 

clump of bushes - a few bushes growing close together
The clump of bushes was blocking the view of the sea. 

(M) stand for - what is the meaning of the letter?
The X in the name X box means it is a wonderful miracle box. 



Pronunciation 



Questions 

Are Jack and Annie surprised that the Tree House is still there? 

Why did Jack say loudly that he will bring the bookmark and the medallion back tomorrow?

Who did they think was making the coughing sound? 

What was unusual about the Castle book? 

Why did Jack yell at Annie to put the Castle book away? 

Which book did she want to read now? 

Did Jack agree with her? 

What sound did they hear after Jack made the wish? 

Homework: 

Using the websites, describe life back in Ancient Egypt.  

What food did they eat, what type of houses did they live in? 

Why were they so concerned about the "afterlife?" 
Be sure to include your sources! 

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Example 

Life in the Eastern woodlands 

Iroquois Indians lived in longhouses that had room for several families. They were made of poles and covered with bark.  They made  beautiful bead work  that was called "wampum"  These were given away as gifts and used in religious ceremonies. The women were the head of the tribe, Women did most of the farming, the major part of the everyday food supply.  Even though the men were the ones who were the head of the village, the Head Woman had to approve the decisions, and if she didn't like the decisions, she could remove him and appoint a different village chief.  

Source: Timelinks G5 Volume 1 pages 44-45

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How to Take Notes - Very useful for High School and College Students

How to Take Notes.

When you attend a lecture, it is useful to be able to jot information down to help you remember what you heard.
The purpose of note-taking is simple: to help you study better and more quickly. This means your notes don’t have to contain everything, they have to contain the most important things. And if you’re focused on capturing everything, you won’t have the spare mental “cycles” to recognize what’s truly important. Which means that later, when you’re studying for a big test or preparing a term paper, you’ll have to wade through all that extra garbage to uncover the few nuggets of important information?
Dates of events

Names of people:

Theories:

Arguments and debates: Any list of pros and cons, any critique of a key idea, both sides of any debate related in class or your reading should be recorded

Images and exercises

Other stuff: Just about anything a professor writes on a board should probably be written down, unless it’s either self-evident or something you already know. Titles of books, movies, TV series, and other media are usually useful, though they may be irrelevant to the topic at hand; I usually put this sort of stuff in the margin to look up later (it’s often useful for research papers, for example). Pay attention to other student’s comments, too — try to capture at least the gist of comments that add to your understanding.
Your own questions, write questions that come to mind that you'd like to ask.  Usually there is time only at the end of a lecture to ask questions.  If you don't write your question down, you will forget to ask the question.
Outlining: Whether you use Roman numerals or bullet points, outlining is an effective way to capture the hierarchical relationships between ideas and data. In a history class, you might write the name of an important leader, and under it the key events that he or she was involved in. Under each of them, a short description. And so on.

Mind-mapping: For lectures, a mind-map might be a more appropriate way of keeping track of the relationships between ideas.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Girl gets 3D printed prosthetic hand - English Conversation Lesson

This is really amazing and now it seems the there is no limit to what modern technology can do!
I hope that this invention can brighten the lives of many more children!

http://magazines.scholastic.com/kids-press/news/2016/01/A-Helping-3-D-Hand


Vocabulary
partial - only a part of 
take for granted. - do without thinking
prosthetic - artificial
solid object - an object that doesn't have holes 
indirectly - without meaning to 
hold her back - keep her from doing what she wants to do 


Questions
Why did Shea want a new hand? 
What is remarkable about the design of the hand? 
What is the difference between the cost of her robo-hand and other prosthetics?
Why did she choose different colors?
What can she do now that she couldn't do in the past?
What is Shea's next project?
What is the group of designer's next project?
In your opinion, what is the future of prosthetic devices? 



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bagrut Level B Interview. Winter 2006

KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL MAGAZINE
Pronunciation 
psychologist sy kol i gest
characteristics kar ri tre is tics
exactly x lact li
musical mu si kal
instruments in stru ments
traditional tra di shun al
educational ed u kas shun al



Smart Toys by Mark Robin
For our monthly column "Ask the Expert" I interviewed Dr. Charles Linden, the school psychologist, and asked him about Smart Toys.
Mark: Everybody is talking about Smart Toys. What are Smart Toys exactly?
Dr. Linden: Smart Toys are toys that have two important characteristics. First, they
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must have some kind of computer technology in them. Second, they respond to you when you play with them.
Mark: What do you mean?
Dr. Linden: I'll give you an example. Smart Toys for young children can be dolls, cars or musical instruments. They respond when a child speaks to them. For example,
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a "smart" car is a car that moves when the child says "go", and flashes its lights when the child says "lights".
Mark: That's just for little kids. Can you tell us about Smart Toys for teenagers?
Dr. Linden: Smart Toys for teenagers are usually computer games. In these games the players give commands to the computer in order to achieve a goal. If they give the
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right commands and respond very quickly, they achieve the goal and finish the game.
Mark: Do you think Smart Toys are more educational than traditional toys? I mean, are computer games better for kids than card games or a game of chess?
l Dr. Linden: No, not really. Traditional toys are often just as good as Smart Toys. Both kinds teach kids to make decisions and solve problems. Traditional toys, however
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are often less expensive than Smart Toys.

Mark: Thank you, Dr. Linden, for answering my questions.

1. Who is Dr. Charles Linden? (lines 1-2)
ANSWER: .......................................................................................................................... .
(6 points)
2. What are the TWO things that make Smart Toys special? (lines 4-6)
ANSWER: i) .................................................................................................................. .
ii) .................................................................................................................. . (2×5 =10 points)
CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER. (lines 8-11)
3. A "smart" car moves when a child (ç ).
i) turns on a light
ii) talks to it
iii) plays music
(8 points)
4. What TWO things do players have to do in order to end a computer game successfully?
(lines 13-15)
ANSWER: i) ............................................................................................................... .
ii) ............................................................................................................... . (2×8=16 points)

5. COMPLETE THE SENTENCE.
Card games and chess (lines 16-17) are examples of ....................................................... .
(4 points)
6. CIRCLE THE NUMBER OF THE CORRECT ANSWER. (lines 18-20)
Dr. Linden says that Smart Toys (ç).
i) are not any better than traditional toys.
ii) teach kids more than traditional toys.
iii) are more popular than traditional toys.
(8 points)
7. What can kids learn from playing with both Smart Toys and traditional toys? Write ONE
thing. (lines 18-20)
ANSWER: .......................................................................................................................... .
(9 points)
8. How are traditional toys different from Smart Toys? (lines 18-20)
ANSWER: .......................................................................................................................... .\


Your cousin Mark is 17 years old and lives in Canada. He is coming to spend three weeks with you in the summer. Write him a letter telling him what you are planning to do together. Here are some things you can write about:
• trips • fun activities
• interesting places • friends
• special events

June 7, 2016 Dear Mark
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See you soon! .......................

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Commonly Confused Words Worksheet

English 10A Words Commonly Confused Sentence Practice

For each pair of words listed below, write one sentence that uses both words correctly.

For example:

a lot and allot:  I didn’t have a lot of candy, but I allotted it among my friends.

1. affect and effect

2. than and then

3. loose and lose

4. accept and except

5. its and it’s

6. lay and lie

7. your and you’re

8. than and then

9. their, they’re, and there

10. quite and quite

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Review Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw is a great book, but it deals with a subject that in the United States is not very controversial anymore.  How a kid deals and feels about divorce.

The book is a series of letters and diary entries that the main character writes to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw who wrote a (fictional) book, 50 Ways to Amuse a Dog.

Leigh Botts, is a boy who at the beginning writes at a very low level and through the book we can see his progression in expressing himself through writing.

The book is very well done and I couldn't put it down, I HAD to read to the end.

But notwithstanding, I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone.  IF you have a child and you have gone through a divorce, then it would be beneficial for the child to read it.
OR, if you are thinking about getting a divorce and want to know the effects on your kids, then it would be good for you to read the book.

Here is a link that you can read it yourself.

http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/henshaw.pdf



Rachael Alice Orbach - English Teacher

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Listening Exercise from Bagrut Winter 2009

This exercise can be used as a listening comprehension, or as a reading. I have added  questions  to help with comprehension.   A good exercise still relevant today!
Key Phrases 
personal
lazy
Organization
naturally
 energetic
productive
opposite
 body clock
nine-to-five work day
doesn't suit everyone
 function best

 Teacher's note: You can read this as a role play, Teacher reads the text in italics and the student reads the rest.  The student then answers the questions at the bottom, either in writing or by speaking.

Hello listeners, and welcome to our program "Around the World." For all of our listeners who have a
hard time getting up in the morning, we are interviewing Dan Gustafsson, president of the B-society of Denmark.

Hello Dan.

Hello.

Tell me, Dan, what is this B-society all about?

Let me answer that by telling you something personal. My whole life, I’ve been considered lazy because I could never get out of bed on time. Believe me, I’ve broken dozens of alarm clocks because they rang and woke me up at 7 o'clock in the morning.  I’ve missed important meetings, job interviews, hospital appointments -- all because I simply can't get up early. The B-Society is an organization of people like me – namely type-B people.

Type B people? What does that mean?

Scientists who study sleep patterns divide people into type A and type B.  People who are Type B, such as myself, wake up naturally at 10 or 11, and are slow and sleepy for the rest of the morning. But in the afternoon and evening we are at our best - energetic and productive. People who are type A are the exact opposite.

How common is it to be a B-Person?  

Well, according to the latest research, about 7 percent of the population are clearly morning people, and an equal number do much better later in the day. Most people – over 80 % , in fact– don't belong to either type.

What makes a person type A or type B? Are we simply born that way?  

Yes, that’s right, we are. We are not all born with the same hair or eye color, or the same body shape, and we don’t all have the same body clock. And it’s your body clock that determines when you feel sleepy and when you are at your best, and of course this affects everything you do during the day.

I see. So what is the purpose of your organization? What do you want to achieve?

We want to bring about some real changes in the way people learn, work and live. Our usual nine-to-five work day doesn't suit everyone. Working hours could be much more flexible. So could school hours - some kids simply can’t study first thing in the morning. So what we really want is to create a society which is also good for those of us who function best from around noontime.

Have you had any success?

Well, we’ve still got a long way to go, but in Denmark the government already encourages companies to offer flexible working hours. And, starting next year, several schools in Denmark will begin classes later in the day – at 10 o'clock instead of at 8.

Not bad. Tell me please, do you have any advice for our listeners who are B-people?

I do, actually. First of all, try to find a job that suits your sleep patterns. Tell your boss you are willing to work the same eight or nine hours, as long as you can start late. Or you can try to work from home. But the most important thing is to feel good about yourself. Remember, you are not lazy. You are just a B-person. So the next time you arrive at work an hour late, tell your boss: It's not my fault – it's my body clock.

Thank you, Dan. I imagine you’ve made some of our listeners very happy. This ends our program. 

Goodbye.

Questions
Where is  Dan Gustafsson,from?
What is a Type A person?
What is a Type B person?
What percentage of people are Type A?
What percentage of people are Type B?
Why is it difficult for Type B people to go to work early?
When do they perform at their peak performance?
How can Type B people function better?
What changes can be made at school and at work?
What is the best advice for Type B people?

Which type do you think you belong to,, Type A or Type B?
How have you been able to help yourself? \
What advice from this article do you think that you will do in the future?
Which part of the day do you function the  best?


Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach  English Teacher



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to learn new Vocabulary quickly

If you are learning English and your native language is Hebrew then you can use this sheet
You write the list of words in Hebrew, then translate into English.  then hide the first column, do the next translation, Hide that column, hide the translation, translate again, and again,  By the time you get to the last column, you have written the words a number of times and you have learned them!

תרגום את המילים Translate the words into Hebrew.                                                            


עברית
אנגלית
עברית
אנגלית
עברית
אנגלית










 
































































































Rachael Alice Orbach - English teacher 

Sheltering Wings with HOTS Lesson plan - English speaker classes

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