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Timelinks 5 Our Government pages 8-9

Timelinks 5 is an interesting book that covers all about American History.  It is written for American students, but ESL students can learn a tremendous amount in history that is not taught in their schools as well as English terms that are used all the time in America.

Today we are learning about the American Government.

Key terms

democracy - power held by the people, used when they vote
republic - a country that has elected leaders
constitution - plan of government
preamble - introduction to a formal document
ruled - when a king or queen holds power
rights - things that people can do within the law
local - the commuity where people live
state - many communites
national - the whole country
citizen  a person either born or naturalized, a member of a country

What is the difference between a democracy and a monarchy?
What rights do the American people have?
What duties do they have?
How can a citizen serve the country?
How does the elected leaders serve the country?


Passive Voice Exercise


Write these sentences in the Passive Voice


John rode a bicycle for the first time.

Answer: The bicycle was ridden by John for the first time.

1) Julia rescued three cats.
. 2) The students handed in the reports.
. 3) Maria crashed into the blue car.
. 4) Alex learned the poem by heart.
. 5) Steven forgot the book at home.
. 6) The mechanic did not repaired the the stove.

Day of the Dragon King Chapter 9

Jack and Annie are still in the Terra Cotta Tomb!  The novelty has worn off and the air is starting to get thick and hard to breathe!  Read Chapter 9 to see how they get out!!

Key Terms
 took off - run after
barefoot without shoes
collapsed - fell down

scientifically si en ti fi kly
 lamp-lit - say l clearly
ached ch is k sound
dragged - one syllable
embraced - c is sound
glowing - blend g and l together

What happened to the ball of silk yarn?
What did it do that was impossible?
How does Annie explain it?
What do they decide to do?
What does Annie see before Jack?
Where are they when they come out?
Why do their shoes fall off?
What time of day is it when they come out?
Who do they see from the Tree House window?

  How do Jack and Annie get out of the Tomb?  What is impossible about the ball of thread?
Where does it lead them?

Day of the Dragon King Chapter 8

The Dragon King had thousand of Terra Cotta Soldiers made to be buried with him when he died.  This was to protect him in the afterlife.

Now Jack and Annie find the soldiers Here is a link for more research

Key Terms:
fake - not real

What other civilization do the Terra Cotta Soldiers remind Jack of?
Why are the clay figures' faces different?
What are the statues depicted doing?
Why do they have real weapons?
When do Jack and Annie find out that they are lost?
How does the research book help them?
What happens to the silk thread?

Write a note that Jack and Annie leave in the tomb for future generations.
They explain what happens to them in the tomb.

Day of the Dragon King, , Chapter 7

The Dragon King

The Books are burning! Books can be dangerous and give people new ideas,  This is why many dictators have sought to limit access to books.  This is true in modern times but also throughout history.    For more research go to this link:

Key Terms:
 blazed- a strong light
 snatched - grabbed
charging back - running back
whizzed by = go by very fast
ducked inside - go inside by bending down

crackled krak led

What were the soldier burning?
What material were the books made from?
How did Annie grab the book and come back?
What was the reaction of the Dragon King?
Where did the scholar tell them to run?
Why would that place be safe?
How does Annie convince Jack to go there?
What do they see when they go in?

Write about your favorite book that you would read over and over.
Why do you like this book?
When did you first read it?
What do you like about the book, the characters, plot, sett…

Social Studies Timelinks G5 Peoples 6-7

Social Studies Timelinks G5  People 
Key Term:  diverse  - many different kinds census  - counting how many people urban - city suburban - outside the city rural - in the country immigrant - a person who comes from another country to live and work  enslaved - put into slavery  ethnic group - people from the same country, have the same customs
Questions Why did many people come to the United States throughout history?  How many people were there in 1790? Where did most of them live? How many people were there in 2006? What percentage were in urban areas?  What is one feature of the United States constitution? 

What is the effect of population growth upon the United States? 
Where do most people live and work now? 

Diary of a Cat - Day 10 Lesson Plan

The Newborn kittens have been happy with their mother, playing and doing kitten things. . . We now go to Day 10!

To download this book go here:

Key Terms: 
return - to come back 
punches - to hit hard 
wails - cry very loud 

What has happened in the kitten's lives? 
What do they do?
What sounds do they make? 
How old are the kittens now? 
What would you do in the same situation? 

You are the kitten, write a letter to the mother cat. What would you say?  

Diary of a Cat Day 6 Lesson Plan

Now the little cat skips to Day 6  She was born blind and found out that she likes milk from her mother and she has a brother.

You can download this book from this link:

Key Terms
teasing  - to play with someone most of the time in a nice way
succeed - to get what you want

What does the kitten do with her brother?
Why does she tease him?
What game do they play?
What bothers her about how he plays?
How does she feel about her brother?

Make up a game that cats can play together

Learn Social Studies EFL Style! Timelinks Book 5, United States History,

We are studying Social Studies today, Today's lesson is from this book: Timelinks, the United States. Pages 2-5

Here is the link if you want to buy it from Amazon:

Geography - the physical features of a place
enormous - very big
land forms - kinds of lands
plateau - flat area of land 
basin - low area of land 
saltwater - water that has a high concentration of salt in it 
environment - everything that surrounds us -Land 
nonrenewable - can be used up 
ecosystem - how the plants and animals work together to live 
region - a large area of land
climate - the general weather over a large area of land 
arid -  dry land or region 

What are the main regions of the United States? 
Where is most agriculture?  
Where is the largest river in the United States? 
Where are the most important waterways? 
Why was water traffic important…

Day of the Dragon King Chapter 6

Key Terms
gong- a big metal cymbal hung up and hit to make a very loud sound
oxcart - a wagon which uses oxen to pull it

bunched  - hard ch
bumped -  blend m and p mp
curved - one syllable

When do the gates close?
What happens if visitors don't leave in time?
Why are the ends of the roofs curved?\
Why are people buying little cages with an animal inside?
Annie asks what are ancestors?  Tell her the answer.
Who is buried in the tomb?
How many workers were working on it?
Why does the scholar yell?
What material are the books written on?
Who is watching the bonfire?

Here is a link about Ancient Chinese Ghosts to do more research about Ancient China

Write a newspaper article about the events in this chapter.  Include a quote from a bystander at the end of your article.

Example:    Look at the first example on this website:

Diary of A Cat Lesson plan

I live in a very interesting part of Jerusalem.  We have lots of synagogues, a big market nearby and very creative people, (including myself of course) 

My downstairs neighbor Bella Yifrah used to be a computer programmer, but now she is an artist as well as a writer.  She is originally from Bukara.  She paints and writes books. 

I did her a favor and translated her book, A Diary of a Cat from Hebrew to English. It is available on Amazon:

Key Terms 
blind-  not being able to see 
irritating  - it bothers 
nerve - someone who does things that are annoying
arrogant - someone who puts himself above others

How does the cat feel at the beginning?
What does the cat get from her mother? 
Who is pushing her away from her mother?
How does she feel about him? 

Homework: Pretend that you are the mother cat.  Tell your two kittens what they need …

Magic Tree House Afternoon on the Amazon Chapter 10 Student Assignment Sheet

Magic Tree House
Afternoon on the Amazon
Chapter 10
Student Assignment Sheet

While Reading Make a chart of the events that happen in this chapter

Background Reading
Pennsylvania Forest facts Amazon Forest Facts
Vocabulary tagging verb – to run and touch something. Example: I like to play tag with my friends, we just lightly touch each other, and I am often “it.”
amazing adjective causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing. I went to an amazing exhibit at the science museum last weekend.
Pronunciation amazing a ma zing Questions What is interesting about the fruit? ____________________________________________