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Quick as a Cricket book review for teaching

Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood Quick as a Cricket

1982 Child's Playground

Summary: This is a rhyming story about a young boy who uses similes to compare himself with insects and animals around him. Examples include, “I'm as cold as a toad, I'm as hot as a fox, I'm as weak as a kitten, I'm as strong as an ox.”. The boy concludes by stating that if you add up all the diverse characteristics you have him!

Recommendation for Parents: This book is invaluable for celebrating a child's developing a sense of self awareness. It reinforces the child's understanding of rhyming and introduces him or her to similes. The colorful chalk drawings aid in the child's decoding of words as well as overall comprehension of the story. Each page allows the parent(s) and child(ren) to discuss emotions and their facial ex…

Reflection on Black English.

Reflection on Black English.
by Rachael Orbach

I didn’t know that Black English really had a structure!  Even though the Black kids from the Center of Los Angeles were bussed into our suburban school, and I had to study with them, I heard them talk, but never really paid attention to their  speech per say.   We were not friends even though  they were in the same class.  
It was really surprising that Black English, has its own grammar like the word “Be”  and that when it comes in a sentence.  It reminds me a bit like how Spanish is.  If you say “Vou estas bien”, it could be a complement, or not.  “He be good,” means that the boy is good, and is always good.  But, “He good,” is only for right now.  This could be a compliment or not.  
Sometimes when Black children speak, it almost seems like another language, the way that words are accented and run together.  This is different from American English, and it makes it difficult for Blacks and Whites to integrate.
Letter substitutions like …

Anger Close at Hand

Anger Close at Hand

The Gemara cites the possuk, "Anger rests in the heart of the fool."  (Kolelet 7:9) The Dubna Maggid explained by means of a story.   A person who runs a store separates his products into two types.  The products that are constantly asked for are kept close at hand,  while the products that are seldom purchased are kept on a high shelf, out of reach.  So too, the fool keeps his anger close at hand, since it is always in use.  The wise man, however, keeps his anger out of reach, taking it out only at the rare times when it is absolutely necessary. ( Ohel Yakov).

1. What are the action words in the paragraph?   Circle them.

2.What are they called? _______________________________

3. What tense are they in?  ___________________________

4. Write the nouns:


4. Write the adjectives:

The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop Study Guide Chapter 2

What do you know about Ancient Egypt?  The Pyramids?  The Nile River?   Alex and Laura find themselves in Ancient Egypt, and see incredible things!  To get the Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop go here
Questions How do Alex and Laura figure out where they are?  Who knows more about history, Alex or Laura?  Why does Laura tell Alex to put his phone away?  Why did they go to Ancient Egypt?  What do we see in the illustration?  Why do they go see the huts instead of the palace? 

Homework:  What do you already know about Ancient Egypt?  Where would you like to visit there?  Who would you like to meet? 

Timelinks G5 History and Culture pages 12 - 13

History Past and Present.  If we don't learn from the past, then we are doomed to repeat it.  This is why I am always interested in learning history so that I can see how and why events happened before. Then I can learn from other's mistakes and not make the same mistake myself.


historian  artifact culture primary source secondary source 


Which artifacts from the past are most reliable source of information?  Give an example of a primary source oral history?  written primary source?  What is a secondary source?  Give an example.  Is a museum a primary source or a secondary source?

Homework: Write about an historical place in your city.  What happened there?  Who lived there?  What is the site being used for now?

The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop Study Guide Chapter 1

The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop Study Guide Chapter 1

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In Chapter 1 We meet Alex and Laura.  They are new Olim, that is new immigrants to Israel who live in Jerusalem. They have been in Israel for a while, but still miss the United States.  Alex is very smart, and he has really put a lot of effort to learn Hebrew.  Laura, on the other hand is more interested in having fun and looking good.  She has not truly adjusted to living in Israel and misses her friends "back home."  
This story takes place the day after Passover ends, and in Israel it is not a holiday, but according to religious Jews who live outside of Israel it is a holiday.  The kids are happy to be out on the town, and to have an extra day of vacation from school.  
All of the Hebrew terms are defined in the Glossary at the back of the book, but I will define them here in the study guide as well. 
Key Terms Isru Chag – The second day of…

The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop Study Guide Prologue

Everybody wants to know more about the The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop!

It is located on Yaffa Street in Jerusalem.  (well not really, it is a place in my imagination)

You can go there by reading this book: 
Go here to get your copy! The Jerusalem Magic Candy Shop

Key Terms:
Passover - The very important Jewish holiday that happens in the spring, Jews have a big Seder and eat Matza for 7 days.
Shurit Leumi - National Service in Israel.  High school graduates, mostly girls choose to volunteer in a school, hospital, youth village instead of serving in the Army.
wry smile - a smile that is ironic
Hulda - the name of one of the 7 Prophetesses
Badatz sign - all restaurants and outlets that sell food,  that want to cater to religious Jews need to be certified as Kosher.  In Israel the most respected organization that certifies establishments as kosher.
Yaffa Road.  The main road that is in the center of Jerusalem.
landmark - a place where most people know about and go there to see it.


Timelinks G5 The American Economy page 10 -11

It is very important for people nowadays to understand the economy.  Many schools skip over this important subject and jump into teaching names and dates of history, or the part of grammar, But if more people understood economy then they would be able to work more efficiently.

This unit is about the American economy and how it changed.

Key Terms
Goods and Service,
cost-benefit decision
opportunity cost

What was the basis of the American economy in the 1700's.
Why did it change?
What is the GDP?
Why is a Free Market important?
What is a good?
What is a service?


How is the economy structured in your country? What decisions do you make about which goods and services to buy?  What are your opportunity costs? Write about how you made a decision to buy a "big ticket item" like a car or a property.  What steps did you think about?

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Lesson Plan about Napster

Lesson Plan Outline Rachael Orbach
Level Intermediate 3rd Stage Grade 7th May 15th
Domain(s) Access to Information
Purpose of Lesson: (General Aims) Reading Comprehension of text, analysis of paragraph structure.
Lesson Benchmarks(s): (indicators of progress within each domain) Understand the main idea and supporting details in this text, using this knowledge to answer questions about the text.
Materials: Handout, of a paragraph from a newspaper, with questions, white board, markers, students' notebooks to write answers to questions.
Stage Description Time
Set Induction What makes a great paragraph? How do you know that the paragraph is interesting? What associations? How does it affect you? 5 minutes Practise (Groups, Pairs, Individuals The teacher reads the paragraph, asks questions about it, 15 minutes Production Students answer the questions on the handout working quietly, Then teacher asks for the answ…