Sunday, October 22, 2017

Magic Tree House Night of the Ninjas Chapter 8

Ninja


Magic Tree House  Night of the Ninjas Chapter 8 

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








Background Reading

What is the coldest water you can swim in?
How a ninja hides


Vocabulary
Wilder Adjective - uncontrolled or dangerous
The hurricane was wilder than a tropical storm.

Crashing- Verb making a loud sound
I like this recording of the 1812 symphony, the cymbals are crashing at exactly the right time.

rushing Verb going very fast
She was late for work so she was rushing on her bicycle.

swirled Verb to go in a circular motion
The dancers swirled this way and that in time to the music.

bank Noun The side of a river
The banks of the Mississippi are very wide apart.

Scampered Verb - to run away often playfully
The rabbit scampered down the hill.

Pronunciation
Questions
How do Annie and Jack get away from the Samurai?


Why can’t they cross the river?


Why is Dragon Water a good Title for this chapter?


Why can’t they tell where the Tree House is?


Why does the mouse run away?


What does the mouse find?


What is the problem with it?


Homework: Pretend that you are a newspaper reporter and you are interviewing Jack and Annie about the events that happen in this chapter. Ask them questions and then answer them.







Example: Interview of Dorothy from the book “The Wizard of Oz.”

Interviewer: Thanks for being with us today Dorothy, I know that you are very busy.

Dorothy: Thanks for having me.

I: How did you get to Oz?

D: I was living in Kansas, and there we have lots of cyclones. I couldn’t get into the cellar so I ran into the house with my dog, Toto.

I: What happened?

D: The cyclone picked up the house and after a long time we ended up in Oz.

O: What happened then?

D: Well, I was very surprised to be in a different place, and when I came out of the house, I saw that a pair of feet was sticking out from under the house and so a good witch Glinda said that I had killed the wicked witch of the North, and that I could have her shoes.

I: Then what did you do?


D: I put on the shoes and they fit perfectly! 

Magic Tree House Night of the Ninjas Chapter 7

Magic Tree House
Night of the Ninjas
Chapter 7Ninja
While reading - Make a chart of the events that are happening


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Vocabulary
east Noun - the direction the sun and the moon rises
Japan is east of China.

nature - the physical world around us, trees, plants, mountains that is not man-made
He likes the study of nature.

Confused - unable to think clearly
She got confused while working on the test, because she had a headache.


Pronunciation
Woods - oo is eh sound

Questions
How does Annie pretend that she is a ninja?


How does Jack figure out which way is East?


Who do they see coming up the mountain?


What type of armor do they wear?


Why were Jack and Annie afraid of the samurai?


Homework:

Write about a time when you, or a character in a story got lost.
What happened? How did the person find their way?











Example:

One time I was in a shopping mall, and my son who was 2 years old at the time, got lost. I went to the security of the mall, they announced that a little boy two years old was lost in the mall, and someone came and brought him back.






Sunday, October 15, 2017

Magic Tree House Night of the Ninjas Chapter 6

Magic Tree House
Night of the Ninjas
Chapter 6
Ninja
Before Reading: What happened in the first 5 chapters? What was the most exciting part for you so far?

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


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Vocabulary
samurai Noun – Fierce Japanese fighters
Example: The Samurai were fighting against the Ninjas.

Woven- verb past participle of weeve – to interlace especially to form a texture, fabric, or design
Example: I loved the woven design of the wall hanging, it was so pretty

mercy – noun kind or forgiving treatment
Example: He showed mercy to the small child, helping him to cross the busy street.

No mercy – noun - not good treatment.
Example: The boxer show no mercy to his opponent, and knocked him down after 5 minutes.

flickering light, Noun the light given off by a candle
Example: As I sat in the flickering light of the campfire I felt warm and cozy.

Worthy Adjective having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful
Example Your donation of money is going to a worthy cause, helping deaf people to hear again.


Pronunciation
flickering fli ke ing


Questions
Describe the picture on the opening page of the chapter
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Why are Jack and Annie surprised at the what the Ninja Master?
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What did the ninja do with the note?

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Who are the samurai?

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What will the samurai do?

______________________________________________________________________ Why can’t Jack and Annie go with the Ninjas?

______________________________________________________________________ What advice does the Ninja master give them?

______________________________________________________________________ What does it mean “show no mercy?”

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What three things does the Ninja Master tell them?

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Why is Shadow Warrior a good title for this chapter?

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How will Annie and Jack find their way back to the Tree House?

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Homework: Jack and Annie have to prove themselves worthy. The ninjas want them to see that Annie and Jack are resourceful and can solve their own problems.

Tell about a time that you were in a contest. How did you prepare? How long did it take for you to prepare for the contest? Did you win? Why or why not?
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Example
I was in a concert band, playing the clarinet. There was a contest of all the players in the band to go to an all city band. I wanted to be one of the two clarinet positions that were available in my school. We had a list of pieces that we had to play. I practiced them every day for two weeks and then we had the audition! I didn’t win 1st place, but I did win 2nd place! We then played in the all city band!



Monday, October 9, 2017

Crazy Miss Daisy Chapter 8

Miss Daisy is Crazy!  by Dan Gutman

 Crazy Miss Daisy is the 2nd grade teacher in the school.  She can't read, write or do Math!  What is she doing teaching? 
This is what A.J. and his friends are trying to figure out and have fun at the same time!




   

Chapter 8 starts on page 59.

Vocabulary
video-game arcade: a place to play video games - look at the picture above
take it or leave it - when an offer is made it means that it won't change 
Questions
Why did Mr. Klutz wear a hat?
What do the kids want to discuss with him?
What does the word "Hmm" mean?
What is the difference between renting and selling?
What price is Mr. Klutz asking for the kids to rent the school for a night?
Who answers the question?
Would this work in your school?
What is Mr. Klutz going to dress up as?


Homework:
Write about a time that you worked hard for a goal.  What was the goal? What did you have to do to achieve it?  Did you achieve the goal? How did that feel?

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Magic Tree House Night of the Ninjas Chapter 5

Magic Tree House
Night of the Ninjas
Chapter 5
Ninja

Before Reading: What happened in in the book so far? Would you have run back to the tree house?
While reading - Make a chart of the events that are happening

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Vocabulary
mist – noun water vapor that stays in the air.
Example: Near the beach in the winter I sometimes like to walk in the mist, it is so mysterious!

Rattled – verb – to make a sound like small rocks hitting one another.
Example: The wind rattled the window panes during the storm.

Froze – verb past tense of freeze – to be very cold or go hold still
Example: The rabbit froze when she saw the fox.


Pronunciation:
slope - sl blend

squishy – y is an I sound

Questions
Why wasn’t Jack afraid of the ninjas anymore?
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What time of day is it? Why is this important to the story?
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Where were the ninjas taking Jack and Annie?
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What do you think that the ninjas were planning to do?
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Why was one ninja tall and one short?
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What type of skills do the ninjas have?




Homework: What was the function of the Ninjas in ancient Japan? What did they do and how did they accomplish their missions?
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Miss Daisy is Crazy Lesson Plan Chapter 7





Last chapter the kids tell about what they want to be when they grow up.  What would you like to be when you grow up?  Are you already grown up?   Maybe in years, but not in heart. 

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Vocabulary



Pronunciation



Questions




Homework:   What would you want to be when you grow up?  Tell about what you like and dislike about your favorite profession.  What would be your second choice. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Magic Tree House Night of the Ninjas Chapter 4

Magic Tree House
Night of the Ninjas
Chapter 4
Ninja

Before Reading: What happened in Chapter 3? How did the ninjas climb up the tree?
While reading - Make a chart of the events that are happening

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Vocabulary
Spikes noun A long, thick, sharp-pointed piece of wood or metal.
The goalie put spikes on his shoes so he could run faster to catch the ball.

Frozen- noun - not able to move
When the tiger looked at the hunter, the animal froze in place

Uh-oh interjection Used to express alarm, foreboding, or dismay
Uh-oh, I forgot my phone at home again, the business executive said.

Dart verb to move or throw swiftly and suddenly
The rabbit darted into the small hole to get away from the fox.



Background links:
http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/history/q4.htmlHistory of Ninjas



Questions
What did the ninjas do with the note?
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What language do they speak?
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How does Jack feel about going with the ninjas?
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How does Annie feel about going with the ninjas?
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What does Jack take with him? Why?
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Why can’t he find the Pennsylvania book?
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What time of day is it in ninja time?
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Why does Annie remind Jack that they have to help Morgan?
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Why can’t Jack and Annie get across the stream?
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Homework: Describe what is special about a ninja? What did they do and how did they do their job? What special clothes did they wear? Why?
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Example
Cowboys of the American West.
The Cowboys of the American West were originally hired to take the cattle from the cattle range to the railroads so they could be sold. This was a long trek from Texas to Kansas. They wore special clothes to help them in their jobs, pointed boots made of leather so they could slip in and out of the stirrups, a big hat to keep off the sun, a bandana to wear around the face to keep out the dust, and chaps on their pants so they wouldn’t be stuck by cactus thorns.




Monday, September 18, 2017

Sheltering Wings with HOTS Lesson plan - English speaker classes

Name_______________________________ Date: ________________________

HOTS Logic: Underlying assumptions
Part 1.
What assumptions or emotive implications underlie these statements?

1. This method is scientifically proven to be effective


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2.Thousands of people have already signed up: join now!


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3. He always wanted to be famous: now he is famous, so he must be very happy.


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4. Don’t use this method: it is based on outdated and old-fashioned ideas.


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Over to you! State your opinion, and be ready to discuss:

5. Why do people make assumptions in their daily lives? How does this help them?


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6. Can assumptions be harmful? In what way?
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Sheltering Wings

Harriet Louise Jerome

It was intensely cold. Heavy sleds creaked as they scraped over the jeweled sounding board of dry unyielding snow; the signs above shop doors shrieked and groaned as they swung helplessly to and fro; and the clear, keen air seemed frozen into sharp little crystalline needles that stabbed every living thing that must be out in it. Business men hurried from shelter to shelter; every dog remained at home; not a bird was to be seen or heard. The sparrows had been forced to hide themselves in crevices and holes; the doves found protected corners and huddled together as best they could; many birds were frozen to death.

A dozen or more doves were gathered close under the cornice of the piazza of a certain house, trying with little success to keep warm. Some small sparrows, disturbed and driven from the cozy place they had chosen, saw the doves and came flying across the piazza.
“Dear doves,” chirped the sparrows, “won’t you let us nestle near you? Your bodies look so large and warm.”
“But your coats are frosted with cold. We cannot let you come near us, for we are almost frozen now,” murmured the doves sadly.
“So are we.”
“It looks so warm near your broad wings, gentle doves, Oh, let us come! We are so little, and so very cold!”
“Come,” cooed a dove at last, and a trembling little sparrow fluttered close and nestled under the broad white wing.
“Come,” cooed another dove, and another sparrow found comfort.
“Come! Come! Echoed another warm-hearted bird, and another until at last more than half the doves were sheltering small shivering sparrows beneath their own half-frozen wings.
“My sisters, you are very foolish,” said the other doves, “You mean well, but why do you risk your own beautiful lives to give life to worthless sparrows?”
“Ah! They were so small and so very very cold,” murmured the doves. “Many of us will perish this cruel night; while we have life let us share its meager warmth with those in bitter need.”
Colder and colder grew the day. The sun went down behind the clouds suffused with soft and radiant beauty, but more fiercely and relentlessly swept the wind around the house where the doves and sparrows waited for death.
An hour after sunset a man came up to the house and strode across the piazza. As the door of the hours closed heavily behind him, a little child watching from the window saw something jarred from the cornice fall heavily to the piazza floor.
“Oh papa,” she cried in surprise, “a poor frozen dove has fallen on our porch!”
When he stepped out to pick up the fallen dove the father saw the others under the cornice. They were no longer able to move or to utter a cry, so he brought them in and placed them in a room where they might slowly revive. Soon more than half of the doves could coo gratefully, and raise their stiffened wings. The out from beneath the wing of each revived dove fluttered a living sparrow.
“Look, papa!” cried the child. “Each dove that has come to life was holding a poor little sparrow close to her heart.”
They gently raised the wings of the doves that could not be revived. Not one had a sparrow beneath it.
Colder and fiercer swept the wind without cutting and more piercing grew the frozen crystalline needles of air, but each dove that had sheltered a frost-covered sparrow beneath her own shivering wings lived to rejoice in the glowing gladsome sunshine of the days to come.


Questions:
1. The story takes place _______________________________________________


2. What happened before the events of the story began? ________________________________________________________________________


3. Words in context:

a. What does “crevices and holes” mean? _____________________________________


b. piazza _______________________________________________________________


c. driven ________________________________________________________________


d. revive ________________________________________________________________


4. What is the setting of the story? ___________________________________________


5. What did the sparrows ask of the doves? ____________________________________


6. Why did some of the doves revive, and some not? ____________________________


7. Give an example from your own life that parallels the situation in the story.

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Part 2. After reading the story:
A. After reading Sheltering Wings what assumptions do the doves that don’t help a sparrow make?


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2. ____________________________________________________________________________


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B. How is this proved wrong by later events?


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C. Why do some of the doves survive, and some don’t?

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D. How can you apply this to your own life?

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E. Write 5 ways that you can do kindness to others

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Author bio: Not much is known about this author, she wrote another story: Harriet Louise JEROME The Gap In The Fence [1898]




Magic Tree House Night of the Ninjas Chapter 8

Magic Tree House  Night of the Ninjas Chapter 8  While Reading Make a chart of the events that happen in this chapter ...