This week we have chosen to make these mini Christmas yarn hats while speaking English in class. These yarn hats are adorable and so easy to make. I'll hang some in my Christmas tree and maybe one will have to go on the top of my head today - which is our last day of the semester.
Here is a collection of yarn hats being made in the classroom this week.
Today at 11 a.m. some of my 8th grade students were called up on Skype from somewhere in the world. At this moment in time Microsoft has a Skype-A-Thon and the students that we met were from Melbourne, Australia and they had prepared fantastic information about their country and I was especially interested in "the lamingtons" that they described as part of Australian cuisine. Sounded lovely and like something I'll try to make in the future.
Thanks to Benjamin Lannen and grade 5/6 at Holy Spirit Community School - you did a great job! :)
Thursday December 3rd is the absolutely last day for handing in your essays and answers (Holes - the Whale Rider). My e-mail address is: email@example.com - I do prefer e-mails. Best of luck! :)
The coming week we will finish the work with Human Rights and we will also go through the pages in the workbook to make sure you have understood everything. Here is an exercise where you can test your knowledge: "It" and "There"
Documentary about Bruce Mertz, a.k.a. Mr. Christmas. Questions: 1. How many lights are put up every year? 2. How long does it take to put everything up? 3. What is the total of the electricity bill? 4. What happened to Mr. Christmas' wife? 5. What happened to his cat - Trixie?
"A Social Network Christmas" - the story of the nativity in the context of social media!
Anglophenia tells us how a British Christmas is celebrated..as compared to the American counterpart.
Questions: 1. Why are letters thrown into the fire? 2. Instead of putting out milk and cookies for Father Christmas, they put out what? 3. What is a Christmas cracker? 4. What is the main dish on the Christmas table? 5. What is bread sauce? 6. What is Boxing Day?
"A brief history of Christmas traditions from around the world"
"How to make Christmas crackers" - a step by step guide
"Who is Santa Claus?"
"December" - a short short film from the perspective of ...?
Students no longer need to keep their arms flailing in the air (or shout my name) when needing help, they can simply signal by turning the red "help" side towards me on their laminated card. We're giving this a try and so far it has worked just as well as the other options.
Having finished reading "Fish" we were delighted to be able to speak to the author Laura Dron today. My students had prepared a few questions, a couple questions came from our friends in NZ and some students came up with some new ones during the session - some a bit original, like:
* Do you like porridge? (yes, but she doesn't like making it)
* Have you had a fish yourself? (yes, when she was younger... a carp - Laura told us a story about this)
* What's your favorite food? (Thai)
* Can you make a living as an author? (No, that's difficult, but she's also an artist)
and some that had to do with the book:
* Why is Tiger genderless? (because we can all make up our own vision of Tiger that way)
* Where does the book take place? (wherever we want to...)
* What happened to the donkey and the Guide at the end? (well, their purpose was done so they could vanish from the story...)
We also found out that Laura lives in Bridport, England with husband. She has two grown-up children and her son got married recently. She has eaten Swedish meatballs and thought they were ok. She also asked us a few questions and when she found out that the students were 14 years old she recommended her book "The Outcasts" which may be suitable for older students .....we'll look into that one.
It was time for a new hangout today - this time 9A got the chance, for the first time, to ask questions and try to figure out where we ended up. After figuring out that we were in Europe and that the country had no coastline we focused on the countries in the middle and soon we guessed the Czech Republic. It was tougher finding out in which city they lived but after a handful of guesses we settled on Brno, which was correct. A big thank you to Katerina and her students for hanging out with us!