Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mystery Hangout with Springdale, Arkansas

Another week, another hangout - I do like the sound of that! I have four planned hangouts before the semester is over in early June and I'm looking forward to them all. I'm so amazed at how teachers across continents easily come together in forums and e-mails to quickly decide to "meet up" through Google Hangout or Skype. Talk about "No walls" in the classroom!!! :)

Today I had some students stay after school to hangout with Lakeside Junior High School in Springdale, Arkansas, USA. There was a mixture of 7th, 8th and 9th graders in the classroom as we took on the task of finding out their location. Tricky at first, but some of my students can also distinguish an American accent and they soon figured out that we were in the US. Brian Johnson led the Lakeside students through our yes/no-questions and the students seemed to have some common interests, not being so interested in sports being one of them. We had a great time with this hangout and the word that came up a few times was "awesome"!

Monday, April 27, 2015

The USA - I have a dream - year 9

Last week we started watching "The Butler" featuring Forest Whitaker and we'll finish watching it tomorrow. Tomorrow we'll also talk about slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the material is to be found here:

The USA - I have a dream (plan with knowledge requirements)

Civil Rights Timeline

The Flowers by Alice Walker (short story)

Best of luck!

Phrase of the week - A tough nut to crack

Have forgotten to put up last week's phrase of the week, but ... better late than never, right?!

...and here's this week's new phrase of the week: 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Peek of the week 17 - Tongue twisters

Tongue twisters...basically alliterated phrases, sentences, that you recite quickly for effect. I love them!! Here's a few of my favorites - knock yourself out!:

1. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. 
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

2. Betty Botter bought some butter;
“But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter!
If I put it in my batter
It will make my batter bitter.
But a bit o’ better butter
Will but make my batter better.”
Then she bought a bit o’ butter
Better than the bitter butter,
Made her bitter batter better.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit o’ better butter.

3. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck

If a woodchuck would chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck
If a woodchuck would chuck wood.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mystery Hangout with Buenos Aires, Argentina

We hang in with our hangouts....this time we (7B and I) were a little stressed when we encountered some technical difficulties when trying to connect, but finally we managed to connect with Daiana Martinez and her students in Argentina, at around 2 o'clock Swedish time. On my end the students were a bit disorganized, but we still managed to get our questions across and could answer theirs despite an annoying sound echo. Thanks Daiana for this experience! :)

My students in 7B

At the same time.... on the other side of the world - in Argentina

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Homework for year 7 for week 18

For next week (Thursday for 7B, Monday for 7A) I want you to play the following game a few times and try to find as many words as possible. Try at least five times (that will take about 15 minutes) and come back to class and tell me what you thought of the game. Together we'll try to break the current record of 96.


Monday, April 20, 2015

7 Colorful Idioms - year 8

We're continuing with our work with proverbs, idioms, similes and so on this week too. This video we'll have a look at during the lesson on Monday (today). 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Survey - Pernilla's English Classroom

It's Saturday and time for me to reflect a little. I'm very happy that my blog is gaining ground and I'm a bit curious as to who are reading this blog. Therefore I threw together a survey, using Google Forms, and I'd really appreciate it if YOU would take the time to fill it in. Thank you! :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Peek of the week 16 - Civil Rights - the USA

This week we take a peek at the Civil Rights Movement in the USA. Right now I'm in the process of planning some lessons around this theme for my ninth grade. After their national tests we'll learn more about this topic. Following are some really good links to material that'll be of good use during the lessons, and we'll start off with an infographic about the Civil Rights timeline. The lessons will finish with Alice Walkers' mesmerizing short story "Flowers".

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mystery Hangout with Valladolid, Spain

Today it was time again for a hangout, this time with Brandon Pinegar and his students from Valladolid, Spain. Being in the same time zone made it easier this time too. My grade 8 was divided into two halves and I took one of them into another classroom to set everything up. A few minutes after 10 we connected via Google Hangout and started asking each other questions straight away. After a few minutes the Spanish students were able to guess our country and, by accident, one Spanish girl asked "Are you close to Estocolmo" and then my students understood that they were from Spain since "Estocolmo" is the Spanish title for Stockholm. Then, we asked if they were close to Madrid but no they weren't....We gave each other a clue about our cities and after a few minutes we both guessed right on each other's exact whereabouts. One of my students - Tilda - got to speak a little bit of Spanish too which I think made her day. Following are some pictures from the hangout: 

Mr Brandon Pinegar and students

 From our point of view

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Homework for year 7

These are the words that you should learn for next week (Monday 7A, Wednesday 7B).

starter = förrätt
main course = huvudrätt
dessert = dessert, efterrätt
drink = dryck
sausage = korv
chips = pommes frites
cream = grädde
lemon = citron
coffee = kaffe
cake = tårta, tårtbit
biscuit = kex
p.m. = post meridiem = från kl 12.00 t.o.m. midnatt
a.m. = ante meridiem = från midnatt t.o.m. kl 12.00 på dagen

Canadian kids try Swedish candy

See Miss Brooks' students try some Swedish candy. We sent some candy to them last week and it arrived a couple of days ago...yesterday the Canadians tried it turns out they liked the chocolate and the fizzypops the best.....wonderful video:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mystery Hangout with Highland Village, Texas

Today it was time for another hangout...(it's slightly addictive, I have to admit it! :) This time my students got to meet some students from Highland Village, Texas and we were fortunate to guess the right location after about twenty guesses. Seven girls (Ellen, Maya, Afnan, Mona, Jannica, Lola and Floor) showed off their verbal skills and asked/answered questions and searched for information on Google Maps. As their teacher I was extremely proud of them. Thank you Rick Bleemel for helping me arrange this. Such fun!!

Here are some pictures from the hangout:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Peek of the week 15 - Gandhi

After a few days off from work it is time to get back to the peeks of the week and this time it's number 15. This week the focus is on Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), a figure synonymous with civil rights, non-violence, fight for Indian independence and almost considered a father of India. Read the article below and watch the biographical video to learn more about this fascinating man. 

Picture source: wikipedia  Gandhi to the right in the picture

Historic figure Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma) (article)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi biography (video)

Friday, April 10, 2015


Why not play a word game to test your vocabulary? Try out British Council's Wordshake -definitely worth a go! Slightly addictive... I'm at 89 points right now....

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Idioms - year 8 - task for the lesson on Thursday

Today I am staying home with my little son who has a fever (I think another tooth is on its way) so you will have to follow the following instructions:

We will work with idioms, proverbs, metaphors and similes for a few lessons, starting today.  I want you to start working on your own with the following:

1. Take a look at this: Idioms and try to explain what the following four words mean: idiom, proverb, metaphor, simile. Write down the explanations. Try to understand what the differences between them are, if there are any...

2. Watch the following two videos to understand some common sayings in English.

"Don't judge a book by the cover" 

What are proverbs? 7 common sayings in English · engVid

3. Have a look at this site: and take a few minutes to look around and read some idioms.

4. After Easter I will give you exercises to work with and then you will also get the chance to illustrate an idiom/proverb/metaphor/simile while working with Kate in Arts. You can now try to decide on which idiom to illustrate.

Best of luck!

(P.S. If you have time over, take a look at the games under "vocab/games" and challenge yourself) 

7B - task for the lesson on Thursday

You know that I am at home today with my little son who has a fever. Therefore I want you to do the following for the lesson on Thursday morning:

Read and answer questions

Best of luck!
Pernilla :)