Monday, May 26, 2014

A Shekel, a Dollar - Rhyme for learning English

A Shekel, A Dollar

I changed this only a little bit to update the poem, and make it so that Israelis would understand it better.  The students cut out the pictures and when the teacher reads the poem they act out the words. 

Picture of Boy in a room reading a book over a carpet.Nis 1 sheqel.png
A shekel, a dollar,
A ten o’clock scholar,
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten o’clock,
But now you come at noon.

File:United States one dollar bill, obverse.jpg

Blank Clock

Blank Clock

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Is, Am, Are Practice for beginners - Hickey Style lesson

 I like using the Hickey Method to teach the Alephabet, but now with one set of students, I want to teach grammar.  They like the format of the Hickey  My students are also artists, so here is the lesson plan that I gave them, and then you can see the pictures that they drew!  Free free to use this in your teaching.

This is the text, and here I have the students say or write the correct verb. 

Write in is/am/are  - Rachael Alice Orbach 
The bag _____________ blue.
We _________  wearing blue shirts.
The children ___________ young.
The man _________ is old.
The  game ______ easy.
Chess _____ is hard.
The rocks __________ grey.
The grass __________ green.
I ____________happy.
She __________sad.
Teddy __________my friend
Tom __________not my friend.

Word List
























This is the game that we play with the new words that were learned in the lesson.    
This is Nati's drawing of the story, he didn't get that far because he spent most of his time drawing the word list.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe - Politically correct version

I use song and rhyme when teaching young children, but I didn't like the old version.  So here is a new and improved version of this beloved poem.  

How to teach.  First I read the poem aloud to the children, then I demonstrate hand movements, For example,  Old woman, crouch over and hold the back, then I point to the shoe,  For many children, I make believe I am hugging lots of kids, Knew what to do I point to my head.  To demonstrate chicken soup, I cup my hands like I'm serving soup, Salad, I eat some imaginary salad, bread, I cut bread, To do the kiss, I kiss my own hand.  I wanted to teach different foods, soup, chicken, salad and bread. 

Then I have the children color in  the drawings, and have them say the poem and hand movements again a few times.  
They love it and they are learning English! 

The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe  -
Politically correct version by Rachael Alice Orbach

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe 
She had so many children, she knew what to do 
She gave them chicken soup, salad and bread 
And kissed them all quickly and put them to bed. 

 Boot Shoe Clothing clip art

Cook And Hearth clip art

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Greetings in English- with translation into French and Hebrew

Greetings in English - with Translations in French and Hebrew!

Practice this short dialog 5 times! Read down the first column.
After the 5th time, cover up the translation and say it again!

Good luck!
Rachael, your English teacher!

Welcome! Bienvenue!ברוך הבה
My name is Pierre.Je m’appelle Pierre.השם שלי פיר
to callappelerלקרא
I call myself J’appelle…קורים לי
I call myself…Je m’appelle…קורים לי
My name is…Je m’appelle…השם שלי
My name is Pierre.Je m’appelle Pierre.השם שלי פיר
Nice to meet you!Enchanté!טוב להכיר אותך
How are you?Comment allez-vous?מה שלומך?
to goallerללכת
I am doing (going) well.Je vais bien.הכל בסדר
I am doing well.Thank you.Je vais bien. Merci.הכל בסדר תודה
And you?Et vous?ואתה? /ואת?
Very well. Thank you.Très bien. Merci.       טוב מאוד תודה
See you soon!A bientôt!להתראות
Goodbye!Au revoir!להתראות

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 

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