Sunday, December 31, 2017

Paddington 2 Lesson Plan Letter to Aunt Lucy

Paddington 2  Lesson Plan

I read the Paddington series a long time ago, The books were probably one of the first novels that I read back in the day.  But now kids don't have to plow through all the descriptions, they can have pictures !  They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I doubt it.  Can you describe this picture?

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Key terms
fortnightly - every two weeks.
M ademoselle  D u b o is - Miss Dubois
cyclist - a person who rides a bicycle
kiosk - a small stand where you can sell things outdoors

Questions  -
What is the title of the book?
Why is this a good title?
What happened to Paddington before the start of this book?
What does Paddington want to do next?
Who is Aunt Lucy?
Where is she?
Why is Paddington writing to her?
What is Mrs. Brown doing?  Would you like to do that?
What is Mr. Brown doing?  Is this activity interesting?
What is Judy doing?  Do you like to write?
Why is Jonathan changing his image?  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Describe Paddington's new friends.  How do they help Paddington?
Where does Paddington go every day?

Write a letter to your grandmother or another family member telling about your daily activities.   Write about the things that you do and the interesting people you meeet.  The letter has to be at least 10 sentences long.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts, Chapter13

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Mr. Klutz is a funny guy.  A.J. would feel that school would be a drag without him! What about you?

What happened in Chapter 12?
Do you agree with the kids to stop Mr. Klutz from jumping off the roof?
How did the other kids feel about what A.J. and his friends did?
What is the new incentive?
Would you like to go there?
What happened three days before vacation?
What would happen if the students didn't reach the goal?
Where did the school go?
How did A.J. feel about it?
How are the kids going to cure Mr. Klutz from doing crazy things?

Homework: Write a descriptive essay about an amusement park that you have been to. Be like a video and describe what it looks like as you walk in, go inside and end up at your favorite place there.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts, Chapter 12

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Did you ever meet someone like Mr. Klutz?  His name means Clumsy in Yiddish! Did you know that?
What happened in Chapter 11?
What did the kids want to talk to Mr. Klutz about?
What was he doing in  his office?
 Is this usual behavior for a principal?
What deal do the kids want to make with Mr. Klutz?
Why to they want to stop Mr. Klutz from jumping off the roof?
What does he agree to in the end?

What job should Mr. Klutz do instead of being a school principal?

Write a cartoon strip about this chapter.   Draw each character and what each person says in the boxes.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Mr Klutz is Nuts, Chapter 6

Who is more Crazy, Miss Daisy or Mr. Klutz?  

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Key Words
incentinve - a way to get people to do something in a positive way.

Why did A.J. think about Mr. Klutz coming into the classroom?
Why doesn't Mr. Klutz like the incentives that the kids tell him?
Who  had the best idea?
What ideas do the kids tell Mr. Klutz about the party?
Would you like a party like that?
Which idea do you like the most to earn the party?
Why does Miss Daisy like math?
Who gives the best idea this time?
Who doesn't like math?
What else is Mr. Klutz going to do at the party?

You are going to advertise the next event in the school. You want the kids work their hardest just like they did in the book "Miss Daisy is Crazy"

Design the poster that gets put up in the school and all over the neighborhood.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts, Chapter 5

Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 5.

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Why is A.J. ashamed of his big mouth?
Why do A.J. friends want to get sent to the prinicpal's office?
How does A.J. manage to get Ryan in trouble?
How did things turn out?  Did Miss Daisy get upset?
How does Andrea ruin the fun?
Why did Ryan immediately speak up that he did it?
Who else wants to go to the principal's office?
Did Ryan get a candy bar?  What happened?

Write a response essay about this chapter.  Write what these events remind you of.  You can use more space to write your answers.

: Fill in the blanks:
The chapter My Big Mouth is about ___________________________

My favorite part is ________________________________________

I think that the author wrote this chapter because _________________


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Monday, December 25, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 4

A.J. got a candy bar from Mr. Klutz, and he had a big mouth. . . 
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What did Ryan predict about A.J.'s visit to Mr. Klutz's office?
How did Ryan manipulate A.J. to tell him about the present?
What does A.J. usually eat for dessert at school?
What reason does A.J. give to his friends to explain why he got the chocolate bar?
Why is Andrea mad?  What did A.J. say to her?
What does A.J. do to show how he feels about going to the prinicipal's office?

Write a Name poem for Mr. Klutz.  Each line starts with a letter of his name:

For your Listening Pleasure, Music and Video editing by Rachael Alice Orbach.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts, Chapter 3

Mr. Klutz Chapter 3.  A.J. got in trouble and got sent to the prinicpal's office.  This would be scary for any kid, but is A.J. scared?  Read Chapter 3 to find out!

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Why is the word pal in the work prinicipal?
Why does A.J. keep changing his mind about what he wants to be when he grows up?
What does Billy say is in the basement of the school?
How does A.J. feel about going to the prinicipal's office?
Where does he go first?
Why doesn't he go through with his plan?
Why does A.J. exaggerate about the time he spent waiting for Mr. Klutz?
What was Mr. Klutz doing when A.J. entered the office?
Why was Mr. Klutz doing that?
Why did A.J. put his head down? Does it work?
What did A.J. think he was being sent to talk to Mr. Klutz?
What was the truth?
Was Mr. Klutz a good student when he was in school?
What metaphor does A.J. give for the word "motivation?"
What does Mr. Klutz give to A.J.  Why? Will it give A.J. motivation?
Why does he run out of Mr. Klutz's office so fast?

Homework: You are writing for the school newspaper.  You are going to describe Mr. Klutz's office so that other students won't be too surprised if they get sent there.  What does his office look like? What posters are on the wall?  What does the furniture look like? What is on the ceiling?

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Mr Klutz is Nuts Chapter 2

My Weird School, Mr. Klutz is Nuts, Chapter 2

So, how did Mr. Klutz get to school today?  It's crazy, right?  What else is Mr. Klutz going to do?

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The last straw  - the thing that makes the camel finally fall down. it means an act that you can't really stand and you have to take action now.

Why is this chapter called "Big Trouble?"
What happened, to who?
Have you ever gotten in trouble at school?
Has any one of your friends gotten in trouble at school?
What is A.J. going to be when he grows up now?
How has this changed from book 1?
Why does he want to do this profession?
What sport were the boys doing during recess?
What happened that might have gotten A.J. in trouble?
What was the joke that Michael told?
Why was Miss Daisy mad?

Compare Miss Daisy with Mr. Klutz. Which person do you like more and why?  Give three reasons that you like the person you chose.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Magic Tree House, Sunset of the Sabertooth Chapter 10

Sunset of the Sabertooth Chapter 10!
For Jack and Annie it has been a long day, they should be tired and hungry, don't you think?  Where do they want to go now?

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What is the first thing that Jack and Annie do when they return home to Frog Creek Woods?
What is the big difference between the time of the Ice Age and this time? 
What do they want to eat for dinner? 
What would you want to eat for dinner? 

Write about your favorite food, what is it, where can you buy this food?  What does it taste like? Do you eat the food often? 

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Magic Treehouse, Sunset of the Sabertooth, Chapter 9

Sunset of the Sabertooth Chapter 9

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We left Jack and Annie at the bottom of the tree.  They need to get up into the Treehouse in order to go home, but there is something in the way.  Can you guess what it is? 

Who has the idea to play the flute? 
How does Jack feel about this? 
What does the Sabertooth do when he hears ? 
Would you expect that this would happen? 
What did the Mammoth do then? 
Why did they take the coats off? 
Where did they put them? 
Where did they put the flute? 
What sound did the flute make?  Listen to this bone flute. 

Homework: Write about the Sorcerer,  What type of person was he?  What were his powers, what special knowledge did he know, how did he learn it?  

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Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 1

Mr. Klutz is Nuts!  You might be right! Does Mr. Klutz do silly things?   Where is this school?  Maybe I would like to teach there as well!!

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Look at the pictures at the beginning of the book. Who are the students in the class?
How does Mr. Klutz get to school today?
What is unusual about it?
What are most prinipals like?
What happened to Mr. Klutz? Why?
What was he wearing on his head?  Is this a good idea?
Who walked by?  What did she say to him?
What did Mr. Klutz do next?

Homework: Describe the prinicpal of your school.  What does he or she do everyday?  How does your principal get to school?  You can draw a picture of your prinicipal.


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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Magic Tree House Sunset of the Sabertooth Chapter 8

Magic Tree House, #7 Sunset of the Sabertooth

What happened in Chapter 7?  Did you predict how Jack and Annie would get out of the pit?
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Which animals did Jack and Annie see on the plain?
Why did the animals flee?
How did they stay on the Mammoth?
What was the Sabertooth doing?

How did Jack and Annie feel now?
What would you do in this situation?

Research an Ice Age animal and write an ID card for that animal.

Put a picture of the animal, the time it lived,  the food it ate, the height and weight of the animal.

Use this site to help you.

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Magic Tree House Sunset of the Sabertooth Chapter 7

The Sunset of the Sabertooth is about the meeting of Jack and Annie and the Cro-Magnon man.
These people weren't so much different than you or I.  Maybe they had a simpler language, but they had to deal with the problems of how to stay warm, what to eat, where to sleep.

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Now, back to our current book:  What happened in Chapter 6?

Where are Jack and Annie?
How did they end up there?
What does the sorcerer look like? Why?
What did the sorcerer toss down to the children?
How does Annie feel?  How does Jack feel?
Why did Annie yell?
How did the sorcerer pull Annie up?  Didn't he have to use his hands?
What was Annie sitting on?
Where was Peanut?
Why does Annie name the animal Lulu?
What name would you give it?
What did the sorcerer give to Jack? What can he do with it?
Can you play one like that?
Why doesn't the Sorcerer speak?

Homework: Imagaine yourself in the Ice Age.  What do you feel?  What is the temperature?  What clothes are you wearing?  Sit for a moment and feel your environment there.  Then FreeWrite for 5 minutes.

While you are reading this chapter, listen to this wonderful music, by Rachael Alice Orbach, your English and music teacher!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 11

Does Mr. Klutz do the normal things that principals do? 
What is different about Mr. Klutz?

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Talk about all the incentives that Mr. Klutz came up with in order to get the kids to do better in school.
Which one do you like best?
What is the explanation that Andrea says about Mr. Klutz?
Does this make sense to you?
What was fun about Mr. Klutz's painting his head orange?

Mr. Klutz writes about his life. Where was he born?  What work did he do in the past?  Does he enjoy being a principal?

Maybe if Mr. Klutz listens to this music he will calm down and not be so nervous?

Music and pictures by Rachael Alice Orbach

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 10

Have you ever shimmied up a flag pole?  Well, not me neither, but I used to like to climb the rope in Gym class.  This is what happened in the last chapter!  What will Mr. Klutz do next? Why does he do these things?

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Why did Mr. Klutz have a bandage wrapped around his head?
What problems did he find in the essays?
How does Mr. Klutz suggest to solve this problem?
What will he do this time?
How do the students feel about this?
Why is Andrea upset? What does she do to herself?

Homework: Write about an imaginary event in Mr. Klutz's life that made him want to take lots of risks.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 9

Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 9

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The Pledge of Alliengence

 "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Uncle Sam costume


What was Mr. Klutz's next task?
Did thekids like It?
Do you like to write?
Does your country have pledge?
What is your country's National Anthem?
Can you sing it?
What day is coming up in America in the story?
Do you think that contests in school is good for kids?
What would meke you work harder in school?
Do you respect Mr. Klutz?
respect - a feeling that you look up to a person.
How does Emily feel about Mr. Klutz?
How does Andrea feel about Mr. Klutz?
 What can Mr. Klutz do to be a better principal?
What were the incentives so far in the school?

Lumberjack with a harness

Write a descriptive essay describing Mr. Klutz, write about his appearance nd his personality.
What type of person is he? What does he like to do?

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 8

Mr. Klutz is Nuts Chapter 8

Is Mr. Klutz really Nuts?

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Kodak moment- a time when you can take a good picture
limping  - you are walking putting more weight on one leg than the other.

Where did Mr. Klutz go to get better from his fall?
How long did he have to use a cane?
Would he call off the Chocoate Party?
How did the students do Math problems?
Which teachers helped?  How?
Who did the last Math problem?
What did the gym look like?
What happened at 9:00pm?
Did any one take a picture?

Homework: Pretend that you are a newspaper reporter.  You are interviewing Mr. Klutz about the chocolate party.  Write three questions and answer them.  Write the news report.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mr. Klutz is Nuts!! Chapter 7

Mr. Klutz is going to bea teacher for the day!   What is he going to teach?

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What is he going to teach?
Why did Mr. Klutz teach the class?
Where did Miss Daisy go?
What was Mr. Klutz trying to teach the class?
What will happen if you drop two objects at the same time?
What happened while Mr. Klutz was teaching the class?
How could have that been avoided?
What happened to him?
Why does A.J. hate Andrea?\
Would your teacher get on top of a table?
Was this event on purpose?

Homework: Why did Mr. Klutz fall down.  What would have been a better way for him to teach the class? You make up his lesson plan to teach gravity to the 2nd grade.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

California Science Grade 4 Lesson 3 Checkup

I am teaching the California Science seires to students.  Lesson 3 is on pages 50-59
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Instructions: Read Lesson 3
Questions for discussion.

What is a food chain?
What is the progression of energy in a food chain?

What is a food Web?  Can there be more than one food chain?  Food web?

What happens when an animal is taken out of a food web?

What might happen when a new organism enters into a food web?

What is an energy pryamid?
Give an example that you have studied:

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Monday, November 6, 2017

The Lottery Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan:

Main Lesson:
Teacher asks:
What is a lottery?

Tell me about a text about lotteries that you read last year?
Who is the text about?
What happened to him?
Lets draw a time line on the board.

Here is a text that you studied last year. Let’s read it again together.
We read the text.

Now can you answer the questions about the text?

Teacher calls on students to answer the questions.

Now you are going to listen to an interview that I did yesterday..

The first time I read the text you are just going to listen.
Teacher reads the text.
Then teacher will pass out the text, but with some words missing.
You need to write the missing words.
Then teacher will read the text and the students try to put in the missing words.
Now teacher hands out the vocabulary sheet, goes over the words with the students, and then reads the text a third time.

If the students need to hear the text again, the teacher reads the text again.
Then the teacher hands out the post listening exercises, the phonics chart to fill in, and the translation exercise.

I sold a Winner!!

Many people buy lottery tickets here in Jerusalem. Sometimes people win!

Interviewer: There are many kinds of lotteries. Which ones does Mifael Hapis sell?

Ilooz: We sell, Lotto, Chance,123,77, First and Manui.

Interviewer: Which lottery is the most popular?

Ilooz: Chance is the most popular lottery.

Interviewer: How much does it cost to buy a lottery ticket?

Ilooz: You can buy a ticket for 5 NIS up to 500 NIS.

Interviewer: When was the last time you sold a winning ticket?

Ilooz: I sold a winning ticket two years ago. The person won 250,000 NIS!

Interviewer: That’s very interesting! Thank you very much for speaking with me today. May I buy a lottery ticket?

Ilooz: Of course. The here is a chance ticket for 10 NIS. You could win 100 NIS.

Interviewer: Thanks.

Vocabulary Sheet










Wh Words


Last time


How much

Phonics Fill- In

Magic “e”

Crazy Words

Translate into Hebrew:

Which lottery is the most popular?

When was the last time you sold a winning lottery ticket?

Thank you for speaking with me today.

Many people buy lottery tickets.

I sold a winning ticket!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Magic Tree House, Night of the Ninjas, Chapter 10,

Magic Tree House
Chapter 10


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

Background Reading

Cricket sounds

glow – verb to shine with a low light without a flame
The neon light glowed a bright green.

Careful –Adjective made or done with care
I was very careful when lighting the BBQ.

careful – car ful
What did they find in Ninja times?
Where did they put it?

What did Annie make for Peanut?

What time of day was it?

What did Annie want Jack to do?

Why can’t Jack see Annie at the bottom of the ladder?

Homework: Compare Night of the Ninjas to A Knight before Dawn.
What is similar about both books? What is different?
Do you like the endings? What would you change about the books?


Example: Comparing Harry Potter and the Socerer\s Stone 1 with Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix
I liked the newness of Harry Potter 1. We are brought into Harry’s world how it is to live as a Muggle but not really fitting in because of who he really is. It is a delightful story and I’ve read it a few times.

In Order of the Phoenix, we don’t really have much background information and it centers on the bad characters, how the Ministry of Magic is scheming to take over Hogwarts.

If you don’t have much time, so skip Order of the Phoenix go ahead to The Half-Blood Prince. Book 6.

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A Video A Day Helps You Learn English - Bucket List

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