8th grade


Hannah Straavaldson

tel.: +420 777 432 515
email: hmstraavaldson@hotmail.com


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Today in class we  talked about the subject of "relationships", and all the different kinds of relationships you can have with different people. The students chose the person they would most likely ask for advice, and then we wrote a bit about the kinds of things you would ask advice about. Then we did a listening activity on pg 42 related to collocations with the verbs be/have/do/make. In the second half of class we talked about the similarities and differences between have to and must, and completed some practice as a competition on pg 44. Afterwards we talked about using the word should, and then wrote and talked about things we must/mustn't/have to/don't have to/should/shouldn't in school, at home, and in general.

Homework: complete exercise #5 on pg 44.


Today in class we started with writing some notes about the favourite parts of our holidays. Then we began on the topic of culture, and took a quiz about greetings in different cultures on pg 40. Then we read and talked about the explanations or reasons behind different greetings, which were a bit surprising or funny. To refresh our English skills after the holiday, we did some revision of some/any, much/many, a lot of, a few/a little on pg 38 with a writing exercise about our favourite place to visit from the given options. Then we edited our work and debated using some of the agreeing and disagreeing phrases from pg 39 in the textbook.

Homework: review the notes on some/any, much/many, a lot of, a few/a little, and then complete the short exercise (printed and handed out).



Today in class we had our Christmas party!!! We first reviewed Christmas vocabulary -- objects and actions -- from our homework and came up with some new ideas. Then we wrote down some scrambled words to listen for and unscramble while we watched the film "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Afterwards, we reviewed the new vocabulary from the film, and then talked about the plot and the meaning. During the film we enjoyed popcorn and biscuits :)

Have a good holiday!


Today in class we talked about our own family traditions around Christmastime, and then played a matching game to learn more about Christmas traditions around the world. We then wrote a bit about the best presents we've ever received for Christmas, and ranked our favorite gifts from a list of unusual gifts, and explained why we ranked them that way. Near the end of class, we talked about vocabulary associated with Christmas, and did a small holiday art project involving listening to instructions.

Homework: Part I- finish the art project at home (five activities you do, five things related to Christmas). Part II- choose your favorite Christmas carol, and be ready to explain why it's your favorite next class : )



Today in class we talked about the pros and cons of living in the city, and compared our ideas as a class. We practiced some new vocabulary related to the topic and worked through a listening exercise on pg 36. We played a game to match the vocabulary with their definitions, and then as a class did some practice on pg 38 with using some/any, much/many, a lot of, a few/a little. We chose the correct use for each phrase, and practiced using them in sentences and questions with countable and uncountable nouns.

Homework: pg 38, exercise 7--finish the sentences with your own ideas, and be sure to use the correct word/phrase with it :)


Today we talked about jobs. We brainstormed different types of jobs strating with each letter of the alphabet. Then we had a little discussion about different kinds of jobs as well as answered some questionnaire worksheet. We also played a game called Guess who? where we had to guess other person´s jobs by asking questions starting with Can you..Do you..Are you…? We also discussed which job each student would like to do in the future and why and which ones they would find really difficult/boring/dangerous and again what the reason behind it is.



Today in class we wrote down 5 things we remember doing in class so far this year, and then took a small test to see how much we remember what we worked on in Units 1-4 of the textbook. In the second half of class, we read about famous photographs and discussed why each one became famous. We also practiced a bit more with the past continuous and past simple, and created a group story using the phrase "I was _____ing, when SUDDENLY ... ".

Homework: pg 34--grammar exercise #5, vocabulary exercises #2, #3

*Miss Hannah will be gone next week, so you will be with Miss Adela! :)


Today in class we talked more about the topic of sports and fitness, and read an article on pg 28 about how athletes train in different ways for different kinds of sports. We also shared our usual exercises each day of the week, and talked about some other common exercises on pg 29. In the second half of class, we worked on review exercises on pg 30 together, including practicing comparative adjective forms, and vocabulary from the first four units in the textbook.

Homework: create a weekly training routine for your given athlete (wrestler, marathon runner, hockey player) including the type of training and the types of exercises. Extra: finish pg 31 of the review, to prepare for next class ;)



Today in class we focused on the theme of Halloween, since the holiday is tomorrow : ) We analyzed and made up background stories for the painting “The Scream,” and then read an article about the origins of Halloween and how it is celebrated in the UK and the US. We talked about typical activities, events, and things related to the holiday, and what we would dress up as if we went trick-or-treating. We raced to brainstorm items for different categories (monsters, costumes, candy, etc) and won stickers and candy for doing well, since today is also Treat Day! In the end, we talked about “what we could/should/might do if…..” for different spooky situations.


Today in class we focused on the topic of sports. We talked about different sports we enjoy, and then did an explain/act/draw game to describe different sports and activities to each other. We talked about which sports we use with the verbs “play,” “go” and “do,” and then we did a speed quiz with different vocabulary and ideas. Near the end of class we reviewed the past simple vs the past continuous, and responded to some questions using the correct tense.

Homework: imagine and “design” your perfect Halloween costume, to share at the beginning of next class :)


Today in class we talked about lifestyles and things that usually happen at specific ages. We took a quiz about facts from other countries, and compared the answers to our lives in Prague. We also practiced using comparatives and the superlatives to describe and compare things. We challenged ourselves to come up with creative sentences using a given comparative or superlative as quickly as possible. Finally, we practiced using the forms "#1 is/isn't as ______ as #2" and "#1 is ______ than #2".

Homework: pg 22, #5- form complete sentences comparing two things using the appropriate adjective. Then write five of your own sentences, using any adjectives you want.


Today in class we discussed fashion and style from different decades. On page 15 of our new textbooks, we read an article about how clothing, music and culture has changed from the 1950's to now. We described each decade using some new vocabulary, in the past simple verb tense. We did some exercises on page 16 to practice using the past simple correctly: positive and negative sentences, and forming questions. Finally, we changed adjectives into adverbs (+ly, +ily, or irregular) and used them to modify sentences.

For homework, we are to read the three short stories about different places, on page 19, and think about how they are similar or different to our lives in the Czech Republic.


Today we talked about how to describe people using personality adjectives, and learned some new words like "confident" and "shy" and "forgetful". The group designed their portfolios and wrote their first entry, describing some things about themselves and what they like. Then we played a game where the students had to describe famous people and characters, and the other student had to guess the person. Finally, we did an activity with present simple and present continuous, describing information about ourselves and things we are doing at the moment.

The homework this week is to write five facts about themselves (present simple), and five sentences describing what the student is doing at the moment (present continuous).



Today we discussed things we like/hate/love doing (like/hate/love + verb + ing). We reviewed the verbs swim, ride, draw, dance, sing, travel, and learned a new verb 'to garden'. The students talked about their hobbies and the things they especially like doing, then they created their own after-school club based on that hobby (activity) and gave a presenatation. 

There is no homework this week. Next week the students should get their new textbooks and start using them. 


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