Blue Whales

Blue whales

Teacher:

Hannah Straavaldson

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

 

Welcome to the new school year 2019-2020!



On this website you can read what the pupils did in English lessons, what homework they were assigned, what they should study for the tests, and you will also learn other important information about teaching. Therefore, we ask that you check this site regularly. If you have any further questions, you can call or email us at any time.
 

* Super Minds * Dear Parents, We would like to inform you that the curriculum of the Super Minds textbook consists of two parts - the first part is the foundation (mandatory) and the second part is an extension (additional). The course was designed to suit different types of English programs and to adapt to them depending on how many hours of English per week children have. In our case, when we have four hours a week, we are able to discuss the core part (the first six pages of each lesson), but we have very little or no time for the second part (the other six pages in each lesson). For this reason, you often find missing pages in Student's Book and Workbook. Your child's teacher will always publish the homework assignment on the website so you can check if your child is going through the subject matter. Regarding the remaining pages and exercises, of course, we will encourage pupils to develop them at home if they wish. Teachers check these pages and exercises and give pupils extra stars as a reward for their efforts. The Student's Book includes an interactive DVD-ROM containing animated textbook stories, interactive games and activities, including karaoke songs for home exercise.

Here are instructions  for signing up for the  Cambridge Learning Management System . The activation code can be found inside the Workbook. These are complementary activities to the textbook, which are intended for home exercise. We don't work with them in class. 

 

OCTOBER

14.10

Today in class the students corrected the homework due today. There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the pages, so we looked at WB pg 18 in addition to the assigned pages, WB pg 12, 16 and SB pg 16, 18. The students also talked more about volcanoes, since that was one of the themes of the homework pages.

As a class, we looked at the story on SB pg 14-15. First, the students had to find when and where the story took place. Then, the class read the story in a circle. We paused at different parts to talk about what was happening, and the students explained what they thought would happen.

The teacher wrote important numbers from the text about the Mt Vesuvius eruption, and the students had to remember/guess what the numbers meant (79---79AD, the year it erupted).

The students looked at the pictures on WB pg 15, and talked about what they saw in the pictures. Then the students organized the pictures from oldest to most recent (or in the future). We also talked about the approximate year for each picture.

Each student picked a picture from WB pg 15 and wrote a short story idea for the next adventure. Then they each presented their story to the class.

At the end of class, the students watched a short documentary video about the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens. We used some of the vocabulary from the homework and class today to talk about what we saw in the video.

Homework: complete WB pgs 14, 20, and 21, practicing reading and writing skills, and reviewing the vocabulary and past continuous topics from Unit 1.

Password: time

11.10

Today in class the students practiced writing with connecting words in their portfolios. They read a text, and filled in the missing words. Then the students came to the board to check their answers.

As a class, we talked about “punk rock” and some of the typical music and fashion. Then, we looked at SB pg 12 and compared our answers. Then the students listened to a punk rock song, and then corrected the mistakes in the lyrics on SB pg 12.

At the board, the two teams of students raced to write the -ing form of verbs correctly. We especially focused on when to a) drop the “e” at the end of the verb, and b) double the last letter of the word.

To further practice reading and writing skills, the students looked at SB pg 13. They read an email, and used the pictures to fill in the missing information. Then the students had to check with their classmates and write their final answers on the board.

In teams of three, the students rewrote two events from the message on SB pg 13. Each team had to follow the form: “Somebody was swimming at the pool while somebody was sleeping in the garden.” Then the class presented their original stories to the rest of the class. The difficult thing was that they could only act, without words. The other teams had to guess exactly what the group wrote on their paper : )

Homework: WB pg 12, 16 and SB pg 16, 18. DUE MONDAY 14TH OCTOBER

Password: watched

07.10

Today in class we wrote in our portfolios about things we did at the weekend. We then looked at studentbook page 10 and brainstormed what we thought the unit was going to be about.

After we went through all the new vocabulary words and checked for understanding of each within the context of the unit. After we played a game where students had to draw/guess the new words with each other. We then played a team game of guessing the words only using english.

After the break we listened and answered some questions from studentbook page 10, exercise 2. We then introduced past continuous by answering in pairs/groups what we did at specific times based on the prompts from the board. We then did the exercise in studentbook page 11, exercise 1. After we played another game using the past continuous where each student had to act out a past action from the weekend and students had to answer what they were doing using full sentences.

HomeworkWB pg 12, 16 and SB pg 16, 18. DUE MONDAY 14TH OCTOBER

04.10

Today in the classroom of students practicing science classroom vocabulary in their portfolios . There were words with mixed letters. They had to unmix the letters to write the word properly, and then they also drew a picture of the object.

To practice for the test today, the students played a game with questions and answers using the past simple . First, the two groups had six questions with the first word missing, and they had to choose the correct word . Then they got the answers, and had to match them to the questions . Finally, the two groups had to put together six questions about their last holiday, and everyone shared their answers with the class :)

The students completed the listening session of Unit 0 test .

After the break, students completed the vocabulary part of the Unit 0 test , and then the writing / reading part .

Once they finished the test, the students played a game because they all worked so hard today!

Homework : WB pgs 10, 11, 13 . DUE MONDAY OCT 7TH

Password: Superman

SEPTEMBER

30.09

Today in class the students corrected the homeworkWB pgs 7 and 9. We looked at the questions as a class and everyone shared their ideas and answers.

In their portfolios, the students wrote down questions using the correct question word (where, when, why, what, did, etc). They read a text with the question words missing and had to figure out the missing word. Then we read it as a class and compared answers.

As a group, we talked about “science fiction”. The students shared some examples and common themes in science fiction, and then we predicted what would happen in the science fiction story on SB pg 8-9. The students looked at the pictures and described what they saw, and they also imagined what would happen next.

Together, we read the story on SB pg 8-9. The students got to read their parts with different voices and sound effects, which was fun : ) During the story, the students answered some questions about the text on the bottom of SB pg 9.

On WB pg 8, we looked at the instructions for the experiments from the story and talked about the format for instructions. Then, as a fun creative activity, the students (in pairs or in teams) wrote their own instructions for a science experiment. They could use any materials and any ideas, but they had to a) write at least three steps, b) write the result, and c) write one warning and one important note at the bottom of the instructions. Then they shared their experiments with the class : )

Homework: complete WB pgs 10, 11, 13, practicing the new vocabulary Unit 1 and the past continuous to talk about specific activities in the past. DUE MONDAY, OCT 7TH

Password: children

27.09

Today in class the students practiced using feeling adjectives in their portfolios. They looked at nine pictures, and had to think of the best word. Then we compared ideas as a class.

We listened to a song in class to practice close listening skills. We listened for the missing words on WB pg 6, and sang/danced to the song :) Then we looked at SB pg 6 to check our answers and answer some questions about it.

In teams, the students played a rhyming game. The teacher called out a word (i.e. “grey”, “sun”, “two”, “fly”). The representative from each team had to think of a word that rhymes as quickly as possible. The teammates took turns answering, and they had some very creative and funny ideas : )

The students looked at the pictures on SB pg 7 and guessed what each person was feeling. Then, to practice writing questions and answers, the students “asked” the character a question (Why are you sad?) and then wrote an answer (I’m sad because I lost a table tennis tournament.) The students then completed the exercise on SB pg 7, and we checked the answers as a class.

At the end of class, to start off the weekend, the students played a second round of the rhyming game : )

HomeworkWB pgs 7, 9

Password: crocodile

23.09

Today in class the students corrected their first homework of the year, WB pgs 4-5, practicing science classroom vocabulary and past simple verbs. We checked the answers together, and also did some practice with present and past verbs at the board.

In their portfolios, the students wrote a list of all the school subjects they could think of. Then, as a class, we compared lists and added other subjects that we forgot.

To remember the new vocabulary, the teacher gave each student an object. The student had to draw it on the board, and the rest of the class tried to guess what they were drawing.

As a class, we looked at the picture on SB pg 4. Then we did a listening activity together on SB pg 4 part 2.

After the break, the students made two teams for a spelling race. First, the teams had to correctly spell the new vocabulary from the unit. Then, the students practiced spelling the past simple of infinitive verbs (i.e. run--ran; walk--walked, etc.)

The students looked at SB pg 5 and read the sentences about the three children. Then they had to figure out which classes each child attended and write the information in the table. Then we checked the answers as a class.

As a group, we made our own student and school subject table. Each student picked the subjects they “studied” yesterday. Taking turns, the students asked questions to the class to figure out which subjects each student studied.

Homework: complete WB pgs 7 and 9, practicing past simple questions and answers, and giving instructions. DUE MONDAY, SEPT 30.

Password: October

20.09

Today in class the students did their first portfolio assignment. The teacher wrote some information on the board about blue whales. The students had to guess what it meant and write them into sentences (i.e. “1,600 km” -- Blue whales can be heard underwater 1,600km away.) After they finished, the teacher shared the true information. The students also shared their “facts,” which were very funny : )

The students did a scavenger hunt to be introduced to the new student’s book. The teacher showed the class an item, and the students had to find the objects in the book as fast as they could.

As a class, we talked about how they like to work. Then we did a class quiz about how they like to learn: independently or in groups, quietly or with noise, etc.

The class planned out and created their team poster! They took turns colouring the poster, and each student cut out and decorated a bubble to put their picture on. Everyone worked really hard to make it look good and to represent their class well!

Homework: complete WB pgs 4-5, DUE MONDAY, SEPT 23.
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16.09

Today in class the students introduced themselves with a few simple pieces of information. After they introduced themselves, we talked about the new school year .

The students reviewed the classroom rules , and what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. We talked about the Star Day rules: how to earn stars, how to lose stars, and what they can use their stars for (individually and as a class).

We discussed bullying , and how bullying affects the person bullying, the person being bullied, and the people seeing it happen. The students also did a quiz as a group to decide in which situations you should tell an adult, and when it is not necessary. After we finished talking, the class signed and promised not to tolerate bullying.

To get to know each other better and to get everyone talking, we played a game . Pairs of students working together to figure out what the numbers mean on the board. Then, after they figured all of them out, the students made their own examples for the others to guess.

At the end of the class, we focused on portfolios . Since the students will use the same portfolio the entire year, each student wrote five things they want to happen this school year. Then, at the end of the year, they will be able to reflect on their year and see how it went. The students then had some time to decorate the cover and write their names , which was interesting :)

Homework : complete WB pgs 4-5 , practicing science and classroom vocabulary and some grammar revision. DUE MONDAY, SEPT 23.

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