Polar Bears

Polar bears

Teacher:

Kelsey Roman

tel.: +420 733 272 964
email: kelseyroman94@gmail.com

Welcome to the new school year 2021-2022!



 

On this website you can read what pupils did in English lessons, what homework they were assigned, what they should study for the tests, as well as other important teaching information. 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. 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

13.10

Today in Leap we began our class with a word search. Then, after checking our homework, we learned a bit about the differences in using "while" and "when" in talking about events occurring at the same time in the past. We practiced this by correcting sentences in our portfolios.

We also discussed volcanoes and tornadoes in depth, using listening activities to learn more about their effects. Finally we gave short presentations about natural disasters in groups.

Unfortunately there was a lot of talking in Czech today, so we did more bookwork than games, but the good news is we finished our Unit! That means next Monday we will have our review and our Unit 1 Test. I hope to see you all there.

Homework: No homework, Unit 1 Test 18/10.

Extra Credit: Bring in information about a natural disaster to present to the class.

11.10

Today at Leap, we started off our lesson by unscrambling words, to help solidify our vocabulary spelling.  We continued by making predictions about the story from our textbooks. After reading and acting out the story, we played a running dictation game to sequence the

narrative of events.

 

Afterwards, we discussed how we would help others if we had been present in the story, as well as the value of helping others. We also discussed what natural disasters we had witnessed. Then we collected all our knowledge about many types of disasters, and read an article on the topic with True or False questions. Finally, we played a game of Taboo, using natural disaster vocabulary.

 

Homework: WB p. 14-15 Due, 18/10

6.10

Today’s class began with a vocabulary review game for our new Unit. Then we used conditionals to discuss what we would do if faced with a natural disaster. We listened to a song about experiencing natural disasters and corrected the lyrics for the song in our Studentbooks.

Using the song lyrics, we introduced the topic of long and short vowel sounds, and had a race to sort  and glue English words with long and short vowel sounds in the appropriate categories.

Afterwards we used the past continuous form to play a memory game where each student had to come up with a new activity they were doing in the past. We discussed that you can use the word “while” to say that two things are happening at the same time. This helped us complete a reading activity in pairs. Finally, we played a game of charades, using the past continuous and the word “while” when guessing which activities we were acting out.

Homework: WB p. 12-13 Due 13/10

4.10

Today in Leap we finally finished reviewing the foundational knowledge from the previous year and started Unit 1! We introduced Unit 1 with a discussion about the meaning of the word “Disaster.” This led to a brainstorming session, before we revealed the topic of our Unit: Ancient  Pompeii. We learned a little about Ancient Pompeii and some new vocabulary words to help us imagine the city. Students played a flashcard slap game in teams to encourage recognition. Then they drew and labeled their own cities in groups with one student as an architect giving directions. 

 

Then we turned our attention to our textbooks where we followed the characters from our previous story as they traveled time in a listening activity.

After, we focused on  learning when to properly use the past continuous.  First we drilled when to use “was” and “were” with a writing challenge. Then we practiced using the past continuous by discussing our schedules the previous day with partners. Finally, we read an article and used it to match pictures to the correct past continuous sentence.

 

Homework: WB p. 10-11 Due 11/10

 

SEPTEMBER

29.9

Today was the day of our first test this year! In order to ensure we were prepared, we played pictionary and hangman to review our Unit 0 vocabulary a final time. Afterwards, we raced to put present tense sentences in the simple past tense and discussed rules for simple past tense verbs. 

 

The second half of our lesson was dedicated to taking the Unit 0 test. Our test had a listening, vocabulary, and grammar section. I have a good feeling about how it went.

We also put the last touches on our classroom poster, which will be put on display Friday.

Next week we will start Unit 1 and finish our review of last year’s material. Hope to see all students there.

Homework: No homework :)

27.9

Today’s class was all about reviewing for our Unit 0 Test next class. We started with a game of vocabulary charades, where the students had to signal vocabulary words silently with their hands and other students had to correctly guess the word.

Then we did a verb brainstorm and tried to name as many verbs as we could without repeating ourselves. Next, we practiced putting these verbs into the past tense, and then sorted the past tense forms into Regular and Irregular categories.

Most importantly, we focused on how to make questions in the past tense and when to use the word “Did” or “was” in making these questions. We made sure we knew when to use “was” and when to use “were,” as well. We also reviewed the meanings of "Who," "What," "When", "Where," "Why," and "How." Once we felt confident in making questions, we played a game called Angels, Bombs, and Guns, which mixed students’ ability to form past tense questions with luck in the number of points they received.

No Homework: Please study for the Unit 0 Test on Wednesday 29/9

22.9

Today’s class started with the listening activity review of the previous year’s language skills. We are almost finished with these reviews and introductory lessons and by October we should be able to dedicate all of our time to new material.

Next we played pictionary with our Unit 0 vocabulary. Both teams scored a tie, and we held an exciting tiebreaker round.

Once we were confident with our new vocabulary words, we used them to help make predictions about the story in our textbooks. We remembered the song from the previous lesson and this also helped our predictions. Then, we listened to the story together once, and acted it out as the characters to make sure we understood the sequencing of events. Afterwards, we answered narrative sequencing questions in pairs.

 

At the end of class we had extra time to make our class poster, and we decorated it with our Polar Bear facts.

 

Note: Some students have not brought back their Polar Bear fact. It is written on WB p.9 of their homework so they do not forget. 

 

Next class we will reviewUnit 0 so that we are prepared for our Unit 0 Test on Wednesday 29/9.

 

Homework: WB p.8-9 DUE WEDNESDAY 29/9

20.9

In Leap today, the students made further progress with their listening activity reviews of last year’s knowledge. Then, we briefly recalled the story we began in the previous class, and our newer vocabulary on science experiments.  We followed what happened next through a song. After listening we checked our comprehension of the song in pairs. 

The song also introduced us to the concept of “rhyming” which can connect words in English that sound the same, even if they have different spellings. Students further explored this concept by racing to glue cut out words that rhyme in groups.

Next we learned about how to ask questions in the past tense, and practiced by asking and answering our own past tense questions in pairs. We made sure to change question formats and partners to get the most out of our practice. We spent a little bit of extra time making sure we understood question words and when to use “was” and “were.” 

Homework: WB p. 6-7 DUE MONDAY 27/9

16.9

Today’s class started with a discussion reviewing empathy which we defined in our last class, and we agreed to be empathetic by signing an anti-bullying pledge. We also practiced older vocabulary from the previous years with a listening activity. We will be doing this each class for every unit from last year, to make sure we have a solid foundation to build on.

Next we started with our Unit 0 vocabulary. We had a relay race to identify the new words with flashcards, and later there was a race to unscramble the new vocabulary in teams.

The vocabulary helped us make predictions about the story in our Studentbooks. After listening to the story the students played a running dictation game, in pairs with one student speaking and another writing the answers to story comprehension questions.

Afterwards the students solved a logic puzzle in English using clues that helped them practice simple past tense verbs. Then we brainstormed regular and irregular past tense verbs and used them to play a beachball game, where the student who caught the ball had to make a new sentence about what they did yesterday.

Finally we started work on our Polar Bears class poster, and each student was assigned a polar bear fact to research as homework. I look forward to seeing what they find!

Homework: Polar Bear facts, due Monday, 20/9 , Workbook page 4-5 due Wednesday 22/9

13.9.

Today was the first day together at Leap, so we started by talking about our summers. We handed out portfolios and school books for this year. Then we had a chance to review some of our knowledge from last year with a listening activity.

To help us settle into the new school year, we brainstormed good classroom rules as a game, Then we agreed to follow the rules we had in common.

We also discussed the behavior of good classmates and good friends. We thought up examples of how we should treat others with kindness.  The word “empathy” was introduced and students took a survey to see if they use empathy when talking to friends.

Next, we read some short stories and tried to show empathy towards the story characters. Students pretended to be the character in the story, and imagined how they would feel. They shared the stories in pairs, and tried to act  as a helpful friend by listening and giving advice.

Homework: No homework today. :)

 

aktualizováno: 17.10.2021 00:08:49