Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Spring Holidays!


People who are Jewish have been celebrating Passover this week, and Christians here will celebrate Easter on Sunday.   Although this is a religious holiday, many celebrate it with a visit from the Easter Bunny who brings chocolate eggs.  Little kids go on egg hunts.  Every year, there is a big Easter egg roll at the White House.   Check it out here.

Special Vocabulary Practice for Level 7/8 (High Intermediate):

We had some very tough vocabulary over the last couple of weeks.  Click here to practice some of the words we had from our problem solving unit.  We did the crossword in class but there are many other activities you can do.

This week's Level 5/6 Vocabulary is here.

Bye for now.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Week 12 Vocabulary

I can't believe that this semester is almost over.Click here to practice a few new words from this week.

I went to see Rosanne Cash last night.  She is great!  One of the songs she sang was this:

The vocabulary is difficult but the song tells an interesting story.  Here are the lyrics to Ode to Billy Joe:

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin' cotton and my brother was balin' hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And Mama hollered out the back door "y'all remember to wipe your feet"
And then she said "I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge"
"Today Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
"Well, Billie Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please"
"There's five more acres in the lower forty I've got to plow"
And Mama said it was shame about Billie Joe, anyhow
Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billie Joe MacAllister's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

And Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show
And wasn't I talkin' to him after church last Sunday night?
"I'll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don't seem right"
"I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge"
"And now you tell me Billie Joe's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

And Mama said to me "Child, what's happened to your appetite?"
"I've been cookin' all morning and you haven't touched a single bite"
"That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today"
"Said he'd be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way"
"He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge"
"And she and Billie Joe was throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billie Joe
And Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo
There was a virus going 'round, Papa caught it and he died last Spring
And now Mama doesn't seem to wanna do much of anything
And me, I spend a lot of time pickin' flowers up on Choctaw Ridge

And drop them into the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge

What do you think they dropped into the water?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Things to Do Over Spring Break

We're going to be off for the next 10 days so here are a few things to keep you busy.  Below you will find:

   1.  Information about Cesar Chavez whose birthday is March 31.

2.  Information about April Fool's Day, April 1.
3.  Lyrics & music of Tom Jones singing It's Not Unusual.
4. An online link to our Level 7/8 text Touchstone 4
5.  Vocabulary review from this week's Level 7/8 class.
6.  Vocabulary review from this week's Level 5/6 class.

Cesar Chavez


To read a good biography of Cesar Chavez with some wonderful photos, click here

To see a clip from the movie CESAR CHAVEZ which is in movie theaters now click here.  (For some reason this link is very slow....sorry.)

A Fool

Click here for a lesson about April Fool's Day.  There are a lot of activities you can do with this, including listening activities.  While you read the article, look out for British spelling of some words!

Ready to dance?  Here's TOM JONES singing IT'S NOT UNUSUAL:

It's not unusual to be loved by anyone
It's not unusual to have fun with anyone
but when I see you hanging about with anyone
It's not unusual to see me cry,
oh I wanna' die
It's not unusual to go out at any time
but when I see you out and about it's such a crime
if you should ever want to be loved by anyone,
It's not unusual it happens every day no matter what you say
you find it happens all the time
love will never do what you want it to

why can't this crazy love be mine
It's not unusual, to be mad with anyone
It's not unusual, to be sad with anyone
but if I ever find that you've changed at anytime
it's not unusual to find out that I'm in love with you


OK, time to calm down now! Here's  a link to the Touchstone Arcade.  #4 goes with our Level 7/8 text book.

To practice vocabulary from Unit 6 of Touchstone 4 click here. (Level7/8)

To practice some vocabulary and idioms from the house click here.  (Level 5/6)

Be sure to do the harder vocabulary exercises and not the easy spelling ones.

Okay, bye for now!  See you in April.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Where do you live?


Happy Spring everybody (unless you're in the Southern Hemisphere where it's Happy Autumn!)

This week in class we have been talking about Homes.  To practice some vocabulary click here.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

More Doctors and Help Falling Asleep

Click here to practice more doctors.

Do you have trouble falling asleep?  Listen to this lullaby by Mary Chapin Carpenter.  The lyrics are below.


Sun goes down and says goodnight
Pull your covers up real tight
By your bed we'll leave a light
To guide you off to dreamland
Your pillows soft your bed is warm
Your eyes are tired when day is done
One more kiss and you'll be gone
On your way to dreamland
Every sleepy boy and girl
In every bed around the world
Can hear the stars up in the sky
Whispering a lullaby
Who knows where you'll fly away
Winging passed the light of day
The man in the moon and the milky way
Welcome you to dreamland
Every sleepy boy and girl
In every bed around the world
Can hear the stars up in the sky
Whispering a lullaby
Who knows where you'll fly away
Winging passed the light of day
The man in the moon and the milky way
Welcome you to dreamland 
The Man in the Moon

The Milky Way

Friday, March 7, 2014

Inside The Body & Doctors

Practice these terms here.

And, if you aren't feeling well, learn which doctor you should go to here 

I'll put up more doctors next week.  Until then, stay healthy!