Monday, April 26, 2010

Study Break

Today, students took a break from their hard work to enjoy a movie about American high school life.

We watched the movie Mean Girls, the #1 movie of 2004. This movie is about a girl from Africa named Cady who enters the American school system for the first time, and tries to make friends and succeed in school. But there are many unfamiliar social rules about American high school life, and Cady makes some serious mistakes before finding her place at school.

This picture shows Cady sitting with a group of girls called "the Plastics" -- the rich and beautiful but very mean girls at her high school.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Peter Pan and Paper Planes, Second Grade

Here are some pictures of the second graders' lesson about Peter Pan. It looks like fun, doesn't it?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Peter Pan and Paper Planes

Lesson of the Day: Introduction to the Great Books unit & Peter Pan
Video of the Day: Clips from the 1953 and 2003 Peter Pan films.

Lesson highlights:
Day 1:
-Students explained as much of the story as they remembered
-Students read an excerpt from chapter 3 of Barrie's "Peter Pan and Wendy," and answered simple comprehension questions
-Students watched the corresponding scene in the 2003 film (it's the one where Wendy sews Peter's shadow back on), and compared the print and film in small group discussions
-Students watched film clips highlighting the most important plot developments, paying special attention to mentions and symbols of time and growing up (big example: the scariest creature in Neverland, the Crocodile, sounds like a ticking clock)

Day 2:
-Complete a listening comprehension worksheet by filling in missing phrases while watching the film
-Finish watching clips central to the plot
-Indulge in alliteration and childish whimsy with Peter Pan Paper Planes!

After two days of talking about the exuberant joys of childhood and Peter's fears about going to school and growing up, students (and, to be honest, me too!) were happy to run around outside in sunny weather with paper airplanes.

All students made creative airplanes, and some flew very far. Here are some pictures from class 1-2:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Commercials Lesson Videos, Class 1-3


Taco Bell:




Grade 1: Commercials Lesson Videos, Class 1-1

Here are some commercials that CSHS Students created last week. Did they do good work?

Taco Bell (Mexican fast food):

Samsung (cell phones):

Jinro (soju):

Angel-In-Us (coffee and beverages):

McDonald's (fast food):

I thought these were all very creative and funny!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Grade 2: Pop Star Presentations & Photos

Lesson: American Pop Stars and Pop Music Genres
Idiom of the Day: None
Video of the Day: many music videos, chosen by students

For two weeks, second grade students worked in groups of 2 or 3 students to research and present on an American pop star.
Students presented on biography, music, genre, and more, and chose music video clips to show similarities between Korean and American pop music styles.

Students did research on March 31, and created Powerpoints and made presentations April 7 & April 14.

Here are some pictures of students as they prepared and presented their American Pop Stars project:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Recipe: Macaroons

Tonight, I am making cookies. I will bring cookies to school tomorrow and share them with the third grade students. I do not teach a third grade class this semester. However, they still want to practice conversational English, and I enjoy talking with them. So every Wednesday, we meet in the school cafeteria and speak in English, and I bring something sweet to eat. It's a lot of fun!

Tonight, I am making a kind of cookie called a "macaroon." It is made with coconut and almonds. Here is the recipe:

My Macaroon Recipe:
-14 oz shredded coconut, unsweetened (in America - that's 5 cups. In Korea, it's about six 70g bags from Home Plus)
-1/4 bag mini chocolate chips (or one 70g Home Plus/Emart bag)
-1 14-oz can condensed milk
-2 egg whites
-1/2 cup flour
-1/2 cup roughly crushed/chopped almonds
-3/4 tsp almond extract
-1 tsp salt

Whisk egg whites and sugar until frothy. Add everything else in. Place ~1" lumps on parchment paper at 325 F for 15 minutes. Eat.

Grade 1: Thoughts on the Commercial Lessons, Class 1-2

Q: Did you like the commercial lessons? Why or why not?

"Yes, I like this lessons because through this lessons we play many activity and it's funny."

Monday, April 5, 2010

Grade 1: Thoughts on the Commercials Lesson, Class 1-3

Q: Did you like the commercial lessons? Why or why not?

"This class is very cool. Because this class is very fun and activity is help me understand English."

Grade 1: Thoughts on the Commercials Lesson, Class 1-1

Q: Did you enjoy the lessons on commercials?

"I think the commercials lessons are fun. Because, through this class, I can see 'American commercials,' and I get a confidence in this class."