11 April 2018

L4 Academic relieving

Warm upMan in woods 40 years View from 9 a.m. Early birds inform latecomers. Test.

Smart phone research: Get information about:
freak event, 
beast from the east, 
polar vortex, 
a jolt upwards, 
monitoring station, 
historical range, 
combined total, 
Michael Mann, 
anomaly of anomalies, 
natural variation, 
fluctuate wildly, 
wider implications, 
jet stream, 
act as a buffer, 
global average, 
blindly hoping
political action, 
phase out

Vocab graph/tally 

Jack London short story to build a fire

TED talks climate change

Discussion re 27-storey Dunedin hotel. Jing Song 8 April

05 April 2018

L2 Reading Week 8 Wed 11 April PORTFOLIO


Lead in: One Cyclist in Lisbon (3 min 40 sec)

Reading dictation: (do half only) vocab. What might the questions be?

Portfolio: up to now, and during the break. Explain from sheet to go on the wall.
It's anything you read - and give evidence of reading - outside of the class.
It doesn't have to be books. 
It can be a range.
It can even be searching for a good book, or visiting the library!

Dialogue journal: Return these (and collect others)

SRA: 15 minutes' worth

Big reading using graded readers: Rich man, poor man.

Prediction: Life lessons from 100-year-olds
There are 3 of them. How many men/women?
Do any of them drink alcohol?
Do they like to remember the past?
What is someone's lucky number?
What country starting with a 'C' did someone live in?
What might you like doing when you are 100?
What do you think they would say about food?

Reading captions: Using HiHo Kids

Take a surfing tour online:

video clip
TED in 3 minutes

small Reading: Mystery on the Downs

everyone gets a consonant (clusters)
which letters do words end with? (predict)
'ou' variations

also SRA, Jean and Anne, Smartphone research

BIG reading

Rich man/poor man

04 April 2018

L2 Reading week 7 Thursday 5 April

Lead inOne Cyclist in Lisbon (4 min)

Reading dictation: OK

Questions: (do in 4 different groups)

1. Which two things did the children need permission for? to sleep on island, to borrow the boat,
2. What made the children tired? taking/carrying the food
3. What happened to Tom? His face went red
4. Who works in a shop? Mrs MacPherson
5. Who, or what is Nestle? It's milk. Name of food company/plant/ factory.
6. When do you think the children will sail? at night/evening/ Thursday/Friday
7. What is another word for a tin? can/ tincan
8. 'Think of cooking sausages' Does 'think' mean 'remember', 'dream', 'imagine', or 'use'? (choose 1)
9. place these in the order that they happen: (2 points)

2 buy sausages
5 cook sausages
4 Andy first sees sausages
1 Tom first sees sausages
6 sausages are eaten
3 children carry sausages to boat

e.g. 1 litre of tears, Rich man poor man,
missing in Sydney,Goosebumps,
Twins book,
Dialogue journal:
Q: What is the best book/story/reader/video you started in class this term? How many stars did you give it? Have you finished it? If not, will you finish it during the next holidays?


How long can a human being stay awake? 40 days???
What happens to your body if you don't sleep? hearing and thinking becomes strange
Do teenagers need more or less sleep than adults?
What percentage of USA adults don't sleep enough? 60% 50%
What are 'waste products'?

Ted TalkWhat would happen if you didn't sleep?

video clip
TED in 3 minutes

small Reading: Mystery on the Downs

everyone gets a consonant (clusters)
which letters do words end with? (predict)
'ou' variations

also SRA, Jean and Anne, Smartphone research

BIG reading

Rich man/poor man 

02 April 2018

Frozen pizza

Frozen Pizza

'And this is your room...' Mrs Stonehouse opened the door.

The young man swallowed in amazement. There were dozens of painted rabbits all over the walls. There were white rabbits, black rabbits and brown rabbits. There were even rabbits painted on the bed itself and on the cushions on the bed.

'It was the children's room when they were small,' said Mrs Stonehouse. 'I hope you don't mind. But you said that you wanted a room with a desk and this is the only room we have with a desk in it. It's nice and clean, though. I dusted it only this morning.'

'No,' said the young man. 'I don't mind. It's fine. I expect that I'll soon get used to the rabbits.'

'I did them myself,' said Mrs Stonehouse, who always admired her own work. 'I painted them with a stencil.'

'I'm sorry,' said the young man. 'I don't know that word. With a what?'

'A stencil,' replied Mrs Stonehouse. 'You buy them at art shops.' She smiled. The young man could see that she was very proud of her work. 'It's like a thick piece of paper with shapes cut out and you stick it on the wall and paint inside the shapes. You can stencil all kinds of designs. Clever, isn't it?'

The young man thought it sounded like something he used to do at his nursery school. He had been about four years old at the time. He thought it was a rather strange thing for a grown-up woman to do, but he was too polite to say so.

'Well,' said Mrs Stonehouse, 'I expect that you'll want to unpack your things. I'll leave you in peace.'

The young man looked around the room and wondered whether he had made a mistake. Perhaps he should have stayed at the university and not chosen to have a room in the town. But he had thought that living in a family would help him to improve his English. It was already quite good. Good enough, in fact, for him to have won a place at the university to study science. He had a degree in his own country, but he wanted to carry out some additional research in England.

This was not what he had expected. He had expected a family of university people. People like his own family, who sat round the table talking and arguing at all times of the day and night. Although Mrs Stonehouse had said that she had two teenage children, the house was surprisingly tidy for a family with children. His own home, he realised, was always untidy. Every room was filled with books and piles of paper that threatened to fall down on to the floor whenever someone banged a door. This house was not at all like that. One of the first things he had noticed was that the entrance hall had been quite empty. There was just a small table with a telephone on it and a neat pad of paper with a pen beside it. Perhaps the kitchen would be more like his home, he thought.

The young man unpacked his clothes and put them away in the wardrobe. Then he piled his books on the desk, as there was no bookcase in the room. He was hungry. He looked at his watch. It was seven o'clock. He wondered what time the family had dinner. Mrs Stonehouse still seemed to be the only person in the house.

He walked downstairs and knocked on the door of the front room. He could hear sounds of laughter inside.

'Come in,' called Mrs Stonehouse.

The room was very pink and there were bows and little white baskets painted on the walls. He supposed that Mrs Stonehouse had done these too, with a stencil. He thought that the room looked horrible and imagined how his mother would laugh if she saw it.

Mrs Stonehouse was watching television. There was a quiz show of some kind. Two rows of contestants faced each other. They laughed whenever the man asking the questions said anything and they all clapped every time one of the contestants said anything. They reminded him of seals in the zoo. There were similar television shows in his country, but his family never watched them. They thought they were very stupid.

'Is there something you want?' asked Mrs Stonehouse, without looking up from the television.

'I'm sorry,' said the young man. 'I just wondered what time you had dinner.'

Mrs Stonehouse laughed. She had a strange laugh, like the bird-like sound of a mobile phone. 'We don't have dinner. We're all so busy; we just eat and run.'

The young man thought that was a strange thing to say when all she seemed to do was sit and watch television.

'Come with me,' she told the young man. 'I'll show you the kitchen.'

Mrs Stonehouse led him into the room at the end of the hall. It was bright, very bright. The young man thought it might look better through sunglasses. The walls were yellow, the ceiling was yellow and the cupboards were yellow, bright yellow. It was like walking into the inside of a lemon. And there were, indeed, several lemons in the kitchen. And oranges and apples and bunches of grapes. All stencilled over the walls and the cupboards.

'It's... er... brilliant,' he said. He was trying to say that it was bright without saying how horrible he thought it was. But Mrs Stonehouse thought that he meant that it was very clever and she was pleased. She liked her work to be admired.

The young man looked round the room. Something was wrong.

'Excuse me,' he asked, 'where is the fridge?'

Mrs Stonehouse laughed again. 'It's here,' she said, opening a cupboard door. 'And the freezer is hidden here.'

The young man could not understand why anyone would want to hide a fridge or a freezer. He wondered where Mrs Stonehouse had hidden the cooker. What a strange kitchen this was, he thought. The only thing he recognised was the sink. It was a big old-fashioned white sink like his grandmother had at her farm. He wondered why Mrs Stonehouse did not have a nice new sink like his mother.

'It's a big sink,' he said.

'Yes,' Mrs Stonehouse replied. 'It's wonderful. I've been wanting a sink like this for years. It's a copy of an antique sink you know. They're very fashionable at the moment.'

'Oh,' said the young man. He felt more and more confused.

'And the cooker?' he asked. He couldn't see how you could hide a cooker in a cupboard, but in this house anything seemed possible.

'Oh, we don't have a cooker.' Mrs Stonehouse smiled. 'We'd never use it anyway. But here's the electric kettle and here's the sandwich-making machine, and this is the microwave.'

'I see,' said the young man. 'Do they live on sandwiches?' he wondered. 'But where do you cook?' He could see a shelf of big colourful cookery books on one wall.

'The poor boy,' thought Mrs Stonehouse. 'I suppose that in his country they don't have very much. I suppose that the women stay at home and cook simple food like they did here in England before I was born. I expect that he feels that he's very lucky to be able to stay in a house like this.'

'Oh, I don't cook.' She laughed. 'We're a very modern family. We don't waste our time on things like that and I've never been one for cookery. I love reading cookery books, of course,' she added. 'But that's different.'

The young man was now very confused. Mrs Stonehouse opened the freezer. 'Here,' she said. 'Everything you could want.'

The freezer was taller than the young man. Inside were boxes and boxes of frozen pizzas and ready-cooked meals. They filled all the shelves.

'You can help yourself to any of the packets. You just open the packet and put it into the microwave,' said Mrs Stonehouse. 'Nothing could be easier.'

The young man was still very puzzled. In his country he sometimes had pizzas with friends after going to the cinema. But they never had pizza at home, only in pizza restaurants. 'But when do you have dinner?' he asked.

'We don't have dinner,' she said. 'As I said, we all just help ourselves. I eat when I get back from my aerobics class and the kids grab something to eat when they get back from school before they go out. Though sometimes, like today, they go straight from school to their friends' houses. And Harry, that's my husband, he eats at different times. It depends whether he's working late or at the pub. We're a very independent family.'

'I was right,' she thought. 'In his country it must be very different. He's never been in a home like this.' She felt sorry for him.

'Her husband works late and goes by himself to the pub and her children go to their friends' houses. She must be very lonely,' thought the young man. 'That is why she doesn't cook proper meals.' He felt sorry for her.

Mrs Stonehouse was pointing out the contents of the square boxes that filled the freezer. 'There are frozen desserts, too,' she said. 'You don't have to defrost them; you can eat them straight out of the freezer. And we always have ice cream, too. At the moment we have chocolate, banana, and apple pie flavour.'

The young man suddenly remembered an article that they had discussed in his English class. It was from an English newspaper and explained how more and more people now ate ready-made meals, and how the contents of these meals were not what they appeared to be. So that if the packet said fish, you would not find an actual piece of fish inside, not like you would buy in a market, but bits of different fish squeezed together. This would then be covered with a strong-flavoured sauce so you wouldn't be able to taste the fish anyway.

The young man looked at the packets in the freezer and saw that on one packet of frozen fish dinner it actually said, 'contains real fish'. 'But what else could it contain?' thought the young man.

'What would you like tonight?' asked Mrs Stonehouse.

'Pizza will be fine,' said the young man.

'What kind of pizza?' asked Mrs Stonehouse.

There were so many kinds of pizza: pizza with mushrooms, pizza with ham and pineapple, and even baked bean pizza. 'Who could ever combine pizza with baked beans?' he thought. 'What a disgusting idea.'

'Cheese and tomato will be fine,' he said.

'Are you sure?' Mrs Stonehouse asked. 'He's obviously never had such a choice before,' she thought. 'It must be wonderful for him to come here.' 'What about mushrooms and olives with cheese and tomato?' she suggested.

'Yes, thank you,' he agreed.

'Fine,' said Mrs Stonehouse, taking a packet out of the freezer. 'Now, do you know how to use a microwave oven?'

The young man admitted that he had never worked a microwave before. So Mrs Stonehouse put the pizza inside the microwave and showed him how to set the timer.

'When it goes "ping" that means it's ready,' she said. 'So, now you're one of the family, all you have to do is come in and help yourself. You don't need to ask me.' She walked out of the door. 'Enjoy your pizza,' she said.

The young man found a knife and fork in a drawer. He put them on the table. Then he heard the microwave go 'ping'. He opened the door carefully, and using a cloth so that he didn't burn his hands, he took out the plate.

The pizza was awful. The base was soft and tasted of nothing and the sauce was too sweet. The olives and mushrooms had no flavour at all, but he ate it anyway because he was very hungry. 'How can people eat like this?' he thought. It was horrible to eat alone with nobody to talk to. The room was so bright, it was more like a hospital than a home. He felt quite miserable.

He washed up his plate and his knife and fork and went to his room. Later he heard doors open and someone went into the kitchen. He heard a 'ping'. Then, whoever it was climbed the stairs and another door opened and shut and he could hear loud music and the sound of a television.

'They all live by themselves,' he thought. 'How very strange. They don't talk to each other and they don't even meet up for dinner.'

He had never thought much about food before. At home, it was cooked by his mother, it was put on the table and he ate it. But now that he was away from home, he realised how much the food was part of home life. The smell of chicken soup filling the house as he walked in the door. His mother with flour up to her elbows, making a pie and talking and laughing at the same time. The feeling that the kitchen was the heart of the house and his mother was at the centre of the kitchen. Cooking, he saw now, was an essential part of family life back home.

The kitchen in this house was sad and lonely and no amount of yellow paint could change that.

The young man read a book until he was tired and then turned out his light. The rabbits danced around the walls.

The next morning the young man moved out. He went to a cafe and had some breakfast, and then went to the university housing office. The woman there listened to him and immediately found him another place to stay.

She also rang Mrs Stonehouse and told her that the young man had moved out.

'Was it the rabbits?' Mrs Stonehouse asked. 'I offered to put him in another room, but he said that he wanted a desk. He even had his own television. Really,' she continued, getting more and more angry. 'Compared with what he must have come from in his own country, you would have thought that he'd be grateful.'

'It's not that,' the woman at the housing office replied. She was writing on her list as she talked. Opposite Mrs Stonehouse's name she wrote, 'Unsuitable, except for independent teenagers. Note: no conversation practice, no home meal, frozen pizza.'


Hope you have enjoyed the reading!

Come back to to find more fascinating and exciting stories!

Week 7 L2 Reading Wed 4 April

Lead inOne Cyclist in Lisbon (3.5 min)

Reading dictation: OK

Questions: (do in 4 groups)

1. When you nod, are you agreeing or disagreeing?
in general

2. How many things could fit in the cabin?

3. How many people could fit in the cabin?

4. What is one disadvantage of the cabin?

5. Did the children want to sail around the bay, to the island, or to the Coast? (choose 1)

6. What was strange about the cove?

7. What do Tom and Andy both enjoy?

8. What do people use these days instead of gramophones? 

Dialogue journal:
Q: What is the best thing you did during the Easter break?
Tell story in the past
Report: Look at Sweet Valley High/Krashen 



I wanted to be a nuclear engineer
I sang musical theater and opera
I needed to take language course
Get two semesters in one summer
sign a contract
on the very first day
if I say one word
get kicked out with no refund
I stopped talking
I learned German that way

Ted TalkWhy we struggle learning languages
go to script

small Reading: Mystery on the Downs

everyone gets a consonant (clusters)
which letters do words end with? (predict)
'ou' variations

also SRA, Jean and Anne, Smartphone research

BIG reading

Rich man/poor man 

28 March 2018

L2 Reading 29 March

Lead inOne Cyclist in Lisbon (4 min)

Reading dictation: OK

Questions: hand back yesterday's and assign new.

Dialogue journal:
Story into the past
Report models


Children have 3 advantages
between 6 and 12 year/months/weeks
Children are fearless
Hold ourselves bac
talk about some of my own experiences
in elementary school (primary)
I could read the Hebrew alphabet
a school with really good teachers
did all of my homeword
I made a poor dish/decision
my hobby was swimming/sports/soccer/stamps collecting
Ted TalkWhy we struggle learning languages
go to script

small Reading: Mystery on the Downs

also SRA, Jean and Anne, Smartphone research

Plenty of reading

Compare with my use of an Agatha Christie novel to learn Romanian (is is it Roumanian?).

26 March 2018

L2 Reading 28 March

Lead inOne Cyclist in Lisbon (3.5 min)

Reading dictation:


Dialogue journal:

  1. Is there something you did with Anne or Jean that you would like me to follow up on? (yes/no)
  2. What is it/are they? (e.g. making suggestions, talking about weekend)


Children are good at  _________
We studied __________? (how?)
Take a trip to _________ ?
A five year old speaks ___________ 
has never worked a _______
correcting our _____________
15,000 hours of _________
We are smarter than ________
growing _________
in that tiny _________
children are ____________

Ted Talk: Why we struggle learning languages

People say that children are good at learning languages.

They believe that adults are bad at learning languages.

We think so because we failed to learn languages at school.

We may study French for 5 years.

A French 5 year old child will still speak better than us.

That's not fair!

However, the child has listened to 15,000 hours of French.

In your classes, you only listened to 50 to 200 hours.

You talked in English about French.

This didn’t help you speak French.

Both of you should go to a new country, e.g. Spain.

Both of you should spend 500 hours working.

You will do much better than the child.

Adults are smarter than children.

That's because adults have learned how to learn.

Reading Log:
15 minutes reading anything.
Record this in the back of your notebook.

Number of stars: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.

small Reading: Mystery on the Downs

also SRA, Jean and Anne, Smartphone research

Plenty of reading

Compare with my use of an Agatha Christie novel to learn Romanian (is is it Roumanian?).

21 March 2018

L2 Reading 22 March

Lead inOne Cyclist in Lisbon

Reading dictation:
"Let me help you, Andy," said Mary, and she took up the torn net. Her fingers were nimble and she worked with Andy whilst the others lay on their backs on the hot sand. 
"Andy, did you ask your father what we wanted you to do?" said Tom.
"Aye, I did" said Andy. "He says, yes--if I work hard all the week."
"Andy! How lovely!" said Jill in excitement. "I never thought he'd let you."
"Do you mean to say your father will lend you his sailing-ship to take us for a trip to Little Island?" asked Mary, hardly believing her ears. "I never thought he'd say yes."


  1. Who helped Andy?
  2. Who did Andy ask?
  3. Who spoke last?
  4. Where do the children wish to go?
  5. Who was surprised?
  6. Do you think 'nimble means flexible, strong or skillful? (choose one)
  7. What did Mary help Tom with?

What a strange  _________
Would anyone like to __________?
Are there any _________ ?
Are these two ___________ ?
Please do a good _______
Please come to the _____________
We have to think of a _________
You are in the same __________
I want to come and ________
You are so _________

1 Litre of Tears

The Happy Couple
Practice assessment.

Reading Log:
15 minutes reading anything.
Record this in the back of your notebook.


BIG Reading: Lost in Sydney Final 5 minutes

Next time: Mystery on the Downs

20 March 2018

L2 Reading Template

Lead inOne Cyclist in Lisbon

Reading dictation:
Andy was tall and brown. He was dressed in old blue trousers, and a dark-blue jersey. He liked the children very much and often took them out in his little boat. He had taught them all to swim like fishes, to row strongly, and to climb the rocky cliff like cats. It would really have turned their mother's hair quite white if she had if she had seen the things that the children sometimes tried to do! 

Andy sat on the side of his little boat and grinned at the three children running down the rocky path. His white teeth gleamed in his brown face, and his eyes shone as blue as the sea. He was mending a net.


  1. What was brown?
  2. Which two things were blue?
  3. What are cats good at?
  4. Where was Andy as he mended his net?
  5. Is the mother's hair white?
  6. Where did Andy take the children?
  7. Which two things did Andy teach the children in the water?

Please, just one _________
What are you __________?
You should be a little more _________
Let"s go and get ready for ___________
I must be _______
Let's take a _____________
Wait a _________
Be __________

1 Litre of Tears

HW: The Happy Couple
Did you read the story? Do you understand it? Ask questions to help everyone understand.

Dialogue Journal:
What's one interesting thing that has happened to you since last time I saw you?

SRA: 15 minutes voluntary reading

BIG Reading: Lost in Sydney Chapters 3 and 4

08 January 2018

Opo the dolphin

The local 
She pushed it 
The dolphin learnt 
Fishermen found 
Opo preferred 
She sped like
The dolphin joined
The fishermen were

to play with a beach 
lightning through the water to catch 
people called her 
able to scratch its belly with 
along with her 
a dolphin following their 
the people 
children and would let them stroke 


an oar.



Fishermen found a dolphin following their boats.
The fishermen were able to scratch its belly with an oar.
The dolphin joined the people swimming.
The local people called her Opo.
Opo preferred children and would let them stroke her.
The dolphin learnt to play with a beach ball.
She pushed it along with her nose.
She sped like lightning through the water to catch it.