Nov 25, 2014

Flight Plan: Present and Past Modals for Speculation



I. Watch the movie segment. Then write down three different explanations for what happened in the segment on a piece of paper. Use your imagination.


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Ex: The girl is sleeping somewhere on the plane.

1 ___________________________________
2 ___________________________________
3 ___________________________________


II. Teacher collects the sheets and redistributes them among the students. 

III. Students analyze their peers' explanations and write sentences with modal verbs for speculation. Remember that you should vary the modal verb according to what you believe really happened to the boy.

Observe if the sentences refer to the present or to the past. You will have to choose the correct verb form.

(PRESENT IDEA: MIGHT + BARE INFINITIVE)
(PAST IDEA - MIGHT + HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE)


Ex: 

The girl might be sleeping somewhere on the plane. (It is possible, but you don't think that is what really happened)

The girl must be sleeping somewhere on the plane. (It is very possible. You probably agree with the idea)

The girl can't be sleeping anywhere on the plane (It is not a plausible explanation. You don't believe it happened at all)


IV. Read the sentences out loud. Explain why you chose those modal verbs. Agree and disagree with your friends' ideas.


V. What is the most plausible explanation decided by the class?


Nov 15, 2014

Dark Tides: Because x Because of








I. Watch the movie segment and match the causes and their effects. Then match the effect and its sentences, using BECAUSE or BECAUSE OF.

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I.

EFFECTS

1. They were shooting a documentary

2. She has a dangerous job.

3. She dives  among sharks.

4. She has a security man.

5. They threw a bait at the ocean.

6. Free divers have to leave the protection cage.

7. They must be very careful swimming among sharks


CAUSES

( ) their unpredictable behavior.

( ) the obligations of her dangerous occupation.

( ) free divers swim among sharks.

( ) that is the only way to understand  sharks behavior in the wild.

( ) free divers swim among sharks.

( ) she has to come up to breathe.

( ) it attracts sharks fast.


1 ______________________

2 ______________________

3 ______________________

4 ______________________

5 ______________________

6 ______________________

7 ______________________


II. THE SHARK GAME:

Work in small groups. Answer the following questions about sharks. The team that scores most points is the winner:

1. What is the largest shark in the world?

a. Hammerhead shark
b. Whale shark
c. Great white shark
d. Tiger shark

2. How long can a shark go without eating?

a. a week
b. two weeks
c. a month
d. two months

3. Mother sharks stay close to their babies until they are mature.

a. true
b. false

4. The great white shark is the most fierce of the sharks.

a. true
b. false

5. About how many kinds of sharks are there?

a. Under 250
b. 250 -350
c. 350 - 450
d. Over 500

6 . Sharks have upper and lower eyelids but they do not blink.

a. true
b. false

7. The most harmless sharks tend to be the largest.

a. true
b. false

8. Some sharks may eat other sharks.

a. true
b. false

9. Florida has the greatest number of shark attacks annually in the whole world.

a. true
b. false

10. Almost all sharks are "carnivores" or meat eaters.

a. true
b. false


II. Discuss the following questions:

1. What's your opinion about sharks?

2. Have you ever seen a live shark? Where?

3. Are sharks a problem where you live or spend summer vacation?

4. Is it okay to kill or hunt sharks in areas they attack human beings?

5. What are the qualities of a shark?


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Answer Key - 


Possible Answers. Other matches are possible, so check meaning for alternatives.


I.
1. They were shooting a documentary because they wanted to learn more about sharks.

2. She has a dangerous job because free divers swim among sharks.

3. She dives  among sharks because of the obligations of her dangerous occupation.

4. She has a security man because she has to come up to breathe.

5. They threw a bait at the ocean because it attracts sharks fast.

6. Free divers have to leave the protection cage because they want to understand  sharks behavior in the wild.

7. They must be very careful swimming among sharks because of their unpredictable behavior.

II. The Shark Game

1 b, 2 c, 3 b, 4 b, 5 c, 6 a, 7 a, 8 a, 9 b, 10 a


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Nov 5, 2014

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Describing People's Physical Characteristics


The first movie was so good that it makes this sequel almost unnecessary. Anyways, it has its good moments. The idea of foodimals is just great and perfect for classes in which the students have to work on people physical characteristics.
















A. Write down the characteristics we use to describe people under the correct verb column. To Have or To Be.


HAIR

EYES

FAT

THIN

SHORT

TALL

CHUBBY

SLIM

ARMS

LEGS

HEAVY

MEDIUM-BUILT




B. Watch the movie segment and then describe the  ‘foodimals’ (aka food animals) and characters below, using the words in exercise A. Make sure you say, for example, how many eyes, legs, arms they have and their colors too.

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Ex: It is a spider-hamburger. It has eight legs, etc




1. Fla-Mango



2.  Barbs, the simio



3. Double Bacon CheesSpider




4. Flint Lockwood



5. Earl



Hippotatamos

HippotatomusFA





 Sam Sparks




Straw-Barry


Taco-dile Supreme


Bananostrich


BananaostrichFA







C. Draw ‘foodimal’ (aka food animal) or monster. Be creative. Don't show it to anyone. Give it a name too.

Ex: Mosquitoast


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It is thin. It has six legs  and two toast (toasted) wings. It has two big black eyes and two short antennas.

D. Describe your drawing to a partner, but do not show it to him/her. Your partner draws what he/she listens.


E. When you both finish, show each other the original drawing and the foodimals your friend drew, based on your dictation. Check how similar they are.




Answer key:

Ex: A.

To Have:

He has ...
(Hair, Eyes, Arms, Legs)


To Be:

He is ...


(Fat, Thin, Short, Tall, Chubby, Slim, Heavy, Medium-Built)


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