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Here in the United States, it seems that children learn about the five senses at quite a young age. Many of the adult learners in my class had not learned them like they are taught here.
We explained the word “route” and had the students list all of the cities they traveled to before finally arriving in Minnesota. No student had journeyed through less than three cities prior to reaching Minneapolis. Faizah had gone to nine.
Today my students seemed to have a case of spring fever. The staff teacher in my classroom had to ask students repeatedly to put their pencils down while she was talking. She firmly explained that when the teacher is talking, it is time to listen.
Geography was woven into the grid activity again this week. We talked about caves, a new vocabulary word for all of the students.
Today’s topic was traveling. The questions alternated between "have you" and "would you like to".
The questions invoked their opinion of Minnesota - comparing and contrasting it to their home countries.
Today Aziza was very hung up on the difference between “no” and “know,” as she was trying to hear the difference in pronunciation. After assuring her that there wasn’t any, she looked at me and asked why we would have a different word sound exactly the same. I had no answer for her.
An excellent way to incorporate past tense verbs.
This week we talked about childhood using the grid activity to practice past tense. One question explored the rules parents had for the learners when they were children. I think everyone in the classroom was surprised to discover that in spite of cultural differences, more familial rules were similar than different; they seemed to have a universal quality.
At first I doubted if it would be a topic that would fill up the entire class time, but I was definitely wrong!

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