Posts Tagged ‘homework’


My students are teaching me Arabic.  I’m really excited about this.  I can have a very short and very slow conversation in Arabic now.  This is a great accomplishment for me since I came here with absolutely no Arabic in my head.  : D  Some of my students are taking more of an interest with this educational need and are helping me learn a new Arabic word each day.  Even some of the Arab teachers are getting in on the act and helping me learn my numbers and giving me worksheets for the letters (I’m still very illiterate in Arabic).

So now I have a notebook where I write all my new Arabic words and phrases.  Then I study them and try to use them as often as I can.  Some of my students are even giving me deadlines to learn certain words or phrases.  It’s fun because they get to be the expert on something and it also helps some of the kids who grew up in America learn their Arabic better.

Here is my problem:  I can’t role my ‘r’ and I can’t get the throat sounds correct.  See, there’s certain numbers they use in their English writing of the words and they mean different sounds that can’t be expressed with letters.  So 2, 3, 5, and 7 all have specific sounds and the only one I’m good at is 5.  The greater problem is that the kids know this and this it’s funny.  They like to continue saying the sound over and over again until I get it but when I hear it, it sounds the same to me!  They also have no confidence in my ability to learn these sounds or my ‘r’ rolling.

I also have a few students who just want to teach me all the curse words and other inappropriate phrases.  Unfortunately, those words are easy to learn so I know them now.  This does help me in class because I can recognize them when the kids are using them so they get away with less now.  But I think they thought I’d get all upset or weird or whatever about learning these words but I don’t.  It’s actually really funny because they’ll write them down for me and then say, “Read them to me!”  So I read them and they smack my face when I say the words stating, “My mom can hear you!”  To which I respond by laughing and saying, “You’re the one teaching me!”

I can understand more Arabic than I can speak and I’m learning more and more every day.  It really is one of the hardest languages to learn.  But I am determined to succeed in knowing this language well enough to hold a real conversation or watch an Arabic TV show.

Well, wish me luck.  I’m off to work on my Arabic!


Homework #2

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

Nada – 6th Grade History

If I could live anywhere in the world I would live in America.  I would live in American because it is really beautiful.  There isn’t garbage thrown on the streets everywhere you look, or old houses everywhere.  Another part of its beautifulness is that there is many playgrounds, water parks, malls (etc.).  It is really fun.

Another reason is that it is a free country.  I like free countries the most because I can go anywhere whenever I want.  I can go places faster.  Also, I can go anywhere I want without going through a checkpoint.  Schools are closer and the weather is not as hot or cold.

The last reason is because I have relatives in Minnesota around my age.  They are boys but they are still fun.  We play many games with them.  When we visit them we usually go to places like Mall of America.  There we usually play on the rides together.  This is why I would like to live in America.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

Qamar – 6th Grade History

In all the world where would you live in and why?

In all the world I would live in America.  I would live there because it’s a nice place to live.  America is a history place.  It was also discovered by many people.  It’s a wonderful place to grow in.

America was all farms that are full of many thing and no it’s full of people.  In America I would live in the United States of America.  I would also live in California.  California is a really nice state and it’s very famous.  California was the 27th state to be discovered in the U.S.A.

United States of America is a really neat place to live in.  I choose that country because it’s beautiful and wonderful.  I would also live there because we take care of animals will.  America is my top 1 country in the world.  That’s why I choose American to live in.

Write a Skit about Something that happens in Matthew 1-7

Anton – 6th Grade Bible

Narrator – Jesus was born in a cave where farm animals lived.  Three wise men came to Jesus and game Him gifts.  At that night, Joseph had a strange dream including an Angel.

Angel – Flee to Egypt for Harod will kill all boys under two years old.

Joseph – We should leave to Egypt to save the life of the baby.

Mary – What threats the life of the baby?

Joseph – Herod asks to take his life.

Narrator – The next day Mary and Joseph talked about it and packed up their things and fled to Egypt on a donkey.  Herod told his soldiers to kill all boys under two years old.

Herod – Go and kill all boys under two years in this entire land.

Narrator – The soldiers killed all the boys and Herod was satisfied because he thought that Jesus was killed, but Jesus wasn’t killed.  Jesus and his parents stayed in Eygpt  until Herod died, and after a while Jesus and his parents went back homje.  Jesus grew and was wise enough to teach the teachers of religion.

Jesus – I am the way the light and the life.

Write about one part of the Sermon on the Mount

Ramzi – 6th Grade Bible

Oaths – What means oaths?  He said do not breake your oaths and prays the Lord the earth is his footstool.  We shouldn’t swear by our heads all you need to say is yes or no anything else is from evil or somebody bad.  I don’t know something about oaths but I now it something for God or for Bible.  I would like to learn about oaths and something else Jesus made everything in 6 days and if oaths is of God I will like it because its Good.

Write about one part of the Sermon on the Mount

Meroon – 6th Grade Bible

Ask, Seek, Knock – At the beginning I thought the passage is too small to write about, but then when I understood the meaning I noticed that it makde me feel so close to God as if I will ask hi will never turn me back.  And if I search for the real meaning of giving I will find that I am so little as I have to give more and more.  I know now if I knock the door means if I ask and pray our dear Lord will answer me and open the door for me.  In everything we do to others we will receive the same as the verse Matthew 6:33 “Put God’s kingdom first.  Do what he want s you to do.  Then all of those things will also be given to you.”  As we are the children of God who can be against us.

Write a Skit about Something from Matthew 1-7

Victor – 6th Grade Bible

Act 1

Angel Gabriel – Don’t be afraid I come with good nus yhou will have a child that is the holy spirit you will name him Jesus.

Mary – how can this be I am a vergin?

Gabriel – You have found favor in the Lord and the holy spirit will com apon you.

Mary – I am the Lords servent

Act 2

Joseph is sleeping and in his dreem an angel came.

Angel – you will keep Mary as your wife and you wil name the child Jesus.

Act 3 – In Bethlehem

Joseph – Do you have a place in your in for me and my wife.

Inkeeper – I’m sory for I wer is full but I have a stable.

Act 4 – The Berth of Jesus

Mary wraps baby in blanket.  Las him in a manger an sas: His name shal be Jesus.

Write a Skit about Something in Matthew 1-7

Meroon – 6th Grade Bible

John The Baptist said, “Move away from your sins!  The kingdom of heaven is coming.”  Isaiah said, “A messenger is called out in the desert, Prepare the way for the Lord.  Make straight pathes for him.”

John the Baptist said, “You are like a cave of prosnoise snakes.”

John the Baptist said, “I baptize you with water calling you to move away from your sines.  But after me, one will come who is more powerfull than I am.  And I’m not able to carry his sandals.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirity and with fire.  His pitchfork is in hand to clean the straw from his threshing floor.  He will gather his wheat into the storeroom.  But he will hurn up the dry seed with fire that can’t be put out.”

Write A Skit about Something In Matthew 1-7

Ramzi – 6th Grade Bible

Jesus – Jesus came to John and said baptize me

John – No man, I can’t baptize you

Jesus – you should

John – you should baptize me.

Jesus – let it be so now

John – ok

Dove – Came and said this is the son of God

People – we want to be baptized

Isn’t it cool to see God through the lenses of children and through the thoughts of kids who haven’t grown up with the Bible or Christianity?!  I hope you enjoyed this as much as I!

Student Journal Entries

The Day in the Life By Cameel (10th Grade Biology)

Good morning!  We’re going to start our day today in the lab.  First off, we are going to study the cells and the genes.  Under the microscope, we are going to see what they are made up of, and how they look.  Then, I want you to try to figure out if mutation occurred or not.

Now we can go to the wilderness.  I want you to clearly see natural selection.  If you noticed, the stronger animals feed on the weaker one.  Also, evolution is taking place everywhere.  In fact, let’s go to the zoo. *arrives to the zoo* There are turtle from different regions, notice how the shell is different.  That is evolution!

Look at your own bodies!  We can see homeostasis.  It’s hot out here, therefore we’re sweating.  Your body is keeping its temperature.  When we go to cooler places, your body still maintains its temperature.

A Day In a Life By Z (10th Grade Biology)

Good morning.  First of all let me introduce myself.  My name is Z****** M**** K*****.  When I was young, biology was my favorite branch of science.  I always was interested in learning more about our body and enjoying its amazing capabilities.  Of course I never got bored of it because there was always something new to learn.

When I was young, my ultimate goal was to become a neurosurgeon; and here I am a neurosurgeon indeed.  One thing I honestly love about my job is that it is special; although, it took forever to graduate from college!  I currently work at the Beit Jala Hospital, and I love it.  After graduating from the University of the Philippines; I came to Bethlehem, and was offered a job.  Pretty good salary; hush; don’t tell.

My day usually starts this way.  Early in the morning, I have my cup of coffee, head directly to my office, and study more on how to treat patients suffering from spinal column diseases and other problems concerning their nervous system.  I know everybody is wondering why I still study; the answer to that is what I previously said, “There is always something new to learn.”  I guess this is all I have to say about my life.  Thanks for the interview.

Me as a Volcanologist By Mo (8th Grade Earth Science)

“Ooooh, Ohhhhhh.  I can be called Tarzan the second.  Anyway, I’m in a jungle on my way to Volcano Bagawawa.  I’m really tired.  I’ve been walking all day to reach the volcano.  I’ll be there in about three hours.  So … “Ahhh snake (stabs it with his pocket knife) die, die, die.”  I’m too frightened to talk now I’ll talk to you when I get there.”

(Three hours later) “Hi, again.  I’m standing right at the hold of Volcano Bagawawa.  It’s really dark I can’t see a thing.  I’m getting ready to get down there.  As soon as I strap my rope … there all done.  Alright here we gooooo!”  (Flicks on his flashlight and is now shocked) “Oh my God!  I am now the richest man on Earth!  Look at all these diamonds!  There’s got to be trillions of dollars worth of diamonds in here!  Alright I got to go I’m speechless bye, bye!”

Journal By Nadine (8th Grade Earth Science)

Once upon a time I was at the mall, and when I was there I won a trip to outer space.  The trip started on Saturday.  I got into the space rocket and put my breathing equipment on.  It was really scary at the beginning especially when it launched.  It was a pretty long trip that I even got bored waiting to arrive to space.

We finally reached space!  I knew that we reaching space because I couldn’t stand on the floor anymore; I was flying.  At the moment, I actually couldn’t believe that I was in space.  It was the coolest thing ever.  OMG, I was on the moon; I was looking at it closely.  All the stars were flying around me.  There was this very cool star I saw that was pink.  I wished that I had my camera with me to take a picture of it.  I also saw the planet Jupiter from far away.  The astronomers who were with me had all the equipments with them, but I wasn’t able to figure out what were they doing.  Too bad we can’t go near the sun, but I was close enough from it.  The sun seemed so wowy from close.  I really loved that trip.  It was the coolest trip of my life.

Da Vinci Inventions – The Cup By Iera (9th Grade Physical Science)

What is it?  It is a cup.  But not just any cup, this cup holds not only drinks, but food too.  It is designed so that the drink is on top, and the little food compartment is at the bottom.  The food compartment even had a little door that keeps the food safe.  Good for storing sandwiches, cookies, or candy.

How does it work?  You drink from the top, and keep your food in the bottom so that you don’t have to carry everything at once.

Can it be made today?  Yes it can be made today, because it’s just a cup, but with a food compartment. : D

Da Vinci Inventions – MWS By Mathew (9th Grade Physical Science)

This is the MWS.  It’s one of my newest inventions.  It works on a remote control.  This suitcase has six wheels on its side which makes the suitcase move anywhere in a short period of time.  It has two big batteries at the end of it.  Its wheels can hold up to 25kg.  it helps you carry around your luggage anywhere you want.

Da Vinci Inventions – Bling Bling Shoe By Amal (9th Grade Physical Science)

Hi everybody my name is Da Vince.  I really enjoy drawing new inventions.  I drew a lot of inventions and this is one of them.  This is my Bling Bling Shoe.  My Bling Bling Shoe has a really great navigation system.  It helps you get to any destination.  If you have one of my Bling Bling shoes you would never get lost!  You just have to locate where you are going on the map and it will tell you what directions to use.  You would never regret buying them!

Da Vinci Inventions – Blow Curler By Jessica (9th Grade Physical Science)

Every time I want to blow dry my hair to straighten it, I have to take out my curler too!  That is really frustrating because it takes too much time.  I wish people could invent a blow curler!  I would to have a blow curler because I could straighten my hair and dry it too.  For girls, a blow curler will be really interesting and fascinating!

The Blow Curler is simply a blow dryer and curler put together.  It would have a switch to turn on the blow dryer and the curler.  You can also choose one of them to use first.  For example, you can curl your hair while the blow dryer is off.  You can also do the opposite.  The blow curler would also have a temperature switch of both, and better than any ordinary one.

The Blow Curler is faster than the ordinary one because you could use the blow dryer and the curler at the same time.  It’s easier too because you wouldn’t have to waste time to put the blow dryer away and get the curler.  It’s also hotter and curls better.  The blow dryer will also be hotter.  So this is my invention!

I hope you enjoyed these as much I as did!