Idioms games

We have been using kahoot to practice using and understanding idioms but on Wednesday, some classes will try some different game sites and see which one(s) are most helpful!

Turtle Diary has a “Race for Idioms and Proverbs” game – you have to answer a multiple-choice question any time you crash.

Turtle Diary also has an “Identifying Idiomatic Phrases” quiz page which is great for recognizing phrases that do not mean exactly what they say.

Funbrain’s “Paint by Idioms” involves matching idioms to their meanings to colour different characters. You can choose your theme, level of difficulty, information you are given, and which character you would like to paint.

Vocabulary.co.il has an “Idioms Game – Slang Game” which gives multiple possible answers of meaning for various idioms.

Which idioms game is your favourite?

By the way, check out the book that just arrived – illustrated by the Grade 2s and 3s and some Grade 4s!

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Government Responsibilities

With the BC election coming up, the Intermediate classes are preparing for a Student Vote in May.

Grade 5s and 6s are learning about roles and responsibilities of the 3 levels of government in Canada.

We have been playing some games in kahoot to practice and learn.

Check out “Level Rule” on this site for a great game for deciding and learning what each level of government is responsible for.

All Summer in a Day

One group has been reading the futuristic/science fiction short story, All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury. This story has been incredible for introducing new vocabulary. The setting of the story has felt timely in our current weather shift into seemingly continuous rain. We have nothing to complain about when we consider living somewhere that has had relentless rain for 7 years!

The story centres around a girl, Margot, who moved to dark and rainy Venus from Earth when she was 4. She can remember enjoying the sun back then. Her classmates have not seen the sun since they were 2. Margot does not like her new Venus home and wants her family to move back to Earth. She finds it hard to relate to her classmates or participate fully in class activities. The other students seem annoyed that Margot can describe the sun with detail and more recent experience. The climax of the story is Margot being locked in a closet and her classmates forgetting about her there when they suddenly are able to run outside for a quick play in real sunshine. They come back inside once the rain has returned and solemnly recall that Margot has been locked in the closet the whole time. Margot has now missed the glorious warmth and light of the sun, that Venus residents will not see again for 7 years, because of their cruelty.

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Listen to a read aloud of the story here and watch a film interpretation of the story here.

Questions raised by the story so far: 

How did people get here?

Why are people living on Venus?

Can the people go back to Earth?

Are there plants on Venus?

What do the people eat?

Do they have oceans?

The school is underground – where do people live? Does everyone live underground too?