Thursday, March 26, 2015

#33: Competition for Teacher Generated Materials: Professions / Grade 8

Overall Objective: students will be able to read about, discuss, define professions and places where people work.
Language Objective: students will know more about the word stress in three-syllable words.
Civic Objective: Students will learn about snowboarding history.
Stage of Lesson
Warm Up

Students will be given questions about jobs and they will have to answer them individually.
5 min
Activity 1

Students say which jobs are connected with certain places.
4 min
Activity 2

Students match the jobs with their definitions.
4 min
Activity 3

Students listen to three syllable words and decide which syllable is stressed.
5 min
Activity 4

Students listen to the people talking about their lives and decide what their jobs are.
5 min
Activity 5

Students will be shown a photo that is connected to the text and they decide what the text is going to be about.
2 min
Activity 6

Students read the text and make a sequence of events.
15 min
Activity 7

Students answer the questions about the text.
5 min


1) At what age do people usually start working in Georgia?
2) At what age do people usually retire in Georgia?
3) What are some common jobs in Georgia?
4) What do people in your family do?
5) What is your dream job?
Reading Quiz
You will have 1 minute to scan the text and answer the questions. When the time finishes the teacher says “STOP”
1) When did the history of snowboarding start?
    a. 1929
    b. 1960
    c. 1965
    d. 1977
2) Where is Sherman Poppen from?
     a. Utah
     b. Michigan
     c. Hawai
     d. Vancouver
3) What is ‘’snurfing”?

4) Where was the first snurfing competition held?
     a. Utah
     b. Michigan
     c. Hawai
     d. Vancouver
5) Who was a stunt double for Roger Moore in the movie “A view to kill”?

6) Which ski companies also produce snowboards?

7) In 5 or less words, what are you reading about?

Snurfing USA
 Snowboarding history starts in 1929, when M.J.”Jack” Burcheff of Utah created a snowboard from a wooden plank.
            Modern snowboarding, however, began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, invented a toy for his daughter by fastening two skis together. The “snowboard” had a rope so the girl could controll her direction. The “snurfer” (combing snow and surfer) was so popular among his daughter's friends that Poppen sold about a million snurfers the next years.
            In 1970s Poppen organized snurfing competitions at a Michigan ski resort. A lot of enthusiasts arrived there from all over the country. After this competition engineers started to change designs of the snowboards. This continued for the next 10 years.
            One of those early pioneers was Tom Sims. As an eighth grader in Haddonfield, New Jearsey, in  the 1960 he glued carpet to a wooden plank and an aluminum sheeting to the bottom. Sims had his own line of snowboards in 1977 and then he became a snowboarding champion and a stunt double for actor Roger Moore in a snowboarding scene fro the 1985 James Bond film “A view to a Kill”.
            However, by the end of the 1980s, realizing that snowboarding was big business, ski producers such as K2, Atomic, Rossighol and Mistral began producing snowboards. As equipment and skills improved and organizations such as the United States of America Snowboard Association and the International Snowboard Federation were founded to provide instructions and competitions. So snowboarding became move and more popular.
            Now all ski resorts all over the world welcome snowboarders, and many of them have constructed special terrain parks with jumps and other features that encourage boarders to hone their   skills and snow their techniques.