Halloween in School

Of course I am running around like a witch in school. Partly because it’s easy, and partly because I’m egging on the idea that maybe I am a witch in the eyes of some students. Haha, I’m just embracing the role 😉 

Anywho, for those teachers interested here is the video I made about the history of Halloween and the PPT game to follow. First do the Halloween intro PPT then the vid and then the game. I’ve found it works best in that order.

Halloween Powerpoint (intro)

Halloween Jeopardy 

In the spirit of Halloween, I leave you with these two stories my students wrote in my after school class. Plus I leave you with the video I made on the history of Halloween. I’ve added the PPT Game I played with my students for anyone interested. 

The Cats Town

By Hye Yeong & Hee Gyeong
It was about 1960, there lived a couple. They were going to a trip to the country and they left. But nobody knew where did they went. So the woman’s brother left his home to find them.
He arrived at the country and asked people. But they didn’t know, either. That midnight, he saw one bus. There were two or three people in the bus. He felt strange, but he rode the bus. The bus arrived at a strange village. The people who lived in that village were strange, too. They were wearing old clothes and they didn’t speak. From then on, a person who came to the strange village with him was gone each night. And there was only him left at the Bed and Breakfast. That night he didn’t sleep and waited. Some minutes later, he opened the door and saw people. They were citizens of the strange village.
They wanted to kill him. Because… that village was ‘The Cats Town’, citizens killed people and gave them to cats. They thought cats were their god. Because the Cats Town didn’t communicate with other cities, for about  100 years, they still believed nature was god.

What happens in the Ghost’s house?

By Jeong Ryu & Hee Ok
Jay was a very smart student. One day, Jay finished her homework and she was getting ready to sleep. But she heard a strange sound. Jay could not sleep. Jay said “Who are you?” A baby ghost appeared. And the baby ghost said “Jay! You must go with me together to the ghost world.” Jay wondered why, so she wanted to go to the ghost house. She said ”o..k” So Jay and the ghost went to the ghost world. The ghosts wanted to eat Jay. They were ready to eat her. But Jay screamed “Ah!!!!!!!” The ghosts caught her foot and hands. And they cut Jay’s neck, legs, arms. They ate Jay, who was very delicious.

Off to Hogwarts we go!

This year’s Harry Potter Camp was taught by Professor Froglegs, an eccentric old bat with an odd American accent (aka me ^^). Froglegs couldn’t keep up with her horrendous British imitation and was forced to admit she was an American professor who had been smuggled to teach English (of all things!) at Hogwarts.

For three days the young witches endured lessons on:

  • Banner Making to create House Spirit and test their English adjectives
  • Wand Making to test their abilities at grammar and correct word selection. A spell won’t work without a proper sentence!
  • Board Game creation to test their craftsmanship and ability to recognize basic game board commands in the English tongue.
  • World Cup Competition: an ongoing point system to create House Spirit and select a winner of the Harry Potter Camp. From winning games, remembering House passwords, or wearing House colors, the young witches received points on their performance. 
UPDATE: So it appears because the video has Harry Potter music in it, WMG blocked it. So here is a link to version 2 which does not have the cool music. 헐! So lame -_-

Thanksgiving History Lesson

I made this history video and game for my students about Thanksgiving. I’m such a nerd, I went all out on it and truly enjoyed it, even at hour 6 when it was still not finished. Haha, it is moments like these that I realize how much students don’t understand how hard being a teacher is. Enjoy! 

Here is the powerpoint game to download that accompanies the video:

Thanksgiving Jeopardy Class 1

Thanksgiving FOOD

Camp Trip to Camp Walker

I had the pleasure of helping my neighbor Mike out at his school summer camp right before I left. A week teaching boys? Let’s just say it was a bit out of my comfort zone, but it ended up being a fun experience none the less. (And I do prefer teaching girls for those that are curious). 

Our experience also happened to coincide with a video being made at the time by the BOSS program in the US Army. BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) offers programs, such as volunteering in helping summer students visit the camp, to single soldiers overseas. I even got my 2 seconds of fame ^^

AFN Korea than broadcasted the clip on their show. AFN Korea is a multi-service organization made up of Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Department of the Army civilians and Korean nationals. The network is organized into a headquarters in Seoul and five broadcast detachments.

Camp Walker:

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