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Project-Based Learning: Little Farms

Our E3 evening class recently completed a teamwork project. Read the project parameters, take a look at each farm, then let us know which group did the best job. You can vote and leave comments.

 

Project-Based Learning Activity: E3’s Little Farm

As toy factory employees, you must create a “Little Farm,” a high-quality toy product. The retail price for the handmade paper toy will be $19.99. Draw, color, and assemble a 2D or 3D (2 0r 3 dimensional) toy farm. This means each piece must have a front and back and be able to stand up. The toy farm must have:

– One red barn 10 inches long, 8 inches high, and 6 inches wide. It must have 4 windows and the barn doors should be open.

– Two black-and-white dairy cows, 6 inches long, standing 4 inches high.

– Two adult farmers, a male and a female, standing 6 inches tall, and three children, standing 4 inches tall.

– Three round straw baskets, each one 3 inches in diameter. One is yellow and 2 are brown.

– Two pink pigs 3 inches long and 2 inches high.

1. Create and assemble (put together) the project; use paper, crayons, scissors, tape, staples, matches, and a ruler.

2. Create a strategy (or plan) before you start working. Decide how best to use each person’s skills and talents to work on the project. For example: Who will be the team leader? Who has art skills? Who is a good organizer? Who writes neatly? Who is good with numbers or math?

3. Make sure each person has a responsibility. On a team, no one can just watch–everyone must do something.

4. Present to the class (when finished, how your team handled this activity. Discuss problems and solutions.

5. Speak in English, use creativity, and have fun!

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An Actor In Our Midst

joe final

Nobody got the right answer to last week’s little quiz. The correct answer is that Joe was the little boy in red in the cinematic masterpiece Three Men and a Baby. Here’s a short interview with Joe about his thespianism:

How old were you?

I was 3.

Do you remember doing it?

Not particularly. I have memories of being in Central Park that might get mixed with that.

How did it come about?

My mother was in Bloomingdale’s returning a gift for my newborn sister. She needed money to buy diapers. She was approached by a recruiter because of my sister.  They called us a few times later on, and my sister did some advertisements, and my sister had worked as a stand-in for the baby in the film in a couple scenes, and then they called us about something happening at Central Park. They were going to film a scene in Central Park and they wanted families and kids to be there playing.

Did you get paid for it?

We did. Maybe enough for a haircut and a pair of sneakers.

So you don’t see any royalties?

No, no royalties. Maybe I should ask a lawyer about that.

Did you or your mom meet Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, or Steve Guttenberg?

No, we never got to know them.

If you could meet one of the three, which one would you want to meet?

That’s a tough question. Maybe Tom Selleck.

What do you think of the movie?

Timeless classic comes to mind. I think it’s well-written, it’s well-acted, and I think the extras really give it that extra something special.

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Class Pictures!

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Chinese Words in English

If you speak Chinese, then you already know some words in English. That’s because there are several English words that came from Chinese. Here are some examples:

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