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Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:09:27 am »
If anyone has used the 1st & 2nd Grade Thomas Orr textbooks (the one with the ship and the one with the bus, respectively), please share any ideas/materials you have used. They will be GREATLY appreciated! ~
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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 08:21:25 am »
yeah these books are pretty wack!

there is a CD rom to them . just use that and edit some games based on the lesson. I'll post some stuff if I make it.


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 08:59:57 am »
I taught with the first year book last year. I'll post all my lessons as I have time.

I am teaching the Orr 3rd year book (hot air balloon) this year. Would GREATLY appreciate if anyone has lesson plans for this book, please share them.


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 09:18:26 am »
Here's my lesson for:

Thomas Orr Book Middle School Grade 1 Lesson 1 I'm Lucky

Pretty basic stuff but maybe it will help someone. I was shocked last year at how fascinating the information about American Middle Schools was for the kids.


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 10:08:34 am »
I too am teaching from the Thomas Orr, first and third grade text books. Any lesson plans would be gratefully received... I of course will endeavor to post a few myself! :)


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011, 10:11:58 am »
Grade 1 - Lesson 2 - Speak out


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 10:34:35 am »
This will be my second year working with Thomas Orr's Middle School 1 and 2 books. I should say I've been working around rather than from these books. I'll pull an idea from a chapter (the weather, giving directions, giving advice, the internet, animal idioms, etc) and make my own lesson. It's a lot of work for me, but it's worth it since the lessons are better and the students and teachers are happy.

Here's one from English 1, Chapter 2. "How do you get to school?"


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 10:42:37 am »
Middle School English 2, Lesson 2 "Have you ever ______"


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2011, 11:02:25 am »
Grade 1 - Lesson 2 - Speak out

Grade1 - Lesson 2 is entitled "School is Fun"

Speak Out is probably the name of the page you were given to teach


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011, 12:17:40 pm »
poor guy. Orr died before he could do anything to fix the books.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-edward-orr&pid=144257720&fhid=8305

if I know koreans, I'm betting they had him do a couple things and added his name to gain some credibility.


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011, 12:49:08 pm »
It sucks for him that his name is now poison in the English teacher community here
Away an bile yer heid ya numpty,ye dinnae ken whit yer talkin aboot.


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2011, 02:35:09 pm »
I taught with the first year book last year. I'll post all my lessons as I have time.

I am teaching the Orr 3rd year book (hot air balloon) this year. Would GREATLY appreciate if anyone has lesson plans for this book, please share them.

I've used the 1st and 2nd grade books for 1 1/2 years now, but my school switched to this book for 3rd grade this year also...I don't know which was worse, last year's book or this one. Anyway, I would also greatly appreciate any ideas for 3rd grade! And I'll try to post some of my former lesson plans from 1st and 2nd grade.


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2011, 08:59:14 am »
For Grade 2 Lesson 1
Just a powerpoint I threw together to illustrate adjectives used for talking about food. Nothing special here, but the kids can make some notes in their book for future reference. Also, some random worksheets from the web, and an unfinished exercise to brainstorm food adjectives.


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2011, 10:52:18 am »
Could somebody explain the exact reason they hate these textbooks? I mean I often hear people voice their distaste for the textbooks, but I believe in constructive criticism rather than the 'lets just throw the book out' argument. Also, I am currently fine tuning some lessons and will post them soon.


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2011, 11:48:05 am »
This book makes my kids want to jump off a cliff


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2011, 12:22:00 pm »
Reasons the book is terrible,

first of all the drawings are really unappealing to an audience thats saturated with technology. The book needs to be able to able to catch their attention.  It's quite easy to relate most English to pop culture, or at least something interesting. It needs real pictures.  its middle school. they dont need cartoons and if you are going to use cartoons you should at least make them interesting or entertaining. its what keeps the kids attention.
Who ever wrote this book had no idea what its like to be a kid today.

2nd, the dialogs and activities are not engaging at all. Learning a language has to be appealing these days. it gets better results.  also the activities aren't practical or fun

i could keep going but i have to spend this time creating something worth a darn to supplement this junk


Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2011, 12:36:01 pm »
what do you do if one of your co-teachers insists that you do only the listen and speaking pages?????


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2011, 12:39:27 pm »
@ KoreanlostinKorean.    Say thank you and supplement the extra time with whatever you feel like. 

I recommend that predicitions lesson or unusual food lessson


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2011, 11:09:55 am »
Has anybody used the 3rd grade textbook from this guy? any resources that you have come across would be greatly appreciated!


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Re: Thomas Orr Textbooks (Middle School)
« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2011, 11:37:40 am »
Im in the same boat- have used these books last year fro 1st and 2nd Grade- trying to get 2lessons from each chapter can be tough- they used to want me to do 1lesson fro listen in and 1lesson for speak out. I used to used to find some grammar point or vocabulary or something and expand on that to fill out the lesson a bit! When they were doing the speak out I used to do listen and repeat with me for the dialogues and then would get them to write out each scenario along with one extra one that they had to make up themselves and then random students would read theirs for the class- this worked well and made the class last longer.

This year Ive the book for 3rd graders and I havent a clue what to do with it- any ideas would be great- never taught 3rd grade before and the book is more of a hindrance than a help! Any ideas?!