Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Five Food Groups

Today we are learning about the Five Food Groups and healthy diets.

Click on this link to go to the website:

Look through the website and answer the questions on your handout.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pronunciation Practice

Hello! This tree is Hollow:

Hello is how we greet someone,

Hollow is something with empty space inside like this tree.

These words sound very similar. Only one sound is different.

Today we are going to use a website that will help us pronounce small differences in English words.

Write down 5 pairs of words that are very close sounding. If you have time, type these 10 words in a comment box and share them.

Click on this link:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Your First Job

In the comments box below, write about the first job that you had. If you talked about it in class, write what you talked with your partner about. See the first comment for an example.

If you have extra time after posting the comment about your first job. Practice filling out an online application for a job. It is not a real job application, just practice. Click on the link here:

Practice Job Application Online

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What do you like?

What kinds of jobs do you like?  Do you like math and science?  Do you like fixing things or building things?  Do you like helping people?  Do you like computers?  

Click on this web address to read about different jobs:  What jobs do you like?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Neighborhood House Video

Watch the video about Neighborhood House.

Click the Link here:

When the video is over, write a comment about the video.

How do you feel when you come to Neighborhood House?

Did you know that there is a program for youth at Neighborhood House?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Your Rights at Work

Working people in America have rights to safe, healthy and fair conditions at work. There are many laws about these rights.  But sometimes employers break the law. 

In the United States, we have laws that say NO discrimination based on:





Skin Color


Who You Love

What do you think about these laws?  Have you experienced discrimination at work?  Please click "Comments" to answer.  If you want to read more, you can visit the AFL/CIO website:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Short Story

Last year, a man hit me on my bicycle with his large van. He did not see me because there was a very bad storm. Luckily, I was unhurt but my bicycle was destroyed. The man gave me a ride home but he gave me a fake telephone number, because he said he would pay for my bicycle but he was actually lying.
I don't own a car and I used my bicycle a lot. I was telling this story to some friends later that week, and one of them GAVE me their bicycle for FREE. I was so thankful, she was a very generous person. I still have the bicycle she gave me and I love it.

After you read this story, click on comments below. If you can, write a small story about a time when someone did something nice for you. Or, write something about this short story.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Descriptive Essay

Today we are going to read an essay that is describing where the author lives. It is a descriptive essay because it tells details about something, in this essay it is an apartment.

To read the essay click here: Descriptive Essay

When you are finished reading and answering questions, post a comment and

  • Describe what your home is like.


  • Describe what Neighborhood House is like.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Computer Exercise of the Week


This weeks computer exercise is practicing using the Mouse. You will practice placing the Mouse, Clicking and Double-clicking, Dragging items and even Drawing.

Click this link to go to the exercise webpage:

Start at the beginning, click Placing the Mouse to begin. On the last page, try and draw your name!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The First Family, Meet the Obama Family

We are going to read about President Barack Obama's family. Then we will fill out our worksheets and answer some questions about them. Click on the Link below to view the article,

Meet the Obama Family

Enjoy the reading!

Your Opinion

Right now, the economy in the United States is difficult. Many people have no jobs and are losing their houses. Old people have a hard time retiring. Many people need help to buy food. But businesses and banks are getting help from the government. What do you think about the economy? What can we change to make the economy better?

Please click "Comments" to answer the question. You can say, "I think" or "My opinion is" or "I believe" in your answers.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Exercise of the Week

Here is the featured exercise of the week. This week it is a typing exercise. Click the link then choose a lesson. Have fun!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Internet is a Great Tool!

The Internet can be used for many wonderful things. Some people use the internet to...
  • Find a job
  • Go to school, learn new skills
  • Manage their money
  • Check the weather
  • Talk to friends in other parts of the world
  • Shop for bargains
  • Read news from all over the world
  • Share their thoughts
  • Learn about opportunities in their communities
  • And so more MORE!
What do you use the internet for? How does the internet help you? What do you want to do on the internet that you don't do now?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Customs in the United States

Customs are the ways that a culture does things.

Some American customs:

When someone sneezes, you say "Bless you!"  (Sometimes people say "Geshundheit," which is German.)

We shake hands when we meet someone for the first time.

Time is money!  Americans always want to be on time.

No elbows on the table!  Also, many Americans eat with the fork in their right hands.

It is very bad to break a mirror!  Some Americans think you will have seven years of bad luck if you break a mirror.

What are some customs from your country?  Do you have some of the same customs as the United States?  Please click "Comments" to answer.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summer Computer and Literacy Class Evaluation

What did you enjoy most about the summer internet class? What did you learn? How can we make computer class better? Click 'comments' and type your answer.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Minnesota's Symbols

The state butterfly: Monarch. These fly to Mexico in the winter and return to Minnesota in the summer.

The state bird: Common Loon. Look how her baby rides on her back!

The state flower: Showy Lady's Slipper. Remember, you cannot pick these or buy them in a store!

The state fruit: Honeycrisp Apples. These were developed at the University of Minnesota. They are very delicious!

The state fish: Walleye, from one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes!

The state rock: Lake Superior Agates. They are very beautiful!

What are the symbols of your country?  Please click "Comments" to tell us about the symbols of your country!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dressing for a Job Interview

How should you dress for a job interview?

What do you think?  Please look at the pictures and then click "Comments" to answer.

Good or bad?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Money Practice

Please click on to practice using money and making smart choices!

Beyonce in Ethiopia

I saw this video on Facebook and I wanted to share it with the students!  It shows Beyonce in Ethiopia.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Accidents at Work

Did you ever have an accident at work?

Trip and fall

Bad driving

Drop things

Wet floor

Too many boxes

Hurt leg

Did you have an accident at work? At home? What did you do?  Click "Comments" to answer.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Be Careful!

We have rules at work so that we can be safe.

Be careful at work!

Wear your safety glasses.

Clean up messes.

Don't get distracted.

Wash your hands often.

Read safety signs.

What are the rules at your job?  Please click "Comments" to answer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


In my family, I am the middle child and the only boy. I have five nieces.

How many siblings do you have in your family?

Are you the oldest, youngest or somewhere in-between?

Do you have any nieces or nephews?

I am single and have no children.

What is your marital status?

Do you have any children?

Please describe your family.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dakota County Technical College

Next Wednesday, the 11:30 classes will visit Dakota County Technical College.

Dakota County Technical College is in Rosemount, Minnesota, about 20 minutes from St. Paul. It is a two-year college, and you can study many things there!

What are some things you can study? Click HERE to learn more about this school.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Today is June 21st. Did you know that it is the longest day of the year? Today is 15 hours and 37 minutes long in St. Paul.

December 21st is the shortest day of the year. On December 21st, the day is only 8 hours and 45 minutes long. In December, the sun sets very early in St. Paul, at 4:34 p.m.

Today, the sun sets at 9:03 p.m.

June 21st is the official first day of summer. I like the long days in summer. I like to ride my bike, have picnics at the lake, and go camping. What do you like to do in the summer?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teacher James' Unicycle

Did you know that Teacher James rides a unicycle?  Here's a video of him performing for kids at the Youth Awards Night, here at Neighborhood House.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Minnehaha Falls

Tomorrow we are going to Minnehaha Falls Park!

What do you think?  Are you excited to go?  We will leave at 11:30 tomorrow and return by 1:30.

Click here to learn more about Minnehaha Falls.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Computer Class Evaluation

What did you think of computer class this quarter? What was good about it, and what would make it better?

Computer Class in Spring Quarter

This question is for people who were in Cait's computer class this quarter.
Write a sentence about one thing you learned in computer class.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What will you eat?

For breakfast, James ate potatoes and eggs.

For lunch, James will eat potatoes and steak.

For dinner, James will eat french fries and fish.

What will you eat todayPlease click "comments" to answer.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jobs for You

What kind of job do you like?


If you like food and cooking food, you can be a cook in a restaurant. You need to have experience and be clean and careful.


If you like shopping and being in stores, you can be a cashier. You need to be good with money, know how to do math, and work hard when it gets busy in the store.


If you like working with children, you can work in a daycare. You need to be calm and patient, like to read and do activities with children. You also need to keep the children clean and safe.


If you like helping people, you can work as a home health aide. You need to be patient and kind, and work with people who are sick. You need to be strong so you can help people move.  You need to take classes about medicine and how to take care of people.


If you like cleaning and keeping things organized, you can work as a housekeeper or custodian. You need to know how to use cleaning machines and how to be safe around chemicals.

What do you think? Do you like any of these jobs? Click "Comments" to answer.  You can watch more job videos if you click HERE.