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Thursday, March 15th, 2012

How fast can you read the following tongue twister taken from an episode of Pinky and the Brain (and shamelessly stolen from fellow ETA Ross “the boss”)?

Brain:  I must study the operation of the Hackensack Socko Kicky-Sack Sack Kicker Factory in detail, Pinky.

Pinky:  But Brain, how will we, two small mice, convince the huge owner to let us inspect his enormous factory?

B:  We will introduce ourselves as the only thing guaranteed to gain the respect of any American businessman:  Japanese industrialists seeking to buy the company.

B: Now, remember, I am Mr. Kawasaki, and you are Mr. Hayasaka.

Kurt Sackett:  Welcome to the Hackensack Socko Kicky-Sack Sack Kicker Factory.  I’m Kurt Sackett, senior supervisor.  Can I help you?

B:  Yes.  We are two tiny Japanese industrialists, seeking to buy this company.  I am Mr. Kawasaki….

P:  …And I am Mr. …uh… Turkey-Lurky.

B:  Turkey-Lurky?  Isn’t it Mr. Hayasaka?

P:  Where?  Poit!  Hmm, I must have missed him.

KS:  I am honored by your visit.  Let me show you our assembly line.  First, sheets of sheer synthetic sheepskin are slit into several Kicky-Sack shoe shapes in shapely shoe sizes by six sitting sheet slitters.

B:  I only see five sitting sheet slitters.

KS:  The sixth sitting sheet slitter’s sick.  His son Sammy’s subbing ’til the sick sixth sitting sheet slitter’s back, sitting pretty.

P:  You’re not the sheet slitter?

S:  No, I’m the sheet slitter’s son.

P:  Well…. You keep on slitting sheets until the sheet slitter comes.  Haheheheh!  Whooohaaah.

KS:  The Shoe Shaper then shapes the slit synthetic sheepskin sheets, and shoots out shoes through the chute.

KS:  Now, this is Mr. Plunkett, the new khaki sock plucker.  I had to fire our previous sock plucker.  He had a bit of an attitude.

B:  So, you sacked the cocky khaki Kicky-Sack sock plucker?

KS:  The second cocky khaki Kicky-Sack sock plucker I sacked since the sixth sitting sheet slitter got sick.

KS:  Whoops!  Don’t worry; just an electrical problem.  One of the Kicky-Sack sack pickers will have to flick the plug.

P:  Not the khaki sock plucker?

KS:  Oh my, no!  The Kicky-Sack sack pickers flick the plug.  The khaki sock plucker can’t reach the socket over the latex child perambulator fenders we use to line the treadmill.

B:  It might make more sense to have the sixth sitting sheet slitter’s son flick the plug, if the sack pickers and the sock pluckers are behind the rubber baby buggy bumpers.

KS:  I never thought of that!

B:  Of course you didn’t.

B:  And what, pray tell, is this?

KS:  Oh, this is the toy boat I won in the sack race at the Hackensack Socko Kicky-Sack Sack Kicker Khaki Sock Factory picnic in Secaucus.

KS:  And finally, the Socko Kicky-Sack Sack Kickers are inflated by our genuine Parker Packard pewter pressure pump.

P:  Look, Brain!  I mean, Mr., um, Turkey-Lurky.  It’s purple!

I’m Kawasaki, Pinky.  You’re Turkey-Lurky.

P:  Well, I don’t think that’s a very nice thing to say about a person.

B:  I’ve seen all I need to see of the Hackensack Socko Kicky-Sack Sack Kicker Factory.  [To Pinky:]  Pinky, we must take our leave, and sneak back under cover of nightfall.

B: Now, Pinky, here is the plan.  Remember, every step must be performed with precision!

B: You must slit the sixth sick sheet slitter’s son’s sheet, secure it next to the toy boat from the Hackensack Socko Kicky-Sack Sack Kickers’picnic in Secaucus…

B: …stretch it past the sack pickers’ station and the sock plucker’s chute, and pick a sack, pluck a sock, and flick the plug…

B: …so I can put the pea in the plucked sock with the picked sack for ballast and bounce it off the rubber baby buggy bumper, into the Parker Packard purple pewter pressure pump.  Is that understood?

P:  Tra-lalala!

B:  Pinky, quiet!  I must be fooling myself.  This will never work.

P:  Oh, why not, Brain?  All I have to do is slit the sixth sick sheet slitter’s son’s sheet, and secure it next to the toy boat…

P: …from the Hackensack Socko Kicky-Sack Sack Kickers’ picnic in Secaucus, speed it past the sack picker and the sock plucker, and pick a sack, pluck a sock, and flick a plug.

B:  Why, yes, Pinky!  That was perfect!

P:  Poit!  Yes, and I have no idea what it means!

I gave every student one or two of the lines, as well as the previous line as an auditory cue. When students heard the previous line they were supposed to say their line, and so on, until the entire tongue twister had been said. I also pit the classes against each other and timed them. So far the class with the best time was class 2.2 (second grade girls) and they were able to do it in three minutes and fifty-eight seconds. My students are brilliant.

“Everyone at Sapgyo High School becomes a Zombie and Dies”

Monday, October 25th, 2010

So for Halloween I am going to teach a lesson plan on ZOMBIES to my upper levels. I just finished writing a speed read, so I thought I would share it with you. A speed read is when you give the students sheets of paper that have two sentences on them, one sentence begins with “when you hear” and one sentence begins with “you say.” There are maybe 30 or so slips of paper (one for every student) and together all the sheets create a story – BUT WAIT! The order is all mixed up! The only way that you can tell the story is to listen for the sentence before yours (i.e. “when you hear). The idea behind the speed read is to practice listening comprehension and speaking speed – because you have to say the story as fast as possible! Without further ado, my speed read, tenatively titled “Everyone at Sapgyo High School becomes a Zombie and Dies.”

You say: Emily Teacher was at Sapgyo High School on Halloween.

When you hear: Emily Teacher was at Sapgyo High School on Halloween.
You say: She was in her office preparing for the lesson.

When you hear: She was in her office preparing for the lesson.
You say: She heard the door slowly open.

When you hear: She heard the door slowly open.
You say: “Who is it?” She asked.

When you hear: “Who is it?” She asked.
You say: She heard someone say “braaaaaaaaiiiiiiinnnnnnnsssss”

When you hear: She heard someone say “braaaaaaaaiiiiiiinnnnnnnsssss”
You say: She looked at the door and saw a zombie!

When you hear: She looked at the door and saw a zombie!
You say: She was very scared.

When you hear: She was very scared.
You say: Zombies eat the brains of living people.

When you hear: Zombies eat the brains of living people.
You say: Also, if you are bitten by a zombie, you become a zombie.

When you hear: Also, if you are bitten by a zombie, you become a zombie.
You say: Emily Teacher does not want to be eaten by a zombie, or become a zombie!

When you hear: Emily Teacher does not want to be eaten by a zombie, or become a zombie!
You say: Emily Teacher quickly ran to the classroom.

When you hear: Emily Teacher quickly ran to the classroom.
You say: She locked the door and told the class to hide.

When you hear: She locked the door and told the class to hide.
You say: A zombie broke the door and came in!

When you hear: A zombie broke the door and came in!
You say: Isabella hit the zombie with a chair.

When you hear: Isabella hit the zombie with a chair.
You say: The zombie died.

When you hear: The zombie died.
You say: However first it bit Jacob!

When you hear: However first it bit Jacob!
You say: Jacob is now a zombie!

When you hear: Jacob is now a zombie!
You say: What do we do?

When you hear: What do we do?
You say: We need to kill Jacob.

When you hear: We need to kill Jacob.
You say: Emily took a chainsaw out of the desk and killed Jacob.

When you hear: Emily Teacher took a chainsaw out of the desk and killed Jacob.
You say: Jacob died, and Emily Teacher turned her back to the class.

When you hear: Jacob died, and Emily Teacher turned her back to the class.
You say: Rachel then fixed the door to stop the zombies from coming in.

When you hear: Rachel then fixed the door to stop the zombies from coming in.
You say: She said “look, now we are safe”

When you hear: She said “look, now we are safe”
You say: Irene said “what should we do now?”

When you hear: Irene said “what should we do now?”
You say: Emily Teacher said “braaaaaiiiiinnnnnnsssss”

When you hear: Emily Teacher said “braaaaiiiiinnnnnssss”
You say: Emily Teacher turned around and SHE WAS A ZOMBIE!

When you hear: Emily Teacher turned around and SHE WAS A ZOMBIE!
You say: The class screamed!

When you hear: The class screamed!
You say: Emily Zombie attacked the class!

When you hear: Emily Zombie attacked the class!
You say: Emily Zombie bit everyone!

When you hear: Emily Zombie bit everyone!
You say: The class then turned everyone at Sapgyo High School into zombies.

EDIT: Class 1.5 read this speed read in 59 seconds! WOW! MUCH faster than I was expecting… as there are 30 sentences that means that they spent an average of a  little less than 2 seconds on each sentence!  I pit them against class 2.1 and told them that whoever won would get stickers, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow…