II. While Reading Activities
- peer |pir| verb [no object] look keenly or with difficulty at someone or something: Blake screwed up his eyes, trying to peer through the fog.
- *beats down if the sun beats down, it shines very brightly making the weather very hot.
- embrace |əmˈbrās| verb [with object] hold (someone) closely in one’s arms, especially as a sign of affection: Aunt Sophie embraced her warmly | [no object] : the two embraced, holding each other tightly.
- inspire |inˈspī(ə)r| verb [with object] fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative: [with object and infinitive] : his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing.
- *bundle up PHRASAL VERB – to put warm clothes on yourself or someone else, or to wrap someone in something warm. You’ll have to bundle up, it’s cold outside.
- carpentry |ˈkärpəntrē| noun the activity or occupation of making or repairing things in wood.
- hasten |ˈhās(ə)n| verb [no object, with infinitive] be quick to do something: he hastened to refute the assertion.
- temporary |ˈtempəˌrerē| adjective lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent: a temporary job.
- prohibitive |prəˈhibədivprōˈhibədiv| adjective 1 (especially of a law or rule) forbidding or restricting something: prohibitive legislation.
- fundamental |ˌfəndəˈmen(t)əl| adjective • affecting or relating to the essential nature of something or the crucial point about an issue: the fundamental problem remains that of the housing shortage.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 3 – take
Some students take shelter under shades made from boat sails.
II – 2 – have
You can have a six-foot-apart seating chart.
III – 1 -to
Six feet is hard for kindergarten students to picture.
Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers
- Sharon Danks, the chief executive of Green Schoolyards America and the coordinator of the National Covid-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative: “The outside provides much more flexibility…You can have a six-foot-apart seating chart, and have enough space to move around.”
- Maria Libby, the superintendent of the Five Town Community School District in Rockport, Maine: “Covid has hastened the pace of a shift toward trying to take better advantage of the outdoors,”
- Amy Leonardi: “Montessori-style, or Waldorf, they’ve been doing this kind of thing for a long time…But to do it in the public school system has been kind of prohibitive.”
- Rose Moran, the principal of Mullen Hall Elementary School: “The students are excellent…They have been remarkable coming back. They get it. They want to be here.”
- Lori Duerr, the Falmouth Public Schools superintendent: “These are not just parents…These are just community people who are jumping in to also help.”
- Wallace Simpson, principal of Essex Street Academy, a public school in Lower Manhattan: “Now, the roof doubles as a classroom space.
- We didn’t really have to modify anything, because it’s technically a schoolyard.”
- Lindsey Earle, a fourth-grade teacher at the Prairie Hill school: “Virtual learning definitely isn’t a strong option for us, so we wanted to come back to school in a safe way.”