Diamonds are a thief's best friend?

Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
Trip End Jul 02, 2010

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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We returned to the junior school for our last week with our current students. The lesson for the day was called Too Late! It was about a parcel of diamonds that was mysteriously switched out for a parcel of sand and stone, despite tight security. First, we discussed the importance, rarity, and value of diamonds, using a Discovery Streaming video for background information. The girls certainly knew that "Diamonds are a girl's best friend!" Mr. O even got down on one knee and demonstrated an American marriage proposal to the class. The boys weren't too sure about that! When asked about what in China was as valuable as a diamond, the classes had some difficulty. A few mentioned gold, but we were surprised that they didn't mentioned jade. Perhaps, it was a lack of life experience.

Much of the day's lesson dealt with comprehension skills. We asked the students about context clues, including the title, to help them predict the outcome of the story in advance. Students were asked to work in pairs and hypothesize how the diamonds were stolen, as well as act out the scenarios. Their theories were very interesting (drugging the flight attendants, switching out the parcels while the guard on the plane was in the restroom or asleep, the guards or the detectives were the thieves, etc.).

We closed the class by pitting the boys against the girls in a comprehension game about the story. The outcomes varied class to class. We discovered that this would be our final class today, as they would be taking exams on Thursday. Surprise! We were disappointed, but still plan on taking group pictures with our students on Thursday, one way or another.

Despite the hot and humid day, the afternoon was very relaxing for Ms. Long. She had her first facial with Wilma at a local salon. They used a jade board to scrape her face and head. It sounds painful, but it was wonderful! She may have been the first foreign client. The "bosses" wanted to take pictures with her after her session. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon! Thank you, Wilma!

After dinner, we walked back to the hotel. Unfortunately, a large truck spraying the streets was headed our way. We tried to take cover as best as we could, but we both got our feet a little wet. It was actually pretty funny! On the way back, we stopped at the market near our hotel. Mr. O pointed out the different flavors of chips he noticed the other day...blueberry, kiwi, hot and sour fish soup, etc. All very interesting!  The evening was spent skyping with our JEI friends and finalizing our lessons for the high school tomorrow.
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Ronnie Bunn on

I;m hopin no one will see this cuz no one looks at these anymore,(except me) and I was just lookin through some old memories and remembering 6th grade and havin Ms. Long as a teacher. Ahhh those were the days. Im in 8th grade now and the year is almost over and I just love readin my old comments and how I used to be. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!

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