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A school is a place to learn, but there are many different kinds of school for learning many different things:

This student is wearing a cap and gown, garments which are symbols of graduating from a school. This young man is working on his homework - school work which is meant to be done at home.
This student might be bored, or tired, or doesn't want to answer a question. Many schools allow students to store their books and supplies in metal lockers like this one.
This young woman is looking for information in one of her textbooks. Many students ride to school in a yellow school bus like this one. 
Alfred is too large for his desk You might see this map of the United States in History or  Geography class.
A checkmark is the most common symbol used by teachers to mark students' papers.  Sometimes it means the answer is wrong and other times it just means the teacher has read the answer. A diploma is a special document given to students who have completed a particular course of study or who have graduated from (completed the time and course requirements) a particular school.


   This lesson will be dealing mainly with what we call public schools, those open to the public and paid for by the government through taxes received from the public.  Some colleges and universities are also considered to be public because they receive much of their financial support from the government.

Expressions used in school:

  • "Is that the first bell?"
  • "What home room are you in?"
  • "No running in the hall, please!"
  • "Your assignment for tomorrow is to read Chapter 12 and answer the questions at the end."
  • "Who doesn't have his homework finished?"
  • "Miss Bertin, may I sharpen my pencil?"
  • "Settle down, students, or you won't be allowed to go out for recess."
  • "Jimmy, what lunch do we have today?"
  • "Psst! Sue, can I see your answer to question seven?"
  • "No cheating, class.  Keep your eyes on your own papers."
  • "If you know the answer to the question, raise your hand."
  • "We're going to be dissecting frogs in biology next week."
  • "Who can name all fifty states?"
  • "I wish I didn't have to take the bus to school."
  • "Josh, can I see your homework?"
  • "Sandra, do you have your hand raised?"
  • "What do you want, Sandra?"
  • "May I go to the rest room?"
  • "Who knows the answer to that question?"
  • "Michael, no talking during the test."
  • "When you hear the fire alarm, stand up quickly and leave the room in a single file."
  • "There will be a quiz on Friday."
  • "Will this be on the test, Mr. James?"
  • "Let's play kickball at recess."
  • "OK, class, pass in your homework."
  • "Mr. Sullivan, my baby brother tore up my homework."
  • "Great!  We're having pizza for lunch tomorrow."
  • "Yuck!  We're having broccoli for lunch tomorrow."
  • "Jenny, please turn around in your seat."
  • "Tommy, don't tilt your chair like that."
  • Miss Brown, may I clean the chalkboard?"
  • Miss Brown, I forgot the combination to my locker."

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Students carry backpacks filled with their books. Basic tools for a student - a textbook and a pencil.
This girl is learning how to use a computer, or maybe she is doing a lesson on the computer. A globe is found in many Geography or Social Studies classrooms.

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Exercise A: Write a meaning for each verb below that has something to do with a school, then use each verb in a sentence that you make up.

Verb Meaning Sentence
study, studies, studied, studying, studied    
read, reads, read, reading, read (past and past participle keep spelling, change pronunciation)    
sharpen, sharpens, sharpened, sharpening, sharpened    
cheat, cheats, cheated, cheating, cheated    
finish, finishes, finished, finishing, finished    
learn, learns, learned, learning, learned    
answer, answers, answered, answering, answered    
dissect, dissects, dissected, dissecting, dissected    
pass, passes, passed, -passing, passed    
copy, copies, copied, copying, copied    
name, names, named, naming, named    
leave, leaves, left, leaving, left    
keep, keeps, kept, keeping, kept    
raise, raises, raised, raising, raised    

Exercise B: For each noun in the list below, write a meaning that has something to do with a school.

Noun Meaning Noun Meaning
book   chalkboard  
textbook   desk  
tablet   gym  
notebook   recess  
paper   lunch  
pencil   classroom  
pen   teacher  
eraser   principal  
blackboard   guidance counselor  
English   hallway  
Science   pencil sharpener  
Math   cafeteria  
Arithmetic   flagpole  
Social Studies   Geography  
Library   quiz  
Study Hall   exam  
test   homework  
History   Biology  
Home Ec.   Physics  
Algebra   Chemistry  
Health   boys' room  
detention   girls' room  
backpack   water fountain  
excuse   Janitor  
students   subjects  
absent   tardy  
academic course   vocational course  

Exercise C: Fill the blanks in the following sentences with the correct nouns from the list above.

1. ____________ who want to learn about cooking must take _____________ class.

2. Most students today carry their ____________ in a canvas _______________.

3. If you are ____________ from school, you must bring an ___________ when you return.

4. When you are thirsty in school, you need to raise your hand and ask the ____________ if you can go to the ________________.

5. Students need to have the following supplies: a __________ or ___________, a ___________ and a ______________ with paper in it.

6. Many _____________ assign _______________ for their students to give them more practice.

7. Students taking an __________________ are required to take subjects such as ___________, _____________, ______________ and _________________.

8. _______________ are in charge of the ______________ and the _______________ is in charge of the whole school.

9. Sometimes, teachers ask their students to write on the _______________ with chalk.

10. Children in elementary school play at _____________ and eat when they go to ___________.


Answers to Exercise C:

1. Students, Home Ec.

2. books (textbooks), backpack

3. absent, excuse

4. teacher, water fountain

5. pen, pencil, tablet, notebook

6. teachers, homework

7. academic course, English, History, Math, Science, Social Studies, Algebra, Biology, Chemistry (subjects can be in any order)

8. Teachers, classroom, principal

9. blackboard (chalkboard)

10. recess, lunch

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