Ecotourism

Definition: the practice of touring natural habitats in a manner meant to minimize ecological impact.
( Environmentally friendly)

The Galapagos Islands:
Made famous by Charles Darwin (evolutionary theory)

Popular Tourist Destinations in the world:

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Popular Ecotourist destinations:

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Halloween!

Americans love Fall! It’s full of Holidays, food and fun! One of my favorites is Halloween.

Here’s what I do for Halloween:

Haunted Houses and scary movies!
http://www.necroplanet.com/

Decorate!

Go Pumpkin Picking!

Carve the pumpkin:

ALWAYS SAVE THE SEEDS FOR ROASTING! Scroll down for recipe.

Trick or Treating:

Afterwards, we cook! Here are some recipes:

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

Ingredients

  • Raw whole pumpkin seeds
  • Butter, melted
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Other spices (I like garlic salt and pepper! Some people like cinnamon and sugar instead of salt)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C.
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt and other spices. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

Pumpkin Bread:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin. Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in walnuts, if desired.

Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes. Using sharp knife, cut around edge of loaves. Turn loaves out onto racks and cool completely.

Television

Here is my powerpoint on reality television:

Television PowerPoint

Facebook…have you thought about it?

How many of you use facebook?

So do 800 million other people.
75% of users are outside the United States.
70 languages.

How many people see your profile?

http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/

Why Americans Love Cars

How do YOU usually travel?

As of the beginning of 2010:

~The most popular activities for Americans are respectively:
1) Visiting friends and relatives
2) Sightseeing
3) Beaches

~Frustration amongst American travelers caused a loss of 41 million trips in 2009. This equals a $9 billion revenue loss for airlines.

~The primary mode of transportation for vacations  (76%) is the car

~30% of Americans have passports

~Austria is slightly smaller than the US state of Maine

http://goeurope.about.com/od/europeanmaps/l/bl-country-size-comparison-map.htm

Activity:

Travel-in-the-US

Check out Google maps…

Present Simple/Present Continuous

EXERCISE 1: Writing a Story
This morning…
 Step 1: Everyone take out a sheet of paper. Write one sentence on it in either present simple or present continuous. After you have written it, pass it to the next person.

Step 2: Do the same thing, except with a NEW sentence. Then fold over the top so the first sentence is covered.

Be goofy! Be funny! We’ll see what stories you can come up with!

EXERCISE 2: English Idioms

1) You are pulling my leg!

2) It’s raining cats and dogs!

3) I am getting cold feet.

4) I think he is just blowing off steam.

5) Well that’s the pot calling the kettle black!

6) I smell a rat.

7) He is out of his element.

8 ) I am down in the dumps today.

9) You are on the ball tonight!

10) Hmm, well that rings a bell.

Answers:

1) To not believe someone.

2) A very hard and strong rain.

3) To become scared or afraid.

4) To vent or show anger.

5) To insult someone else, when you are just as much at fault.

6) To trick someone.

7) To be very uncomfortable.

8 ) To be depressed.

9) To be doing well, to be capable.

10) To sound familiar.

American News Media!

Here is my lesson on American news media taught on the week of Oct. 11.

FUN FACT: The University of Missouri was the FIRST University to host a school of journalism.

Newspapers:

http://newspapers.com/top100.php?start=0

Television:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_over-the-air_television_networks#Table_of_broadcast_television_networks

Blogs/New Journalism:

-The United States has the largest share of bloggers at 29.22%

Debate Question:  Are newspapers a dying breed?

IF TIME:

All about me. Week 1.

Maybe my presentation went over your head this week? No problem! Here are all of the photos I showed to you guys during my first 2 days in class. For those of you I met on the 3rd, more photos have been added. Enjoy! See if the photos make you think of any American stereotypes.  Who am I?