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    show-and-tell

    Hello,

    Could you please tell me if my interpretation of the song lyrics is right?
    Here are some lines from a song about teachers:

    In a third grade room in a tiny town,
    There's a blue-eyes girl who's feeling down.
    She tried to bring her daddy into show-and-tell.
    He was gonna Skype 'em, wish them well.
    She showed them all the camera on her mom's netbook
    But they wouldn't let her do it on a school network.
    The man in camo never called,
    He was blocked by a firewall.

    The combination 'show-and-tell' - is it a kind of teacher-parent meeting or just an extracurriculum activity to which the father of the girl was invited?

    And what does the line - the man in camo never called - mean?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: show-and-tell

    Show-and-tell is when kids bring things to school and then tell about them to the class.

    Camo is short for camouflage; it means the girl's father is a soldier.

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    Re: show-and-tell

    Her father is in the military, he is located overseas. She wanted to use Skype to bring her dad to the class for show-and-tell. But the school's computer security settings on their network blocked Skype from working.

    Show-and-tell is common in the younger grades in school. It gives each child an opportunity to bring in something they like or find interesting and talk to the rest of the class about it.

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    Re: show-and-tell

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Her father is in the military, he is located overseas. She wanted to use Skype to bring her dad to the class for show-and-tell. But the school's computer security settings on their network blocked Skype from working.

    Show-and-tell is common in the younger grades in school. It gives each child an opportunity to bring in something they like or find interesting and talk to the rest of the class about it.
    Thank you very much inded. I am putting together some exercises for my students, and one of them will be to record their version of the song lyrics within one-minute time slot. I am looking forward to hearing their interpretation of these lines.

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    Re: show-and-tell

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Thank you very much inded. I am putting together some exercises for my students, and one of them will be to record their version of the song lyrics within one-minute time slot. I am looking forward to hearing their interpretation of these lines.

    Just a comment: isn't it too culturally specific?

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    Re: show-and-tell

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Hello,

    Could you please tell me if my interpretation of the song lyrics is right?
    Here are some lines from a song about teachers:

    In a third grade room in a tiny town,
    There's a blue-eyes girl who's feeling down.
    She tried to bring her daddy into show-and-tell.
    He was gonna Skype 'em, wish them well.
    She showed them all the camera on her mom's netbook
    But they wouldn't let her do it on a school network.
    The man in camo never called,
    He was blocked by a firewall.

    The combination 'show-and-tell' - is it a kind of teacher-parent meeting or just an extracurriculum activity to which the father of the girl was invited?

    And what does the line - the man in camo never called - mean?

    Thank you in advance.
    "There's a blue-eyed girl who's feeling down."

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    Re: show-and-tell

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Just a comment: isn't it too culturally specific?
    The idea is to encourage the students to record their ideas on the issues raised in the song. There are a couple of great sites for doing that.
    As for show-and-tell, they might find the right answer on the web. If not, I will quote the replies I received from you. The students are always eager to learn information provided by native speakers.
    But again, what I try to achieve by giving such tasks is to get the students to work out what to say while being recorded, and not to use the original material word for word. If they overcome the fear of recording themselves, they will be able to make good presentations in their second and third year.

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