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When I grow up!

21 May

Young children love talking about what jobs they are going to do when they grow up. This is a good opportunity to catch their attention and be able to speak about it using the English language.

To bring the topic up, we watch this Berenstain Bears episode called “On the Job”. Right after, the pupils take part in a comprehension quiz where they have to recall the jobs that are mentioned in the episode.

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Once we have gone through the jobs that we see in the episode, it is a good idea to brain storm some other jobs that the children find interesting. I remember being quite amused with some of the jobs my pupils mentioned! 😀

I love using music in my lessons, and I found a catchy song that matches perfectly with the lesson plan. It is called “People work”.

After watching the video and singing along a few times, you can continue to a worksheet that matches well to work a bit more on the song.

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Another resource I like using are online games. Anything including a screen immediately catches the children’s attention! This way, they acquire knowledge while having fun and enjoying what they see 🙂 The chosen game is called “Job Mixer”:

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It is good to take a moment and think of all the jobs we have seen so far: the ones from the episode, the ones from the song and the ones from the online game.

You can make a list on the board and then play a miming game. I like starting the games so they see how it is done. The pupil who guesses the job I mimed comes to the front to take the lead, and so on with the other pupils.

Now comes the moment to focus on the main activity of the lesson plan. An oral presentation about what each child wants to be when he/she grows up. To give my pupils an idea of what I am expecting from them, I show them this video:

To help them plan what they are going to say, I made this oral presentation organizer where they can write their ideas:

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Probably, you will have to help them quite a bit because they are young ESL learners, but the oral presentations will be so amazing that all the previous efforts will be worth it 😀

 

 

 

Games with FLASHCARDS ready to go!

12 Mar

Imagine one day the internet doesn’t work and you cannot teach the lesson you had planned. Or another scenario, imagine you teach somewhere the internet is not available at all. What can you do? Simply go “old school” and use some wonderful flashcards! 😀

Next, I am sharing with you some flashcard games that you can use in class. Mainly with young learners who like using material they can touch and play with.

1 Guess where!
Children play in pairs. Child A turns all his flashcards face down and asks e.g. Where’s the car? Child B points to a card and guesses Here! Child A turns the card over and says Yes, you’re right! if it is the car, or No, this isn’t the car! As soon as child B guesses correctly and the car is found, they have the next
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2 Pass the card
Play with the whole class. Children stand or sit with you in a circle. Show the first flashcard to the child on your left who names what’s in the picture e.g. T-shirt! This child then shows the flashcard to the child next to them, who names what’s on the card and passes it on round the circle in the same way. Once the flashcard has passed to three or four children, start the process again with another flashcard. Continue the game in the same way with all the flashcards.

3 Snap!
Children play pairs. Each child puts their flashcards facing down in a pile. They turn over their flashcards one at a time at the same time and say the words e.g. Giraffe! If they have the same picture, the child who says the word followed by Snap! first keeps the flashcards. The child with most flashcards at the end of the game is the winner.

4 Abracadabra!
Children play in pairs. Each child lays his flashcards facing down in a row on the desks. Child A points to Child B’s first flashcard, pretends to wave a wand and says e.g. Abracadabra! It’s the butterfly! Child B turns over the flashcard. If it’s the butterfly, they say Yes! and leave the flashcard facing up. If it isn’t the butterfly, they should say No! and leave the flashcard facing down. Child B then has the next turn.

5 Find your partner
Play with the whole class. Children choose a flashcard secretly and hold it so no one else can see. Then, they walk round the class asking other children e.g. Have you got an apple? / No, I haven’t / Have you got a plum? / Yes, I have until they find a partner with the same flashcard as themselves.

6 Memory
Children play in small groups using two sets of flashcards. They mix the two sets facing down and put them facing down. Child A starts turning two of the flashcards up and saying what they are in English. If they are the same, he can keeps them. If they are different, they have to be facing down again. The game finishes when all the pairs of flashcards have been found. The winner is the child with more pairs.

7 Noughts and crosses
Play with the whole class. Draw a noughts and crosses grid on the board. Stick a flashcard facing down on each space. Divide the class into two teams, one to play with noughts and one with crosses. Children in each team take turns to choose a card. If they can identify what’s in the picture, turn over the flashcard and write a nought or cross in the square. The first team to complete a row of three wins the game.

8 Hot and Cold
Play with the whole class. Ask two children to wait outside the classroom door for a moment. While they are outside the door, stick one of the flashcards somewhere in the classroom, where it is ‘hidden’ but nevertheless visible without moving anything. Involve the rest of the class in helping you to do this. Ask the two children back into the classroom and everyone asks e.g. Where’s the lion? The two children look for the flashcard of the lion and the rest of the class helps by saying Hot! Hot! Hot! if the children move near to where the card is hidden and Cold! Cold Cold! if they move away. When they find the card, the two children say e.g. Here’s the lion! and everyone claps and says Hurray! Repeat several times with different children.

 

BUILDING OUR TOWN!

5 Feb

It has been a while since I last shared some of my ESL resources for the young ones. I have been a bit busy but now I am ready to start blogging again 😀

What I would like to share with you today is a lesson plan I use to learn the rooms in the house and some other house parts.

To motivate my pupils and engage them into the topic, we start watching this particular version of The 3 little Pigs:

Once we have watched it, we talk about the 3 materials the houses are made of and the parts of the house we can see: chimney, door, window, roof and walls. As a collaborative activity, we draw the 3 houses on the board. Each pupil draws a little bit and when they are done we label the house parts we mentioned before. We can take a photo of the drawing and print a copy for each pupil so they can keep it in their tasks folder.

Related to the house parts seen in the story, there is this song you can sing in order to help the pupils remember them better and master the pronounciation. The graphics are not great but it is catchy and the vocabulary is the one we actually need 🙂

 

Next step is to step inside the house and look at the different rooms we can find in it. To do so, I use some flashcards and wordcards. I draw a house on the board and then the children help me place the room images on it. After that, I give the wordcards out to the table groups and as a team they have to decide what room image matches with their room name. Then, one representant of the groups stands up and places it next to right image.

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To have some fun while learning, you can play some spelling games such as “what letter is missing?” or “scrambled letters”, a memory game where they have to match the flashcard and the wordcard as well as this cool powerpoint game (you can download it from slideshare):

 

Another song that goes very well related to the rooms in the house, is this one called “Let’s clean up”. My pupils really loved it! One way to work on it is to display the room flashcards on different walls and when the song mentions a room we have to go towards it and clean it up. It is so much fun 🙂

 

After all this, we are ready for THE BIG TASK…to build our town!!! Following the instructions given, each pair or threesome makes a paper house. The group decides what rooms they want to have in it. When all the houses are built, we put them together as if they were in streets of an invented town. Once this is done, each group presents their house by saying what rooms we can find in it.

Click on the image to see the instructions step by step

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** I’m a little Snowman **

11 Dec

I LOVE snowmen!!! I find them very sweet 🙂 Maybe, my interest towards snowy things is increased because I live in Barcelona, where we hardly ever get some snow. I am 31 years old and as far as I remember, I have only experienced snow in my city 4 or 5 times!!!

Due to my interest towards snowmen, I planned a Christmas unit for my 2nd Primary students focused on them. I have to say, snowmen are also very popular amongst my students 😉 So we all enjoyed this unit!

To start with, we present our snowman:

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We comment on the accessories that he wears, and we focus on 3 of them:

Right after, I present this Snowman song by “Super simple songs”which I adore. The song is simply perfect because it focuses on describing the snowman and what he wears.

When singing the song, I add some body movements to help the students understand better what the lyrics are about. This way, we sing the song but also dance it 😀

Another day, we play a game called “Do you want to build a snowman?”. Each group of 3 or 4 students recieves the sheet with the game, a dice and a white sheet of paper.

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The goal of the game is to build a snowman all together. The first roll chooses the body shape, the second roll the face style, the third roll the type of arms, the forth roll the hat or hair and finally what the scarf looks like. Once they are all built, they have to be coloured and we display them on the walls.

The following day, we watch the lovely Frosty’s winter wonderland film. It is not very long, which makes it ideal for one session 🙂

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On the last two days, we focus on making a snowman themed Christmas card.The idea is to make a collage snowman using coloured papers and making sure each snowman wears a hat, buttons and a scarf. This is the example I showed my students:

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Instead of writing the message on the front as it is done here, I suggested my students to write the Christmas wishes on the back of the coloured construction paper. This way, the snowman is not covered 🙂

 

PUMPKIN… PUMPKIN!!

30 Oct

Pumpkins are a very common Autumny fruit. Besides, they are one of the main Halloween symbols!

There are many activities that could be done related to Pumpkins and that would keep children motived and eager to learn.

Next, there is a collection of resources that I have gathered together to work on Pumpkins with the little ones in Primary level:

To start with, I have selected a book of Splat the Cat, who I adore! (click on the image to hear the read aloud).

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Once the pumpkins have been intoduced through the story, there are many different activities to learn some facts about them. A possible one is to learn its Lifr Cycle and its parts:

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I have made a video tutorial for a a song about a pumpkin named “I’m a little pumpkin” 

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To have some extra fun, there are some pumpkin crafts that could be done, as well. My favourite one is this one, a cute and simple paper pumpkin:

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(click on the image for instructions)

To finish with the pumpkin lesson ideas, I would like to share this cartoon video I found which has got a moral story behind. It is called “Spookley the square Pumpkin”.

Halloween Books & Films

22 Oct

Hello everybody! Today I am showing you some Halloween stories and films to work with children! I really hope you like them! Of course there are many stories and tales to use, but I make a selectio…

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\\ The Simpsons //

2 Oct

Using popular tv characters is usually one of the best ways to get your pupils attention. This is way I based most of the family members unit plan on “The Simpson Family”.

We start making a family tree using images of The Simpsons. Then, we name each member depending on his/her position in the family.

This is what I use:

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Right after that, we play this multiple choice game where they have to say who is who in The Simpsons family. First, from bart’s point of view and then from Herb’s. It is a very popular game and very useful!

The first writing activity I ask them to do, is this family tree seen from Lisa’s perspective. Once they have done Lisa’s, they can do their own family tree including their closest relatives.

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Using again the flashcards and wordcards of The Simpsons family member, we play some TPR games. This way, they acquire the spelling while having fun.

One TPR game they really enjoy, is when I display on the board the image of one family member and three possible wordcards. Two pupils wait facing back to the board and they can only turn around and touch the right wordcard after the rest of the class says “ready, steady, go”. The winner stays there and plays against another classmate. The pupil who stays more turns wins.

The following writing activity includes whole sentences. They have to write a mini book about 8 family members the same way Lisa introduces her relatives in this presentation.

Each slide would be a page of their mini book. They draw the face of the family member and write about him/her. The mini book is made using a DINA4 sheet and folding it so you have 8 squares. Then, you cut it using the folds as a guide to the the pages of your book. Once each page has been written, you staple them to give them the book look.

Even though this song is not about The Simpsons, I really like it and my pupils love how catchy it is. Besides, it is possible to ask many different comprehension questions about the video.

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