Using our pupils interests to catch their attention in class is the best way to create motivation. The days I keep an eye in the playground during break time, I like speaking with them about the tv programs, songs and films that are popular at the moment. Believe it or not, it is precious information! Moreover, they will look at you differently if you can have a chat about the singer, tv character or whoever is most popular at the moment. It is a good investment of time doing a little research on the internet or even watching some of episodes of the cartoons or tv series they like in order to be updated on what is cool for your pupils.
I remember a few years ago when some students asked me to play some Miley Cyrus songs (when she was still cute!!!) and I was able to sing one by heart and even dance the choreography. For a few days I was the star of the school, they couldn’t believe their teacher liked the same music! I must say I love dancing, so it wasn’t much of a hassle for me 😉
In the case I want to share today, I use the adorable and cute Pocoyo TV program to help my little pupils learn the name of some colours in English. At the moment, Pocoyo and Dora are the stars, so I try to include some of their episodes in my lessons.
This is the episode about colours that I use in class:
Once we have watched it, I like playing some TPR games. For these games I prefer to use some colourful scarfs but it is also possible to use flashcards.
Some of the games we play are:
– “who is wearing something…?” They have to put their hands up and say “ME!” if they are wearing the mentioned colour.
– “If you wear….” Depending on the colour I show, they have to do certain movements such as stand up, twirl, jump, clap hands, etc.
– “Find something…” I show them a colour and they have to find an object in the classroom that is the same colour.
– “Colourful catwalk” I tell them to put one of the colourful scarfs on and if they choose the correct one they can model around the class showing the scarf off. (Girls love this game!)
If you have a computer, a tablet or a smartboard in class, you can play these online games altogether:
There is also this song that I like using when teaching colours to very young learners because it is quite repetitive and they easily learn it and sing it along with me. I saw the song written somewhere ages ago and I think I modified the lyrics a bit. Since there wasn’t any video I made my own 🙂
I’m a party person, and I also enjoy having parties with my little pupils. This is why I like organizing the Balloon Party with them. What does it consist of? Very simple, I give them some balloon templates that they have to colour and then punch out. When everybody has finished their balloon, we display them on a wonderful poster to decorate the classroom.