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* Plants & Flowers in the ESL class *

27 May

It’s Spring time, the moment when flowers blossom and everything looks more colourful and pretty thanks to them. Who doesn’t like flowers? I don’t really know anyone who doesn’t.

Using the flowers as a catch, I transform my ESL lessons into Science lessons without my pupils really noticing any difference.

To introduce the subject, we watch an episode of Peep and the big wide world called “Peep plants a seed”. It is adorable!

This episode gives us the chance to start talking a little bit about who has got plants or flowers in their homes, who takes care of them, etc.

Also, Peep teaches us what a plant needs to grow. In order to practice what we just learnt through the episode, there is this perfect online game where we need to help Calliou grow a garden

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Besides, I found a great song called “The planting song” with a fantastic video that reinforces understanding the process of how to grow a plant. I’m in love with this song, it is so catchy!

 

Something quite exciting to do, if you’re school has got a garden, is to do what Peep does in the episode and plant some seeds and see what happens. Now that we know what a plant needs to grow it should be ok! Every day, some pupils can go and check the evolution of the seed and keep a record by taking a photo and writing down what’s in there.

A nice worksheet to work on what they are doing is this one you can see below. On the left there is the task to do and on the right the images to be printed out and laminated so you can use them as an example when explaining the activity.

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Since we are in the process of taking care of our own garden, it is a good moment to learn a chant about it. It is called “My Garden”. I hope you like my tutorial 🙂

This is the worksheet I made to work on the lyrics of the chant:

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THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR

8 Apr

Most of my lesson plans are developed after a book, a story or a cartoon episode. This time, the lesson plan I share is based on one of the adventures of The Little Polar Bear. In winter, I focus my first grade lessons on everything related to this season: clothes we wear, food we eat, activities we can do, animals we can see, weather conditions, etc.

Before watching the cartoon episode called “The snow storm”, I tell my pupils we are going to watch a story about an animal that lives in the Arctic, but they have to guess what animal it is. After sharing their opinions, I switch on the projector so they can see the cute face of The Little Bear. They usually go “awww so cute” 😀

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After watching the video, we answer to a few comprehension questions:

  • Who else is in the story besides the Little Bear?
  • What are the names of the two main characters?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • What is the problem of Lass?
  • What do Lass and Lina like of each other?
  • What is the solution for Lass’ problem?

Usually, the polar bear is quite a popular animal amongst little children. Which keeps them motivated and interested.

We work on some body parts and compare them with the human body parts:

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We also work on some general information about Polar Bears through a little investigation we do. Working in groups of 4, the pupils have to share their knowledge and come to a decision about these features:

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Once all the groups are done, we put together what we have decided. If there are some doubts, we check the information here national geographic website.

After the hard work, it’s time to learn a song about the Little Bear! (sorry for my horrible singing skills).

 

It can also be fun to make their own polar bear craft! Here there are some examples. The one I like the most is the craft you make using your own hand 🙂

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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 😀

 

 

 

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”.

Do You Know… How To Count?

7 Aug

After some weeks off… Here I am, back to share my ideas and resources for EFL in Primary level.

In this blog post, I am going to share the lesson plan I used last scholar year to help my 2nd Primary pupils count from 1 to 20. It is very common to see children confused when counting from 10 to 20. Therefore, first I focused on making sure they felt confident counting from 1 to 10 and then we moved to the next level.

In the first lesson we played with these wonderful 1 to 10 flashcards & wordcards. I had them in my magic bag and the children took turns to discover them. Once we had them all out, we matched each flashcard with its wordcard. They loved these cards!!! Click on the image to download them:

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Since most of them already knew how to count from 1 to ten with no problem, we focused on the writing of the numbers.

To finish the lesson, we watched this Peg + Cat Episode where they focus on counting from 1 to ten. I love Peg + Cat, they are adorable 🙂

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The second lesson was started with rhythm! We learned this song and had fun singing and dancing. In small groups they created a choreography for the chorus.

After all the physical exercise, we sat down and worked on this worksheet to see if they are acquiring the numbers spelling. Click on the image to download it:

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In the third lesson we started with the teen numbers. This time, the 10 to 20 flashcards & wordcards came from a magic box. We followed the same pattern as in the first lesson.

When we had matched all the cards, we watched another Pec+Cat Episode related to counting:

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The fourth lesson also started with music. This fantastic song became very popular and had to play it many times! Listen to it and you will guess why… Who doesn’t like popping bubbles? 🙂

We performed the song pretending to to be bubbles. Each child was given a number and when the song said it, they jumped and popped. It was a laugh!

Afterwards, we played some onlines games to practice the teen number a bit more:

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Finally, to reinforce everything seen the previous days, there is this fun worksheet where they have to focuse on the spelling. Click on the image to download it:

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As you can see, I love using music and videos a lot. Children are very visual and it is the best way to call their attention and keep them interested!

– My ABCs –

13 Mar

Spelling well is very important in order to write properly. English as a foreign language is quite complicated when it comes to spelling. For those learners who speak a Latin language as mother tongue (I’m one), it can be very confusing. For us, what you say in English doesn’t really match what you have to write.

2nd grade of Primary is when we start focusing on spelling. Therefore, I planned some lessons to learn the alphabet so my pupils would be able to recognise the names of the letters in English.

We start the lessons watching these 2 short videos as an introduction to what we are going to deal with:

Right after, we play the “Alphabet hunt” game using some flashcards. You hide the flashcards around the classroom or playground and as the pupils find them, we display them in order on the board. I use these flashcards:

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Once we have the alphabet displayed on the board, we need to learn the name of each letter. The best way is to learn them through a song. I found this one that my pupils loved! I really wanted to avoid using the typical boring alphabet chant, so when I found this dance music version I thought YES!:

 

To start using the alphabet in context, there are some cool online games that can be played. The whole class can play together or you can organise them in small groups in which they can compete among themselves.

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As a creative activity, we make our CRAZY ALPHABET. Each child is given a letter of the alphabet and they have to transform it into something else while still keeping the shape of the letter:

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We decorated the classroom with our CRAZY ALPHABET – it looks fabulous! Besides, you can film each child saying the name of the letter that he/she created and join them all to have the whole alphabet said by them. We did it and they felt very proud with the result 😀

It is also a good option to watch SUPER WHY! episodes since everything is based on the alphabet. If you have time you can watch one in class, otherwise you can upload one in the class blog so they can watch it at home. This is the one we watched in class:

 

Ever since my pupils learned the alphabet in English, they ask me to play Hangman. So whenever we have some minutes left, we play using the vocabulary we are dealing with at that moment.

 

I hope this lesson plan will be useful for you 😀

Christmas FUN for the little ones!

29 Nov

Christmas is one of my favourite festivals. I guess that, as it happens to many other teachers, it is funnier and easier to plan Christmas lessons and create Christmas resources than it happens with other celebrations that are normally used in the ESL class.

There are so many materials that can be used when planning Christmas based lessons that we could get lost in them! I have had that feeling before, so I understand that feeling of finding cool stuff and thinking “I could use this, I could use that” and after downloading lots of resources not knowing how to organise them or how to use them with our pupils.

I would like to share what I am using at the moment in my preschool lessons. Feel free to use anything you like!

I tend to start the Christmas lessons watching a cartoons episode the ones I am using at the moment for the different preschool levels are:

– Peppa Pig “Santa’s visit”

– Mickey mouse clubhouse “Mickey saves Santa”

– The baby triplets “Christmas” 

You can find them all in youtube 🙂

 

As usual, I like them learning some vocabulary with the help of flashcards. The eight words I chose are these ones:

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You can ask them to help you colouring them and once they are coloured you can laminate them to be able to use them for some TPR games.

There is this poem that my pupils really like saying, it is called Santa will pop!. Next, there is the video tutorial I made for my pupils so they can rehearse it at home.

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Here there is the Santa image that they have to colour and cut out. Once it is done, you can glue it onto a transparent plastic stick so it isn’t visible.

 

A Christmas Carol I really like singing with the little ones is Jingle Bells, the catchy rhythm is great! We don’t singing it all, we usually focus on the chorus. The version I like is this one because it is slow enough for the children to get the lyrics:

 

There are a couple of worksheets that could be done. In the first one, the children have to cut out the snowman and decide how they dress it up and in the second one they have to draw inside the stocking the presents they would like to get.

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