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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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\\ 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.

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!

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

1 May

Summer time is coming and so are the summer holidays – the longest and most cherished holidays of the year. Our pupils get excited thinking about what activities they are going to do and what places they are going to visit. In fact, so do teachers 😀 Everybody loves summer!

When the scholar year end is approach and we cannot stop thinking of our summer plans, the best option is to focus our last lessons on that. Preschoolers love telling about the activities they do outside school; therefore, it is a great chance to help our pupils learn how to speak about summer plans in English.

Next, I am presenting my “Summer Holidays” lesson plan for ESL preschoolers:

These are the flashcards I use to introduce some of the places they may be going to during the holidays (beach, fun fair, park, mountain, swimming pool, zoo). I like hiding them around the classroom and asking the children to find them, they have so much fun!

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Once we have presented the six images, there is this story I like to tell. It is a good example of what the pupils will be able to say. (Click on the image to open the audio)

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After listening to the story, as an oral comprehension activity, you can show the flashcards again and ask the children if the girl in the story goes to any of those places. You can classify the flashcards in two groups: Yes, she goes to / No, she doesn’t go to.

To help them be able to explain where they want to go during their holidays, we sing this song which is based on the structure “I want to go to the _____”

 

Then, it is time for them to speak about their summer plans. I choose one pupil to come in front of the group and we all ask him/her at the same time “Where do you want to go?” So the pupil has to point to one of the flashcards and say “I want to go to the _____”. The first pupil will probably need help, but as they all come to the front to say it they shall require less help.

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Related to going on holidays and choosing where you want to go – there is the Wallace & Gromit film “A Grand Day out”. Whenever I have watched it with my pupils they have loved it and laughed a lot 🙂

(Click on the image to watch the film).

 

 

 

 

Finally, we make a poster to decorate the classroom walls. Each pupils is given this piece of paper where they have to draw the place they want to go and finish the sentence by writing the place. As they finish the task, they glue their drawings onto a big cardboard.

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– 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 😀

SHAPE IT UP!!

26 Sep

“Super Simple Songs” have got some amazing tracks that help me get inspired for my preschool lessons. This time, the songs that were perfectly for me where the Shape Songs 1 & 2. After listening to them, I programmed a whole lesson plan based on these so my preschoolers could learn the name of some shapes through the songs.

This is the Lesson Plan:

First of all, I arrive in class with my magic bag where I keep the shapes flashcards. My pupils take turns to discover what flashcards I have this time in my bag and as we are taking them out we name them. Then, we investigate who of us has any of these shapes on our clothes. It is fun!

These are the flashcards that I used:

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Right after that, we listen to the two tracks and we classify which shapes are on the first song and which on the second one. We love classifying 😀

These are the Shape Songs:

In order to understand better the shapes, I give plasticine to my pupils and we make the different eight shapes with it. We pretend to be in an Art Gallery and each pupil displays his/her shapes to the rest of us. Using these plasticine shapes we just created, we put them in 8 different groups so all the starts are together, all the triangles are together, etc.

I discovered this youtube channel called Learning Fun by shapes and it just fits so well into the lesson plan! They have different fables were everything in it is made by shapes, it is fantastic 😀 I chose “The hare and the Tortoise” to watch in class:

After watching the video we speak about the shapes that we recognise in it and what shapes have been used for making the main characters.

To revise a little bit and to have some more fun, there is this great website which contains many online games. 

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>> Insects All Around <<

15 Jul

Very often preschoolers enjoy playing with the little bugs they find in the playground during break time. Sometimes, they even like bringing them into the classroom so they can show their discoveries to the classmates and to the teacher. Therefore, I thought that planning some lessons on bugs would be quite interesting and meaningful for them 😀

First of all, I introduce the SPIDER through this Inicy Wincy Spider story based on the nursery rhyme.

After telling the story we speak about spiders saying what colours they can be, their possible sizes, how many legs they have and if any of us has ever caught a spider or been bitten by one. They usually tend to invent stories about spider bites they have suffered haha.

We also sing the very well known Inicy Wincy Spider nursery rhyme. I really like this version, it is so catchy!!

To revise the story, I made some jigsaws using the storycards. I printed them out, laminated them and cut them out. Each storycard has been cut in a different shape so they don’t get mixed up. Once each jigsaw has been completed we order the images as we retell the story all together.

My pupils always ask me to bring them activities where they can colour, so I made this one where they have to trace the petals of the flower where the spider is sitting on and then colour Incy Wincy Spider. Click on the image to download the worksheet:

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Now it is time to introduce some other bugs. Using these flashcards we discover them. I hide the flashcards around the classroom and I ask the pupils to find them. Once we have them all, we describe them physically, we speak about how they move and we tell if we have ever seen them in real life.

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There is this great powerpoint game I found online to help the pupils learn the names of the insects. My pupils really liked it! Click on the image to download it.

CATCH THE INSECTS PPT | FREE ESL Powerpoint presentations, exercises

Finally, there is this video I made of a song about four of the insects that have been presented. This way my pupils can listen to the song as many times as they want and it helps them memorise the lyrics and the movements.

It is called Insects all around. I hope you like it!

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