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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.

GAME 1          GAME 2           GAME 3

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.

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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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** Goldilocks & the 3 Bears **

11 May

This preschool EFL lesson plan is based on the “Goldilocks & the 3 Bears” story, which is one of the most popular traditional tales among the little ones. Through this fantastic book, we deal with some values that are very important for young children; for instance, touching and using belongings that are not ours without permission and naughtiness. They feel very identified with these aspects since most of the problems in a preschool classroom are due to some children not being able to share and others using stuff without asking for permission.

When it comes to the English language, I like using the Goldilocks & the 3 Bears tale to see some vocabulary about the family and also about sizes.

The first day, I tell them that I have something for them in my pocket and I ask some pupils to discover what it is. In my pocket I have images of the story characters. They always recognise them quite quick and get very excited knowing they are going to hear this story. These are the images I use:

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There is also this video version of the story which I like. I prefer having the stories I tell in both ways, book and video. I usually use the video version to revise what happens in the story and to uploaded in the class blog so they can watch it at home whenever they want.

To work on the BIG, MEDIUM & SMALL sizes, we play this game where they have to classify the objects and say which ones belong to mummy bear, which ones to daddy bear and which ones to baby bear. Once we have done that, I ask them questions such as “Is this BIG bowl from mummy bear?” so they answer “Yes, it is” or “No, it isn’t” and “Who is this MEDIUM chair from?” so they answer “It is from____”. To play these oral games I use these images:

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I found this song called “Three Bears” and I thought it matched quite well with the story. Besides, it names the family members in a different way and it helps my pupils realise they can say it like that, too.

To introduce other family members names I really like using “The Finger Family” song. In it, the words sister and brother appear, this way they can learn them together with mummy, daddy and baby.

Once we have watched the video of the song, we check what family members we already knew and which are new. After that, I like having a little conversation with my pupils to find out if they have got any brother or sisters. They love speaking about their siblings!

There is this worksheet I made where pupils are asked to draw their hand inside the oval and then they have to draw a family member on each finger: daddy, mummy, sister, brother and baby.

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download here: https://en.islcollective.com/preview.php?id=79537&nodetails=false

I LIKE FRUITS!!

8 Mar

In most schools there are campaigns to promote eating fruit as an alternative to junk food as snacks during break time. Therefore, I thought it would be very useful to choose the fruits topic as the centre of interest in one of my didactic units. This way, my pupils can see that besides being healthy fruits can also provide fun!

Next, I’m going to share with you all the resources I use for the “I like fruits!” didactic unit. As always, I like using flashcards, songs, stories, games, worksheets and short conversations.

These are the flashcards I use to play some TPR games so they get familiar with the vocabulary they are going to see during the following lessons. I chose these 10 fruits because most of them are the ones that they can see in the song and stories. They love being able to recognise words when we are singing or telling a story, it puts them a smile on their faces 😀

The story I tell is called Monkey Bonkey. They absolutely love it! After the day I tell this story, they keep asking me when Monkey Bonkey is going to visit them again ^_^. The story is quite repetitive which allows them to anticipate the lines and tell it with you. It is fantastic!

Here you have the video I made telling the story, I hope you like it 🙂

After telling them the story, I ask them some comprehension questions such as: why is Monkey Bonkey sad?what colours are the bananas? what animals appear in the story? Etc.

If you have a monkey soft toy and some toy fruits, it would be great to role-play the story with them. Moreover, you can make Monkey Bonkey come back every lesson to greet them, they will be delighted!

The song I choose for this unit is a lovely one by DreamEnglish.com called “I like apples”.  My pupils totally adore it. Listen to it and you will understand why.

I made a worksheet where they have to circle and colour the fruits that are said in the song. You can doanload it in here, where I share most of my worksheets:  https://en.islcollective.com/resources/printables/worksheets_doc_docx/i_like_apples_song/food/77842

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One of the classroom games we play is the memory game. Its rules are not very difficult which lets them enjoy the game. One rule I add is that when they turn a card up they have to say the name of the fruit correctly, otherwise they miss their turn. These are the memory cards I use:

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I also created an online memory game so I can upload it to the class blog and they can play at home with their parents. This is the link to it: http://matchthememory.com/ilikefruit

Once I see they are quite familiar with the vocabulary, we have some short conversations. First I ask them but then they speak among themselves. They feel so powerful when they realise they can express themselves in English!

– What’s your favourite fruit? My favourite fruit is…

– Do you like ____? Yes, I do / No, I don’t

 

I hope you like it, and if you decide to use any of my resources let me know 🙂

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