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IT’S WINTER TIME!

5 Jan

I guess some of you are already back to work and others, like me, are getting ready to start the 2nd term next Monday.

I love creating lesson plans based on the seasons, festivities and other events that my pupils really enjoy because they are part of their everyday life.

Winter, despite being my least favourite season, can also be pretty cool! So I would like to share the materials and ideas that I have ready for next week 🙂

Visual resources are amazing to make sure your pupils connect with you. That is why I liked the “I like Winter” song video to start my lesson plan with.

It is a great way to start a conversation about what activities we can do, what food we eat and what clothes we wear in winter.

Next, i focus on the winter clothes. First we look at some clothes flashcards and then we classify them in 3 groups: cold weather, hot weather and anytime.

To reinforce the names of the winter clothing, there is this cute chant I found. It is not a common chant, it is a kind of conversation chant. It is called “Snow day!”An extra activity would be to invent a third paragraph in small groups and then they can share them.

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I made this worksheet to make sure my pupils are able to recognise the winter clothing we have been focusing on. Projecting the task on the smartboard, we do it orally all together. Then, they have to do it individually on the paper.

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One of my favourite resources, besides songs, are stories. I found a perfect wintery snowy story that my pupils usually love! It is a traditional Ukranian tale called “The Mitten”:

Something quite fun after watching the story is to draw a huge mitten and role play the story. Children love pretending to be animals, specially if they are fluffy and cute!

To finish this winter lesson plan, each pupil is given two templates to make their own mittens! We decorate them as colourful as we can to make sure we don’t lose them in the snow.

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Once we have our cool mittens ready, we sing and dance the… Snowy Pokey wearing them!! Here you have the tutorial I made for my pupils:

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>> Houses in England <<

8 Dec

Learning a language is much more than just being fluent at it. It also means knowing a little bit about the countries where the language is spoken.

In this case, I am focusing on England. Through a wixsite that has been created specially for this purpose the students can discover many facts about the Modern English houses and the Ancient English houses.

Investigating is one of the best ways for learning because the students see it as a puzzle they have to solve. Besides, it gives them a real reason for having to read, comprehend and finally produce.

The main goal of this wixsite is to help the children improve their English by using it for reasons other than just the language itself.

Click on the image to visit the wixsite I made:

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Next, you can download the activity dossier:

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AUTUMN IS HERE! (Lesson Plan)

3 Oct

Autumn is here, a wonderful season for many reasons. Whenever I ask my pupils what they like the most of this time of the year they usually say: “to see the leaves fall and be able to play with them”. Isn’t that magic?

This lesson plan I am about to share is focused on some aspects related to Autumn. First of all, using a “magic bag” I present some flashcards with autumny vocabulary: food, animals and colours. Next, there is a sample:

Once we discover all the flashcards, we classify them in groups by type and we play some TPR games with them so the children get familiar with their names.

The story about Autumn that I like telling is the one called “Leafy, the leaf who wouldn’t leave”. It is based on a video story but I adapted it for my pupils and made a powerpoint:

My pupils always love Leafy and it is a good way to start a conversation about the tree leaves and why they fall. After they give me their opinions, we watch this video to help them understand well:

To continue with the leaves topic, we sing and dance this catchy song called “Falling leaves”. It is so catchy that I always find myself singing it while doing other things 😀

One of the main reasons why I like including this song in the lesson plan, is because of  its focus on the 4 autumny colours. I made this simple fill in the gaps worksheet where pupils have to write the four colours sang in the song:Sense títol

I always like including some sort of craft or game that my pupils can take home with them after using it in class. This time, I made a memory game with some autumny food and animals. Each pair of cards has got one with only the image and its matching card has got the image plus its name:

 

create MEMORY GAMES for your ESL students

23 Aug

Your students probably love using materials they know you have created for them. One of the most popular games I have created for mine is the worldwide known memory game in its online version. It is a very simple game with very simple rules that everybody loves playing.

When I create my online memory games I use the same images I have previously used for the vocabulary flashcards. The more familiar it is for them the better! I make these games for different ages and they all enjoy it the same way.

The tool I use for creating the games is called matchthememory.com and it works perfectly fine in all type of devices. Sometimes we play them all together in class using the class projector and some other times I share them online so they can play at home using the tablet or phone.

  • Here you have the games I created so far:

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You can create all sorts of memory games: image-image, image-word and word-word. You can also costumise the cards by choosing different fonts and differents backgrounds.

I hope you and your students enjoy it as much as me and my students do 🙂

ALSO * TOO * AS WELL

12 Aug

When your mother tongue has got just one word but in English you can use three different words, it can be a bit tricky to know when it is the right moment to use each option.

I love infographies 🙂

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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
turn.

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.

 

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