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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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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:

 

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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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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>> 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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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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