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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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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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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 🙂

Old Macdonald’s Farm

19 Oct

This is one of the most common and popular traditional songs that are used when teaching English to young learners and I am also one of these teachers who likes using it in class :). Preschoolers love anything related to animals which means that any content you want them to acquire, it will motivate them and help them acquire it if it goes with the help of some cute animals.

I use these 9 friendly farm animals as my teaching helpers. They are the ones that my pupils will see in the story and two songs that I included in the lesson plan. It would be great if you had actual toys! Otherwise, flashcards are good, too.

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You can introduce the farm animals by putting them inside a magic bag or magic box and then some volunteers take them out one by one. Sometimes, what I do is to hide the flashcards or realia around the classroom and them I tell them to find something new that I have brought. Each time I start a new unit I try to do it differently to keep them amused and interested. Once we have them all out, we speak about their colour, size and if they can fly, walk or swim.

There is this lovable story about Old Macdonald that I found in the Robby Rabbit text book which presents some of the 9 farm animals: cow, dog, horse, duck and sheep. I made the video to share it with my little pupils:

 

Once you have watched the story, there is this website with perfect online games for preschoolers about the farm animals that you could play altogether in class. I am not a preschooler and I love them 😀 If you have a whiteboard, a computer or a tablet; your pupils will have a great time!

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/preschool/animals/farm/animalfarmflashcards.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/preschool/animals/farm/animalfarmgame.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/preschool/animals/farm/animalfarmmovie.htm

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The two songs that I like singing and dancing are these ones:

It is really funny to ask your pupils to pretend to be one of the animals in the song and make the animal sounds, they will laugh a lot! It is always great if you take part in it, as well 😉 I am the type of teacher who likes participating in the games and activities I suggest to my pupils.

One oral activity that it is always very successful is to say “The cow says…” and then they all answer “moo” putting their fingers on the head pretending to be cow horns. I do the same with the other 8 animals and for each one we make a different gesture when making the animal sound. You could turn this activity into a competition: the child who doesn’t make the right animal sound sits down and we do it like this until there is only one pupil left who becomes the winner.

Another option is to watch this episode from “Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures” where she goes on a field trip with her class. Once you have watched it, you can ask your pupils what animals they recognised, how many of each they saw, describe them, etc. When I did it with my groups, I was very pleased to see they were able to answer to all my questions 🙂

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If you want your pupils to do some written activity, I suggest this worksheet. On one side there are the Old Macdonal song lyrics and on the other side there is this activity where they have to colour the right bits so the hidden animals appear.

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The GiNGERBREAD MAN helps us learn some movement ACTIONS!

13 Sep

As you may have noticed, I love using popular characters from stories and cartoons which act as my little helpers when teaching very young learners. When little children recognise the characters they instantly enjoy anything related to them. This way, you can encourage them to do almost anything because they really believe it is the character who is asking them. That is my little cheeky trick 😉

In this post I would like to share how through the story of The Gingerbread man my little pupils learn some movement actions at the same time they have a lot of fun.

First of all, I present the action flashcards. Some times I use a box and they have to take them out and other times I hide them around the classroom and they have to find them. Once they have them all 6, we decide what the images are about and then we play some movement games. These are the flashcards I use: walk, stop, skip, run, jump and dance.

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The movement game they love the most is one where I tell them the actions one by one and they have to do them, if someone doesn’t do the correct one he/she is eliminated and has to sit down. They love competitions!!! It is also great when one of the pupils acts as the teacher and you take part in the game.

 

Second, we read the book of The Gingerbread man. Afterwards, the pupils answer some comprehension questions such as what animals appear in the story and what actions from the ones we’ve seen the Gingerbread man does. At some other point, we also watch the video version of the story. I quite like this one:

 

Third, there is also this song that I adore using. I found it in a CD that belongs to a classbook called FunTime and I made the video to use it in my classes. It is simply perfect because in it the gingerbread man runs, jumps and stops, so we can add two more of the actions we presented at the beginning. Besides, the tune is super catching and easy to dance 🙂

Once we have listened to the song a few times, the pupils should be able to recognise which of the 6 actions the gingerbread man does and which ones he doesn’t. I do it this way: I show the flashcard and ask “Does the gingerbread man dance?” and they answer “Yes, he does or No, he doesn’t”. We classify in 2 different groups the 3 he does and the 3 he doesn’t do.

 

Fourth, If you are lucky enough to have a tablet, computer or smartboard in your class, then you could use this online memory game I created so the pupils can practise the movement actions at the same time they play. They love memory games!

CLICK HERE http://matchthememory.com/gingerbreadmanactions

 

Finally, If you wanted your pupils to do a written task about the Gingerbread man, there is this cute worksheet that they could do:

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