Thursday, 26 June 2014

May I go to the bathroom? Powerpoint game and quick speaking activity! Free ppt. Download!

Hey all, today with my grade 5 classes we started the 2nd part to our "May I go to the bathroom?" lesson. I made a powerpoint game and prep materials for a quick speaking game and thought I'd share. The lesson went really well and the PPT. game was a hit.

Here's the first part explained, the quick and easy speaking activity.

I first printed out a bunch of sentences and cut them up separately.

Note: The dialogue of the lesson revolves around feelings and questions using the
 "May I..." beginning.

So here's the papers that I cut up into paper slithers ( I have 24 kids so enough of each paper for 12). Aim is to have half the class with the feeling/statement and half with the 'May I...' question.

Download match up cards

Next, I put the "May I" sentences into one bag and the "I'm..." sentences into another bag.
Now, you'll notice I forgot "May I go to the bathroom?" - I know, silly of me, but it didn't matter as it is in the powerpoint game later. You can add it if you'd like.

 When the students came into the class I halved them into two groups and one group chose from one bag and the other group, from the other. I wrote up on the whiteboard before class the following:

What's wrong?

I don't have ________. / I'm ________.

May I __________________?

Sure! / Sure. Go ahead.     /     No way! / Sorry, you can't.

So once the students all had a card I started from one side with the first student in the front and told the class to all ask him "What's wrong?" he then read his "I'm....." card out loud. For example, he said "I'm bored".

Then, from the other half of the class (those with the 'May I..." cards) I asked those with the matching sentence to stand and read. For example, "I'm bored" is matched with "May I play outside?" and "I'm hungry." is matched with "May I eat this cake?"

Then after they had read their 'May I.." question out loud we just randomly decided on an answer - choosing between : Sure! / Sure. Go ahead.     /     No way! / Sorry, you can't.
No way was a popular reply hehe...

So we did this until everyone had a chance to speak. Some had the same cards and that was fine, they just read together. And the kids got a kick out of repeating their reading also. I think one class had 'I'm thirsty" 3 times in a row - so the same kids who had the "May I drink some water?" had to stand up and read over and over again. They laughed at their luck. :P

After that simple speaking activity , I handed out this worksheet to stick into their English notebooks and they were instructed to only answer the top half of the sheet. This was a good review and comprehension check. I had the worksheet projected on the whiteboard and to check I had students come up and draw the lines in front of the class. They love any chance at writing on the white board so that worked well too.
Download Worksheet

Then we started the powerpoint game!
Now, I originally wanted to use the bottom half of the above sheet during the game, to simply follow along but instead to make it more interesting I didn't tell them to match up until after we played- I told them to try to remember what the replies were to the questions during the game. A fun way to have a little memory competition game, and reading practice. I gave candy to anyone who could remember them all correctly.

The Game!

So my powerpoint game is a basic spin the wheel game. I made the game boys against girls and had one team member at a time come up to click= spin the wheel. The wheel lands on a question and then the consecutive slide reveals the reply of either Yes or No in the form of phrases such as "sure" / "no way" / "Sure, go ahead" or "Sorry, you can't." , etc. I gave one point for a yes answer and no points for a no. There are also two 5 point slides to make it interesting.

The game worked really well and by the end, the class had learnt appropriate replies to "may I" questions , all based on the textbook vocabulary. This is only part 2 of the lesson so I didn't add too many more options outside the textbook as I want them to learn the basics first. Later, I would like to teach more of a variety of vocabulary.

Powerpoint Screen Shots:
Download Spin the Wheel Game here

The first slide is a simple review, get the students to read along and tell you the corresponding "may I..." questions.

This is the spin the wheel slide, ask the student to click just once !

It will spin and land on a question and a picture should float up also.

After the wheel slide a reply will come next. 

This is one of the 5 point slides.

May I have a cookie? 

May I use your pen?

Have fun and let me know how it goes if you choose to do the same activity and ppt!

Happy teaching!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Easy Directions Activity! Get Them Up & Talking! ESL

We've just started Lesson 6 in my English Grade 6 class which is all about directions. It's titled 'It's next to the bank". It's all about directions, positions and places.

We are about to have an exam , July 8th to be exact - so I wanted to make even the first few lessons loaded with all the new vocabulary so that they are introduced to everything at once. I know it may seem overwhelming but rest assured, they already know most of the vocabulary from previous lessons and their Grade 5 lessons.

So after we had gone through the vocabulary via simple powerpoint and translation we did this first :

I wrote this on the board:

a    It's next to the bank.
b    You can study English there.
c    Where is the school?
d    Thank you
e    What can you do there?
f     No problem
g    Go straight, turn left.
h    Excuse me.

As a class they had to first read the scrambled dialogue and then order it correctly. 
Behind the whiteboard I had the correct dialogue written out , as follows:

A: Excuse me, where is the school?
B: Go straight, turn left. It's next to the bank.
A: Thank you.
B: No problem. What can you do there?
A: You can study English there.

So, after we read and checked comprehension of the dialogue and vocabulary I gave them strips of paper with sentences or place names on them. 

This is the sheet I printed out to make the paper cards:

I cut the places and the "can do" sentences up into separate cards. Then I put them into a little bag I have, and got the kids to take one each. They were instructed to find their match and practice the dialogue we read up on the board.

The activity worked really well and everyone was speaking, I would advise also playing along with the class because then you can check speaking and demonstrate to those who don't understand. It also was a success as the students were feeling the heat and getting them up out of their seats helped to wake them up a bit.

Quite a simple lesson, but stay tuned for the fun power point game I've got prepared for next lesson!

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

English Festival Success! So Proud and Pleased :)

Hello all, I have not been blogging lately because I have been so busy with the English festival! We stopped teaching for a week and used English class strictly for rehearsing our plays and songs! Today was the fantastic performance day and it went so well. I am so proud of my students and thankful to their homeroom teachers and my co-teacher Anne who all helped to get the final day in fantastic shape!

If you would like to use the plays I wrote for your own festival or class (as they are all based on textbook vocabulary , esl level ) you can read and download them here: English Festival Scripts and more!

So here are pictures of the great day! And some videos too! Check it out!

I have 6 classes in total. 3 Grade 5 classes and 3 Grade 6 classes. Each class performed a play and a song. :)

Do You Want Some More?
 Whose Cap Is It?
Directions Rap

The Sickness Song

What Grade Are You In?

 The Months Of The Year Song

 It was such a great day and I was very proud!

Happy Teaching, and good luck with your festival!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Let's Hear It For The Girls! - Style Unit, Make up and Fashion for ESL!

I teach elementary and have noticed the older girls becoming a little restless in after school class. We had a blast doing our cooking class but it's time to move on - so now we are onto what all tween and teen girls love - fashion and makeup! (I have some tomboys in my class that were enthralled, it's a girl class no brainer).

I have mixed in some make up vocabulary with some textbook vocabulary that revolves around long hair, short hair, curly hair, straight hair, blonde/brown/black/red hair, blue/brown/hazel/green eyes - for the first lesson.

In our following lessons we will move on to fashion and design our own outfits.
I am hoping to have a jewelry making lesson by the end of it.

So here is the powerpoint and activities we did for class one:

Note: this is only a sample of some of the slides.
The complete powerpoint is available for download: Style Powerpoint

We first went through the make up products and the word "wearing" ...

 (there are more makeup slides in the download)

Next we went through hair styles, lengths and hair colours...

Then we combined length, colour and style together in longer sentences:

We went through eye colours ...

We went over phrases using style, I asked them to come up with their own also...

And lastly, I got the students to describe these women in the magazine, talking about their hair, eyes and what possible makeup they would be wearing:
(good oral part of the lesson)

 Here are their vocabulary sheets, they took these notes during the powerpoint. They're kept inside their afterschool workbooks.


And for next lesson we will focus on the composition side of things. They'll get these papers with a woman with makeup stuck in the centre. I'll ask them to draw arrows labeling the hair, eyes and makeup with the descriptive vocabulary we learnt in the last lesson.

Then, I'll get them to raid a magazine and choose two women to write compositions about. Here is the example I'm providing. 

 After writing we will design some make up looks!

Stay tuned, next week we're diving into fashion design:

Happy Teaching!