Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Funky Project For Learning The Times and Daily Routine!

Click here to download my template!
I think all elementary teachers have come in contact with the 'daily routine' or 'time to do...' lesson and I think it's hard to come up with projects that aren't just a clock and the moving of clock arms...or boring make your own schedules in tables...

So I came up with my very own project template that you can make into a funky fun pulley-system project that shows your student's daily routines!

First I drew my template...

Second, I cut a slit through the picture and then folded and glued the top and bottom, but I put no glue near the slit as that's where the pulley with my head went...

Above picture is my example.

I stuck a photo of every student's head on my pulleys. I just grabbed some thin card (manilla) to make them, in an L shape...

 You could also get the students to draw themselves if you can't print out their photos.

Then you get the students to colour and write in what time they do things during the day.
I left the last square open for the students to create their own activity.
Mine as you see in my example is "I cook dinner at 7:00pm".

My textbook covers the following sentences to do with time and activities:

  • I get up at ...
  • I have breakfast at...
  • I go to school at...
  • I have lunch at...
  • I come home...
  • I have dinner at...
  • I play...
Now if you have more time you could have no template and let the kids draw all their routine out themselves.

Here are some of the final products! (some unfinsihed)

My colleague also did this activity with her 4th graders, in her afterschool class, they turned out wonderful!

Good luck, I'll put the scanned copy of my template up asap.

Happy Teaching!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Chopstick Game and MoodBears! Fun Game and Project for Emotions Lesson.

Hey all, my 6th graders are just finishing up the topic on Emotions so I did a fun and easy going lesson with a game and project based upon Emotions and 'because' sentences.

The Chopstick Game

The ChopStick game is really easy and you can change it up. I have played it two different ways however the most successful is the way I'll tell you now.

So first get a pair of chopsticks (disposable).
Give one chopstick to each team leader (two teams, I did Boys Vs. Girls).

Then you need your cards. My cards had pictures for each emotion and on separate cards there were the 'because' sentences that matched the emotions.
After making the cards I looped some string onto each so that the cards could hang on chopsticks.

To play the game I gave each team a pile of emotion (picture) cards, then they had to take one each and match it to a 'because sentence'. Then once they have found the matching sentence they have to hang it onto their team representative's chopstick that they hold in their mouth. The chopstick holders are not allowed to touch anything, they have to have their hands behind their back.

The first team to finish their pile of emotion cards wins.
I then take the cards off one by one and check with the class, if there are mistakes the team with the most mistakes loses. 

Download Cards here.

Another way to play is to give everyone a pair of cards and a chopstick .
- for the cards: one picture and one 'because sentence' but make sure none of them match. Then get them to go around class and find their matching sentence but they can only get it by using their chopstick in their mouth- serious mouth skills needed. It's fun to watch!

Now for the project - Mood Bears!

These worked really well, the kids enjoyed making them and I think it was a less stressful project as it was all about the making and visual rather than writing a lot. 

Now this baby isn't my own, I got it off this great printable (free) website called skizzenblog. They have all sorts of cool printables.

 You can visit the website  and download the printable Mood Bear Template  by clicking here. 

 The bear is cool because you can make him change emotion ! The template is easy to cut out and make.
I had 2 printed on an A4 sheet, so half size bears. I used a thicker than normal paper but regular paper should be fine also. Next time I'll do it with coloured paper. 

 So cute! You can get them to colour and present , ask them to share with the class by making sentences such as:

"I was happy, why? because I got a new doll."
I suggest getting everyone to share one emotion and change it on their mood bear when they present.

The kids loved it!

Happy Teaching!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Trash Ball Throwing Game! Fun English Speaking and Reading Game! Kinetic Learners Love It.

Currently my Grade 6 is studying the topic "Why are you so happy?" which is all about feelings and use of the 'why' question and 'because' answer sentences...( read to the end to here how I also played the game with my Grade 5's for the topic "I come to school at 8."

Now, the trash ball game - an excellent way to wake your class up, especially in this heat!

It's super easy. All you need is a white board, some scrunched up paper that forms balls and your students!

First, I wrote out on the board several because sentences or "I'm (emotion)" sentence. I spaced them out and drew bubbles around them so they'd be easier 'targets'.

Take a look at my white board to get the idea:

So I told my students that they have to throw the ball at the correct sentence on the board. I separated them into two teams, boys Vs. girls and two players throw at the same time, the first to hit the correct sentence earned a point.

However, there's an Englishy trick to this game! The teacher, (me) does not simply read the sentences written on the board but instead says a sentence that matches the reason or emotion.

For example, for the bubble on the board that has written inside it - " Because I lost my dog" the teacher would call out "I'm sad." In this way, the students have to find the correct sentence that matches the feeling of being 'sad'. I also reversed this by writing on the board such feeling sentences as, "I'm bored.", "I'm thirsty" and "I'm scared" . So, for example, the teacher calls out "because I can't swim" and that matches "I'm scared". This is a good way of keeping textbook dialogue in the lesson but also adding a revision aspect , as you can revisit vocabulary they have learnt prior.

Here's my sentences and match ups in case the board isn't clear enough:

I call out:                                     They throw ball at:

I'm sad.                                       Because I lost my dog.
I'm angry.                                     Because Brain broke my pencil. 
I'm happy.                                      Because I got a new bike.
I'm tired.                                 Because I cleaned my house.
I'm hungry.                                     Because I didn't eat breakfast.
I'm busy.                                       Because I have lots of homework.
Because I can't swim.                    I'm scared.
Because I forgot my water bottle.     I'm thirsty.
Because I can't play outside.           I'm bored.

Now I also did this with Grade 5's "I come to school at 8." I made it easier by simply calling out the sentences on the board. But to make it more interesting I made them put their back to the white board and they could only turn to throw the ball once I'd finished talking. The sentences were the  from the textbook and some others I've added, they include:

I get up at 7.
I go to school at 8.
I have breakfast at 7:30.
I have lunch at 12.
I have dinner at 7.
I go to bed at 10.
I play soccer at 5:30.
I take a shower at 8.
I come home at 2:30.

Happy Teaching!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Snakes and Ladders - The Emotions Version! (Why are you so happy?/sad?angry?)

Today we started the second part of our lesson "Why are you so happy?" It's a unit all about emotions and reasons behind feeling different ways - a great start to learning the question word why and answer sentences beginning with because.

My game was super easy, taking a simple spin on Charades I quickly wrote and drew on pieces of paper the different feeling vocabulary we are studying in the unit, plus some easy ones they already know. I folded them up and put them in a container after.


After that I drew my Snakes and Ladders board on the whiteboard and wrote out "because sentences" that all match up to the feelings in the Charade container (see above).

Before we started the game we read all the sentences on the board.
I got the class to guess what sentence would match up to what feeling...

For example:

Teacher: "let's read the first sentence - Because I got a new bike"
(students read aloud together)
Teacher: "What could you feel when you get a new bike?"
Students: "happy!"
Teacher: "good, so we the matching sentence is "Why are you so happy?"

- I added hungry, thirsty, bored and tired in addition to the textbook's vocabulary that included angry, sad, happy and busy. 

So , now the game playing...

I first demonstrated by picking a paper from the container and acting it out, they guessed the emotion I acted and then asked "Why are you so ______?" (according to what I acted out /'charaded'). Then I read out the corresponding Because sentence on the board. "Because I ________."
After that I rolled the dice and moved my magnet on the snakes and ladders board.
That's how you play, everyone has to act out and then the class guesses and then the actor reads the correct because sentence and only then can they roll for their team.
I separated my class into two teams, boys vs. girls.

If you'd like more ideas on how to incorporate Snakes and Ladders read my post all about the range of speaking games you can do :Snakes and Ladders are AMAZING

Happy Teaching!