Friday, 26 September 2014

Story Time: The Wizard of Oz ! Reading and 2nd Page of our PopUp Books!

 So if you saw my last after school class post, (click here to see) you'll know that we read the first two pages of The Wizard of Oz, went over vocab and made our first page of our pop up books. Today we made page two! -When Dorothy meets her new friends, the scarecrow, ironman and lion. (Tinman wasn't used in our book).

First we went over the vocab we learnt last week with this quiz sheet, I gave them 3 minutes to complete what they could then we checked over together. Most words they remembered easily.

After the review we read 3 more pages of the Wizard of Oz book, using the CD from the book. We also used the CD track that translates the key vocab from English to Korean. 

Then I comprehension checked by asking them to explain what happened in the story to me. We then wrote out our two key sentences to summarize. (note, these are low level students so you can make it harder depending on who you teach).

 After that we made page two of our books - Pop Up Dorothy and friends , on the yellow brick road ! 

Here's the demo I showed them:

Now it's all very easy to make. I first printed out brick roads (portrait) on A4. You can get any brick road picture off the net! 

I printed on both green and white so that some kids didn't have to colour grass.

Next I found a black and white picture of Dorothy and friends online and had them cut it out. The 3D making part is easy - this site is how I learnt how to do it: Pop Up Instructions  


I got the kids to follow along how to make it pop up - just by folding the brick road paper in half then cutting two slits and pushing it through. 

While making we played the Wizard of Oz movie! - they've seen the first few scenes now, I skipped to the storm. 

And here are the glorious results! 

I think we'll do about 2 more pages then a title page. I will be happy to have them go home with their own English pop-up books.

Hope you can get some ideas for your own class! Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Learning the House - Part 2 &3.

For Grade 5 we have been studying the lesson "This is my house." Which, as you can imagine is all about a rooms of the house and a few furniture items from each room. I don't really like how basic the textbook is - the refrigerator is not mentioned for the kitchen and neither is a pillow or blanket for the bedroom. So I've really extended the vocabulary and decided to break the lessons up - basically, we do the textbook speaking and reading activities and then we dedicate the rest of the class to learning a room and its contents each lesson. The first lesson we did was the bedroom - you can read and download the powerpoint by clicking here.

Now, I have stuck to the same format of teaching the vocab as my first bedroom lesson. Which is a simple memory game, review time and then 'hammer game'. The memory game is simple. It's just a powerpoint slide with a bunch of pictures - of objects from inside the room we are studying, and then I tell the students to only look for 1 minute. Then I turn off the screen and have them write down as much as they can remember. NOW, spelling is important but I don't make it vital - however, now that we are on to our 3rd room and furniture such as lamp, curtain, window, table, chair, etc are repeated I do expect those words to be spelt correctly.
Download Bedroom and Living Room PPT

So, after finishing the bedroom we did the Living room...

Memory Slide:

One of the hammer game slides :
The hammer game is just me calling out "There is a ____ in the living room" and they have to hit the said object with their giant plastic hammer. (play the Trash Ball version if you have no toy hammers).

NOTE! I've now stepped away from the calling out and have volunteer students say "There's a ____ in the living room" - they really enjoying being in control of the game and they practice their speaking! (teacher can sit back and relax a bit!).

Download Bathroom and Kitchen PPT here
Now, after the living room we moved onto the bathroom! I also added a couple of "strange bathroom" pictures for them to have a laugh at, take a look for yourself:
(They're pretty self explanatory.)

 Both of the above are from Japan by the way.

Now, here's the memory game slide:

 I give candy to those who can memorize the most words.
  And here's one of the bathroom slides that I play the hammer game with:

Next is the Kitchen, and coming up after this I plan to do some grand quiz game... I'll let you know when I've come up with it!

Kitchen memory slide for game:

And here's one of the kitchens we use for the hammer game - it honestly never gets old, they love it.
Oh and add some chopsticks to the memory slide ! I forgot. Whoops.

Just the garden to do, but might skip that and go to grand quiz... the garden has items that aren't as important as the rest of the house and many are words they already know such as swimming pool, dog, puppy, cat, flower, bike, grass, etc.
Download Bathroom and Kitchen PPT here

Happy Teaching!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Simple Powerpoint Memory Game For Reviewing Weather - or Anything!

This is a simple powerpoint game that can be adapted easily to your topic. I use it for a review lesson, just to liven up the class a bit. The lesson we did before was all about the weather and we watched a funny video also -read all about it here, download resources also.
Download Memory Card Game PPT.

It works easily, you have a grid of letters on the board which are your 'cards' - split the class into 2 and have the players who volunteer pick two cards (letters on cards to make this easy). Next, reveal what is on the cards by clicking. If the pictures/words match then the team gains a point.

How to make it more useful for teaching?

Easy. Write the dialogue that matches the topic on the board. For my class we are studying the weather so I had on the board:

So when ever there was a match up I'd have the class read the dialogue, the player will answer the question "How's the weather?" by filling in the blank with whatever weather was on his/her matching cards.

Here's a couple screen shots of the powerpoint to get the idea:

Starting screen, chose your 2 cards to match:

attempt to match:

If you match correctly, then you must read the dialogue with the class...
"It's going to be sunny this afternoon."

A miss match :
Click the red X to close and start a new guess...

So as you can see , it's just pictures are words. You can easily download and change according to your topic of study.

Happy Teaching!

Mrs. Baia's Classroom

Friday, 19 September 2014

Loaded Lesson: Pictionary, Find The Mistake PowerPoint and Fun "How's The Weather?" Video + Woksheet!

My Grade 6 classes are onto a lesson about weather which also adds some random activities like doing taekwondo , riding a bike, flying a kite, etc. The textbook is revisiting the activities as we've learnt them in 5th grade and a few early 6 grade lessons but the unit also combines this with weather vocabulary. Our key phrases include: "What are you going to do this afternoon?", "I'm going to ...." , "It's going to be (rainy/sunny/cloudy/snowy...etc.) this afternoon."

Anyway, so I wanted to do a bit of a loaded lesson which would cover the weather vocabulary well and also a fun game to rehash the names of activities. Also, I noticed in the first lesson of this unit that my students were having trouble with the sentence structure of the key sentences and missing or adding the wrong words... so after going through the textbook song and 'listen and repeat' segments we did a quick "Find the Mistake" powerpoint - which I am going to repeat in other units with other sentences they struggle with as I found the students really paid attention and learnt from this. (nice surprise!)

Find the Mistake PPT. Download
Here's some of my slides - very simple, all I do is show the slide with the mistake and they have to tell me what is wrong. Then an animation comes up to cross out the wrong word or a textbox floats up to fix the sentence.

You could flesh this out during exam prep and have them write the answer in their notebooks and don't reveal the answers until after- like a test.

First I show a slide with a mistake, then, after they have guessed correctly I show a slide with the correction and we read the correct sentence aloud as a class:

I have about 4 or 5 more slides like the ones above, picking on mistakes they often make.

After the Find The Mistake PPT. we watched this funny, amazing video on Youtube :
 It's by MapleLeafHashima which is a fantastic YouTube site for great ESL elementary videos and songs. Check them out!

Then I paired the video with this worksheet I made in word and asked the kids to match the weather to the nation while watching the video. Ideally, had I more time I would play the video once then give them the sheet, then re-watch the video to check their answers - so a memory game. But you don't need to do that, it worked very well with them filling and watching at the same time as the video pace is slow enough for them to listen and understand while matching.
Download Workheet here

 This weather video and match up worksheet worked really well. The video is quite funny too! After we checked together as a class and practiced saying the key dialogue.
I would ask "How's the weather in Canada?" and they would have to reply with the answer from the video "It's going to be snowy in Canada." 

Next, we played a fun and easy pictionary game to wrap up the lesson and still practice some key phrases. I just put pieces of paper in a container that had the activities from the textbook written on them... so 'taekwondo', 'computer games', 'soccer', bike'...etc. 

I did not write the verb before the action so that even the drawer would have to know how to put the activity into a sentence. Moreover, the students have difficulty remembering to say "I'm going to play soccer" or "I will do/practice taekwondo" , etc- they will often miss the verb before the sport ( "I'm going soccer" or "I will taekwondo") so in this activity I made them guess the pictionary answer by saying complete correct sentences.

This game is always a good way to get some of the lower level students into it as they don't see drawing as intimidating as answering questions and speaking. The student simply has to come and take a paper, draw what's on it and the class has to guess in full sentences. I also write the dialogue up on the board and have them read it aloud after each pictionary guess.

Dialogue on board:

You can act out or point to a weather symbol while they're reading the board, in order to complete the weather sentence in the dialogue or let them come up with it alone. E.g. if they are going to play soccer you could say - Are you sure? It's going to be rainy this afternoon...

Happy Teaching!

This is also a great cartoon about weather, you can opt to stop and ask "how's the weather?" at certain points. It's simple English and my kids loved it.

Mrs. Baia's Classroom