Wednesday, 26 November 2014

FACT COMIC BOOKS - Wrap Up Project for Comparative Adjectives *Update*

UPDATE NOV 09 2015
Hello, the fact comic book is now free as there was a spelling error. I am deeply sorry for the mistake - I often have problems when I am drawing lettering, sorry! If you did purchase this comic book and pay for it - please contact me via my Facebook page with proof of purchase (screen shot, etc) and I will give you store credit of $3.00 - you can download anything on my store. 

Thank you and sorry!

Free download - fact comic books

We have finished our comparative adjective unit and today was our project day. I designed this "fact comic book" for the students to colour and complete. The kids did this really well and we did it for most of the lesson (approx 30 mins). It covers reading and writing as well as creating their own comparative sentence. It's pretty straight forward, each student was given the template and there are sentence starters and illustrations to get them going. They also have blank spaces to illustrate the second part of their sentences.

Before I started, I demonstrated by projecting the comic on the white board and got the class to help me write a sentence:

 You can download the Fact Comic from my TeachersPayTeachers account, thanks !

The kids quickly got the idea and I went through the other sentences briefly and explained they need to do their own original sentence... I also got them to use their textbook and dictionaries to help and the kids did really well to get creative! Very proud, here are some sample snap shots !

Happy Teaching!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Fun, Easy, ESL Speaking Games! "Pass the Dice" - Any topic, any level.

This is a super simple and easy speaking game that you can adapt to any lesson.
All you need is a dice - a big one and then some little ones for game adaptation.

So, it's easy, I got the class into a circle and played Elvis's "Hound Dog" then got them to pass the dice around. When the music stopped (when I stopped it) the student holding the dice would have to roll the dice and whatever number they got would correspond to a numbered sentence on the board.

On the board I wrote, with help of student suggestions:

  1. I want to ride a bike.
  2. I want to eat chicken.
  3. I want to play soccer.
  4. I want to go to the PC room.
  5. I want to see a movie.
  6. I want to make a kite.
So, if the student rolls a 3 the class would ask "What do you want to do?" and he/she would reply " I want to play soccer."

EASY , right?

After playing a few rounds I then rubbed off some of the words on the board to have them think of new ideas - or remember what was up there, that's fine too.

Board with changes:

  1. I ______ ride a bike.
  2. I want to eat ________.
  3. I want to play ________.
  4. I want to go to the _________.
  5. I want ______ a movie.
  6. I want to make a ______.
So, if the student rolls a 3 this time , they could say "I want to play badminton" or 'I want to play Minecraft!"  and so on...

Now, to make it more interesting. After playing as a class I got them to sit in their groups and play the same game, but this time with small die and less players. I controlled the music once again and when I pushed stop my co-teacher and I would go around checking the answers.

Okay, another game I played is that classic memory game where you try to remember what the people said before you, add your own sentence/item and then the next person tries to remember also...

let me simplify, I asked for 5 volunteer students to come up and line up in the front.
I then asked the first student "what do you want to do?" and they came up with an "I want..." sentence. Then I went to the next student and told them to repeat and then make a new sentence. I demonstrated and the class nodded and quickly understood the game. This was a great activity for listening and the remaining class members were all interested to see who would remember or get out. 

I played about 3 rounds with 5 new students each time and it went really well.


Student 1: "I want to eat pizza"
Student 2:"I want to eat pizza and I want to make cookies."
Student 3: "I want to eat pizza, I want to make cookies and I want to play baseball."
Student 4:  "I want to eat pizza, I want to make cookies, I want to play baseball and I want to..."

You could also get them to do it within their groups if you have time.

To close the lesson as one of the classes went super quick, I got them to take out their English notebooks and I told them to listen to the 6 sentences I call out and try to remember them and write them down with correct spelling, and in the correct order. I rewarded those who got it correct by letting them leave early. 

That's all folks,
Happy Teaching! 

Friday, 21 November 2014

ESL Games - Sentence and Dialogue Structure : Speaking, Reading and Writing.

We are learning the word "want" and revising activities and verbs in my current grade 5 unit "What do you want to do?" Most of the vocabulary is already known but the word want and sentence structure is a little shaky. So I thought a few sentence structure games would be an appropriate part 2 of the unit. 

Also, I noticed that in the Korean English exams they usually have a question that requires students to order a sentence or dialogue, so this is some good exam prep. 

 These are simple to prepare but a bit of time required. I simply wrote out a bunch of sentences answering the question "What do you want to do?" For example: Download Here.

After typing these up I printed and cut the question and answers into individual words and then pinned a question & answer pair together. So I had about 10 bundles in total. In class I got the kids into groups and gave them a bundle each and said "when I say go, you open it up and make the two sentences, when you finish, hands on heads!" Once I said go they quickly started ordering the words into the correct sentences.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Then after that we did another round , new bundles. I gave 10 points to the group who could order their sentences 1st, 5 points to 2nd and 1 point to third. Next we did the same activity but this time, instead of words they were given whole sentences that made up a dialogue/conversation. Again, themed on the "What do you want to do?" lesson.

Here's an example of one of the dialogues: Download here

                     So we played the same style game, giving points to the groups who could do it the fastest, correctly. After each round I got the groups to read their sentences. We went around the room, making sure each group read aloud.

Lastly, I wrote another jumbled dialogue on the board and got them to write the dialogue in the correct order in their notebooks. Then when they finished I would check if they got it correct. I rewarded first, second and third with a candy. 

Here's a student checking her work after being given the answer key.

This lesson was very simple and concentrated on sentence structure and comprehension. In my next lesson I do a lot more on speaking. I found that the repetitiveness of this lesson helped them in the next lesson to say correctly "I want to do ...." as they often forget "to" or "do" . 

This can be applied to any unit, it's easy and the kids enjoy the competition part. I will definitely do this again! 

Happy Teaching! 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

QUIZ GAME SHOW! Comparative Adjectives ESL - Plus Fun Worksheet ! (free downloads!)

This post has since been updated with a new PPT which you can view and download here, free. 

We're right in the thick of our unit on comparative adjectives in my grade 6 classes and I am doing anything I can to spice things up. Our main vocabulary is "heavier, faster, taller, stronger, bigger and longer" but we've also taught them "older, younger, shorter, slower, lighter, smaller and prettier , more beautiful, more..."

Anyway, for the first lesson we had a blast looking at funny PowerPoint slides featuring the student's faces - for the free PPT download click here.

For our latest lesson I decided to do a quiz show style game. It worked unbelievably well. I was able to  put in some general knowledge questions that they kids were challenged by, and the kids were able to understand because they knew the key words within the questions. It was a great lesson of comprehension and went swimmingly. NOT ONCE did I need to have the quiz questions translated! I think the quiz was a great way to have a cross-curricular lesson that tested not only English but a bit of social studies.

I created the PPT and my system was simple , I had 2 styles of questions - "Group Questions" or "Single Questions" , the 'Group Questions' were worth 10 points , the Single ones - 5 points.
I also separated the class into 4 groups (of course you can have more than 4 or less).
I also got the groups to name their groups , English names of course.

 How it worked : 

When a "Single Question" slide came up the students were told to have one member from their group come to the front. In the front on a desk I had 4 buzzers. My co-teacher ordered the buzzers last year, they are so cool! They are battery operated and make 4 different sounds - a honk, a boing, a bell and crash. You can always skip the buzzers, use desk bells, or make your own - or just get the students to put their hands up fast.

Next, I have the question up on the projector, the first to buzz and answer correctly wins. I was pretty picky, they can't take too long or miss any words of the sentence, if so, the next person who buzzes gets to answer.

Now - Group Questions - these are worth more. I gave each group a mini white board, a marker and an eraser. They were to answer as a group and write the answer on their white board. It wasn't a first to finish scenario. I just awarded points to any team who got the answer correct once it was revealed. So every team can get a chance at winning, no matter how slow they are to write/think.

Ok so here are preview slides of the PowerPoint: Download Quiz Game PPT

 You'll see the answer isn't straightforward, I get them to read and try to understand - again, no translation was needed! After showing the answer I also ask them to make the sentence. E.g. for the slide above they would say "Park Ji Sung is older than Kim Yuna."
You can even give out extra points for those who volunteer to do this.

After the quiz game, which was a hit! We did these fun worksheets with Korean Celebs who are missing their hands and hair. They were told to draw the hands and hair of the people and then complete the sentences appropriately. I demonstrated this by projecting the sheet on the whiteboard and drawing the hands and hair then asked the class to make a sentence. "Psy's hand is bigger than Kim Yuna's hand." etc. Download Worksheet

 They had a lot of fun drawing the hair and hands and got good practice with the vocab.

Hope you can make use of the worksheet and quiz game!
Happy Teaching!