Wednesday, 27 May 2015

English After School Class: International Foods!

For my latest after school lesson we studied some international foods and did a little reading. New words included 'international' and 'traditional' and some food words. It wasn't difficult at all, they were very interested in other foods and I got them drawing to, so it was a fun lesson overall.

This is an extremely easy to prepare lesson and it works really well. I'd also do it for a camp day or even a review on countries and food later in the year.

My display of our international food lesson.

So first, I gave them the worksheet I made, to match my PowerPoint. You can download it for free at my teachers pay teachers page.

At each PowerPoint slide the students learn the new food name, where it's from and have to draw it. We used the words "traditional" a lot. They already knew most of the foods and when it came to the South Korea box I told them to draw a food they know from Korea.

My board: I did the food drawings with them and we went over the vocab slowly as well. I translated it for ease.

Happy Teaching!

What Does He Look Like? Kooky Creatures Guess Who Activity!

Hi all,

Currently my sixth grade are half way through our lesson on describing people. Key phrases include "What does he look like?" "She has long brown hair." "She has straight hair/ curly hair / black hair..." etc

It's a tad boring for my students as they did a very similar lesson in grade five and so, it has become quite repetitive. But, my co-teacher and I have tried to bring some new activities and new vocab to review the topic and make it more interesting.

And today was a great success !

I simply googled "guess who game print" and found the Hasbro website that offers six different Guess Who PDF files to download and play - FREE! I chose the "Kooky Creatures" file and saved it to my PC.

The game, very simple. I started it off first by going through a few new words for them to use in the game:

  • horn / horns
  • spots 
  • freckles
  • skin (they knew this already)
  • bald (we learnt it in our last lesson also, see post)
  • Mohawk ( I thought that better to teach than the spiky thing that appears on some reptiles , and I don't know the technical name...)

Anyway, so after that quick review with the creatures on screen to help me further explain...we started the game. I went first by describing a creature in 3 sentences and told them, if they knew who I was describing , to put their hand up and tell me the answer.

Now, the names are a bit new to them but I found it was a good way to practice some sounding out and phonics as I tried to push them to read these new names. But, if you wish, you can simply number the creatures on the board and have them say "number 1" for example...

I stood at the computer to describe and once a student had guessed correctly (which was fast) they would come and be the describer, and also stand at the computer with me.

The PDF file has four rows of creatures to choose from. I wanted to make it zoomed in for the projection on the board, and an easier read for the students -so we did 2 rows and then switched after a while.

The activity went really well, and many wanted to guess and raised their hands constantly. You can also print the PDF file and play in pairs or groups - it's so great as it's free and the characters are so fun!

Also, here are some websites that offer online Guess Who - I can see a way of teaching with this in a class also, I have yet to try it out, but when I do, I'll post about it.

Guess Who Online 'puzzle game' : very nice looks and lots of different looking characters, human but cartoonized. You choose a question to ask from the panel below and by using the arrows on either side. A dialogue box will pop up to ask about your chosen character.

I would play as a class against the computer and have students tell me what question to ask and who to guess and then have a student come up and play on the computer with the class also - they love any excuse to use the PC so it would be a hit, I'm sure.

The questions can be a little tough though, maybe a quick review first.

And this site - Guess Who English on Miniplay.
It's not as pretty but it's simple and that can work well -or better in a lower level class especially. The questions are in the orange boxes. This would def be better level wise for an ESL class who just started this topic.

But back to the Hasbro site and print outs - I am still very pleased!
There's even a G I joe PDF available - good for the boys!

Also, there's a sport themed PDF 'guess who' as well which I plan to use later for a review lesson on sports and descriptions. It would be useful for practicing sentences and reviewing tenses... like "he is playing" or "she plays" etc.

I suggest you do download now! What a cool website!

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Whose boat is this? Tic Tac Toe Speaking Game!

Today we played a game that I've used in the past. It's a great game for speaking and memory. You can see and download a PPT from my original post - however, it's a different topic/lesson to "whose is this?"

So, today we started part 2 of "Whose Cap Is This?" and I wanted to push them more for speaking and even writing as it's quite hard to get them to remember to add an " 's " to the names , to signify possession. So I thought some writing today would help lock it in their memory better.

My first activity, after doing some listening from the textbook, is my tic tac toe memory game.
This is where I ask the students to read the slides as seen below and then after they have to remember what object belongs to so and so...

Reading slides:

Download PPT HERE, Free.

After we read all the characters (5 in total, with 5 different objects) then, I show the "can you remember?" slide. I separate the class into 2 teams and ask one team rep. to remember the who owns what. For example, I student may choose 'Pororo' to remember:

(Note: Each character on the "Can you remember" slide is hyper-linked)

If the student can make the sentence correctly and remember who owns what - "It's Pororo's boat."
The you press the smiley face and it goes to the "make your mark" slide. This means that on the whiteboard the teacher should draw a 3 by 3 grid and start a game of tic tac toe between the teams. For every correct answer the team rep can mark an X or O on the grid.

If you run out of slides and characters, make the game harder by asking the students to make a complete question and answer dialogue - I wrote this on the board:

"Whose __________ is this?
It's __________'s ___________."

In one class there was a winner. the other two had none.  But it's all fun and games. The students were very competitive and excited to make their mark each time. Download PPT game here, free.

Download comic here.

After that, we did a quick comic book worksheet which turned out really great! The kids were eager to finish and it was nice to get them writing. I told them to remember the " 's " after a name and to make sure to put their " ?" and " . " for appropriate sentences. It was a good moment to emphasize their importance.

OF COURSE, as I always recommend, I demonstrated the project by writing my own on the board with the class. I also told them that they cannot copy my idea. We also had a little time to share and read aloud. Everyone had to finish or they couldn't go to lunch - mean maybe, but motivational!

My comic projected on the whiteboard:

(synopsis: It's Batman's hamburger and my bike, not Pororo's ) ;)

Here's some fab student work:
Download and print for free, now!

Haha, ^^  "Whose smell is this?" - cracked me up! :)

Happy teaching!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Impromptu Drama Class

Today in my grade 4 class we started the lesson "Don't Run". It features phrases that revolve around rules, such as "don't run." , "don't swim here." , "don't eat here" ..etc.
We did the textbook listening and repeating, which always works pretty well for introduction class but then I found that the activity next looked a tad boring, so instead I told the students we were going to make some videos.

OH And if you have time in the beginning of your lesson (or end) - this is a cute little video (stop at about 3 mins) to demonstrate why we don't run in restaurants. Good for motivation.

OK, I wrote on the board - for our dramas, to guide us:
  1. Don't run
  2. Don't eat here
  3. Don't swim here
  4. Don't touch it
Then we quickly rummaged through the English prop bin and made some quick scenarios. The first, was 'Don't run'. So I told one student that they would be the runner and the other 2 (yes, I've only 3 in my class) to hold shopping bags (props) and when he runs by they must say "don't run!"

A small snapshot of our video:

It worked really well. Now, I know I've got a small class but don't let your bigger numbers stop you. If I choose to do this in a big class at my main school I would allocate a number - 1 to 4 - to pairs or threes in the class and tell them that they have to act out the scenario as each number would correspond to a 'don't sentence'. (See numbered sentences written earlier in this post).

You can do this with or without props! No biggy.

Then I would tell them to practice (Yon-Suip! -my bad Korean) and after a few minutes, I'd have volunteers to come up and perform. Or , like I've done many times - use the "random number generator" from this link. It lets you fill in the number range, push go and then it will show a random number on screen. I tell the students if their class/ attendance number is shown they must perform. (it's a fair way, and fun way to get more students involved and they always know their class number for some reason -very Korean school thing lol). 

Anyway, our next scenario was 'don't eat here' where we had some plastic food and one of the students said the line "Don't eat here!"

Don't swim here was hilarious as we quickly got our magnetic ocean and fish boards out, put them on the floor and one of the students attempted something that looked like swimming lol! While of course, the other 2 yelled "Don't swim here!"

And finally, we acted out, using a radio "don't touch it!"

Now, the important thing is the speaking and comprehension that takes place during these little performances - not the acting. So don't stress if their voices are a tad muffled, if their back is toward the audience, etc - it's a fun and quick acting opportunity and it's good to see how creative they can get with such short lines. 

I highly recommend these little acting activities for introduction classes! 

I am going to make a short video with what I have filmed and show the kids in our next class - this is optional, you don't have to film of course. But it will be a nice surprise for the kids to see and laugh at themselves ! hehe

Happy Teaching!

Grade 3 , Counting Animals

Yesterday, feeling inspired I created a fun puzzle and activity worksheet for my grade three class. We're currently studying the topic of numbers and animals - and moreover, creating plurals.

A great song to sing for this lesson is the number song by one of my favourite video makers 'Kids123'. They always have great melodies and lyrics.

The phrases include:

"One cow. Two pigs. Three dogs. Four cats." and "How many _______ are there?" etc.

You get the gist.

So, as a fun warm up and writing activity I thought I'd make a paper puzzle with illustrations of animals and spaces for them to write the animal names.

It looks like this: (Once printed and cut up)

Download my Animal Counting Paper Puzzle Here.

The kids when seeing it, got really excited. I cut them all up myself the night before class and mixed them up, then put them in piles, securing with paper clips.

In class I told them they needed to match the papers together. After everyone had successfully matched we read the sentences, or moreover, made the sentences...

"How many cows are there?"

Students: "One cow!"

"How many cats are there?"

Students: "Two cats!"

Me: "Catssssss s sound sssssss"

...and so on...

Then I had them fill in the blank spaces with words. I wrote on the board with them, pushing them to spell by making phonic noises for each letter. They knew about 80 percent of the time but still a bit shaky here and there to spell 'pig' and 'dog'.

Here's how well they did , as I got them to stick the puzzle in their English notebooks.

It went really well and it was a nice change for them to do something more hands on.

Happy Teaching!

Download my Animal Counting Paper Puzzle Here.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

What Does She Look Like? Describing People & Manners

Recently my six graders started on lesson 5 ' What does she look like?' (or he, can't recall). Anyway, so it's very boring because last year we did a very, VERY similar lesson called "She has long straight hair." It was in our old textbook for grade 5... darn, should have seen that one!

But anyway, it's a good chance to review and moreover even better - I got to teach them some more interesting words to do with facial hair, etc.

But first, a chant to wake them up! Now this isn't the same chant that you can find in the textbooks (yawn, some of them can drag on) NO, this is a tad bit more difficult and a lot more fun. It worked really well today in class.

So firstly, the words (lyrics):

 Now, the chant part. Super easy and basically stolen from the old school game 'concentration'.
(concentration now begin, keep the rhythm...)

So I wrote on the board beforehand: Table, clap, snap, snap, hit the table (or desk), clap, snap/click your fingers on the right and then the left, then clap once more. And repeat!

It's a tad hard to explain in words but try the beat and fitting the lyrics to the beat. The second lines are word for beat while the first lines (in bold) are a bit slower. The students found it easy to pick up after I did a quick demo. Here's a link to listen to me (sorry) chanting the first verse.

Now we did it a few times and they got into it and then I asked if they could do it even faster. It worked quite well, and we also did it as a closing activity and I even offered a candy to anyone who could make a new verse for the next class...will see if anyone does the work. It's a good way to fit in those words like 'a' and 'has' as they can miss them often when making sentences.

Now, after the chant we had to do some of the textbook...speak and read, read and do, whatever and then I showed a powerpoint but FIRST a memory game. (Also known as 'vocab jumble')

I showed this slide and told them to have their hands on their head and try to remember as many words as possible, forgetting the Level 1 and 2. After about a minute I turned the screen off and told them to write as much as they could remember.

If they didn't know the words I didn't worry about it, as I explained it later. I told them level one were the easy words and level two were the harder ones. For some reason it works better to show this because they psychologically want to remember the level two because they've been told it's more difficult - sort of like an internal challenge. (heard from teacher who told me this game).

So whoever had remembered the most words got a candy. Then I showed the screen again and we reviewed the words as well as learnt the new words, my students didn't know 'beard, bald and medium" - next to medium I wrote 'height' and explained it's in between short and tall . I also wrote 'length' next to medium to explain that you could use it to describe hair length also.

Next, the rest of the PowerPoint. This class was all about reviewing so it became a relaxing slide and speak class where I'd show a slide and I'd choose random students to say at least one sentence. Due to the class studying this topic in grade 5 , many students wanted to speak - it was lovely.

Download PowerPoint Free Here.

The kids got creative with Mr.Bean and I made sure to push questions on them like "Is he tall? short?" etc... they were very good with Spongebob as well and when I asked, "Does he have hair?" , "What do we say if he has no hair?" they were able to remember 'bald'.

"He is bald." - after I clicked the screen and the bald people (Mr. Bean & Tyra Banks) popped up on screen.

Warning: Some of the students were very mean to say Princess Tiana from the film "princess and the frog" , was 'ugly'. Which is completely ridiculous... but as many of us teachers in Korea know, there is sadly an issue with darker skin and kids are blind to their hurtful words at times...I always encourage accepting beauty of all kinds and I have told off kids who made any issue of an African/Indian or any other darker skin character that appears in their's an ongoing thing that is hurtful and needs to be dealt with in their homes as well... but this was a good opportunity to show a beautiful cartoon character who is African American. Lilo from 'Lilo and Stitch' would also be a good character - she's Hawaiian (I'm Polynesian myself so I like to use her to show different beauty as well.) I also enforce that it's not nice, it's rude to make such we can't always do anything to change their opinion. 

Anyhoo, after those slides I wanted to show a few images that could introduce some facial hair...

Super Mario was a good way to introduce the word mustache. So we practiced the sentences as follows:

"He has a mustache."     "He has a brown mustache."    "He has a big, brown mustache."

Next, we looked at Hagrid and Colonel Sanders from KFC to learn beard and goatee.
I asked "Does anyone know what a goat is?" and they quickly made some goat baaaa bbaaa sounds and then clicked with the name goatee in English.

"He has a long beard."       "He has a white goatee." 

And after that I presented Frida Khalo (or Salma Hayek) who I said was beautiful, because I do believe she is. I also reinforced that being mean is rude. As they yelled "ugly". I told them if they think she's ugly they should not be saying it out loud... ugh...but anyway, I taught them the word eyebrows and then "unibrow" which I also informed them, that like "bald" can be rude, so you don't need to say it to people often.

"She has a unibrow"     "She has nice eyebrows"  

You don't have to teach this in your class, obviously, but I think this lesson was not only great for practicing describing sentences but also teaching a bit about manners and what's rude and what's not. We even talked about how some find it rude to say 'short'. My students were quickly becoming more mature by the end of the slideshow.

I hope!

Anyway, happy teaching, feel free to download the PowerPoint!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

When Is Your Birthday - Lyric Correction Mission

Today we wrapped up our topic called "When is your birthday?" The topic is all about months, dates (ordinal numbers) and special days such as birthdays , festivals and more. I wanted to try something fun and different so I decided to do a Lyric Correction Mission...

First, I found a song about our topic - a perfect song for any lesson about months and days is by 'Kids 123' which is called "Days of the Month Song" - which I found quickly on YouTube.

After that I listened to the song and typed out the lyrics, here they are:

Days in the Months Song
There are thirty days in September, April June and November 
All the rest have thirty one except February

Now February has a changing number of days
In a leap year twenty nine
In other years twenty eight
There are thirty days in September, April June and November 
All the rest have thirty one except February

Now February has a changing number of days
In a leap year twenty nine
In other years twenty eight
Now add them all up 
what have you got?
The number of days in a year
In a leap year three six six
But most of the time
Three hundred sixty five

After writing these out I copied and pasted them into a new word doc and made a few changes. I made 11 mistakes total. Here's my lyrics with errors:

Days in the Months Song
There are thirty days in Septem, April June and December 
All the rest have thirty three except Febbruary

Now February has a changing number of days
In a leap year twenty two
In other years eighteen
There are thirty days in September, April June and November 
All the rest don’t have thirty one except February

Now February has a changing number of days
In a leap year twenty nine
In other years twenty eight
Now add them all down 
what have you got?
The of days in a year
In a leap year three six four
But most of the time
Three thirty sixty five

You'll probably notice the mistakes quickly. 
So in class my students were handed a copy of the lyrics with errors each. 
I told them "You're mission is to find the mistakes and correct them! Make the changes!" 
Next, I played them the song twice only and rewarded the student who could find the most mistakes with a small gift from our treasure bin. There was one student who found 10 , shy of 1, but on average the students could find at least 6.

I showed, on the projector the correct lyrics and I highlighted the corrections in red like so:

I suggest doing this as a mid-way warm up during any unit, you can use any song that they know or don't know. I think, if your students know the song well enough - you could let them correct without listening first and only after play the song. It's a nice way to practice reading, spelling and listening.

Total time : 5-6 minutes. 

Happy Teaching! 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Daily Routine - Computer Class

At one of my smaller schools I only have 1 student in grade 5. This can be quite difficult as it limits the activities I can do at times, such as games, etc. So today I wanted to try and make it interesting by making use of the technology in the classroom. I realize for many teachers this isn't always an option but I do recommend asking to use the computer room one day! I'm going to try at my big school - will let you know what happens.

Now, today was really simple. I asked the student to log onto Safe Images . Com  which is a Kid Friendly image search engine.

 Next I explained that he had to complete a daily routine display. This was a simple template I downloaded from Twinkl but all you need are ready-to-cut out clock faces that are blank so the student can draw the arrows. Here's what it looks like (should be easy to make your own in word):

I made ours smaller than the download because we had other textbook things to do first, so only enough time for 4 activities and times. You could do more.

Now, his 'mission' I told him, was to go to safe search. com  and type in one of the daily activities from his book to find a picture.

The textbook lists activities such as:

  • get up
  • wash my face
  • have breakfast
  • go to bed

but I told him he could add more which he did - he added take the bus to school.

We then copied and pasted in paint and after all four pictures were ready he had to type the sentences in English under each picture. This was really fun for him, getting to use the computer,
After that, we printed and he had to cut and stick the pictures as well as cut and stick the clocks and complete the clock faces with the appropriate arrows for time.

I'd love to do some computer based project like this again, with an entire class. Will see...

Of course you could do this with drawing as well, but I thought the computer was a nice change,

You could also have magazine images if you have some laying around / and or newspapers - but a bit limiting there...

Happy Teaching!

What Does She Look Like - Quick Lesson Ideas

Again, my computer broke down at school so I had about 10 minutes to print off some new things and change my lesson up a bit. I had planned a video and reading lesson with the textbook...

This particular lesson was about facial features, for the textbook unit called "What does she look like?" please see my previous posts for more lesson ideas: Crazy Dress Up Power Point
and The Power of Bingo (scroll down).

Anyway, so I made a bingo game as I find bingo to be a good way of practising reading and bingo is well, an awesome game in general. Download my bingo for this topic here, for free.
There are 10 cards in the set, all random and include a 'free space'.

Sample card:

Next, we played a 'face race' which is really simple and I got the idea from my favourite teacher resource website Twinkl. You can download their template for the game but it's also very simple, you don't need the worksheets. 

All you need for this activity is to have a dice for each student or each pair. The pair take turns rolling their dice and each number on the dice corresponds to a facial feature they can draw. So, the first person to get all 6 sides of the dice (which correspond to 6 different facial features)  is the winner.

I just wrote on the board, after giving the students 1 dice per pair , the following:

1 - eyes
2- nose
3 -hair
4 - ears
5- mouth
6 -eye brows

They were also instructed to draw however big or small or detailed they liked. 
After that I asked the students to each colour their faces and make 1 sentence to present to the class. Such as "She has short brown, straight hair." etc.

A simple lesson that has a game and practices the facial features and vocabulary. 

Last, for a closing activity I did an 'I spy with my little eye' -The Body edition which I downloaded from Twinkl. The students didn't know all the organs but knew some and many found it interesting, As the teacher you simply call out a word and they colour. I called out leg, foot, eye, mouth, was another good practice of vocabulary for this topic. 

Download here. ( You can print in black and white easily). 

Happy teaching! :)

Friday, 8 May 2015

Parents' Day!

Hey all,

I know this might be too late but for  my grade 1 and 2 English club as well as my grade 5 after school English class we made paper bouquets and thank you cards to celebrate Parents' Day.
I thought it would be sweet for them to take home something hand made , as a gift for their children.

I downloaded the template for the paper flowers from Twinkl which is an amazing site, everyone should join. I also got the cards from there.

There are other kinds also, which are fun too!

 Download links:

Thank you Cards

I also made this simple powerpoint that reviewed family vocabulary, specifically mom, dad and grandparents. It also explains how we have mother's day and father's day instead of parents' day.
You can download it for free on my teachers pay teachers page.

Parent's Day PowerPoint Download Free.

Happy Teaching and Happy Parents' Day.