Thursday, 23 July 2015

Color Lesson for Grade 1 and 2

At one of my schools I teach 1 after school class a week for the grade 1 and 2s. I admit, it's not my favorite 40 minutes of the day and it can be at times very hit and miss. (I'm definitely made for older students...hence, my goal to teach secondary one day in NZ). However, today was one of my most successful lessons, so I thought I'd share.

Previously, we had learnt a little bit about colors. We watched this song and then again today we re-watched. It's quite a good song, very engaging for the little ones and has a simple and catchy tune. The kids sing along to it easily.

Next, I gave them each their own "Eye Spy" worksheet that I got from Twinkl. It's perfect as it has a bunch of pictures in black and white all on one page. 

However, if you are not a member of Twinkl, you can get free 'eye spy' pages online quite easily. Such as this one: 

There's also a bunch of free Alphabet themed Eye spy sheets from Activity Village
Here's the Letter C one:

Anyhoo, after that I had all the crayons and "sign pens" (felt tips) out on the desks for them to share. Then I would call out a color. They would have to find the color and show me. Next, I would call out a picture that is on the Eye Spy worksheet and they had to color it in, with the color I originally called.

For example:


STUDENTS show me their pink crayon/felt

TEACHER: Ok. Color the hamburger pink! Pink hamburger.

The students really enjoyed this and they liked the act of searching their worksheet to find the object called. Most of the pictures I chose to call out from the sheet they knew but if they didn't know I would soon draw it up on the white board for their reference. They would also repeat the word and color after me. 

The lesson flew by as we were having fun and the kids were very engaged. At some point I had the students give me a color for the class to choose as well. 

Happy Teaching! Hope this can work for you!

Home Posters ~ Can I come in? Permissions Lesson ESL

Today is my last day of teaching for this term as the summer vacation is about to start, and camp on its way.

So, as a nice easy wrap up to my grade 4 lesson called "Can I come in?" which is a basic lesson on asking for permission and includes phrases such as "Can I play outside?" , "Can I go home?", " Can I sit here?" etc.

We were onto our last part of the lesson in the textbook which was the Story time and check up (small test) and after that I like to a project to review and also to keep things light and fun.

I decided to use the clip online of Home where 'Oh' the main character, is trapped inside a convenience store fridge by Tip (girl character) and he says "Can I come into the out now?" - he's an alien so he speaks that way, but I made sure to correct sentence "Can I come out now?" when talking about it with the students.


First we watched the Movie Clip, then I asked some questions, asking what does he want to do? and then we replayed and discussed once more. They were able to communicate - he wants to come outside.

Next, I gave them blank pieces of A4 that was cut in half and said we'd make our own 'Home' posters/comics.

As a class we debated what sentences 'Oh' could say, different from 'Can I come out?'

Here's some we agreed on:

From left to right: "Can I come outside?" , "Can I go home?" , "Can I play outside?"

And finally, here are the comics my students made:

Hope this inspires you to do a simple project now and again with your young ones.

By the way, this is a fun video that uses the "can I" sentence's about pumpkins auditioning for a talent show...quite funny.

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

What Time Is it? ESL Time Lesson

Today we had our first lesson about Time for my grade 4 students. It was a simple lesson to introduce them to saying the phrase "What's the time?" and adding 'O'clock' as well as learning the English words twenty, thirty, forty and fifty which often come up in time.

For a quick warm up I went to this site called Anglomaniacy  where you can listen to the time and see it on clocks. It's a great website with lots of free downloads and lesson ideas - no register.

Then we went over the key vocabulary for the lesson. You can find an option to see the textbook vocabulary for each lesson in English and Korean on most textbook CDs. We have a routine, at the start of each unit/topic to write in the new vocab for the first lesson. They write it in both English and Korean. I like this as it creates their own personal dictionary that they can refer to throughout the year and study from.

For our next lesson I am going to write these three questions on the board and they have to write the answers on a paper I will give them, like a quick quiz. I will tell them that they can look in their English notebook.

  • How do you spell 아침 식사 in English?
  • How do you write 5.50 in English?
  • Finish the sentence: We eat lunch at _________ __________. 
(We eat lunch at twelve thirty.)

Some useful words if you don't have access to the dictionary in your textbook or you're not using one are : (These are the translations provided by the CD-ROM Textbook)

  • time  시간
  • twenty 스물
  • thirty 서른
  • forty 사십
  • fifty  쉰 
  • breakfast 아침 식사
  • lunch 점심
  • late 늦게
  • dinner 저녁 식사
  • now 지금

After that, we listened to this great song that reads the book "What's the time Mr.Wolf?"
I love the book as we have a copy at my other school. The Wolf is a puppet. So if you have the real book you could read it to your class and play with the puppet as you go... it keeps them interested.
Now the video is great. You can skip to about 3.00 on the video and it will be a chant song that reads the book and then children are repeating - the students can repeat along with the song. It practices all the key phrases for learning time and goes over breakfast, lunch and dinner. A great song. And best of all, it's on Youtube!

After,  watching I asked them what time was dinner? What time was lunch? and so on.When they weren't sure we went back to check in the video. It was a good chance to do a comprehension check.

I also asked them what time they ate breakfast, lunch and dinner. This was also a good chance to get them speaking. 

Next, we did a cool time crossword and time match up sheet. This was good to check their understanding of time. Then we reviewed as a class - I would ask "What's the time? " and they would answer according to the worksheet answer (I did this with the read a match sheet only).

 You can download them free on their website:

The kids really enjoyed doing these too. And they had to check their spelling of numbers especially for the crossword.

After, for a short speaking activity I went to this website and had written in the numbers prior. Then the students took turns clicking the wheel on my PC and they had to make the time sentences.
As a class we would all ask "What's the time _______?" (student name) and then they would click and answer. Its's ____ o'clock. Now, you could also add words, dinner, breakfast, lunch etc and make it harder but my students are low level so I will do that for next class. I will also write numbers like this : 9.10, 2.50, 4.30...etc. So we can start practising those times as well. Today was just an introduction. 

For this random generator app go to Class Tools . Net

The wheel is actually a Random Name Picker - but I use it for many lessons as you can input anything you like! A good site to bookmark.

Happy Teaching!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Camp Day 5: Willy The Dreamer ~ Anthony Browne

I absolutely love this book. Beautiful illustrations and a nice simple story.  I've taught it briefly in an after school class and once in a grade 6 class when we started a topic on jobs. (See Dream Catcher Lesson here).  So it was great to see this in the list of books my school suggested I teach for summer camp. If you have been following, this is my 5th day plan for my reading camp. You can easily find days 1-4 if you look at my blog.

Now, because I have to stretch this topic to grade 5 and 6 as well as 3-4, I wanted to extend the vocabulary, not only the jobs mentioned in the book but also some job equipment/ and or tools. This is not usually taught in the kid's textbooks and there are some cool resources I found so I think it'll be fun.

Activity 1: Read the Book
Now, in the deep sea of Waygook there exists a Power Point that has the full book on it... so do a little internet diving (search) and you might find it. For copyright reasons I can't have a direct download link... but also just as good, there are a few decent videos on YouTube with someone reading the book and showing the images.

Activity 2: Alphabet Stew -Jobs
Now, I've planned this for another camp day as well but it's no biggy as this is a hit every time and playing alphabet stew for jobs after reading the book and listening to some new job names should be a perfect way to get them thinking of a job for each letter. They should already know quite a few from their textbooks also.

By the way, there are tons of lists of jobs in alphabetical order online - easy to find, if you want to check on some of the difficult ones. Q - Queen? I accept it...hehe, there's lots of 'quality...' something jobs. Here's a link to a job by letter list : Australian Job Guide Site

Activity 3: Dream Jobs Power Point
This is quite an extensive power point that looks at the book, Willy The Dreamer, it's vocabulary as well as understanding the term dream, dream job, past and future. With some little activities in-between.

Activity slides, preview:
This is a sample of guessing the artist and an 'explorer' mission, which is a classroom scavenger hunt.

As you can see, a picture of me is in those slides. So, you should take it out. :)
 You can put your own artwork if you like - and a funny stick figure drawing with yourself next to it would be fun for them also.

Activity 4: Tools and Jobs Match
A simple flashcard matching game and we can name what the tools and jobs are. I will give out the cards to pairs and they have to match. Then we should brainstorm some other jobs and their tools on the board. I will give each pair a job that isn't in the flashcards and they have to name at least 4 tools/equipment that job uses. A good chance for conversation between you and the students, casual activity.

Activity 5: Next, I will do a Job Spin the Wheel. I downloaded the template from Twinlk and edited and wrote job names inside it - instead of class jobs as the site recommends. Then, the students will spin and land on a job title. Then they have to create a job advertisement that matches their spin.

I made this job advert worksheet. Which is mainly drawing. But encourages creative thinking:

You can download this worksheet for free on my teacherspayteachers page.

  • 'Equipment' is where they can draw and label what they use for that particular job. (Teacher - blackboard, marker, etc.)
  • In the 'pay' box they can draw money or write the amount in Won. Or whatever currency they feel. You can explain to them the concept of per hour, or just let them be creative as possible. 
  • 'Duties' will be what they have to do... you can go over this with them - have those handy Korean to English dictionaries out as well. Some students (older) will be able to write these sentences easily. 
  • 'Where?' would be the place that job is carried out - they can draw this also. (Doctor - Hospital, Zoo Keeper - Zoo, etc). 
  • 'Hours' - are work hours, where they can draw the time in the clock faces. 
UPDATE August, 7th : Here's the results ! I think they turned out great! I'll definitely repeat this for the job unit at my other schools. 

Activity 6: Decode the Jobs

This is a fun worksheet I thought I could slip in while students are finishing up their job adverts. It's one of those numbers mean letters sheets, so you have to crack the code. 
I will give a prize to the most beautiful job adverts, etc - so I want them to color and write with high quality. So this worksheet will be more so for the early finishers. I might also just give one per pair and then the first pair to decode it all correctly wins a prize.  I got this cool worksheet from , a fantastic and FREE site with tons to download!  You should join!

Activity 7: Craft - Community Helpers Stick Puppets
I love these! And if you've got a limited budget they're perfect. You can print them on thin white card and have your kids either paint or color them. You just need to buy the Popsicle sticks, or you could use some thick card board and/or a pencil? They could wrap around a bit.
 Best of all these templates are all free to download and print!

I got them from First They have lots of cool things for us teachers. :)

I have this activity - but probably won't use it. As it is a bit high level. It goes through jobs and verbs associated to them. It's a free download I found on The Teachers Notebook , so go for it , if you like!

You'll notice this plan is shorter than the others and that's because this final day of camp won't be as long as we're having an open market place day. Throughout camp our students will get coupons for every game they do well, rewards, etc and then on the last day they can go "shopping" in our little market place at school.

Hope this helps, happy teaching.

I won't be including a bundle for this plan as everything is linked to download, just download what you want.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Day 4 Camp Plan ~ Finding Jack, Ann James

For Day 4 of my reading camp. However, this could be stretched over 2 days (8-6 periods) as we finish at 12 a day. This particular lesson is quite loaded. I made it more for Grade 5& 6. however you could leave things out and still do it for Grade 3 & 4. We are reading "Finding Jack" by Ann James. It's a cute little book that covers vocabulary such as kitchen, eat, laundry, wash , bathroom, drink, lounge, stretch, pond, fish, garden, sleep, look, purr and the phrases "Where is ____" " Jack's not here."

UPDATE: We did this camp today (July 24th) and it turned out great! The houses took about 20 mins and we managed to do almost all these activities in 3 hours. (with breaks). We read the book twice.

I've decided to do a house and homes themed day to match the book. We will look at different houses, rooms of houses and what we do in those rooms.

Hope this lesson plan helps. You can download all the materials (except Twinkl) from this link to my Teachers Pay Teachers store - FREE! 

Activity 1: Sing a Song. Always a nice warm up.

I really like "The House Song" it's so catchy. And the "not chicken" part always gets a giggle.

This video is also good for the end of the day to review:

Activity 2: Read the Book
Ask questions during the reading, "Where is Victor?" - "He's in the kitchen."
The grade 4s should already know some of the rooms of the house.

Activity 3: Re-reading 'Finding Jack' with a crossword puzzle. After reading and discussing the book I'd like to review it further by having the students fill out a crossword puzzle I made that follows the book. I made it online for free at The Teachers Corner. net. I love the site, you can make crosswords, word searches and more for free and tailor it to your topic and vocabulary. We will re-read the book and go through the crossword as a class.

Here's what I made:
Activity 4: Review Verbs and Verb Musical Chairs
This is my verb spin on musical chairs. I first go through the verbs of the book - Finding Jack, which are : sleeping, drinking, purring, washing, fishing, stretching and eating. 

I made a small PPT to show these to the class. Next, after they understand the verbs, we decide on what action to do for each. (Cue acting skills). After miming our verbs as a class we then get our chairs organized for a game of musical chairs. Now, I will play musical chairs in the traditional sense except when music is playing, I will call out different verbs for them to act out instead of dancing and circling chairs - they must act out the verbs. It makes for a fun game as well as English verb revision and comprehension. You can do this with any verbs for any topic!
Tip: write out the verbs on the board so you can point to them also, instead of call - means they need to pay attention more.

Activity 5:  New Vocabulary PowerPoint.
I got this power point from Twinkl. But then altered it to add more vocabulary from the "Finding Jack" book. it covers not only rooms of the house but also types of houses (just a few).  You could always leave out the types of houses for the younger ones.

I added the laundry room and pond also, as this matches the book vocabulary.
Here's a sample of the other houses slides:

There's also this cool one that's free, but doesn't match the PPT vocab. It's from ebookbrowsee

This I got from Twinkl also, but it would be quite easy to make your own. The twist is that this isn't like ordinary bingo where you just call out the name of the room - in this version the teacher or student reader should read a 'clue/hint' about the room. Such as "You can watch TV there." Which would match to the "Living Room" . This is also included in the PPT when I first introduce the vocabulary. 

Activity 8: Happy Bunny 'House theme' Game by 'Envies' (Waygook member)
This is a wonderful template I found on Waygook recently. It's not a bombgame, it's more like connect 4. I actually added my own slides and hyperlinks to make it match the book and vocabulary. Thanks again to the original poster! It's lovely! 

When you make a row of happy bunnies you win! Or you could just award a point for each happy bunny. (Click on the carrots to lead to question page, then click on the big bunny with a thumbs up to go back to carrot/bunny board.)

Activity 9: Drawing a house game- with Blindfolds!
I played this style of game with my grade 5 a few months back and they loved it. It's a game where you can either revise 'on, in, under...etc' or you can ignore it especially for the wee ones and just play without. 

For this particular lesson I am going to give them a paper with the skeleton of a house already on it, so they can practice the rooms of the house vocabulary more than drawing a house.

Next, we'll follow the PPT, and read together and they will draw, Then after all the rooms have something within them they will be blindfolded and given a new house template and try to re-draw what they can remember in the house. It's quite fun, after they can take off their blindfolds to compare their original drawings.Plus it practices the vocabulary of the house well.

Here are some preview slides:

Activity 10: Hot Seat / Forehead Game
This is that classic game that we can now play on our phones thanks to Ellen DeGeneres. (Heads up?)
So as a nice end of the day game I thought we could play by having cards that have the vocabulary from the book on them - both verbs as well as room names. This way, they can offer clues to the person holding the card on their head by acting a verb out or for room names , they offer hints such as "You can watch TV there." or "There's a TV in there." etc. For more explanation on this game, if you haven't played already - click here. It's an oldie but a goodie.

Activity 11: Craft - Rooms of the House
Now I think I have chosen to do this craft ... but I will also list a few other craft options as I am indecisive and maybe you are also! So why not bombard you with more choices too. ( hehe)

Great idea for rooms of the house, all you need is a piece of paper and colouring tools. 
You fold an A4 into a house shape and then label the rooms and decorate... it's all planned out on betodilello which is a cool blog with teaching ideas and crafts. 

I really love how simple this is, and I think the kids will like it as it's got lots of freedom to create and design their own house of their own taste.

This is how they turned out! (Update, July 24th)

However, there are also these options...

3D cut out houses, that match the 'houses and homes' Powerpoint as they have house shapes of a caravan, bungalow, cottage, lighthouse and more. Found on Twinkl.  This is good if I have no time, but want to do something crafty because you just print out the template on paper and they cut , fold and stick it together. Also the option to colour. Although they look okay black and white too.

Or Pyramid Craft that shows the rooms of the house also. I found it on Enchanted Learning . com
They also have other paper folding house crafts such as making a paper house, that comes with a free template and looks like this:

So, I'll leave that up to you!

Update - I just found this really cool 'Spot the difference' house themed download from Teachers Note It's FREE. I might use it on a PPT and play as a warm up! Here's the link! 

Happy teaching!