Monday, 31 August 2015

ESL Puzzle Game ~ And Lesson Plan!

Hello all,

My recent lesson for Grade 5 'How was your vacation?" (lesson 8) was such a hit today, so I thought I'd share it with you. Also, I have been getting quite a few requests for lesson plans so I decided to include a lesson plan later in this post. (Note: I don't actually have to turn in lesson plans often, so excuse me if it's not formal enough, but this would be accepted at my school...)

First off, the worksheet: Download here.
I made this worksheet using word doc, then I added my own illustrations. To download without any illustrations for free - download here. For original, with illustrations download here.  

When you print it, it will be one A4 size paper with 2 worksheet parts. The top part is a 4 box section where the students should write 4 sentences about their weekend.

This is where we can practice the past tense sentences of the textbook. I wrote these on the white board to remind the students, then rubbed them off so they wrote their own. (Although, left on the board for lower level classes). I gave them 5 minutes to do this.

My board:

The lower part of the worksheet is much easier. Ask the students, after finishing their sentences to draw their face in the picture frame and then write their name.

Once this is finished ask your students to fold on the line of the paper - folding the worksheet in half so it is now double sided. Next, ask them to glue the pages together on the inside with a glue stick then ask them to cut on the dotted line  - yes, their pretty drawn faces will be cut up as well, that makes it more fun!

Side one:

 Side Two: (when flipped)

Now the game part ! Get the students to mix their puzzles together in the centre of their group table/desks. Then have them stand up and move to the next group - then on your mark, give them 30 seconds to make the puzzles on the table - the first group to match them all correctly wins.

It's important that they're making up puzzles from another group so that it's a bit more difficult and it creates a better competitive edge as well as preventing cheats.

I rewarded the group members all with a star on our star chart.  You can see, the reason why the puzzles have the 'face drawing side' is so that it's a bit easier to match the puzzle pieces for the game.

worksheet: Download here.

At the end, to review. After awarding the first finished group - I ask them to sit down (at the table they rotated too.) And ask a volunteer from each group to read a set of sentences from one of the puzzles they made up. It's great that the groups rotated to another group's desk and puzzles because then they can try reading their classmate's work and I'll also ask "Whose puzzle was that?" and they'll read the name on the other side and the class got a kick each time when reading their peer's work.

If you have time, get them to colour and tape their puzzles. :)

worksheet: Download here.

At the end of this lesson we re-sang the Fun Time song, details on the Fun Time song warm up can be found in the lesson plan below. Happy Teaching!

 Lesson 8: How Was Your Vacation?
 Fun Time/Project
 Puzzle Game and Fun Time Song
 Learn the Song and Answer Questions, Practice Writing and Reading with key phrases using the Puzzle Game
 Mrs. Baia 
 Grade 5 
Teaching • Learning Activities
& Review
1.      Hello, how are you today?
2.      What day is it today?
3.      What is today’s date?
& Guiding for this lesson
 Today we're going to sing the Fun Time Song and play a Puzzle Game. So please listen carefully and open your books to page 140. 
Note: Prepare/move the desks into groups of 4-6 before class.
for objectives
Activity 1-
Read the Fun Time Song out loud as a class. Next, play the song one time on the PC. After, ask comprehension check questions: "What did Bonny do on the weekend?" "Who went to Cheongbuk-dong?", "Did David learn Hungeul?", " Who rode a boat?"

Activity 2-
Complete the writing activity at the bottom of the Fun Time page. Call 3 students to write the answers on the board (project page onto screen, they fill in the blanks using the whiteboard markers). Review answers as a class, instruct "Hands up if you got it all correct." "Well done."

Activity 3 -
"Game Time"
  1. Ask students to listen to the instructions carefully. Show puzzle worksheet. Read first instruction "Write 4 sentences about your weekend..." stop and ask: "What does it mean?" , lower level : "What does 'write' mean in Korean?" , "What is 'sentence' in Korean?" etc... until the class all understand. Next, read the bottom half instructions "Draw your face in the picture frame." : "What does draw mean?" "What does 'face' mean?" - check that all understand what to do.
  2. Next, tell students they will have 5 minutes to complete the 4 sentences and drawing. Remind them to all write their name on the paper also.
  3. After completing the worksheet ask that students fold it in half (line on paper to guide). Tell them to next, glue the worksheet so that it is now half the size of an A4. The worksheet has become double sided.
  4. Next, cut on the dashed lines to make the puzzle. "Yes, your face will be cut too!" There should be 4 puzzle pieces for each student, made from their worksheet.
  5. Now move puzzle pieces to the center of the group table. "Mix them all together!" Then, have the students stand up and push in their chairs.
  6. Next, rotate each group so that they all move to another group's table.
Activity 4 – Puzzle Solving
Aim of game: The first group to finish all the puzzles on the table wins. The class has 30 seconds to complete this  activity – the teacher should watch carefully and reward the winning group. 




Wrap Up
& check up
Have the students sit down at their new group table (after rotation) and call on one volunteer from each group to read a puzzle. (4 sentences). “Can anybody read the puzzle they made?” *Student reads puzzle sentences* “ Whose puzzle was it?”


“Well done. You were all excellent! Let’s clean up, push in our chairs and line up.”
Goodbye, see you next time!”

 I made the worksheet using word doc, then I added my own illustrations. To download without any illustrations for free - download here. For original, with illustrations download here.  

Did you like this post? Check out this Summer Vacation Photos lesson!


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