Saturday, 23 July 2016

Day 2, Reading Camp 2016 ~ Hansel and Gretel

Hi there, this year I am running a simple but fun reading camp. We only have 3 days so I'm doing 2 stories : The Three Bears and Hansel and Gretel. On the third day we're having a memory challenge game and review - oh and more fun! Here's day 2:

Day 2 - Hansel and Gretel

We all know the classic tale, right? In hindsight I think I should have changed the title to 'The Candy House' as Hansel and Gretel are difficult names. But oh well, I wrote two scripts again. One for grade 3 & 4 and the other for grade 5 &6. Once again I used their textbooks to help me write so that the language and phrases were similar to what they already knew. Only a few new words to practice.

Once again, I made my scripts with blanks so that the students can write while they read for the first time. Here's a preview of the script/PPT I made to match:

To start however, before the reading we will be playing a Ninja Reading PowerPoint game to help review and practice the vocab. The original template came from Waygook and I love it. 
It works similar to other telepathy games, where the students in teams choose their sentence to form or read and then you click the 'release the ninjas' button and the ninja cartoons come out and "kill" the sentences. Whichever sentence is left, unscathed is the team who wins a point. 
My students love it. They love the sound effects and ninja's jumping on screen. It's a great way to review the vocabulary. 

Here's a snapshot , in this slide they have to make the sentence "It's a house... or "It's magic..." etc. The ninja's over the boxes and images are 'out' and so the teams who chose to make the sentence about magic and the witch would be the teams to earn points.

Vocabulary reviewed in this slide: witch, candy, house, water, magic.

Another activity we are doing which I am very excited about is my Pokemon Scavenger hunt! With the craze of Pokemon Go lately, I thought it would be a cool game to implement in my camp. I used a template from Waygook that was once a Pokemon themed 'pass the ball' game and I instead changed it to a brief instruction PPT to explain the scavenger hunt activity - and also gets them excited as this template is filled with loads of animations, music and pictures! Thanks to the original poster! 

Basically, if you didn't already get it from the picture above... the class is split into 4 teams. 
Next, they are given a team color. 
Then, they are told to go and find their 5 Pokemon cards hidden around the class. 
They must only find cards from their team color. 
So, there are 4 sets of Pokemon cards hidden around the classroom. 
Once they find all 5 cards they have to arrange them correctly to make a sentence. 
The sentences are also within the Hansel and Gretel script, so they can check their script also. 
The sentences are different for each team, so no point taking the other team's cards. I think this will be a fun treasure hunt style activity. I hid the cards under keyboards, under books, stuck under desks and in the CD insert space of the class radios. It's going to be fun to see them hunt around.  The first team to get their sentence is the winner, I'll also give awards to the 2nd team.
I made a set of cards for both levels (grade 3 & 4 and grade 5 & 6).

I'll also play 'fruit salad' to practice spelling... if you don't know the game already you can go here to learn about it!

Oh, and we made candy houses! We bought a whole bunch of cookies and candy , chocolate sauce, jam and syrup and let the kids run wild!

Happy Teaching!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Day 1 , Reading Camp 2016 ~ The Three Bears

Greetings teachers! This year I have a short 3 day camp which I will repeat again after the holidays with my second school. They asked me to focus on reading yet again so I chose 2 classic tales and made them relevant to the level of the kids and changed them up a bit to suit the foods we are making. This is day one, day two will be uploaded shortly.

Day 1 - The Three Bears! 

You know, the one with greedy Goldilocks  - but in my version I have Bora and Jinu. And instead of porridge, we have sandwiches because we make sandwiches as the last activity of the day.

Firstly, I wrote some scripts. I made a version of each script with blanks also, so that while we read along with the PowerPoint, they can also write some words down. I also created a PowerPoint  to match the script. It's animated and fun.

Why two scripts? Well, I had two classes to teach. The first class was made up of grade 3 and 4. The second, grade 5 and 6. So, I needed two different level scripts. I went through the grade 3 textbook to help me write the grade 3 and 4 script and used the grade 5 book for the class of grade 5 and 6. So, it's essentially a story of the three bears filled with revision from what they've been learning this past semester.

Script preview - via PowerPoint. This is grade 3 and 4:

Now, before the reading we played a snakes and ladders game as a warm up to practice the new vocabulary. It was a hit and great ice-breaker. I used my big dice, separated them into two teams and gave candy to the winning team. I got the template from Waygook and changed it accordingly. Thanks to the Original Poster!

Once again, I made a snake and ladder PPT for both levels. 

After the break we played a 'Fishing For Vocab' game. This was the best activity of the day! They loved it. I made my fish with vocabulary from the story written on each fish.

 I printed out two sets of fish. Next, I stuck them on colored paper and also used a hot glue gun to attach the magnets. Then, using some chopsticks and string I made 'fishing rods' with magnet ends instead of hooks.

How to Play:

  • I separated the class into two teams
  • I put the 'fish pond' at one end of the class and made the teams line up at the other end of the class. 
  • I would call out a word, the first team players (at the front of the line) would grab their 'fishing rod' and run to the 'fish pond' and try to fish for the vocabulary I had said. 
  • Then, they would have to run back to their team and put the fish inside the box there.
  • The first to successfully get the fish into the box would earn their team a point. 
  • A bit like a relay, the next team player in line would go next and I would call a new word from the pond each time. It was a hit!

They absolutely loved it and it was a way to practice the new words they learnt from the story. I really want to try this again with other classes in the future to practice new vocabulary. Such a hit!

After that, we made sandwiches. Simple ham, cheese, mayo and lettuce. I didn't make any resources for that. Pretty sure you can imagine that one on your own! haha. 

Happy Teaching! 

Monday, 18 July 2016

"Do You Have A Pencil?" - easy speaking lesson :)

My grade 3 class are pretty low level and there's only 3 of them! So I played this speaking game to practice the sentences: "Do you have a pencil/an eraser/a pen....?" , "Yes, I do." and "No, I don't."

First we reviewed the vocabulary - pencil, pen eraser , ruler, book, etc and then I printed out these cards - I got them from a PPT I found on Waygook, I can't recall who made it, sorry!

Next, I printed at least one sheet of cards per student, cut them up and then mixed them all up and put them picture down on the table so you cannot see what they are.

Demo the game, how to play: 
  1. You, the teacher, go over to the desk with all the cards. 
  2. Pick up a card and don't let the students see what it is. It's a secret - they are trying to guess what you have.
  3. Tell them to say the question "Do you have a _____?" and ask them to guess what card you have in your hands.
  4. If they guess what's on your card correctly, answer with "Yes, I do."
  5. If they don't guess correctly answer with "No, I don't."
  6. Do this demonstration with the kids (playing the game with them) as long as you can to see them understanding. They're going to pick up the rules fast. 
  7. If the student guesses correctly, it's their turn to come up and choose a card and the class guess what they have. 
  8. Enforce that they use the key phrases of "Do you have a/an _____?" and the answers "Yes, I do" and "No, I don't." 
  9. Write the phrases on the board if necessary however, I always rub out the sentences after a while so they can learn them off by heart. 
  10. The most cards guessed correctly wins, although in the end I didn't need to count points, they had fun enough just taking turns and getting their guesses right!

We played this for over 15 minutes and it was a great activity - they left the lesson understanding and memorizing the new vocabulary and phrases. And best of all, we're only up to part two of the lesson in the textbook! I projected the cards on the screen to help them with the vocabulary too. 

A great speaking game that lead to great success. I think you could do this 'telepathy' style game with other topics too. E.g. Grade 5 "Help Yourself" lesson, about food. You could change the cards to food items and the dialogue "Do you like _____?" OR the grade 5 lesson "May I use the computer?" can be an obvious practice of question and answer - May I eat the cookie? - if the card is correct "Yes, you may." if not correct "No, you may not."

Hope this super simple speaking game can be used in your classes. If you have a large class you could do it in groups!

Happy Teaching!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Cartoon Captioning ~ A Sense of Belonging by Witi Ihimaera

Recently, I drew a series of illustrations for my mother's English secondary class in Rarotonga. She's teaching there (temporarily) and works for the ministry of Education there. She chose to teach a short story from award-winning Maori writer Witi Ihimaera. The short story comes from his short story collection: " A Sense of Belonging". It's about a Maori woman, Pari who works at a bank in New Zealand and feels out of place.

Thus, my mother requested I give her some illustrations related to the story's events and then her students order and caption them.

Here's the illustrations:

Mum blew them up, printed and told the students to stick and caption them according to the story.
This is a great activity to practice summary writing and new interpretations of story telling. It's a great visual aid for learns to create themselves as well - get them to draw the last / end scene!

You can also apply this idea to any story for any level. Have them order the pictures and if low level English speakers or ESL in general, provide some sentences that match the illustrations.

Here's what her students were getting up to with the work:

Happy Teaching! - if you need illustrations, don't hesitate to contact me ! Head to my Facebook page and leave me a message!