Hello! Last week, as the 4th grade is learning about wild animals I thougt it would be good to talk about wild species that are in danger of extintion. One of the activities was to listen(without watching the video) to the song "I'll swim, i'll swim" by Kelly family and pay attention to the sounds of animals and try to take notes of their names
After that I gave students the lyrics but incomplete, the words missing were the ones that were related to what I wanted to talk about with the students (ex: rescue, swim,dream,children, killing, sea,) They listened to the song twice and completed the lyrics.As we corrected we talked about endangered species, the importance of keeping them alive, take care of them etc...
Hello! Long time no see right? ;) Well , here I am posting about my beloved students and how we have fun while learning English. Before the Easter holidays the 3rd graders tested a game I invented "Angry puffles" , an adaptation of angry birds. This game is more than throwing puffles (the cute soft furry creatures) , let me explain: Before: - Students are given a paper and they must draw a farm animal from the story "What the ladybird heard" - Teacher writes numbers on milk cartons - Teacher puts some numbered cards on the table next to the milk cartons - Students are divided in groups The game: - A member from each group at a time has the chance to throw 2 times a puffle to the pile of milk cartons - the milk cartoon that falls has a number and the group must pick the same numbers on the pile of cards.These cards have animals descriptions - Teacher reads the description on the card and the group must guess what animal is it - Finally students use the cards with drawings of animals to stick on the milk cartons that fell of the pile
Hello! Last lesson as 1st graders are learning about the house parts/rooms I gave some students house rooms flash cards and told them that I was going to tell them a story and when they heard the rooms they were holding they had to raise their cards. The story was made up and very simple:
"Once upon a time there were three littles pigs that lived in a(house).The (house) had one big (bedroom), one big (bathroom), one big (kitchen) but one little (living room). One day one of the pigs was very hungry so he went to the (kitchen) and cooked a meal. He ate , ate, ate until he was satisfied and very sleepy, so he went to the (bedroom) and took a nap. After this exercise I told the story again but this time I held and showed the cards and as I Told the story I stopped , showed a card and students had to say the house part . After this we played the game "Hot and cold", I layed each house flash card down on different tables , then I asked for two volunteers to come forward and volunteer 1 went outside the classroom and waited for my signal. Meanwhile volunteer 2 hid himself underneath one of the tables. I called volunteer 1 and he asked out loud " ______(name of volunteer2) where are you?" and started looking for volunteer 2. The rest of the class shouted cold if he was far from the coleague and hot if he was near. When he found the coleague he said " _____was in the _______".
With this exercise students revised the food vocabulary. After that I told them the story "I will never not ever eat a tomato"
This is a great story, not only because it teaches a lot of vocabulary and important grammar structures but also because it teaches students that if they don't try the taste of different food they will never know if they really like it or not. After the story I've shown my students a painting by Arcimboldo "Vertumnus"
and I challenged them to try drawing a face with some food items from the story "I will never not ever eat a tomato". Next lesson they are going to introduce their drawing to the class eliciting the food items used. :)
---------------------------------------- 04/04/2013 Sorry it took me so long to post some pictures of the students's work ,but anyway here you have the art work
Hello! Last lesson the 4th graders made some felt fortune cookies and we played a game in which they had to pick one fortune cookie and read an instruction, as in each paper it was written something for them to do. As it was almost Valentine's day the topic was love and friendship and some of the things written in the fortune cookies were: "Hug your best friend" "Shake hands with everybody" "Tell someone you will miss him/her during holidays" etc... The students really got into the spirit and asked to play the game twice. It was a fun game and they also practised important vocabulary and sentence structures
Hello! Some weeks ago the 2nd graders were learning about jobs and they played several games. "play is crucial to physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development at all ages” (Elkind, 2008) "nothing lights up the brain like plays” (Stuart Brown, TED Conference, 2008) We played "Swat that flashcard" in which there were several jobs pictures on the board and each time the teacher named a job the two volunteers/students had to swat the correct picture/job. Há algumas semanas a turma de 2º ano estava a aprender as profissões e jogaram diversos jogos. "Brincar/Jogar é crucial para o desenvolvimento físico, intelectual e sócio-emocional em qualquer idade" (Elkind, 2008) "Nada ilumina/liga o cérebro como o jogo/a brincadeira"(Stuart Brown, TED Conference, 2008)
Jogamos "acerta no cartão" em que havia cartões com imagens de diferentes profissões no quadro e cada vez que a professora mencionava uma profissão dois alunos voluntários tinham de acertar no cartão correto com o mata moscas.
Students listened to the story "The super jobs" and they had with them some objects related to different jobs and they had to put on or show the correct object/tool as they listen to different jobs in the story.
Afterwards they played a game in which they had all the jobs' tools on a table and they had to dance around the table as long as they were listening to the song "People work".When the music stopped they had to grab an object and if not they were out of the game.Then the teacher asked each student with an object "What do you do?" and they had to say "I'm a ______________" Os alunos ouviram o conto "Super jobs" e tinham consigo objetos/ferramentas relacionadas com diferentes profissões e ao longo do conto tinham de colocar ou mostrar os objetos relacionados com as profissões que eram mencionadas no conto. Depois jogaram um jogo em que os objetos usados anteriormente estavam pousados numa mesa e os alunos tinham de dançar à volta desta enquanto ouviam a canção "People work". Quando a canção parava tinham de agarrar num objeto, caso não o conseguissem saíam do jogo. Então a professora perguntava a cada aluno com objetos "What do you do?" e estes tinham de responder referindo a profissão que usava aquela ferramenta " I'm a _______"
Finally, the last game the students played was "Behind the blanket/coat" in which two job's tools/objects were hidden behind a chair with a coat. A student at a time was hidden too and chose one object.Afterwards the class had to guess what was the job chosen . The teacher asked "What does he/she do?" and students guessed by saying "He/she is..." When they guessed correctly another student went behind the coat.
Finalmente, o último jogo foi "Behind the blanket/coat"(atrás do cobertor/casaco) em que duas ferramentas de profissões eram escondidas numa cadeira coberta por um casaco. Um aluno de cada vez escondeu-se atrás da cadeira e sem ninguém ver escolheu um objeto. Depois a turma teve de adivinhar qual a profissão escolhida pelo colega. A professora perguntou aos alunos "What does he/she do?" e os alunos tentaram adivinhar respondendo "He/she is..." Quando acertavam , outro aluno ia para trás do casaco.
Hello! Yesterday 3ºB had the same lesson as 3ºA in which they watched a video of some children role -playing a scene at the doctor's , after rehearsing the dialogue they role-played it themselves. Here's one example: Ontem o 3ºB teve a mesma aula que o 3ºA , na qual assistiram a um video com algumas crianças a dramatizar uma cena no médico , depois de ensaiarem o diálogo os alunos dramatizaram a cena. Fica aqui um exemplo:
Hello! Today the 3rd graders watched a video in which some children role-played a scene at the doctor's , afterwards they trained the dialogue again (they have done it before in the previous lesson) and role-played it. Some of the results are here: Hoje os alunos do 3º ano assistiram a um video em que crianças representavam uma cena no médico , depois disso os alunos treinaram o mesmo diálogo de novo( já o tinham feito também na aula anterior) e finalmente representaram o mesmo. Aqui estão alguns resultados: - Doctor, doctor my _________ hurts! - Which ____________? - Ouch - Take these M&M's and and you will feel better - Thank you doctor, I feel better already
Hello! Some parents asked me how they could help their children to improve their English fluency. One good way is to let them listen to English as much as possible: use songs, stories, cartoons... Here's a very good site with songs, stories and game to different English levels Alguns pais perguntaram-me como ajudar os filhos a melhorar a sua fluência da língua inglesa. One boa forma de o fazer é a exposição à audição da língua inglesa quer pela música, histórias ou desenhos animados... Fica aqui um site muito bom com canções, contos e jogos adaptados a diferentes níveis de inglês: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/ Here's an example of a video about jobs (2nd graders are learning about jobs)
Hello! Last lesson the 4th graders filled in a UK map with different kinds of weather acoording to what they read in a text Na aula passada os alunos do 4ºano completaram um mapa do Reino Unido com os diferentes tempos meteorológicos de acordo com o que leram num texto
Yesterday I was going to use the tool Manual Digital in my lesson with the 3ºB but due to some technical difficulties ( Manual Digital wasn't installed in the computer as it should be) I had to improvise ;) We started with some basic exercise of vocabulary repetition but with some TPR (total physical response) : I said , for example : " eyes" and students repeated .Then I said wink and I would wink so they could copy my action
"head" "Nod your head" -
Afterwards students completed some writing exercises on the book and read a text on physical description. After rehearsing the dialogue they role played it and I think it was also fun because it was a well known children's game "blind goat": I blindfolded one child and I pointed to another child to come close.The first one started this dialogue: - What colour is your hair? - My hair is... - What colour are your eyes? - My eyes are... - You are...
After a while students started to change their voices to make it more difficult to guess who was answering the questions and all the while they were having so much fun BUT also learning basic structures on plysical description :)
Last lesson I showed 3rd graders a power point on New year's resolutions and after talking about that they chose one resolution they are going to try to accomplish during January. Have a look!
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Na aula passada mostrei aos alunos do 3º ano um power point com algumas resoluções de Ano Novo e depois de conversarmos sobre as mesmas , eles escolheram uma para tentarem cumprir durante Janeiro. Vejam: