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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Teaching Clothes

Learning Pre-requisites: colours, numbers, body parts, ABC

Flashcards - http://www.mes-english.com/flashcards/clothes.php
Photocopies of a body for children to draw clothes
Students note books
Clothes (Realia)
Dice, board game
Photocopies of items of clothing- http://www.kizclub.com/teaching.htm
A3 Colour Paper
Sell tape, felt-tip pens, crayons, scissors and glue
Lesson 1

1. Routine: Register using a password; Date ; Weather (5mins)

2. Drilling: The teacher shows some flashcards, and asks the students if they can guess what they are going to learn. (3mins)

3. The Teacher chooses a volunteer to come to the front of the class. At this stage it's a good idea to choose someone you know likes drawing and is fairly quick at it.
Teacher draws a t-shirt on his back and the student has to draw onto the board what he thinks you drew on his back. Do the same for a couple more items of clothing.
Then distribute small flashcards to the children and in pairs they have to secretly pick a card and draw what they see onto their partners back. The partner has to draw onto a piece of paper what they think their partner drew on their back.
After about five minutes or as soon the first pair has finished you can start asking children to come to the board and glue the flashcard on the walls or draw the item of clothing on the board. Then when all the items are on the board, the teacher elicits and provides the words. (15min)

4. Check understanding: The Teacher plays shop sticks. Students have to grab a piece of paper with sticks if they do, they’ll have to answer a question. (15min)

5. The Teacher distributes photocopies with a model of a body. And describes what the model is wearing; "Susan is wearing a blue skirt." They have to draw onto the picture the clothes that you describe, colouring them as you describe.(20min)

6. Self assessment (2mins)

7. Behaviour evaluation (3mins: This is done during the class)

(For the next class students take from a box a flashcard that is going to be their password)

Lesson 2

Routine: Register using a password; Date ; Weather (5mins)

Teacher hangs pieces of clothing in a string. These are used to play the game YES/NO. If the teacher says something true they stand still if the teacher says something false they stand up and turn around. (10min)

Word bingo- Students write three items of clothing they are wearing and play bingo. (10mins)

Students play a board game. They will have a time limit to play. When The teacher says stop. They count how any pieces of clothing glue them in their models, describe them and glue them on the walls. ( 30 min)

Self assessment (2mins)

6. Behaviour evaluation (3mins: This is done during the class)

Lesson 3

1. Routine: Register using a password ( today they have to name their favourite piece of clothing); Date ; Weather (7mins)

2. Guess who?
The teacher glues pictures on the classroom’s walls and describes people. Students have to guess the number of the picture that the teacher is describing. (10min)

3. Students draw and describe what they are wearing and do the same to his colleague. (20mins)

4. In groups Students make an acrostic using the word clothes and the vocabulary learned.(7mins)

5. Self assessment (2mins)

6. Behaviour evaluation (3mins: This is done during the class)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Playing with animals

These games can be adapted to other themes...

1. Noah's Ark
Students have to find their pair. (male and female) to enter the ark.

2. Blind man
Blindfold a st. who has to find the partner/animal you say just by listen to the sound he makes.

3. Word chain
Divide the class in two teams . tell a player from one team to name an animal, then the player from the other team repeats the word and adds another one and so on. When a mistake is made, give one point to the other team and start again. The first team to get 3 points wins.

4. Unfinished drawings
Draw part of an animal and ask sts to guess what it is.

5. Parrots
Students repeat the sentence the teacher says if it's correct.
e.g. T shows a picture of a bird and says It´s a chicken. Students shouldn't repeat his sentence.

6. Kim's game
Show some flashcards to the class for about 10 seconds. then hide them. They try to remember working in pairs or groups. Depening on the level of the sts they can draw or write sentences.

Friday, February 09, 2007


They are so SWEET....

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Information- seminars on teaching children

APPI has it's annual conference in May
Adjust Practice Promote Innovation is the conference title this year!
It runs from from 3rd to 5th May 2007 and will be taking place in Lisbon this year.
APPInep day will be held on SATURDAY 5th May. This is wonderful news, as most of us do not teach on Saturdays!
Do spread the word.
There will be a load of YL presentations, so well worth attending! For APPI members it will cost just 25 Euros if you attend for APPInep day only.

Monday, February 05, 2007



1º give clues to the sts about how a gruffalo is... (drawing/ plasticine work)

2º read the story using puppets...

3º sts make their own puppets of their favourite characters...

4º sts show their puppet when their character is speaking - sts act out the story


Memories- a great song to teach...i'm going to do it to the next school party

"DO - RE - MI "

Let's start at the very beginning

A very good place to start

When you read you begin with - A - B - C

When you sing you begin with DO - RE - MI

DO - RE - MI

DO - RE - MI

The first three notes just happen to be DO - RE - MI

DO - RE - MI

DO - RE - MI - FA - SO - LA - TI... (Oh let's see if I can make this easier)

DO - a deer, a female deer

RE - a drop of golden sun

MI - a name, I call myself

FA - a long long way to run

SO - a needle pulling thread

LA - a note to follow SO

TI - a drink with jam and bread

That will bring us back to do...

DO - RE - MI - FA - SO - LA - TI - DO! - SO - DO!