Monday, February 23, 2015

Aliens Love Underpants - Story time


This story is great fun to introduce the topic "clothes".
I've used it while working on a project about the solar system.

Because it had this "imaginary" associated with aliens and it also had vocabulary about family and clothes, I thought it was a good option to take it to class.

Here's how I've made the plan to use it:

Pre-reading:

Before reading the story or showing the book cover the teacher should arouse students’ curiosity and lead them to the main topic by asking questions like:
“Do you like your t-shirt?”
“What are your favourite clothes?”
“What about aliens? Do they like t-shirts?” “Do they like jackets?”(…)


While Reading:

While reading the story the teacher should show the pictures, make complementary gestures and use different tones of voice to help the students understand the meaning.
The new vocabulary (about underpants) must be explored by getting the students to repeat the words or answer questions. 

Post Reading:


The activity of post-reading is a drawing of the different underpants that appeared in the story, labeling them with their correct names: (Knickers, bloomers and Long-johns) and associating them with the members of the family which were in the story as well.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bug hunt (game)

I've never seen or read about this game anywhere, so I believe it's really my creation. Is it?

It consists on using chopsticks to pick some bugs from the centre of a table while music is playing or during a determined amount of time (10 sec.). 
After each round, kids must name the insects they've picked. If they aren't able to name them, they have to put them back in the centre of the table. 

In order to prevent accidents some rules must be followed. For example, if a kid touches another one kid with his chopstick he gets disqualified in that round.

Adding trees or other obstacles is also an option if you want to increase the level of difficulty and fun :) 

Colour domino (game)

Hi everyone!

Cards are one of my favourite teaching resources!
These are a bit different because they are actually a domino. It's a fun way to learn and practice the colours in English.