Fun with Readers

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Last week, with a group of twelve-year olds we had great fun reading a short story. It was our first meeting so I started with a getting to know activity which came from freshly Leo Selivan’s  latests blog post. Kids loved drawing stick figures and introducing themselves in third person.

Then we read the story and enjoyed ourselves a lot. On this blog post, I want to share some of the activities we did during the workshops.

1.I gave them word posters and asked them to work in groups. We checked the vocabulary together and then in groups they wrote a mini saga choosing 5 words from the word cloud.

2. We wrote a rap together about the characters and their meeting with the fantastic characters. Then we sang it all together.

3. When the characters met new fantasy characters, I put them in teams and asked them to write their songs together. 

4. I also cut some of the illustrations from the book and gave each pair a different picture and asked them to write “a six word story” for each picture.

5. After reading the story, they created a fantasy character and the land of the character drawing the character and the land.

6. Finally, as they told me they loved the stick figure activity very much, I asked them to work in pairs and gave each pair a character. They wrote their memes on a padlet wall.

In the end for feedback I told the kids to write 3 things they loved, 2 things they learned and a feeling. I loved the feedbacks very much but one of them made my day.

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Dream2Edu, a new step for me

 

Slide03I haven’t updated my blog for ages and I feel a bit guilty about it. However, I have some good reasons. I’d like to share something really important for me with you. I just started my own business, a Thought Shop = Düşünce Dükkanı in Turkish (as I also love to call it). Dream2Edu is a new stop where I will have a room of my own to deliver workshops and courses to teachers, parents and children, in short to people who will never cease learning. Some of my colleagues will assist me as well. Nowadays, I’m busy with school and watching the shop’s baby steps. I don’t know how it will do but I believe in this project and I hope I’ll manage to keep it open.

If you’d like to follow us, we are @dream2edu on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The website is here and the email is dreamtoedu@gmail.com.

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Twitter Bios for Book Characters

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I’d like to share a quick activity I’ve done with my students. After reading a short story or a novel in the class or if the students are assigned to read their own choices, you can use this activity.

Ask the students to write Twitter bios for each character, (or the ones they’ve chosen) in stead of writing character descriptions. You can start with your own example. Tell them to highlight the significant characteristic of that character, adding hashtags as well. You may want to create a template for the exercise, the Power Point will help or you can ask your students to create their own templates.

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Flipping with Quick Time Player

If you are flipping your classroom and trying to find tools to record your lessons, then have a look at Quick Time Player. If you are a Mac user, you already have Quick Time Player installed on your computer.

Go to Launch Pad

Click on Quick Time Player and open it. 

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Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 4.21.29 PMGo to File and choose the way you want to record your lesson. You can record as audio, you can record yourself while explaining or you can record the screen, a Power Point, a document,etc while explaining your lesson.


Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 11.47.53 AMYou can then go to “share” and share your recording with your students.You can choose Google Drive or your YouTube channel. You can add your video on Google Forms and assign your tasks there or Blendspace will be a great platform for the lesson.

Hope this will save time and energy :)

Stories, Stories, Stories

Using photos in EFL Classroom, part 3

We are all stories, right? We tell a new story, the same story, another story all the time and we do it in the class too.

Today I’m going to mention activities that can be used to create new stories for the theme “Using Photos in EFL Classes”.

You can either ask your students to bring some photos they have taken or you can choose the photos you’ve taken or as usual, go to #ELTpics and tell them to choose the pictures they want to think about and write their stories.

You can tell them to write

watching the sea from a distance

watching the sea from a distance

  • Twitter stories, that is 140 characters only per photo
On a cold sunny day in January, I took the tube to go to Covent Garden, I walked around a little. I heard a singer singing a beautiful song.

On a cold sunny day in January, I took the tube to go to Covent Garden, I walked around a little. I heard a singer singing a beautiful song.

  • A mini saga, which is a short piece of writing containing exactly 50 words, plus a title of up to 15 letters.
Going Home It was summer, a hot day in August. We were on our way home. We had a lovely holiday on an island and now we were heading to the big city, to chaos, to exhaustion, to stress. Suddenly my husband said “forget the city, let’s make that island our home.”

Going Home
It was summer, a hot day in August. We were on our way home. We had a lovely holiday on an island and now we were heading to the big city, to chaos, to exhaustion, to stress. Suddenly my husband said “forget the city, let’s make that island our home.”

You can read the previous posts here Using Photos in EFL Classroom Part 1 and here Using Photos in EFL Classroom Part 2 

 

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