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Thank You, another song lesson

 

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I used this song  with my students last year.

I combined some of the activities from here and added some follow-up writing activities.

1.First I asked my students who we thank in our lives. I wrote some phrases on the board to help them to express themselves. I gave them post-it notes and I divided them into groups I told them they have to thank the friends in their groups. I  elicited the sentence and wrote some examples on the board “Thank you X for being very helpful” I also told them that they have to say a different THANK YOU to each of their friends. I put all the thank you post-it notes on the walls.

2. Then I asked them to list what the following words and phrases bring into their mind.

morning

tea

rain

bills

being late for work

home

picture

3. I told my students to guess what the song we were going to listen be about using the words and phrases from exercise 1 and 2 write what the song we are going to listen will be about.

Then we listened to Dido’s Thank You and filled in the gaps on their handouts.

I also assigned them with a few follow-ups.

4. Understanding the song:

  • What kind of a day did she experience?
  • Why isn’t she unhappy?
  • How would she have felt in the song, if she didn’t have someone supportive in her life?

5. writing:

Change the song into a thank you letter. You may want to begin as below

Dear …..

You are sleeping now and I’m watching you. I know we couldn’t speak tonight as I was very tired but I want to thank you because —–

BTW I got really interesting letters written to their mothers 🙂

6. narrative:

This song can also be used for revising narrative tenses or writing a narrative. After listening to the song you can ask your students to write ‘an unlucky day in the life of ——-‘ or you can tell your students to write a story of a day based on the song.

Grade 11 SD Thank You notes.

Grade 12 follow ups

An animation

GoAnimate.com: Thank+you by anoosheeg_L

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

a summary and a thank you with good old power point

Thank You by Dido from Eva Buyuksimkesyan

Ready, Steady, Cook

 

Materials: Prepare small ingredient cards. (One ingredient on card/with pictures if you want or you can either bring food to the classroom)

1 computer for 2 students 😉 or you may supply them with some magazines even in L1

Level: Upper-int and above

 

Watch a part from Ready Steady Cook. Tell them to jot down any cooking vocabulary they hear. After watching the segment talk about the programme. What do the participants do?

 

Brainstorm cooking vocabulary and utensils. Give them an exercise.

Brainstorm basic ingredients that they think they usually find in their own kitchen. Tell them the words on the board will be the ingredients of their kitchen cabinet.

 

Put them in pairs

Tell them to choose 4 ingredients from your box. ( The cards or the food)

Tell them they will search the web/ magazines and find a suitable recipe for a 2 course meal with the ingredients from their kitchen cabinet and they’ve chosen.

When they come up with their recipes, they have to present it to their friends.

 

Follow up:

1. As a class they can choose some best recipes from the presentations and create a mini cookery book.They can create a page explaining cooking techniques, utensils and basic ingredients.

2. They can create a class cookery slide show using photopeach.

3. Each team can create a glogter with pictures and their own videos explaining how to cook.

4. They can create a powerpoint presentation and record their voice explaining their recipes.

5. You can create a voicethread for the class and each team can record one of their recipes.

I will survive

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Well, when do you say, I will survive?

Guess I can hear you? If a friend has a broken heart and is very sad, what advice will you give and in thend make her say ‘I will survive’

Don’t worry it is not me who needs to be strong 🙂

 

Here is my lesson:

 

And a warmer to give advice (good for kinesthetic learners)

Play snowball in the class:

  • Tell students to write 3 problems (real or imaginary)on a piece of paper.
  • Tell them there is no need to write their names.
  • Tell them to crumple the paper and turn it into a ball.
  • Play snowball for a while and encourage the fun.
  • Stop them and tell them to pick the snowball closest to them and write advice to the problems.

A filler/ Tic-tac-toe

  • On slips of papers or post-it notes write situations or problems.
  • Draw the tic-tac-toe grid on the board.
  • Divide class into two teams.
  • Students in turns choose a square and and take the same numbered post-it note.
  • According to the situation on the post-it, students give advice or express regret.

Some suggestions:

I stayed up late playing computer games and failed in the test.

My sister keeps wearing my tshirts without asking me.

My parents don’t understand that I’m a teenager.

I shouted to my grandma yesterday and I feel sorry now.

 

Songs to teach grammar

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I guess you all know that I love using songs in lessons. This week I’ll teach giving advice, talking about regrets. The target language is the modals for that.

I decided to start with a song. When I prepare I will also share but after I tweeted ‘Dear PLN, can u suggest me a song 4 teach giving advice or criticism, can’t remember any., looking for though, pls RT’. My PLN came up with lots of great ideas. In order not to lose them I creaded a google spread sheet and I’m adding it here too.

If you used a song in the class for any grammar topic, can you please add it to the spread sheet.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AnayGhctnQeddHlvaEIxTFJmeDd0eWk0dXlDLTV6aHc&hl=en

And here I’m adding some of my bookmarks:
A document from ELTCommunity.com: http://www.eltcommunity.com/elt/docs/DOC-1044

Teaching grammar through songs and rhymes: http://www2.vobs.at/ludescher/Grammar/teaching_grammar_through_songs_a.htm

You can find more song related posts on this blog here. here, here, here

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