May is round the corner. This means another school is about to end. Here you can find some revision games and activities that you’d like to use.
When I’m 65 (to revise tenses, time clauses)
Team your students
Prepare small cards, on small cards write random numbers such as 18, 22, 56, 38, etc.
Put the cards upside down on the desk
Tell students, take one card and make a sentence.
- When I’m 65, I’ll probably have grandchildren.
- When I was 18, I was a student at university.
I had a great holiday there (to revise tenses)
Put some postcards or photos of places on the walls and tell students to walk around and imagine they were on holiday. They have to concentrate on one picture and then go back to their seats and write a paragraph, how they spent their holiday there. Then they can read and their friends try to guess which picture he has chosen.
I’m poem (to revise participles, relative clauses)
Ask them who they are. They will probably laugh and tell their names but tell them what roles do they have as a person in different places. Tell them that you’re their teacher, a mother, a wife, a friend, a colleague and although you are the same person but for your different roles, you have different responsibilities, feelings, emotions. Ask them if they are the same person as a sister, cousin, grandchild etc. Then give them the skeleton and ask them to write a poem describing who they are for different people and how they feel and react.
- I’m the girl who loves reading books
- I’m the sister watching you grow up
“Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious.”
Choices are important in our lives. Sometimes there are times we regret, there are times we pray for what we’ve chosen.
I have a group of mixed-ability students in grade 11 studying mostly languages. Some of them are not happy because that was not what they actually wanted but that was the only option to take.
I had a very disappointing lesson the other day and when I arrived home I thought what I could do for them to realize or do something for themselves until the next fork appears on the road they had chosen. And I decided to go to the class with a poem. Yes, I chose The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost as I thought with a little help, they would be able to understand the poem and we’d be able to talk about our decisions. To sum up, it was a great lesson. We all enjoyed it and I think they also revised their decisions or their attitudes towards their choices.
Now I’d like to tell you how I planned the lesson. First of all I found some very valuable lesson ideas on the poem and took some inspiration from them and I prepared one suitable for my students.
First I asked what the word ‘road’ meant. Then I asked what it could be used as a metaphor. We looked at the picture I chose as a warm up. ( If you search Google/Yahoo images as “Two Roads”, you’ll get some pictures of the woods that come to a fork)
The students described the picture and then I asked them what they would do if they were in this picture, how they would feel, how they would decide. The best part of the lesson was actually here and I hadn’t predicted that while preparing it. They talked about how they would be both nervous and excited. We talked about what they could encounter on the road, where these roads might take them.
Then we brainstormed words/ideas related with roads. I chose a recording of the poem on YouTube and told students to listen and jot down any words or phrases they heard/caught/liked.
After listening to the poem twice, I gave them the handouts and told them to read the poem and find if the words they had heard were really in the poem. Then we discussed the poem. We talked about if the poet was happy with his choice, if the poem was sad or happy or hopeful. Now I’m waiting for their bookmarks on the poem. They’ll use the ideas from here.
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Tagxedo link of AnswerGarden words/phrases
Without literature, language classes will be boring. I like ways to bring the novels, short stories, poems into the classroom and make my students think about things happening in them.
I believe we are pretty lucky because we have so many online resources and texts that we can recommend our students to read. To tell the truth, I prefer paper and I love preparing my own handouts but I liked the idea of Curriculet, an online reading platform I came across on Scoop.it.
It allows teachers to create reading classes and help students to understand and analyze the texts by assigning questions. Watching videos, they can listen to useful information that will help them see between the lines. It is free. Sign up and see how tempting it is to use.
More links for literature resources:
I want to share another activity I did with my students last week.
I gave them a Christmas bauble template and told them they would do the following tasks: ( as we have recently done “perhaps”, “definitely”, “maybe” to talk about future)
- Write the followings on your Christmas Tree Ornament, then decorate your ornament, cut it and hand in to your teacher. You will create a Christmas Tree on the wall.
- Your name:
- Presents you want to get at Christmas.
- Presents you will give to your family and friends.
- 2 things you will do during the Christmas break.
- 5 things you will do in the New Year ( 2014)
I will also do “like” and “as” with another class tomorrow so I’m planning to assign them to write a poem on their baubles.
Here’s the skeleton of their poems
- Christmas sounds like —
- Christmas tastes like —-
- Christmas feels like —
- Christmas looks like —
- Christmas smells like —
- Christmas sounds like —-
- Christmas is a time
- When —
Am I too late?
Just found this poem ‘The colour of my dreams’ by Peter Dixon while searching for something else in my files and I thought it would be lovely to take it to staff room to think once again on success rates, even to the classroom to make students realise there are different types of learners and the ones they are bullying without realising have a wonderful world in their dreams.
Then I found the song of the poem. I have no classes today but will think what I can do with it in the classroom.
Here is a part from the poem:
The Colour of my Dreams
I’m really a rotten reader
The worst in all the class,
The sort of rotten reader
That makes you want to laugh
I play my world of make-believe
I play it every day
but people stand and watch me
but don’t know what to say.
They give me diagnostic tests
they try out reading schemes,
but none of them will ever know
the colour of my dreams.
by Peter Dixon
Some poetry lesson ideas from this blog:
A Poetry Lesson
Go and Open the Door