An Unprepared Storytelling Session

I’m so much exhausted these days. There are many thing at school that we have to do. Our Comenius partners visit us next week. Actually it is very exciting to plan everything. We have to deal with arrivals, presentations, meetings, day tips, etc. We are even planning a Europe Day celebration on May 9th. I’m sure it wil be a great event. I will tell about it later.

Well, as I’m so much involved with these things, I can’t spend enough time for planning my lessons. Anyways, I had a lesson with grade 6 today and had no preparation and to be honest, I was very relieved. Even at the door I was thinking whether it would be a good idea to play a word game with them.

When we greeted each other, I suddenly decided to do a story-telling session.

First we brainstormed fairy tales. I wrore them on the board. They told me their favourite ones.

Wordle: little Red riding Hood

Then we chose ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

I told them to list nouns and adjectives that comes into their mind when they think about the story.

Then they listed the verbs in the story.

I wrote ‘Once Upon a Time’ on the board and told them I would tell them the story but they would help me when I stopped.

I started the story and they helped me when I stopped.

All the words were on the board and it helped them a lot.

They learned past simple tense, past continous tense, present simple and present continous also will and present perfect so it was very easy for them to help me tell the story.

When we finished, I told them to write it with their sentences and as we didn’t have enough time I told them to make their story an illustrated book for next week.

If I had planned ahead, I’d have gone to the class with pictures.

Maybe I would give pictures in jumbled order and ask them to put the story in correct order.

Or even I could have prepared slips of papers with sentences from the story and ask them to put the story in correct order.

However, at the end of the session I was very happy with the product. They were great!

Lyric Race

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a fun activity I’ve learned recently which can be used with songs. It sounds it will work well with young learners yet sometimes the teenagers also would like to do something like this.

 
Wordle: lyric race

 

 

 

 

• Choose some words from the song you will use in the class and prepare word cards. Stick the words to the board.

• Divide students into two teams (or groups if you have a big class). Work with the words for a while. Give definition, a handout, etc. Any vocabulary exercise will do according to the level of the class.

• When the class is ready tell them each team will stand in a line in front of the board.

• Play the song.

• When a student at the front of the line hears a word in the song, s/he runs to the board and takes the card for the team. Then s/he goes to the back.

• Game continues until all the words have been removed from the board.

• The team with the most cards wins.

• Give each team a copy of the lyrics with blanks. Tell them to complete the gaps with the words they have collected. When they finish, play the song again and check if they have done it correctly.

image credit : http://www.allthingschristmas.com/pics/christmas-lyrics1.jpg

Easy to Use Web 2.0 Tools

 

Wordle: web 2.0 tools for kids

When I went to the computer lab with my young learners, I realised that creating something using web 2.0 tools won’t very easy with them as I only see them once a week.

I’m just thinking about tools that don’t require registration and e-mail confirmation as it will be too time consuming. They are digital natives, I know but they are only good at playing computer games and as they are young learners they are slower than the teenagers. However, they are more motivated and enthusiastic. I belive if they hear their voices published on their class blogs they will be more willing.

While thinking, I’ve come up with some sites. As I mentioned above they are easy to create and good to start with. You don’t have to ask the kids to register and all the products can be used on the blogs.

Here is my list.

Voki  ask them create a character, then help them record their voice and tell the story of the character. The character can talk about his/her daily routine, likes and dislikes, family members, schoo and school subjects, etc.

bighugelabs ask them upload a picture and create a poster or a magazine cover.

fodeyask themto  write a short story for the newspaper, or a dialogue of the tomatoes, flowers or the owls.

wordle ask them to list the words they’ve just learned, create posters for differnt cathegories.

talking pets ask them to make their pet speak.

vocarro give them a topic and ask them to speak about it.

wallwisher give them a topic and brainstorm it.

Bubble Joy give them a task and help them create their e-cards recording their voices.