Chinese Whisper Dictation

As we celebrate Christmas on January 6th, I planned this lesson for my young learners for tomorrow.

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The lesson is for A1 students

  • Divide the class into two.
  • Ask students to make a row in from of the board.
  • On slips of papers, write short sentences and give it to the one at the back.
  • Tell him/her to whisper the sentence to his/her friend so that he/she passes it to the one in front of him.
  • Continue till the first person in the row.
  • The one in the front row will write the sentence on the board.
  • Check mistakes.
  • Then the one in the front row goes at the back.
  • Repeat the process until all the students come to the first row to write the sentence on the board.

I learned an activity similar to the one above at a drama workshopI attended  last week. In that one, the instructor, showed us a picture and wanted us to make a sentence and write it on papers left for us. We even discussed to create a story that way but my 4th graders are slow learners and need a lot of practice and guidance. I want to try this one first and then maybe in a second attempt I can ask them to write their own short sentences.

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My First Christmas Tree This Year

After studying descriptive adjectives. I told my students to describe each person in their group by choosing an adjective for each letter of their names. They worked eagerly to find lots of positive adjectives to describe their classmates. Then I decided to write the names on post-it notes and design a simple poster for the classroom wall.

One of my student decided to turn it into a christmas tree 🙂 The idea was super but as it was a spontaneous decision, we didn’t have colorful papers or other materials, so we cut triangles from A4 size paper and used 2 pieces of A3 paper as base.  With colorful pens they wrote the names, glued our triangles on the base then we recycled another poster on our class wall to frame our poster and our tree was ready.


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Ideas for the next holiday season

I know I am a bit late for the following lesson ideas but for a while I’ve been a bit reluctant to write anything. I hope I will keep my blog alive in 2013 …

Now here I go …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lesson for the next Christmas

  • Write Christmas on the board
  • Tell students to brainstorm ideas
  • Write the skeleton of the poem

Christmas sounds like —

Christmas tastes like —-

Christmas feels like —

Christmas looks like —

Christmas smells like —

Christmas sounds like —-

Christmas is a time

When —

  • Then you can even decorate the class with the students as we did

A lesson for the 1st day of the New Year

3,2,1 expectations from 2013

When I say we are going to do our New Year’s resolutions, the students always complain telling that they’ve been doing it for ages. I decided to adapt the famous 3,2,1 introductions to a New Year’s first lesson.

Old School option

Give students post-it notes

Write the instructions on the board

3 things you want to do/achieve this year

2 places you want to be/see/visit this year

1 thing you want to buy this year

Digital option

Give the same instructions

Tell students to create comics.

Here are some examples from my students. They are still posting their comics 🙂

http://www.creazaeducation.com/members/Caroler/cartoonist/50850533