A carnival lesson ideas
Tell us all about a carnival in your country. Do you celebrate?
How do you celebrate?
Do you have a special carnival party?
Do you wear a fancy-dress costume? If yes, what kind of costume?
e.g. a fairy, a clown, a mummy, a princess, a dragon, a ninja, a witch, etc.
Do you eat any special food? if yes, what type of food?
Create a mask for your class carnivalhttp://www.hellokids.com/r_2201/coloring-pages/masks-coloring-pages
Use online interactive carnival puzzles for an interactive board, tablet or computer:
The story of the Venetian masks:
This article gives you the names of different mask types, which is great, as the kids may decide which type of mask they want to make and they will learn its name.
e.g. bauta or moretta mask
Why do people wear masks during carnival?
Find out in this video:
Answer: to treat everyone as equal, rich or poor.
Need some songs and party games for your carnival with kids?
Kids Love Songs, Stories and Party Games - 6 x CD, CRS Records
Never Smile at a Crocodile and The Wheels on the Bus - CD, CRS Records
'Row row row your boat' - DVD, CRS Records
Christmas lesson ideas
1. Sing Christmas Carols
- preteach vocabulary
- find rhyming words, play Snap!
- sing a song, write the words on the board (for two teams – divide the board into half). Put students in two rows, play music. When students hear the word that is written on the board they run individually and snap it. Then they go back to the end of line and the game continues with a new person.
2. Play Christmas Charades
Take Santa’s hat or a Christmas Stocking and put some flashcards with Christmas vocabulary in it. Play in two teams. One student from each team draws a flashcard and without showing it to others starts drawing it on the board for his team to guess. The team that guesses first gets the point. Both teams will be guessing a different word! :)
3. Prepare Best Christmas Recipes for Cookies
Prepare your own, favourite recipe. Share it with the students, perhaps bring the cookies. Then ask students to create their own recipes and draw their cookies. Allow students to use the internet sources to find recipes, and vocabulary, but tell them that they are not allowed to copy them as they are. They need to modify them! Be creative! ;)
4. How to decorate a Christmas Tree!
Divide students into groups of four. Provide A3 paper. Give them flashcards and cut up words for different Christmas tree ornaments. They should match them up. Every group should have different cards. Then ask students to think of their own Christmas tree, they should add more decorations (at least 3) and draw the Christmas tree beautifully decorated and then match up with another team of four and tell them about their tree using appropriate vocabulary. You might want to check the pronunciation of the words before they start describing their Christmas trees.
5. Tell a Christmas Story
Discuss some of the following questions with your students:
Thanksgiving lesson ideas
What are you thankful for?
Make your own wordsearch:
Thanksgiving crossword online:
Make your own crossword. What are you thankful for?
Budowanie krzyżówek to wersja 2 gry w jaką można grać w Word Link, oprócz układania słów i robienia Word Search.
Thanksgiving hangman online:
Thanksgiving vocabulary online:
Questions About Students' Background Knowledge
- Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?
- What do you know about the origins of Thanksgiving?
- Who were the Pilgrims?
- How do Americans typically celebrate Thanksgiving?
- What kinds of foods are associated with Thanksgiving?
- When is Thanksgiving celebrated?
- What foods were served at the first Thanksgiving?
- What is 'Black Friday?'
- Why do you know about the tradition of 'pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey?'
- What are some common Thanksgiving decorations?
Watch the story of Thanksgiving:
More lesson ideas:
How to teach kids to define vocabulary in English
Make Up New Words. Ask each student to make up a new word and a definition. Have each student write his or her word and definition on a Post-It, and put the Post-It in the appropriate place in the dictionary. Make a class list of the new words and their definitions. Challenge the class to use the words in everyday conversation.
Pretend you are an alien. Tell students you are an alien who has arrived on Earth from a far away place and you know very little about their planet. Ask about objects (you may want to pick vocabulary that you would like to recycle) and ask them to explain what they are. Brainstorm what should a good definition include: what something is, what is it used for, what texture it has, what colour, etc. etc.
Then ask students to pick words and without telling you what they are they should start explaining them so that you can guess.
It’s very funny when they say, for example, ’It’s black, it has buttons’ and your guess could be ‘It’s a cooker’, and they thought of a ‘keyboard’ ;) Then you may want to discuss with them what was missing in their definition, what could be added.
You may want to ask students to pick a few words and write definitions at home so that you may do pair work and some quick follow up in the next lesson.
Play Fast Track definition building
This is an excellent game to practise definition building. The words are appropriate for our context in Poland, the language level is fine. Students can read the definitions easily. It is a very good game to practice reading many definitions and learning to speak full sentences. There is less pressure on speaking English while playing a game, as the purpose is guessing and the definitions are already written. There are 392 cards with words in this game.
You may want to encourage students to make up their own definitions as they become more proficient in their definition building.
Tips for teaching vocabulary. If you haven't heard of him, I'd like to introduce Robert Marzano. An education researcher and teacher, he stresses that in all content areas, direct vocabulary instruction is essential and suggests six steps:
Step one: The teacher explains a new word, going beyond reciting its definition (tap into prior knowledge of students, use imagery).
Step two: Students restate or explain the new word in their own words (verbally and/or in writing).
Step three: Ask students to create a non-linguistic representation of the word (a picture, or symbolic representation).
Step four: Students engage in activities to deepen their knowledge of the new word (compare words, classify terms, write their own analogies and metaphors).
Step five: Students discuss the new word (pair-share, elbow partners).
Step six: Students periodically play games to review new vocabulary (Pyramid, Jeopardy, Telephone).
Marzano's six steps do something revolutionary to vocabulary learning: They make it fun. Students think about, talk about, apply, and play with new words. And Webster doesn't get a word in edgewise.
Tongue Twisters Day 8 listopada to świetna okazja na wykorzystanie znanych łamańców językowych, poćwiczenie wymowy oraz płynności mówienia w języku angielskim.
Tongue Twisters wykorzystują podobne dźwięki w słowach do stworzenia odpowiedniej rymowanki, którą należy spróbować powiedzieć tak szybko jak to możliwe zachowując odpowiednią wymowę każdego ze słów.
Jak podnieść świadomość językową u dzieci? Jak sprawić, żeby zwracały uwagę na dźwięki oraz potrafiły je odróżniać?
Właśnie poprzez taką zabawę. Poniżej znajdziecie kilka przykładów Tangue Twisters. Zachęćcie dzieci do wypowiedzenia ich powoli, być może najpierw skupcie się na każdym słowie z osobna, a potem pracujcie na poziomie całego zdania, wymawiając je coraz szybciej i szybciej, gdyż wtedy jest najwięcej śmiechu i zabawy :)
Zachęćcie dzieci, aby wymyślały swoje łamańce językowe w języku angielskim. Nie zawiedziecie się, dzieci są bardzo twórcze. Skąd jednak mają się wykazać wiedzą o odpowiednich dźwiękach w języku angielskim? Co może pomóc im w pracy na lekcji?
Oto kilka podpowiedzi:
- Pomoc w odróżnieniu fonemów w słowach w języku angielskim, z której dzieci mogą zawsze korzystać podczas zajęć:
- Dla młodszych dzieci:
|Easy Phonics Words||Alphablocks - Long Vowels|
- Pomoce dostępne online:
Poniżej kilka przykładów Tongue Twisters:
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Why do you cry?
Why, Willy? Why?
Two-two was one too.
One-one won one race.
Two-two won one too.
what a terrible tongue twister,
what a terrible tongue twister...