Preparatory Grade Native English Class, May 28th to June 8th

In this fortnight we continued our theme of Animals by making origami paper snakes. Long bits of various colored cardboards were cut and prepared for the children. Each chose two strips of paper, and started folding them onto each other according to my example. In the end, they added goggly ‘eyes’ and a small red strip for the ‘tongue’. Finally we watched a video song about snakes that introduced them and their habits, while the children ‘hiss’ed with their snakes, and made them ‘coil’ and ‘slither’.

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In the next session, we had a review on colors, numbers, and shapes. Balloons of various colors were blown and thrown around the classroom, and the children were asked to pop certain colors, and to count. Next, the children each received a collection of dried markers, from which they chose certain colors in certain numbers, both of which they named, and started making shapes of them, either on the ground using rubber bands or pipe cleaners, or on paper with glue.

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The children also made little fish from plastic plates. I drew a general outline of a fish with an upper fin and tail on the plates, and the children cut them or I helped them with it. Then they colored their fish, stock ‘eyes’ on it and ‘fins’ while the ‘tail’ was already on, and in the next session I punched and passed a bit of blue string through their fish and then they let their fish ‘swim’. We also sang the song “One Two Three Four Five” as the children ‘caught their fish’ in the air and ‘let them go’.
In the final session, we also sang the song “If you’re happy and you know it”. I brought my beginner’s violin to class, showed them the instrument, its four strings, and how each string has a different sound as we move the bow over it, starting from the stronger to the lighter sound. Then I played our most listened-to songs and the children had to guess which song it was. Some of the kids also held the violin and moved the bows over it to create a sound.
In the end, they all received a cut bit of cardboard in the shape of a violin and tried to pass through the four strings of pipe cleaner as its four strings.

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5th Grade Native English Class, May 28th to June 8th

In this fortight we mainly reviewed the Adjectives theme, while also working on the portfolio presentations that the children were supposed to complete. The adjectives theme was practiced by creating lists for some mainly common adjectives through the Online Hangman Game. After guessing each adjective, the children then needed to write the comparative/superlative form of that adjective on the board, so to review our past lesson.

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We also played an online Scramble game, in which the children had to find as many English words as possible from a group of scrambled letters, which truly helped with their remembering and spelling the words.

4th Grade Native English Class, May 28th to June 8th

 

We continued with our theme of the videobook, while also we played some games in the middle. In one session we played a Name Game and made bubbles to choose the letters to play with. This also made us review the main lesson of past-tense verbs, for which they had to find verbs starting with the chosen letter, but in their past-tense forms.
We tried our best to finish the Wallace and Gromit Videobook of The Close Shave, for which the class had gone through so much turmoil in the past three months, and maybe getting to finish 5 out of the 6 episodes with all the unwillingness should be considered a little success in itself 

3rd Grade, Native English Class, May 28th to June 8th

In this fortnight we went on our videobook of The Wrong Trousers, while we also finished our work on the city and the children again. / right ‘, and’ turn ‘.

20180528_105218We learned so many new words and phrases from the Wrong Trousers videobook.

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We played Hangman about the words we learned in episode, and also made little origami trains about our last lesson in the videobook, to put the ‘engine’, ‘wagons’,’ wheels’, and ‘coaches.

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Second Grade Native English Class, May 28th to June 8th

 

In the beginning of this fortnight, we worked on several worksheets ranging from simple common words that are used in the classroom, to harder words, for which the children matched, wrote, and also did crossword puzzles. We also played a Name Game, for which we chose letters and the children wrote words that they remembered in each category that started with those letters. The categories were chosen so to review what we had learned so far, including Animals, Fruits, Food. They finally blew bubbles from our bubble cup as their prizes.

We also made little origame houses to review our Parts of the House. The house that they made had different rooms, and they named the rooms to me, drew different furniture in them, and also wrote the names in the bottom to really learn them better.

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In the next session, we did a pantomime game. First we watched a small video about different animals in the wild. Then the children came to me, wrote the name of an animal they chose on a piece of paper, for which I fixed the dictation for them just then and which was sometimes written in a very phonological manner :) and then they had to play the animal for their friends. This activity both worked on remembering the words and on their spelling. The winners again blew through our bubble maker.
In the next lesson we worked on ‘retelling stories’. A video story book was played for them. Once I myself read the book from the pictures, and once I let them listen to the video. Then I asked them to draw anything they wanted about what happened in the story. Then they came to the board, held up their drawings, and explained to their classmates what was happening.
In the final session, we made ‘dream catchers’. We first watched a short animation about dream catchers, which showed the children how Native Americans make them, and they are supposed to keep off ‘bad dreams’ and so they ‘make you see only good dreams’. The children each received a small plastic plate, for which I showed them how to cut out the middle part. Then I told them to draw around the plate, all the pretty and good things that they liked to dream about. While they drew I punched the plates for them, they chose a yarn color, and started weaving the yarn around the plate. In the end they chose feathers of two colors and tied them at the end of their yarn. I would have loved to use the opportunity then to start ‘telling about our dreams’ if we got more time, but unfortunately we didn’t.

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1st Grade Native English Class, May 28th to June 8th

 

We started our fortnight by making books about the ‘Four Seasons’, so the children would learn them better. While their favorite song about the Seasons was played, the children were given four papers with the season names, one by one, as they were also handed different-colored cardboards for each season. First the Spring season was distributed, I asked them to draw simple tree ‘barks’, and then they were given little pink bits of paper and green leaves to stick on their trees. Next was the Summer season, as again they drew barks of tree and were given ‘bigger leaves’ and red paper for ‘apples’ because the trees give ‘fruits’ in summer. The same process was followed for Fall and Winter. In the next session as the four papers were all done, I instructed the children to put the seasons in order by their names, so they would look at the pictures and the words and so would remember them better. They wrote the title themselves from what was written for them on the board, and we finally punched the papers and they chose colors of pipecleaners to pass through the seasons and bind their books, while this was the third time they were reviewing the seasons. Passing through the pipecleaners was also a small-movement practice by itself!

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Next, we went on to the subject of ‘Weather’, which though was taught them before, needed more practice as it is a nearly new and somehow difficult subject. The children were handed five different pages, one for each type of weather, on which I had drawn drew very basic shapes. Each weather type required a different activity. For the Sunny weather they stuck on little pieces of yellow and red pipecleaner, which unfortunately did not stick in the end, but for which they really grasped the concept I hope! For Cloudy weather, they tore and stuck bits of tissue paper to make fluffly clouds. For the Rainy weather, after they glued on the tissue paper, I brushed on a mixture of water and blue paint, or asked them to do it, then asked them to hold their papers upright, while the mixture fell down and they saw ‘it is raining.’ For Windy weather, I just brushed on the mixture all over their papers, and asked them to ‘blow hard’, like the wind, and the water splashed around the paper ‘because it was a windy weather’. For the Snowy weather, at last, they stuck little spots of tissue paper in the sky and on their grounds. After all weather pages were done, again I wrote the title on the board as they copied and put the ‘cover page’ and then chose and passed through their pipecleaners.

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In the final session we talked about the five senses and how each help us, following which they did their workbooks from their grammar class. on the subject.

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