5th grade Native, March 26th-April 6th

In the beginning of the week, we finished any of the posters that we had not been able to finish before.
We also continued watching the animated play script of Romeo and Juliet, which helps makes the text simpler by narrating in a modern language while it also displays Shakespeare’s original dialogues. I drew their attention to the more general forms of old English, such as ‘thee’, ‘thou’, ‘thy’.
We also played a game related to first conditionals, in which the children wrote present and future tense verbs that then they would randomly combine with the ones from others, using ‘if’ in the middle, so to create new conditional sentences on the whiteboard. Some very funny statements came out of this.
We finally worked on the structure of ‘how’ and different adjectives: “how tall, how high, how fast, how long, how far”
To answer each question, we had an activity performed by all the children. For ‘how tall’ their heights were measured, for how high, they had to jump to see how high they could jump, or ‘how fast’ they could run, ‘how long’ they could keep on saying a word, and ‘how far’ their self-made paper planes could fly.

In the second week, we have just begun learning about the future tense, using ‘will’, ‘would’, ”ll’.

3rd grade Native, March 26th-April 6th

We watched episodes 2 and 3 of the Wrong Trouser Videobook featuring Wallace and Gromit. Through our work we learned about the different words related to house furniture, and also the structure of ‘going to’ and how to make sentences negative.

We also learned of the words related to clothes, and the words used to describe various fabric designs, such as ‘striped’, ‘spotted’, ‘tartan’, etc.

In the new episode, we learned about places and the prepositions used for place.

2nd grade Native, March 26th to April 6th

We continued our work on animals and animal parts this week. The children each chose one animal, they made different parts and masks of that animal for themselves out of cardboard, and put them on with strings.
We also learned about the animals that live in a desert. We learned their different names and how to write them in a pretty coloring worksheet, which was afterwards projected onto the board and they came in turns and found the alphabet letters for each of their names from the laminated alphabet in the classroom and taped them onto the board into words.
Finally, we learned about the two groups of: pets, or animals we keep in the house, and farm animals, or animals that live on the farm. The children were divided into groups, for the pets and the farm animals. Each group received a cardboard that they had to turn into a farm or into a house, and add the animals by drawing, coloring, cutting and pasting.

We next made animals out of yarn pompoms. We projected a screen of images of animals that have fur, and so can be made from yarn, and then each child again chose one animal and used a close color of yarn to make it. During this activity we also learned about the words and phrases related to making pompoms, such as winding the yarn, making a bundle, tying, etc.

On the last day of school we rounded up our animal project by a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose,” in which the names of other animals were also used so to help review them for the children.

1st grade Native, March 26th to April 6th

We started the first week with our lesson about the beehive. The children marked bits of yellow paper and drew and cut the antennae and made bee headbands. I had made some flowers out of yarn and put them on the ground in the classroom. We put bits of yellow playdough in the middle of the flowers as ‘nectar’ and ‘pollen’. The ‘bees’ gathered and brought them to the beehive.
Our next lesson was about the game of hopscotch. The children each chose a number, drew, colored, and cut it on cardboard, and we made a hopscotch map on the ground with pieces of rope and the numbers they had made. Then they all learned and played it in turns.
Our final work was about farm animals. We learned the names of different farm animals, and the children each chose one that they liked, drew it on a folded paper, and then cut the bottom so to make a standing farm animal.

In the second week, the children took up their animals again, made a farm with different ‘stables’ and added the animals to them. Then, each child had to find the letters for their animal from the printed alphabet that is used in class for this purpose, and then they made the name of the animal in front of it in the farm.

After this, we also reviewed our lesson about Weekdays be learning about the Number Farm and all that happens in it on each weekday. Finally the children made paper finger puppets of each farm animal and sang the Old McDonalds song while playing with each animal puppet.

Prep class Native, March 26th to April 6th

For these two weeks we worked on shapes and toys.

We first worked on the four shapes: Circle, Square, Triangle, and  Star.

A videosong was played that showed different shapes; It was paused and the children came to the board and traced the shapes that they found from the specific group we talked about.
I recited poems about each shape for them. We learned how to ‘make a circle’ by holding each others’ hands and moving round.
In the end, each shape was cut out of a very large cardboard, and the children traced, colored, and cut smaller sizes of the same shape and pasted them on the bigger one.

After shapes we moved on to Toys. I used colorful laminated flashcards that were cut in the shape of each toy, and each child took one of these and said its name, and then exchanged it with others, so to learn the name of all the toys.

The children also made paper toys of cars, dolls, and balls. Then we played with these toys and learned the phrases and verbs in playing with them, such as “throwing” the ball, “moving” the car, etc.