Battleship

My key philosophy of teaching English to kids: I don’t care what we are doing or talking about as long as it’s in English. I like to introduce new games into my lessons.  I explain the directions in English as I show them what to do and we play using only English. Games are great because they introduce a limited vocabulary set that is repeated frequently and the child is motivated to participate.

I look for games that are fun to play, are easy to learn, don’t take too long, and easy to replicate in Russia.  Battleship is universal and fun for both kids and adults.  I found a great printable and it comes from a counterpart of mine in the Canary Islands.  Must be a great idea!

from: http://learningenglish-esl.blogspot.ru/

Love Monster

How to draw a Love Monster, from the Guardian by Rachel Bright

 

I stumbled across this as I was reading the news.  I thought it was adorable, easy, and used great basic Shapes.  I decided to give it a try in one of my lessons.  I first practiced at home:

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Not too shabby ))))

Then in my lesson, I instructed my student to follow the same steps.  What is interesting here, my student is only 5 years old and is still not very comfortable with English.  But I gave all my instructions in English as I drew along on my paper.  I used simple commands such as “Draw two circles.” And then, I drew 2 circles.  She then drew 2 circles.  “Draw two triangles.” And so on and so forth…

Here was my drawing I was doing during my instruction:

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And her monster:

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I was thrilled how this lesson went.  We’ll see how this fares with the 4 year olds!

 

Bingo was his name-o

It seems most of my students are crazy about animals, dogs in particular.  Awesome, me too )

This is another classic American kids song.  The great thing about using these songs is they are not only good for teaching English, but also the culture that native speakers all have.  I’d be hard pressed to find an American who does not know this song.

Why is this song great?

✓ Animals – dogs are cute and awesome
✓ Thematic – continues the farm theme from Old MacDonald
✓ Spelling – B I N G O
✓ Actions – clap your hands, pat your head
✓ Commands – listen and follow along
✓ Versatile – can change the commands as you learn new actions

Muzzy – Part 2

Continuing from Muzzy – Part 1

We watch The Big Muzzy Story and learn about Corvax’s obsession with Sylvia.

Another great worksheet for after viewing:

MUZZY2THUMB

Muzzy in Gondoland Part 2

Set – the Card Game

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This is an awesome game and not just for kids.  I’ve played against people of all ages and it is always entertaining.  It does take a few tries to understand the game, but even young children can “get it” and they are usually better than the adults.

The game:

As you see it’s a card game with pictures on each card.  Each card has four characteristics:
SHAPE  – COLOR – NUMBER – SHADING

Each characteristic has 3 options:
shape: OVAL – DIAMOND – SQUIGGLE
color: PURPLE – RED – GREEN
number: ONE – TWO – THREE
shading: EMPTY – HALF – FULL

12 cards are laid out facing up for all the players to see.  The object is to find a “SET”.  What is a set?  A set is 3 cards where each characteristic is ALL SAME or ALL DIFFERENT. Example:

set1

This IS a set.
shape: ALL DIFFERENT
color: ALL DIFFERENT
number: ALL SAME
shading: ALL SAME


 

set2

This IS NOT a set.
shape: ALL DIFFERENT
color: ALL DIFFERENT
number: NEITHER SAME NOR DIFFERENT
shading: ALL SAME

2 cards have 1 shape, 1 card has 2 shapes. 2 are same , 1 is different.


set3

This IS a set.
shape: ALL DIFFERENT
color: ALL DIFFERENT
number: ALL DIFFERENT
shading: ALL DIFFERENT


set4

This IS NOT a set.
shape: NEITHER SAME NOR DIFFERENT
color: ALL DIFFERENT
number: ALL DIFFERENT
shading: NEITHER SAME NOR DIFFERENT

If the last shape was SQUIGGLY, GREEN, ONE, FULL it would be a set.


The winner is the person who can find the most number of Sets.


How I use this in my lessons:

For older students, I explain the rules in English.  I DO NOT USE their native language.  Instead, we go slow, and I show lots of examples.  I take out all the cards that are half or empty shading so we are only looking at 3 characteristics. Often I will pull 2 cards and ask them what the third should be. Once they understand the game, we add all the cards.

For younger students, I show two cards and I ask:
“Color – same or different?”
“Shape – same or different?”
“Show me – same color.”
“Draw same shape.”


This lesson combines well with:

Same & Different
Shapes

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