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Group 5 (12-14 year olds)

Welcome teachers to Vivadí´s second Cycle!


The structure of this cycle may look familiar, as it is similar to the previous one. This will make it easier for you to get used to the planning and class dynamic!


The objectives of this cycle have are different from Cycle 1, but continue in the same line. Therefore, the rubric is also different as it is based on these new objectives.


Remember we are always available to solve any doubts you may have!



  • Consolidate the students' bond with the Vivadí’s class.

  • That students recognize the value of their group as a vehicle for learning and experiencing.

  • That students can give meaning to the contents of the class with the help of audiovisual support.

  • That students feel confident enough to respond to the slogans collectively.

When you see that there is progress in these areas, you can move on to the next cycle. Check the rubric that will help you know if the group is ready to move forward!



  • Emphasize that the English class is beginning with a rite that will always be the same in every class.

  • Mess up the class and make room in the center of it

  • Children take off their shoes


  •  This is the main activity that will follow the narrative in our classes. There are surveys, creative projects, and activities around the school (if that’s a possibility). 

  • The hands-on! activities are always inspired by the narratives, so make sure you check them in advance in order to better choose when each one of them.


  • It is a transitional break to regain the student's attention, to keep them focused and to integrate their minds and bodies into one same action.

  • At the end of the game, the students should be sitting in a circle in the middle of the room.


  • The idea is to end the English moment with a closing rite that the kids will memorize with the repetition of it.

  • Also, it's time to put their shoes back on and organize the class.


  • Let the children listen to a story in English and, with the help of your body language, discover something of the meaning of the story.


  • To let the children’s bodies move freely after staying seated.

  • Connect children's daily activities with school life.

  • Associate mind and body in the same action.


  • Strengthen the student’s familiarity to the practice of harmony so that they feel comfortable to relax. In other words, we want the practice to not be something new for them.


My class is 25 to 30 minutes long!

We know that some schools work with more frequent and shorter English classes of 25 to 30 minutes. In those cases, we suggest you follow this shortened plan of activities. 


Starting Song - Vivadí

It is important that the starting song is maintained throughout the cycles to emphasize the beginning of the Vivadí class. This way, we are letting students stay calm because they will know what is going to happen, even if the activities are different in this second cycle. The starting song and the ending song frame the English moment.

Once again, we need students to change the disposition of the class by moving the desks and chairs to the sides and making room in the center of the classroom.

This way, students are in charge of building their own learning space. This makes them protagonists of their process of language acquisition.


If your friends are in the classroom, say hello.

If you see your teacher smiling, show your teeth

If you want to show your feelings, give a hug

If you feel like being silly, make some noise


If you want to get together, make some room

Let your heart feel so much better, make some room


Let’s get ready for Vivadi

Let’s have some fun and play with english in our world

Let’s get ready for Vivadi

We are all in this together

We’ll do it you and me

We’ll be a big great family



In this section, students will understand how narratives exist anywhere. One of the many examples is in songs.

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You can choose between these options in no particular order, but, remember how important repetition is. So, if you choose to repeat a song more than once, don’t worry if another song is never told.


Major Tom (Coming Home)

Peter Shilling 


No Body, No Crime

Taylor Swift 


Livin' On a Prayer

Bon Jovi


Before playing the song "Major Tom (Coming Home)"

  • Tell students they are going to listen to a song that tells a story. They must pay attention to it and try to understand what it is about. One curiosity about this song is that it is part of The Umbrella Academy’s soundtrack -- a Netflix series that is very popular among teens.

After playing the song "Major Tom (Coming Home)"

  • After listening to the song for the first time, ask students if they understood what the story is about. Then, play the video with the lyrics or project the lyrics on the board. Ask them what other details they found out by reading the lyrics.​


Before playing the song "Livin' On a Prayer"

  • Ask students if they know any bands from the 80’s. Elicit from them the characteristics of that time, regarding hair, clothes, behavior on stage, and also the way of making music. Tell them they are going to see an example of that, of a band that was immensely popular at them. Ask them to pay attention to those features, and also to what the lyrics say.

Before playing the song "No Body, No Crime"  

  • Ask students if they know the singer Taylor Swift. Elicit from them what kind of music she makes. Tell them they are going to watch the live performance of hers, and ask them to pay attention to the lyrics and the actions on stage.

After playing the song "No Body, No Crime"  

  • After listening to the song for the first time, ask students if they understood what the story is about. Then, play the video with the lyrics or project the lyrics on the board. Ask them what other details they found out by reading the lyrics.

3. HANDS - ON!

Follow the activities that are inspired by the narratives

Game: Narratives in Songs

How: Divide the class into groups. Tell them they must sit down together and discuss to find a song they know that tells a story. Remind them it must be school-appropriate. When they have it, have the groups present their narratives to the class.

Online: Same thing, except that when you divide the class into groups you will do it through breakout rooms.

Game: Don't Break the Chain

How: Ask all students to stand up behind their desks. You will say a word and then point to the first student in the row. S/he must say another word that begins with the last letter of yours. Example: 1st word, Earth / 2nd word, Hotel / 3rd word, Light, etc. If a student can’t find a word, s/he must sit down. The game will end when only one student is standing.

Online: You can play this game online, just have the students stand up behind their chairs at home. 

Game: 2 Truths and a Lie

How: Divide students into trios. Tell them they must think of two things about them that are true, and one thing that is false. Taking turns, they must say the three things in a random order. For example: "I am 14 years old", "I went to Rio last week" and "I have never eaten sushi". The other two students must figure out which one is the lie.  

Online: Put the students into breakout rooms and do the activity. Or do the activity as a class. 

Game: Song Challenge

Material: Projectable

How: Assign a number to each student. Each one will be responsible for choosing a song that matches their corresponding number. You may either dedicate a class for this sharing of songs or start each day with a couple of them. Remind students that the songs chosen by them need to be school-appropriate!

Online: This game can be played online the same way. 

Game: Answer it Wrong

How: This is an activity that aims at creating a safe atmosphere in the class. You will ask a question and say the name of a student, and s/he must provide the wrong answer to it, as fast as s/he can. Example: What is the capital of Brazil? - São Paulo.  

Online: This game can be played online the same way. 


Use Move! activities when you feel students are too distracted or have been seated for too long. The idea is to move and refresh the body, always through learning, and it can be used at any moment of the class. Below you will find some ideas for your age group.


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This is a brain break moment for the kids to change energies and prepare with their minds and their bodies for what follows. This is an optional activity, you don't always have to do it. 


You can choose between these options:​

Trading Places

Have students stand behind their pushed-in chairs. Call out a trait, and everyone who has that trait must quickly sit down (students who do not have the trait stay where they are). Examples: “Everyone with curly hair.” “Everyone who ate cereal for breakfast.” “Everyone who is wearing stripes.”. Another option is to form two lines of chairs, one facing the other. Each pair of chairs is designed with one word (or a theme like “animals”, “colors”). The teacher tells a story, and every time the word or theme is said, the kids must change places. You can also add one kid in the middle of the lines, who must try to sit down, allowing some other kid to stand up. 

 Scavenger Hunt


Give your students different things to find and explore throughout the classroom or school (or at home if you're online). During each brain break, they can try to find one new item on their list. Some options: blue marker, different color paper clip, paper airplane (they can find a paper sheet and make it), stuffed bear, ruler, colored ball… Give them a list of objects and an amount of time to discover them. 

After playing the song "Livin' On a Prayer"

  • After listening to the song for the first time, ask students if they understood what the story is about. Then, play the video with the lyrics or project the lyrics on the board. Ask them what other details they found out by reading the lyrics.

 Pass the Ball


This game is great because you can incorporate a little physical activity and coordination. Get a soft, medium-sized ball and let students grab a spot for themselves around the classroom. The goal is to not let the ball drop to the floor. Students must constantly pass the ball to each other. Every time someone passes the ball, they must say something in english, depending on the teacher’s theme of choice. It can be: animals, colors, foods, desserts, candies, tv shows, jobs…

Online: Don't pass the ball, just quickly say the name of a student and they must say something in english depending on the theme of choice.

  Would You Rather


Questions are a good way to get to know people and provoke interesting conversation, stimulating the kids to speak english. Some options will show up on the screen, and the kids must choose one of them. The teacher can also provoke more questions, depending on the will of the students and the class theme. 

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  The Atom Game 


The teacher must call out different ways for students to move around: like a cat, a dog, an old person, space aliens, mermaids… Then, call out a number with the word “atom” (e.g., “Atom three!”) and the students must join up into groups of three. Any stray “atoms” are out of the game. One idea is to always change the student who is out of the game: when a new kid must leave, the one who is already outside comes back. 



Kids love a good riddle. Give them easy ones to see how many they can solve in one brain break, or try to stump them with a tougher riddle. If the kids are able to read, you can give them the riddle, with answers, so they can challenge each other. 




Now, you will continue activating your bodies. To do this, ask and show the kids how to move the body from their toes to the head:

- Stand on your feet and lean forward letting your head and arms hang.

- Maintaining that position, shake your body freely.

- Slowly, rise your body back to the standing position. Always remember that the last part of the body to rise is the head.

- Open your eyes and mouth as big and wide as you can!

Tip: it is a good time to mention parts of the body and make the children start listening to these words.

To end this moment you can ask your kids to give a few jumps to finish activating all the parts of the body.

Now it’s time to start with the harmony activities. When the kids finish jumping and moving their bodies, put this playlist as background  music for the rest of harmony time.

Meanwhile, go ahead and start
with the following activities:
1. ASANA (Postures)

We will start with the asanas, which means postures. Try these three different positions with your students.
Each position will be related to the story previously read. You can explain to the kids why they connect to the story.


This time, we will start with a short series of body postures. They should be done one after the other in the order shown.

1. Mountain

Stand on your two feet.

Feel the ground beneath you.

Let your arms hang freely and relax your shoulders.

2. Sun

Raise your arms up high as if you were reaching for the Sun.

Place your hands together in Anjali mudra.

3. Dog

Bend down and place your palms flat on the ground. Step your feet back to create an upside-down V shape with your buttocks high in the air. Straighten your legs, relax your head and neck, and look down between your legs

4. Mountain

Stand on your two feet.

Feel the ground beneath you.

Let your arms hang freely and relax your shoulders.


Dog face

Fish face

Happy face




2. SWARA  (Breathing)

Children should be lying in the floor in a comfortable and easy position for them.

Remind them of the importance of breathing through their nose.


Belly Breathing exercise:

- The children should put their hands on their tummies and try to expand their bellies (not their chests) when they breath in.

- Then they should feel their tummies shrink as they breath out. (They should picture their belly buttons push towards their tummies)

3. SAVASANA (Final relaxation)

After the Belly Breathing exercise, you should play a song from this playlist and let them just relax, ideally closing their eyes.

It would be also ideal to:

- Turn off the lights 

- Have the children lay down on the floor

- Have the children covered with a blanket

This song will be repeated every class in this same moment. This will serve as a guide for the kids to, eventually, understand that the final relaxation moment has come. Hopefully, they will gain the confidence to close their eyes when they hear the song as it will be a familiar activity. 


After the Savasana song, you can ask the kids to sit down again and close the Harmony practice by taking their both hands together to the centre of the chest.

Then, you should say “thank you” to them and they should repeat "thank you" after you.

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Ending Song - Vivadí

Just like you´ve been doing so far, play the Vivadí ending song to let the children know that the class is almost over. Remember this is the moment to rearrange the classroom as you found it when you started and, finally, have the children put their shoes back on.