OAK TREE

Carvalho

Group 5 (12-14 year olds)

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS CYCLE ARE:

Learn about different cultures that also have English as an official language.

Explore narratives from and about distant lands that share the same language.

Make significant contributions to the class atmosphere.

WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK THE EVIDENCES WITH WHICH YOU WILL OBSERVE IF YOUR STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED THESE OBJECTIVES​

 

CLASS PLAN

1. STARTING SONG

  • Just like in previous cycles, the Starting Song is the moment for preparation of the Vivadí class. There are different proposals to carry out this activity to strengthen the pedagogic use of the use. 

3. POPCORN TIME

  • For students to visually see places/people/food from the countries they are learning about

5. STORYTELLING

  • For students to read iconic stories from the countries they are learning about. 

7. MOVE YOUR HIPS

  • For students to learn about the countries through their national dances

2. HARMONY TIME 

  • To exercise the connection of the body with the air flow. 
    To connect with the classmates’ energy. 

4. HARMONY TIME

  • To “clean the house”: the objective is to go through the main articulations of the body and renew those joints with some simple exercises that will refresh the energy. 

6. HARMONY TIME

  • To continue and finish the “cleaning of the house” started in Harmony Time 2.0

8. ENDING SONG

  • To end the class in the same way it started. 
    That children take responsibility for ordering their learning space and to make them feel owners of it.

My class is 25 to 30 minutes long!

Remember that if your periods are shorter than 50 minutes, you can try out these shorter plans!

 

1. STARTING SONG

Starting Song - Vivadí
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As usual, we will begin the class with the starting song. 

We suggest you let the kids start this activity by themselves, even with a bit more autonomy than in previous cycles. Once you see they’ve started singing and dancing, you can join the fun.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

CONCENTRATED MODE

EUPHORIC MODE

If the kids are concentrated, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.

MIRROR DANCING

Ask the children to get in pairs.

One of them will be the dancer and the other will be the mirror.

The idea is that the dancer moves freely to the rhythm of the starting song and the mirror has to imitate the dancer’s moves.

You can tell the children to switch roles halfway through the song so that they all get to act as dancers and as mirrors.

FOUR WORDS EACH

In a circle, start the song by singing the first four words.

The student sitting by your side should sing the following four words, and the next student the four words after that, and so on. 

The idea is that the kids listen and pay attention to the words they have to sing out loud.

They win the game if they manage to sing the whole song in this manner!

If the kids are euphoric, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.

ADJUSTING VOLUME

Open your hand and raise it as high as you can. While your hand is up and the starting song is playing, sing the lyrics in a loud volume and encourage the kids to do the same.

Then, as your hand goes down, slowly lower the volume making them understand they should lower the volume too. Once they understood the game, play with the volume of the kids singing of the starting song with the use of your hand.

 

*you can use this resource anytime to adjust the volume of the class by raising or lowering your hand.

CHANGING PLACES

Choose a few of the words that are repeated during the starting song, for example “room” “English” and “Vivadí”. 
When the children listen to these words they should switch places with another student or just move to another place in the classroom. 
This activity will require an active listening of the song, which will help with the general concentration of the group.

ORCHESTRA

Tell the children to sit in four separate groups. During the starting song, you will be an orchestra director. This means that you decide which group has to sing in different parts of the song. 
So, you will point at the group that has to sing and the others will have to remain silent until they are pointed at.

 

2. HARMONY

After the starting song you will guide a brief harmony exercise based on breathing movements.

This exercise will help the children gain awareness of their body and concentrate in the present moment.

Divide the students into groups of four and tell them to form small circles.They should remain standing throughout the exercise

BLOOMING FLOWER

Guide: 


“Concentrate on your own breathing, without worrying about anyone else or looking at how your classmate’s are breathing. It is important that you focus on your own body now. Observe the rhythm of your breath and gently, when you inhale, open your arms to the sides of your body and bring them up above your head, like a blooming flower.
When you exhale, bring your arms to your chest like a flower that is closing. When you finish exhaling, your forearms should be crossed in front of your chest and your hands on your shoulders.”

FIRST STAGE:

Individual breathing

1

You will first tell the children to focus on their own breathing and do the blooming flower exercise. Show them how the movement is done as you guide them through it. 

 

*We suggest you watch this video before the class to be able to explain the exercise more clearly to the students. Let the children repeat this exercise until they manage to coordinate the inhaling movement and the exhaling movement.

SECOND STAGE:

 Group breathing

2

Now, the children should do the same exercise but trying to maintain a breathing rhythm in their groups of 4. The idea is that all four students do the inhaling and exhaling movements at the same time.

THIRD STAGE:

Whole class breathing

3

Finally, you will do the blooming exercise trying to maintain the same rythm with the rest of the class. This means that every student should try and inhale and exhale at the same time.

Benefits of the activity

  • The rhythmic movements and the synchronization favors a calm atmosphere of the group.

  • This exercise clears the mind and sharpens thinking by increasing the flow of oxygen throughout the body, particularly the brain.

  • Interpersonal relationship is favored when paying attention to the group’s breathing and seeking a single rhythm.

 

3. POPCORN TIME

In Oak Tree, students will learn about different countries that have English as their official language. For this group the countries are: New Zealand and South Africa.  

In this section, students will see travel guides from people who have travelled to one of the two countries. Here they will see places from the country, foods, people, etc. Make sure you match correctly the popcorn time, storytelling and move your hips. This means that if in popcorn time you watch a travel video of New Zealand, the story and the video of move your hips should also be about New Zealand. 

4. HARMONY

 

CLEANING THE HOUSE

PART I

This exercise consists of making different movements with your feet and hands. Use this harmony phase to get the attention of the kids back to themselves by doing the short movement exercises. 

FEET MOVES