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
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
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.
If the kids are concentrated, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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.
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.
Whole class breathing
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.
CLEANING THE HOUSE
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.