3.WALNUT TREE

Nogueira

Group 1 (2-4 year olds)

Hi teacher!

Welcome to Walnut Tree, our third cycle.

New cycle, new objectives!

Take a few minutes to read and internalize the objectives of this cycle as they are the fundamental guidelines that should structure your teaching practices.

 

Vamos juntos!

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS CYCLE ARE:

  • That students can understand and refer to words and concepts in English without the need for audiovisual nor material support.

  • That students interact with each other by responding as a group to the teacher’s assignments.

  • To strengthen trust in the student-teacher relationship.

  • That the students can phonetically repeat a few verbal command.

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!

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

 

CLASS PLAN

1. STARTING SONG

  • To generate autonomy for students to perform the slogans of the song with individual motivation.

3. THROW THE DICE

  • To exercise the cognitive association between image, word, meaning and pronunciation.

5. POPCORN TIME

  • To engage in the reflection of a theme stimulated by an English audiovisual production.

7. HARMONY TIME

  • To let the practice of harmony exercises grow in every student, stimulating self-confidence.

2. WORD GAME

  • To exercise the cognitive association between image, word, meaning and pronunciation.

4. STORYTELLING

  • To reinforce concentration, comprehension and familiarity towards English narration and histrionism.  

6. MOVE YOUR HIPS

  • To enhance physical comfort and appropriation of space

8. ENDING SONG

  • To consolidate class rituals and incorporate ludic variations.

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. 

 

1. STARTING SONG

Starting Song - Vivadí
00:00 / 00:00

To start this new cycle we will turn to our starting song. Probably by now, the children will already know some parts of the lyrics. Encourage them to sing along!

Also, you should not forget that in this song the children must run the benches to the sides to free the centre of the classroom and take off their shoes.

Lyrics

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

 

2. WORD
GAME

You will show the kids these six pictures and they will have to choose three of them.

CARDS

HAT

MAGIC WAND

CLOVER

SALT

NOODLES

For this activity you will have two options:

OPTION 1

Once the three words have been chosen you should ask the children to stand in a row facing you.

Indicate that the position where they are corresponds to the word 1.

If they jump to the right they will be located in word 2 and if they jump to the left, they will be located in word 3.

*Look at the drawing to guide you.

 

When you say the word 1 the children should stay in the middle line.

When you say the word 2 the children should move to the right and when you say the word 3 they should move to the leftmost row.

OPTION 2

A quiet option:

If option 1 makes the group too noisy, you can ask them to remain seated and raise one hand for word 1, raise two hands for word 2 or raise no hands for word 3.

The game consists of the following:

First: Name the chosen words and remind the kids what number corresponds to each word and row. It is very important that the kids pay attention.

Then: Do some testing rounds so that the children assimilate the rules of the game and practice a little bit.

Finally: tell them that the game is going to start, and begin to name the words.

 

Those who move late or move in the wrong direction should leave the game. The winner will be the one who lasts the longest in the game when the rest of the group has already lost.

GO!

 

3. THROW THE DICE

For this activity you will make a dice!

 

STEP 1 (Before class)Making the dice.

How to make the dice?

  1. Print all 6 faces (you can choose whether to print them in colour or black and white)

  2. Paste them on a big cardboard box (one image per side).

  3. Recommendation: laminate the die or secure it with tape so that the sheets do not break or fall apart. 

You will need:

  • Cardboard box

  • The images

  • Scissors

  • Glue

*You will find a colour version and a black and white version for each image so you can choose which one to print.​

ASTRONAUT

PLANE

SINGER

DOG

ROPE

MONKEY

STEP 2 (Before the class) Print another set of images and locate the images around the classroom. Use the following map to guide you:

STEP 3 - PLAY THE GAME

CLASS 1 & 2:

DICE + POSITION

A child rolls the dice and everyone must go to the image indicated by the dice.

Roll the dice as many times as you want. Remember to always speak in English and name out loud the word of the image that comes out.

*Remember to put the images in the same place both classes.

CLASS 3:

DICE + POSITION + MIMIC

Put the images in the same place as the previous classes. Ask a kid to throw the dice and call the word that the image in the dice indicates. Children must approach to the indicated image and they should act out what the word suggests to them.

*Example: they can walk like an astronaut or move like a monkey.

CLASS 4:

WORD + POSITION + MIMIC

Put the images in the same place as the previous classes and use the dice as you have been doing so far.

After a few rounds, putting the dice away and playing without it. This means you should just call the words out loud.

If you notice that the children are having difficulties to associate the word you call with its corresponding image, you can bring the dice back in the game.

*You can try removing the dice the following class.

 

BRAIN BREAK

It's time to stop and focus on an action to be able to continue with the class.

These short breaks are essential to renew the kids' energy and be more prepared for what follows.

You can use this resource at any time during the class if you think it's necessary.

Invite the kids to do the following exercise and guide them through it:

"Pretend you are squeezing a whole lemon in your left hand . Squeeze it really, really hard. Try to squeeze all the juice out of it. Feel the tightness in your hand and arm as you squeeze.

Now drop the lemon and relax. See how much better your hand and arm feel when you are relaxed." 

*Repeat with the other hand

 

4. STORYTELLING

After the brain break that renewed the kids’ energy, they will be better predisposed to get to a circle and listen to a story.

 

Choose one of these stories to start the cycle with. You will have several options of stories but it is up to you if you want to repeat the same story throughout the cycle, or f you want to read different stories every class or every week.

 

For each story, you have a readable version that goes in conjunction with the project version. And, in case you do not have a projector, you have the printable version.

 

Tip: we suggest that you repeat the story you choose for at least two classes, so that children can get deeper into the story and strengthen the sense of meaning of it.

ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE?

You can choose some words that repeat throughout the story and tell some students that when they hear the word assigned to them, they have to change places in the round. For example: tell student A that his/her word is “luck”. Everytime she/he listens to that word, she/he’ll have to change places with another student.

Tip: try this strategy after the third class in the cycle!

ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE?

 

5. POPCORN 

TIME

For this activity, it is important that you tell the children to pretend they are in a movie theatre.

When we go to a cinema everyone is silent, must pay attention to the movie and, most importantly, enjoy the movie!

Having said that, you can choose between any of these options to play during Popcorn Time:

OPTION 1

OPTION 2

OPTION 3

 

6. MOVE YOUR
HIPS!

Children will probably need to loosen up a bit now, as they have been sitting for quite a while now! 

This is why you will have a purely immersive moment of dancing around the classroom while they listen to a song in English.

 

You can choose a song from this suggested playlist.

ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE?

Print these flashcards of movements and put them in a bag. While the song is playing, the children can pass the bag, take out a card, show the choreographic step to the rest and let the others copy it.

1/1
 

7. HARMONY

Remember to begin this space by playing relaxing music.

Probably by now, the children will already associate this music with Harmony Time, so go ahead and set the mood with our relaxing playlist:

1. GROUP ASANA

This ASANA segment of Harmony Time involves a group posture. 

Gather the children together and ask them to sit in a circle again. They will have to massage  the head of the one who’s next to them.

While the music plays in the background, 

  1. GROUP ASANA

  2. SWARA

  3. SAVASANA

  4. ANJALI

2. SWARA

IN AND OUT:

 

With the children sitting down, show them that you are breathing through the nose by exaggerating the breathing mimic. While inhaling say “Breathe in” and while exhaling they say “Breathe out”. Encourage them to copy you to renew the energy of their bodies.

3. SAVASANA (guided relaxation)

Play the following song and repeat it throughout all the classes. This serves as a guide for the student, as they’ll know that when this song sounds, it is the moment of final relaxation and you have the confidence to close your eyes because it is not a new activity that may frighten you.

4. ANJALI

Sitting down, the practice is closed by taking both palms together to the centre of the chest.

 

This hands posture has already been done in previous cycles, but today we will introduce its name. So, as you put your hands together towards your chest, you should say "Anjali Mudra" aloud so that the kids can associate the final posture to its name.

 

Finally, as always, Harmony Time will end with a group "Thank you"

 
Ending Song - Vivadí
00:00 / 00:00

8. ENDING SONG

Lyrics

If you enjoyed our time together, sing along

If you can’t wait for next class, high five!

To get ready for what follows, tidy up

See you next time dear teacher, good bye!

 

It’s not goodbye with Vivadi

The things I learnt today will always stay in me

It’s not goodbye with Vivadi

We are all in this together

We’ll do it you and me

We’ll be a big great family

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