Group 2 (5-6 year olds)
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.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS CYCLE ARE:
Understand and refer to words and concepts in English without the need for audiovisual nor material support.
Interact with peers as a group response to the teacher’s assignments.
Demonstrate trust in the relationship with the teacher and peers by experimenting with the language
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
Always try to generate curiosity in your students by eliciting from them any kind of speculation; and when reading with them, make sure you use your body language so that meaning is clear.
The narrative will always be followed by a simple discussion, in which you will ask specific questions about what they’ve heard or seen.
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
To start this new cycle we will turn to our starting song. Probably for this moment, the children will already know some parts of the lyrics. Encourage them to repeat the slogans that the song proposes!
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.
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
After the starting song, you will introduce the narrative moment. We will be constantly referring back to it in our activities.
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 along all the cycle, or f you want to read different stories every class or every week.The narrative will always be followed by a simple discussion, in which you will ask specific questions about what they've heard or seen.
For each story, you have a read 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.
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?
Discussion for "The Story of Aladdin"
Did you like the story?
Did you watch the movie Aladdin? Do you think they are similar?
What was your favorite part of the story?
Do you have a favorite character?
Do you like disney stories?
Discussion for "The Lucky Octopus"
Did you like the story?
How many legs does Ollie have?
Have you ever made any wishes? Did they come true?
Discussion for "Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas"
Have you read a story like this before?
Did you like it?
What was your favorite part?
Did you like Goldy Luck?
Inspired by The Story of Aladdin and The Lucky Octopus
Inspired by The Story of Aladdin
Game: I wish
Material: Genie Lamp
How: give each student a sheet of paper with the genie lamp or project it on the board. Ask the students that they have been granted 3 wishes just like Aladdin and Ollie. What would they wish for? Make sure students communicate their wishes in the language.
Online: Project the genie lamp on the screen. Ask the students that they have been granted 3 wishes just like Aladdin and Ollie. What would they wish for? Make sure students communicate their wishes in the language.
When they draw, you can put this playlist from Aladdin the movie.
Game: What happens here?
How: Show the students scenes of the movie that are connected to the story. Show them the scenes and the students have to answer what happens in this scene. In the document the events are in order. Online variation: it works the same way online, just show them the scenes on the screen.
A variation of this (that works for online classes) can be that the teacher shows them the scene and the students have to remember what happens next.
Another variation: spread out the events not in order and the students have to put them in order.
Inspired by The Lucky Octopus
Game: I spy with my little eye (sea animal edition).
How: Project this image of the different sea animals and say “I spy with my little eye” and describe one of the animals without saying the name. For example “I spy with my little eye an animal that has 8 legs and is red” and the students have to guess “octopus”. This activity works the same way online!
A variation is to separate the students into 2 groups and have a competition. who guesses the most wins.
Another variation is to separate the students into pairs.
Inspired by Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Game: Hot, Cold, Just Right
How: Explain to the students that each word represents an action. For example, when you say “hot” the students must make a gesture that it is hot. When you say cold, they have to pretend they are cold. If it’s just right, they have to smile or give a thumbs up. You can do this quickly so that it becomes a game and in any order you want. For example: hot, hot, just right, just right, cold, hot, hot, cold, just right.
You can do this as a class or separate into smaller groups and one student has to be the one to give the orders.
Online variation: The activity works the same way for online classes, just have all of the students together.
Game: Word Game
How: Say 3 words that are from the story:
thick and clumpy
Have the students stand in a row facing you. Indicate that the position where they are corresponds to the word 1 (watery). If they jump to the right they will be located in word 2 (thick and clumpy) and if they jump to the left, they will be located in word 3 (just right).
Online variation: Instead of facing you, they will be standing in front of their screens. The activity still works.
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.
Students stand behind their chairs. In turn, each student says his or her name accompanied by a special movement. For example a student might say, “Kayla!” while dramatically dropping to one knee and doing Jazz Hands. After the student does his or her move, the rest of the class says the student’s name in unison and imitates the move. Then it is the next student’s turn.
You can also make circus and theater expressions for the kids. According to what is available in the classroom, instead of the kid’s names you can ask them to choose a circus profession to represent: clown, magician, ballerina… and the special movement must match the profession.
Pictionary of Faces
Ask the kids to make a big circle so everyone can see the other’s expressions. Some pictures will be projected on the wall and all kids should try to copy the face expressions. After we practice the expressions and the vocabulary, it’s the students turn: call out the name of one student, and he must say the expression every one should make. You can also practice memory with them: the first kid says “happy”, the second must say “happy” and “sad”... until the expressions are over or someone doesn’t remember the order.
The teacher initiates an action by saying something like, “Let’s bake a cake.” The class reply with, “Yes, let’s!” and then pretend to bake a cake. The students can shout out any idea they like. For example, someone might shout, “Let’s wash a lion!” The class will reply, “Yes, let’s!” And everyone will wash a lion. The game continues like this, with no idea being too silly. The teacher must encourage the kids to shout as many ideas as they can.
Lie about how you got here
The students sit in a circle, and one by one each student lies about how they got to class. This could be by flying car, unicorn, or time travel. Anything goes in this exercise. Encourage students to really tell a story and give detail. A good option is to set a time for each student to speak. After a while they can control each other's time.
Zip Zap Zoom
Students sit in a circle, and the teacher explains that they are going to create the atmosphere of a place with sounds. Ideas may include the seaside, school, London, the jungle, the zoo, or fairy land. Ask someone to start: they must repeat their chosen noise, or the phrase, over and over again. Then the person next to that student adds their noise; then the person next to them adds their own noise, and so on.
Acting to music
Students lie down and a piece of music is played. Students can listen to it lying down for about 30 seconds or more, and when they are ready, they stand up and move around the room in response to how the music is making them feel. The music may inspire them to be a wizard, skipping to wizard school, to walk through a cave terrified, or to sit quietly reflecting on happier times. Whatever the music inspires, the students must follow their intuition and go with that, not paying attention to anyone else in the group.
4. MOVE YOUR
Children will probably need to loosen up a bit by now, as they have been sitting for quite a while with the storytelling and the movie! That is the reason 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.
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,
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.
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".
6. ENDING SONG
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