3.WALNUT TREE

Nogueira

Group 4 (9-12 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 begin to understand some basic words without the presence of audiovisual or material support.

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

  • To reinforce trust in the student-teacher relationship.

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

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
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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.

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

Ask the children to choose three words that can refer to three objects. These words must be in English. Wait for the words in English to come up. And if they do not say any word to you in English, then you choose three words. Remember that we are in an atmosphere in which we play that you do not understand Portuguese.

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.

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:

DICE 

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.

CLASS 2:

DICE + POSITION

Roll the die twice with the reference images in their place and then roll the die two or more times but removing the images.

Children should remember where the corresponding image was when the image on the die comes out. 

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 that class 1.

CLASS 3:

DICE + POSITION + MIMIC

You should no longer put the reference images.

Ask a kid to throw the dice and call the word that the image in the dice indicates.

The children should remember where each image was. If they do not remember where each image was, put the physical images to help the kids.

CLASS 4:

WORD + POSITION + MIMIC

Now the activity will be without dice from here on.

You should say the word that refers to one of the images and the children should go to the place where that image corresponds. If the children can not follow the instruction without the die or the images put or the die or the images.

 

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 along all the cycle, or f you want to read different stories every class or every week.

 

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?

 

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 3

OPTION 2

OPTION 4

 

6. MOVE YOUR
HIPS!

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.

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:

While the music plays in the background, 

  1. ASANAS

  2. GROUP ASANA

  3. SWARA

  4. SAVASANA

  5. ANJALI

1. ASANA

To start with the harmony practice, encourage the children to copy the following postures. 

Tip: make it a game! Play with the kids to make them copy the posture. You can ask them to freeze and evaluate their postures!

Bee

Tree

Rabbit face

Sitting on the floor, place your feet together with the soles touching each other. Grab your feet with your hands and let your knees fall towards the floor. Let your hips open up like the wings of a bee.

Take a moment to feel both your feet root into the floor with your weight distributed equally on every part of each foot. Imagine you are  tree and your roots are spreading through the soil beneath you.

Begin to shift your weight into your right foot, lifting your left foot off the floor.

Keep your right leg straight but don't lock the knee. Bend your left knee and bring the sole of your left foot high onto your inner right thigh. If you feel you can’t do this, you could try bringing the sole of your left foot onto a lower part of your right leg.

Stay a few breathes, and repeat with the left side.

2. 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.

3. SWARA

BELLY BREATHING

 

Children should be lying in the floor in a comfortable and easy position for them. Tell them to remember to breath by the nose. They should put their hands on their tummies and try to expand their bellies when they breath in.

4. SAVASANA (guided relaxation)

Lying face up, with closed eyes.

The teacher puts a song that will repeat throughout all the classes of this cycle. This will give the students confidence as when they listen to this song, they will know what they will have to do. The aim of this moment is that they stay still and just listen to the song.

You can encourage them to forget that they are at school, in the classroom, and suggest them to think in another thing or place that they know like for example, their bedrooms.

5. ANJALI

Children sit on their knees and they bring their palms together and near their chests.

The idea is that you look at the children and the incentives that they also say "Thank you".

 
Ending Song - Vivadí
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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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