1. PALM TREE
Group 3 (7-8 year olds)
Hello teacher! Welcome to Vivadi’s first cycle of work. This is the beginning of a journeythat we’ll go through together, to help our students acquire the english language!
THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS CYCLE ARE:
Understand Vivadí’s class routine and distinguish the English class from the other classes.
- Develop a curiosity for the content and start building a relationship with the language.
Begin to recognize the class as a safe environment for experimenting with the new 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 EVIDENCE WITH WHICH YOU WILL OBSERVE IF YOUR STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED THESE OBJECTIVES
Emphasize that the English class is beginning with a rite that will always be repeated in every class.
Mess up the class and make room in the center of it
The children take off their shoes
1. STARTING SONG
Through this activity we expect to let the children’s bodies move freely after staying seated.
To listen to a song in English that will promote immersion and will help the students start identifying the sounds of the English language.
5. MOVE YOUR HIPS
Let the children listen to a story in English
With the help of your body language, try to understand something about the meaning of the story, which will be connected, in some way, to a scene from a previous video.
The purposes of this activity are: to familiarize the students with yoga practices and meditation in English; make the students conscious of time and place; and aware of how they can use their bodies.
6. HARMONY TIME
My class lasts between
25 and 30 minutes!
We know that some schools count with more frequent and shorter English classes of 25 to 30 minutes. In those cases, we suggest you follow this shortened plan of activities. It is based on the activities that follow.
The most important is that the essence of the Vivadí Class is respected to make sure that the immersive atmosphere is not disrupted!
If you have any suggestions don't hesitate in telling us!
1. STARTING SONG
To start, we need to make sure that the English moment is clearly separated from other classes the children have in the same room and the same conditions of learning. To do this, it is essential to modify the space as this helps the students to receive something different (which is, in this case, a different language).
That is why, in favor of creating a new working routine, we will ask the students to clear the tables and benches to free the area in the middle of the classroom. They will not need the banks or the backpacks, nor pencils or notebooks. In addition, they should take off their shoes and leave them in a place that you determine. Don’t forget to take your shoes also! While they do this, you will listen to the following opening song.
*REMEMBER TO SPEAK
ENGLISH AT ALL TIMES!
It would be good if, little by little, the song became interactive. That is to say that the children can be doing the slogans that the song invites to perform, such as giving a hug. This will help them to make sense of what they are listening to and eventually, singing.
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
If you want to, show the kids the following video. Gestures are really important in this cycle as children don’t manage the language. In this video, the students will be able to watch and copy a choreography that will indicate with dance steps what the song is saying.
A FINE FINE LINE
Ask your students to stand next to each other in a line.
When they are forming the line tell them that they know how the character is feeling. When they take a step forward the character is happy and taking a step back the character is sad. When you name any of these emotions, they should jump to the corresponding emotion. Once your students are more comfortable you can add two more actions: when the character is angry, step to the left. When the character is scared, take a step to the right.
* You can guide the game once or twice and then you can pick a helper from the students that will guide the game saying the words out loud. You can even ask the student to choose another three emotions to play and in this way expand the vocabulary employed in the game.
* If you want to connect this game to the students, ask them how they are today and they must reply with the same gestures. For example, if they are happy, take a step forward.
TIP: If the kids are euphoric: you can add movement tasks that involve jumping, twirling, moving arms or hands or making facial expressions.
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
The object of this version of the familiar game is not to win, but to see how many rounds you can stay in the game vs. the teacher. Play begins with one, two, three shoot. Everyone makes their choice and makes sure that others can see their choice on screen. If the teacher’s choice beats yours, you’re out. If not, you keep playing.
Material: Story Chain
Start a story with an engaging hook. For instance, “One day I was walking through a shady forest. I thought I was alone, but all of a sudden…” Have students raise their hand if they want to tell the next portion of the story. Choose a student to continue the story (just a line or two) and let them choose the next storyteller in the same way. Continue until everyone who wishes has had one chance to contribute. Feel free to jump back and bring the story to a close if it is floundering.
We have provided a few examples.
Use actions like jump, hop, clap, run etc.. Have the students split into two teams and sit in lines with a chair by each team and one chair at the other end of the room. One student from each team stands next to their chair and you will call an action, for example: "Jump". Students must jump to the chair on the other side of the room and back, sitting down in their chair students say "I can jump". First one to do it gets their team a point.
FOLLOW THE LEADER