1. PALM TREE

Palmeira

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:

  •  To introduce Vivadí’s routine to help the students distinguish the English class from the other classes.
     

  • To generate curiosity for the content in the students to help them start developing a relationship between them and the language.
     
  • Begin to build trust in the child regarding the use of 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 EVIDENCE WITH WHICH YOU WILL OBSERVE IF YOUR STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED THESE OBJECTIVES​

CLASS PLAN

  • 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

  • This activity is meant to generate emotional empathy in the children to cause a genuine curiosity to understand what causes so much joy or affection in the characters of the video.

3. EMOTIONAL VIDEO

  • Trough 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

  • The idea is to finish the English moment with a closing rite that the kids will memorize by repetition.

  • Also, it's time to put the shoes on again and organize the class.

7. ENDING SONG

  • It is a transition game between the beginning song and the activity that comes next.

  • At the end of the game, children should be sitting in a circle in the middle of the room.

2. GAME

  • Let the children listen to a story in English and, with the help of your body language, they will try to discover something about the meaning of the story that will represent, in some way, the scene from the previous video.

4. STORYTELLING

  • The purposes of this activity are: to make the kids used to yoga practices and meditation through English and make the kids conscious of time,  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 suggestion don't doubt to tell us! 

1. STARTING SONG

Starting Song - Vivadí
00:00 / 00:00

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 marking 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!

TRUST YOURSELF! 

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.

SUGGESTION:

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

 
 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

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.

 

COMMON THREAD

During this cycle, there will be a special character that will accompany the children throughout each class and every activity. It will be a character of their choice. They will have to pick out a type of character, that is to say if the character is a person, an animal or a different creature and give a name to it. In this way the children can feel identified with it and the cycle itself will become more meaningful for them.

1

Build the character with them by making a big drawing all together

2

Take notes of the type of character they want, make it up on your own and bring it to the following class. 

Once the character is made up, it would be great if it could “own” a part of the classroom and turn this special corner in the character’s place (meaning the English corner).


Each class the children will add up features of the character in the character’s place. Those can be characteristics of the character’s personality or things that he/she owns, for example, a pet.

This will help to symbolize the pass of the children through this cycle and the construction that they can build all together. As classes pass by the character will become more of a part of the cycle and the activities to them. And the fact that they created the character and gave a name to it, will make the cycle and the process of acquisition of the language more meaningful for the children.
 

In addition, after a while practicing the cycle, you can add another common thread to the classes. 
 

 

Make a dice out of cardboard: 


Draw the different activities of the class on each face of the dice with the children (Storytelling, Harmony time, Move your hips, Emotional video, Game, Vote). 


The idea is that after the starting song, you ask one of the kids to roll the dice, and the face that is up is the following activity you are going to do with your students. 

If the “Vote” face turns up, it means that your students should vote altogether what activity they want to do next. With this dice, every class is going to be organized differently and it adds a way for the students to engage with the activity and look forward to rolling the dice.

2. GAME

EXPLORING SPACE

First, students will start walking and moving through the space. 
 

In some moment, you should make a sound  (it can be a bell or another pleasant sound)
 

After the sound, the children should change their way of walking (e.g.: start jumping, walking in slow motion, walking on tiptoe). 
 

It will be necessary for the students that you play the game with them, so that they can be guided in case they get confused, since they are using a language they do not understand. You should make the sound for 4 or 5 times.
 

Then, the kids will go to the center, they will grab their hands and sit on the floor.

A FINE FINE LINE

Ask your students to stand one next to each other in a line.
 

When they are forming the line tell them that they are standing at the home of the character. When they take a step forward they will be at the school of the character, and taking a step back from home they will be in the supermarket. When you name any of these places, they should jump to that site.

* 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 kid to choose another three words to play and in this way expand the vocabulary employed in the game. The words can be random. 

TIP: If the kids are euphoric: you can add movement tasks that involve jumping, twirling, moving arms or hands or making facial expressions.

CONCENTRATED MODE

If the kids are concentrated, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.

WHO'S MISSING?

Tell the students to make a big circle all together.
 

Call one student to the middle of the circle and tell him to close and cover his / her eyes.
 

Ask another student to get out of the circle and hide somewhere in the classroom. You must not say the student’s name out loud.
 

Then the first student will open his / her eyes and will have to guess who is missing in the circle. 

 
 

Turn the projector on and play the following video! You can choose from the different options. They are both great! (this can be prepared from the first moment to avoid wasting time and prevent the kids from dispersing).

*If there is no projector: we recommend that you perform what happens in the video. You should create a situation in which two people laugh wildly.

Laughter

Hugging

Sadness

3. EMOTIONAL

VIDEO

After watching the video, play the following game!

SEE AND GUESS

You will start making a facial expression that shows a feeling that relates to the story that has just been told. For example: a sad face.


The student that guesses the feeling will come to the front and you will tell him a feeling to make with his/her face. If the student doesn’t understand the word in English show the face to him taking care that none of the other students see it.

After a few rounds, the game can be changed to listen and guess.

In this case, the children will have to guess the feeling by listening to a sound that relates to the feeling. That is to say, the kid that goes to the front will have to emulate the sound of a feeling for the others to guess. For example: a kid can cry to represent sadness.

4. STORYTELLING

You will have to choose the one that you think adapts better to your kids. The idea is that you read this story to the children interpreting it to the fullest, with a lot of gestures and nuances in your voice. Think that children will probably not understand the words you use. But your body language can help them get the sense of what you read.

 

There will be video support that will help children imagine what you are saying. But in any case, we want you to concentrate more on yourself and your performance than on what will be projected or shown.

 

*If there is no projector: it is convenient that you read with intonation, while another person acts what happens in the story.

TIP: It is usually advisable to practice how you are going to do this, including mime, or actions you plan to use to convey meaning, the way you are going to use your voice, eg for different characters or to create surprise or suspense, and the places you are going to pause or ask questions to encourage the children to show their understanding or predict what’s going to happen next. 
When you tell the story make sure that everyone can see and hear you and the illustrations. As you tell the story, it is a good idea to maintain frequent eye-contact with the children, in order to help them stay focused and attentive. You also need to give them time to look and think. 

 

 

Stories about laughter

The laughing stock

Stories about hugs

My inside weather

CONCENTRATED MODE

If the kids are concentrated, we propose a few activities that will help you to manage the energy of the group.

Encourage the children to act the story out dividing the characters among them!

Assign the characters to them and give them something to identify the character.

 

*You can print a flashcard of the character or make one of your own. The flashcard may be hanging on the student. 

EUPHORIC MODE

If the kids are euphoric, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.

Assign a different word, that appears many times in the story, to each kid and tell them that whenever they listen to that word (that may be “laugh” in “The Lost Laugh, for example) they have to do something such as snap their fingers or touch the floor. In this way, you will encourage the children to listen actively to the story. 
 

Take one transitional object that relates to a certain character in the story that you’ll tell and ask the children to pass the character to each other symbolizing the movements that the character is doing.

 

5. MOVE YOUR

HIPS!

Change of rhythm!

Children need to express themselves and move freely (especially after staying seated for some time).

CONCENTRATED MODE

If the kids are concentrated, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.

EUPHORIC MODE

If the kids are euphoric, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.

FREE DANCE

FREEZE GAME