1. PALM TREE
Group 4 (9-11 year olds)
Hello teacher! Welcome to Vivadi’s first cycle of work. This is the beginning of a journey that 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
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
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
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
Pick one student (or ask for a volunteer) to be the leader or you can be the leader for the first round.
Then pick a theme, for example: physical activity, gestures or expressions.
All the players will have to mimic what the leader does. For example, jumping, dancing, laughing, etc.
If the kids are concentrated, we propose the following activity that will help you manage the energy of the group.
Use this game for teaching "Can you...?" "Yes, I can" "No, I can't". These actions are fun: wiggle, dance, run quickly, hop, skip, do a star jump, do a handstand, touch your toes, cross your eyes, snap your fingers, whistle, sing.
You will have your students sitting in a circle and you will ask them at random if they can do something.
For example: ask a student “can you do a star jump?” If the student replies "Yes, I can" then say "Ok, go!" and the student does the action. If the student says "No, I can't" say "Too bad. Ok, can you (ask something else)?".
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 you don't have a projector: we recommend that you perform what happens in the video. You should create a situation in which two people laugh wildly.
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.
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 a 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 you don't have a 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.
If the kids are concentrated, we propose a few activities that will help you to manage the energy of the group.
If the kids are euphoric, we propose a few activities that will help you 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.
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
Change of rhythm!
Children need to express themselves and move freely (especially after staying seated for some time).
If the kids are concentrated, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.
Let them dance one of the following songs on our Spotify list (or Youtube list) that is also aligned with what we have been experiencing in the class. Just select a song that they will enjoy and press play to let them move freely around the space.