2. MANGO TREE

Mangueira

Group 2 (5-6 year olds)

Welcome teachers to Vivadí´s second Cycle!

 

The structure of this cycle may look familiar, as it is similar to the previous one. This will make it easier for you to get used to the planning and class dynamic!

 

The objectives of this cycle have are different from Cycle 1, but continue in the same line. Therefore, the rubric is also different as it is based on these new objectives.

 

Remember we are always available to solve any doubts you may have!

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS CYCLE ARE:

  • Consolidate bond with Vivadí’s class.

  • Recognize the value of the group as a vehicle for learning and experiencing.

  • Give meaning to the contents of the class with the help of audiovisual support.

  • Feel confident enough to respond to the slogans collectively.

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

  • Mark that the English class is beginning with a rite that will always be the same in every class.

  • Mess up the class and make room in the centre of it

  • Children take off their shoes

1. STARTING SONG

  • This is the main activity that will follow the narrative in our classes. There are surveys, creative projects, and activities around the school (if that’s a possibility). 

  • • The hands-on! activities are always inspired by the narratives, so make sure you check them in advance in order to better choose when each one of them.

3. HANDS-ON!

  • It is a transitional break to regain the student's attention, to keep them focused and to integrate their minds and bodies into one same action.
    At the end of the game, the students should be sitting in a circle in the middle of the room.

5. BRAIN BREAKS

  • The idea is to end the English moment with a closing rite that the kids will memorize with the repetition of it.

  • Also, it's time to put the shoes back on and order the class.

7. ENDING SONG

  • Let the children listen to a story in English 

  • 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.

2. STORYTELLING

  • To let the children’s bodies move freely after staying seated.

  • Connect children's daily activities with school life.
    Associate mind and body in the same action.

4. MOVE YOUR HIPS

  • Strengthen the student’s familiarity to the practice of harmony so that they feel comfortable to really relax. In other words, we want the practice not to be something new for them.

6. HARMONY TIME

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
00:00 / 00:00

It is important that the starting song is maintained throughout the cycles to emphasize the beginning of the Vivadí class. This way we are letting students stay calm because they will know what is going to happen, even if the activities are different in this second cycle. The starting song and the ending song frame the English moment.

Once again, we need students to change the disposition of the class by moving the desks and chairs to the sides and making room in the center of the classroom.

This way the students are in charge of building their own learning space. This makes them protagonists of their process of language acquisition.

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. STORYTELLING

The next activity is the reading of a story. In this cycle, you have three options. We suggest you start with The Dream Pillow.

Note that The Robot’s Bedtime involves the participation of the kids making robot noises, making robot movements and finally repeating “I am a sleepy robot powering down” while they close their eyes and relax.

 

We remind you that, even if you have audio-visual support, your body language is key to make children understand the meaning of the story and also make it significant to them.

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

 

You can choose between these options with no particular order, but, remember how important repetition is. So, if you choose to repeat one story more than once, don’t worry if another story is never told.

OPTION 3:

Do You Wonder Why Bugs are Good?

Discussion for "Are We There Yet?" 

  • Have you ever been on a road trip like the characters? If yes, have you ever asked "are we there yet?" 

  • What is something you do in the car when you're going somewhere? 

  • Have you ever been to the zoo? What was your favorite part? 

Discussion for "Doing my Chores" 

  • Do you do chores around the house? 

  • Do you help your parents with things around the house? 

  • Do you like doing chores?

Discussion for "Do You Wonder Why Bugs are Good?" 

  • Do you like bugs? 

  • What are your favorite bugs? 

  • Did you understand why bugs are important and why we have to take care of them?

 

3. HANDS-ON!

Follow the activities that are inspired by the story you just read! 

ACTIVITIES

Inspired by "Are We There Yet?"

Game: Let's Pretend!

How: Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 (depending on the size of the class). Ask one student to be the leader (they can be alternating), the other 2 or 3 students have to follow the student around the classroom. The students have to ask "are we there yet?" until the leader arrives at the place they want. The leader then has to say "yes, we have arrived at (and say the name of a place of their choice)."

For example. A student walks around and the students go asking "are we there yet" finally the student will say "yes we have arrived at the beach".

Game: Password

How: Put the class in a circle. One student (teacher chooses) will have to say "we have arrived at the..." then the teacher will whisper to one student a place. For example, the beach. Then that student has to whisper to the student next to them until it has passed to everyone in the circle, until the first student has heard and can answer out loud. 

ACTIVITIES

Inspired by "Doing My Chores" 

Game: Do your Chores!

How: Put the different chores spread out on the floor on one side of the classroom and put the students on the other side of the classroom. Divide the class into 2 teams and make them line up. The teacher says the commands such as "make your bed" and 2 students (one from each team) have to run to the chores, choose the correct chore and go back to their team. Once they have arrived, both have to say "I have completed my chore of…. (in this case: making the bed) 

ACTIVITIES

Inspired by Do You Wonder Why Bugs are Good?

Game: My favorite and my least favorite

How: Students will stand behind their chairs. The teacher will say phrases (related to chores) and if the students agree with those comments, they sit down. If they disagree, they get up. 

For example, my favorite chore is making my bed. My least favorite chore is vacuuming.

Game: Memory Game

How: Print out the bugs that appear in the story and the names of the bugs. The students have to match the bugs and their names. 

GENERAL ACTIVITY

Game: Can you guess what bug I am?  

How: this activity can either be as a whole class, in smaller groups or separate the class in 2 teams and make them compete against each other. Have a list ready or write on the board the names of the bugs that appear in the story. A student will silently choose a bug and the other students have to guess what bug they have chosen, asking questions such as "does it have a tail? Does it fly? Does it live in the desert?" 

If the students are competing, whichever team gets more bugs correct wins.

Game: Passing the Ball

How: The teacher will put the students either in a circle or all over the classroom. Ask a question (for example: how old are you?) and throw the ball to a student. The student will answer and then ask "how are you?" and throw it to another student. QUESTIONS: "How old are you?" "how are you?" "what is your name?" "what is your favorite food?" 

4. MOVE YOUR HIPS

Use Move your Hips! activities when you feel students are too distracted or have been seated for too long. The idea is to move and refresh the body, always through learning, and it can be used at any moment of the class. Below you will find some ideas for your age group.

CONCENTRATED MODE

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

FREE DANCE

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.

EUPHORIC MODE

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

CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE

Play either one or both videos so that the students can mimic the motions. This way the students are listening to a song in English and matching the words with their actions.

 

Would you like to interact with the kids during the storytelling moment?

After you have read the story to the children once, you can do a second reading with the kids interaction.

 

Try stopping at specific moments of the story and ask the kids to copy the gestures of your face that indicate the feelings of the character in the story.

 

Example: if the character indicates that he is tired, you should make an expression that shows fatigue and the children should imitate it. 

 

5. BRAIN BREAKS 

This is a brain break moment for the kids to change energies and prepare with their minds and their bodies for what follows.

 

You can choose between these options:​

Musical Chairs  

 

A set of chairs is arranged with one fewer chair than the number of players (for example, seven players would use six chairs). While music plays, the students walk around the set of chairs. When the music stops abruptly, all players must find their own individual chair to occupy. The player who fails to sit on a chair is eliminated. A chair is then removed for the next round, and the process repeats until only one player remains and is declared the winner. Since we are working with young kids, one option is to always change the kid who is out of the game. When another student loses, the one who is already out comes back.

Coloring Pages

Coloring pages are a great way to relax and allow the younger kids to take a break. Free handed drawings or coloring pages are both excellent choices for this age.

 Dance and Freeze

 

Play a catchy tune and let students freely dance (or call out instructions to dance in particular ways, such as “Dance as if you have a sore foot” or, “Dance as if you just woke up”). Every so often, pause the music and have students freeze on the spot, likely in comical poses!

Name Moves

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.

 

6. HARMONY

Now, you will continue activating your bodies. To do this, ask and show the kids how to move the body from their toes to the head:

                                                                                                               - Stand on your feet and lean forward letting your head and arms hang.

                                                                                                                                                   -  Maintaining that position, shake your body freely.

                        - Slowly, rise your body back to the standing position. Always remember that the last part of the body to rise is the head.

                                                                                                                                        -  Open your eyes and mouth as big and wide as you can!

Tip: it is a good time to mention parts of the body and make the children start listening to these words.

To end this moment you can ask your kids to give a few jumps to finish activating all the parts of the body.

Now it’s time to start with the harmony activities. When the kids finish jumping and moving their bodies, put this playlist as background  music for the rest of harmony time.

Meanwhile, go ahead and start
with the following activities:
1. ASANA
2. SWARA
3. SAVASANA
4. ANJALI
1. ASANA (Postures)

We will start with the asanas, which means postures. Try these three different positions with your students.
Each position will be related to the story previously read. You can explain to the kids why they connect to the story.

BODY POSTURES

This time, we will start with a short series of body postures. They should be done one after the other in the order shown.

1. Mountain

Stand on your two feet.

Feel the ground beneath you.

Let your arms hang freely and relax your shoulders.

2. Sun

Raise your arms up high as if you were reaching for the Sun.

Place your hands together in Anjali mudra.

3. Dog

Bend down and place your palms flat on the ground. Step your feet back to create an upside-down V shape with your buttocks high in the air. Straighten your legs, relax your head and neck, and look down between your legs

4. Mountain

Stand on your two feet.

Feel the ground beneath you.

Let your arms hang freely and relax your shoulders.

FACE POSTURES

Dog face

Fish face

Happy face

HAND POSTURES

Anjali

Buddhi

2. SWARA  (Breathing)

Children should be lying in the floor in a comfortable and easy position for them.

Remind them of the importance of breathing through their nose.

 

Belly Breathing exercise:

- The children should put their hands on their tummies and try to expand their bellies (not their chests) when they breath in.

- Then they should feel their tummies shrink as they breath out. (They should picture their belly buttons push towards their tummies)

3. SAVASANA (Final relaxation)

After the Belly Breathing exercise, you should play a song from this playlist and let them just relax, ideally closing their eyes.

It would be also ideal to:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Turn off the lights 

                                                                                                                                                                      - Have the children lay down on the floor

                                                                                                                                                                   - Have the children covered with a blanket

This song will be repeated every class in this same moment. This will serve as a guide for the kids to, eventually, understand that the final relaxation moment has come. Hopefully, they will gain the confidence to close their eyes when they hear the song as it will be a familiar activity. 

4. ANJALI

After the Savasana song, you can ask the kids to sit down again and close the Harmony practice by taking their both hands together to the centre of the chest.

Then, you should say “thank you” to them and they should repeat "thank you" after you.

 
 
 
 

7.ENDING

SONG

Ending Song - Vivadí
00:00 / 00:00

Just like you´ve been doing so far, play the Vivadí ending song to let the children know that the class is almost over. Remember this is the moment to rearrange the classroom as you found it when you started and, finally, have the children put their shoes back on.

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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