Group 4 (9-11 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!



  • Consolidate the students' bond with the Vivadí’s class.

  • That students recognize the value of their group as a vehicle for learning and experiencing.

  • That students can give meaning to the contents of the class with the help of audiovisual support.

  • That students 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!



  • Emphasize 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 center of it

  • Children take off their shoes


  •  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.


  • 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.


  • 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 their shoes back on and organize the class.


  • Let the children listen to a story in English and, with the help of your body language, discover something of the meaning of the story.


  • 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.


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


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. 


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


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



Keeping up with the daily routine topic, the next activity is reading a story that relates to it.

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.

Tip: It is a good story to make a point on the days of the week or on the traffic lights and signs!


You can ask your students what they see when they go to school! Maybe they can even bring a picture of their favourite spot on their way to school.

*If you don't have a projector: it is convenient that you read with nuances, while another person acts what happens in the story.


You can choose between these options in 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.


Discussion for "Speak Now"

  • What is the story in the song?

  • (after reading the lyrics) What other details did you find out?

3. HANDS - ON!

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

Inspired by "Samantha the Girl Scientist and Samuel the Boy Scientist"

Game: Experiment Time!

How: Tell students to form groups. They will try one of the experiments that Samantha or Samuel did! You may provide the materials or ask them to get them at home.

General Activities

Game: Speak Now!

How: Ask students to stand behind their desks. You will say a word, and point to the first student in the row. S/he must say another word that begins with the same letter. Example: Map / Monkey / Money / Milk / etc. If a student can’t come up with a word, s/he must sit down. The game will end when only one student is standing.

Game: Song Challenge

Material: Projectable

How: Assign a number to each student. Each one will be responsible for choosing a song that matches their corresponding number. You may either dedicate a class for this sharing of songs or start each day with a couple of them. Remind students that the songs chosen by them need to be school-appropriate!

Game: 2 Truths and a Lie

How: Divide students into trios. Tell them they must think of two things about them that are true, and one thing that is false. Taking turns, they must say the three things in a random order. For example: "I am 14 years old", "I went to Rio last week" and "I have never eaten sushi". The other two students must figure out which one is the lie. 

Game: Have You Ever? Bingo 

Material: Projectable

How: Print out bingo handout and give one to each student. As fast as they can, they must tick the things they have done in their lives. The winner is the one that completes either a full line or a full row, and shouts “Bingo!”. If they use the square in the middle, they must provide one thing they have done that is not in the handout.

Game: Would You Rather

Material: Video 1       Video 2

How: Print out bingo handout and give one to each student. As fast as they can, they must tick the things they have done in their lives. The winner is the one that completes either a full line or a full row, and shouts “Bingo!”. If they use the square in the middle, they must provide one thing they have done that is not in the handout.


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.



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

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.


This is a brain break moment for the kids to change energies and prepare with their minds and their bodies for what follows. This is an optional activity, you don't always have to do it. 


You can choose between these options:​



Samantha the Girl Scientist


Speak Now (Song Narrative)

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. 

Discussion for "Samantha the Girl Scientist" 

  • What do you want to be when you grow up? 

  • Do you like science? 

  • What was your favorite part of the story? 

  • Has anyone taught you a cool experiment or trick? Can you try it?

Discussion for "Samuel the Boy Scientist" 

  • Samuel and Samantha have different reasons for being a scientist, do you want to be something like someone else for different reasons? For example, do you and a friend want to be a doctor for different reasons? What are they? 

  • Did you like reading about the different experiments that Samuel did? 

Inspired by the song "Speak Now"

Scavenger Hunt

Give your students different things to find and explore throughout the classroom or school. During each brain break, they can try to find one new item on their list. Some options: blue marker, different color paper clip, paper airplane (they can find a paper sheet and make it), stuffed bear, ruler, colored ball. Give them a list of objects and an amount of time to discover them. 

Pass the Ball


This game is great because you can incorporate a little physical activity and coordination. Get a soft, medium-sized ball and let students grab a spot for themselves around the classroom. The goal is to not let the ball drop to the floor. Students must constantly pass the ball to each other. Every time someone passes the ball, they must say something in english, depending on the teacher’s theme of choice. It can be: animals, colors, foods, desserts, candies, tv shows, jobs…

 Trading Places


Have students stand behind their pushed-in chairs. Call out a trait, and everyone who has that trait must change places with someone else (students who do not have the trait stay where they are). Examples: “Everyone with curly hair.” “Everyone who ate cereal for breakfast.” “Everyone who is wearing stripes.”. Another option is to form two lines of chairs, one facing the other. Each pair of chairs is designed with one word (or a theme like “animals”, “colors”). The teacher tells a story, and every time the word or theme is said, the kids must change places. You can also add one kid in the middle of the lines, who must try to sit down, allowing some other kid to stand up. 

  Would You Rather


Questions are a good way to get to know people and provoke interesting conversation, stimulating the kids to speak english. Some options will show up on the screen, and the kids must choose one of them. The teacher can also provoke more questions, depending on the will of the students and the class theme. 

Would You Rather

Would You Rather - Among Us Version



Kids love a good riddle. Give them easy ones to see how many they can solve in one brain break, or try to stump them with a tougher riddle. If the kids are able to read, you can give them the riddle, with answers, so they can challenge each other. 


The Atom Game


The teacher must call out different ways for students to move around: like a cat, a dog, an old person, space aliens, mermaids… Then, call out a number with the word “atom” (e.g., “Atom three!”) and the students must join up into groups of three. Any stray “atoms” are out of the game. One idea is to always change the student who is out of the game: when a new kid must leave, the one who is already outside comes back.



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 (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.


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.


Dog face

Fish face

Happy face




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. 


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.




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.


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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