Possessive Adjectives and Clothing Items

I am teaching possessive pronouns and clothing items. After being exposed to the vocabulary and the pronouns MY, YOUR, HIS and HER and after practicing for some time, I proposed the following task:

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Students first drew a slip with a piece of clothing each. They drew and colored their piece of clothing and in the end, we all sat on the floor.

Task 1: Each student talked about their drawing: “My dress is red”, “My boots are green”, “My socks are blue”, My shorts are blue”, My hat is pink”, My T-shirt is gray”, My shoes are green and brown”


Task 2: Then, we practiced questions and answers. I asked “What color are Julia´s shoes?” and they answered “HER shoes are green.”


Task 3: Finally, each one pointed at all the drawings and said: “Her shoes are green, his T-shirt is gray, her dress is red, his sneakers are yellow, her pants are red, his boots are green, her hat is pink , his socks are blue and my shorts are blue.”

What’s the weather like today?

Here´s a very simple activity to practice questions and answers using weather vocabulary. First, students draw and color on a small piece of paper one type of weather.

Then, write prompts on the board: What´s the weather like today? It´s …

After that, they are instructed to do the following: They all stand up. Student A will ask Student B a question about the picture they (Student A) have in their hands. Student B answers the question and asks a question about the picture they (Student B) have  in their hands. After they finish asking and answering each other a question, they exchange their slips and go find another peer to ask a different question (a question about the new slip they have in hands.) They will continue doing it until they have talked to every one. The last person they will talk to will be the one who has their drawing in hands, so they can get it back and keep it.

 

Run Stickman, run!!!

Yesterday, my workmate Bruno Albuquerque and I participated in the seminar MYCRAFT:REBOOTING ELT SKILLS at Cultura Inglesa, in Brasília. Our Presentation aimed to give ELT teachers basic drawing skills, since drawing is so appealing to students and consequently makes classes fun. We started by telling the participants why students benefit from drawing, Then, we told them a story that would allow us to teach them how to draw ANIMALS and EMOTIONS, which are two things we always have to teach at one point or another in our teaching careers. Each participant received a sheet with frames in blank and throughout the story telling, participants drew each animal and emotion along with us.

Drawing Tips

As someone who has always enjoyed drawing and studied art in college, I particularly think that we, as teachers, need to have basic drawing skills. I lost count of the times I have been asked the meaning of something that was a lot easier for me to explain by drawing. Also, engaging students into drawing tasks adds a fun element to the classroom environment. Here are some of the benefits of drawing which I happen to have found when I was browsing the net the other day, just in case you’re wondering.

What does your dad do

My students were learning names of jobs and what people do, for instance, a police officer keeps our community safe, a firefighter puts out fires, a taxi driver drives around town, etc. They also learned to describe their parents´ schedule. After a few classes and significant practice on the topic, we wrapped this lesson up with a writing task in which they wrote about their parents. We used an app called CHATTER PIX, which allows users to add a voice to a picture. No need to mention they had a blast! Check out our video.

OPTION 2: Students draw themselves in the clothes of the professional they want to become when they grow up and write about it. They can explain their choice by using a reason or an adjective.

Examples:

1) When I grow up, I want to be a doctor because I want to help sick people.
2) I want to be a vet because I love animals and I want to help sick animals.
3) I want to be an architect because I think it´s interesting/fun/lucrative.

In the end, they record their text by using CHATTER PIX.

Tip: Allow students to practice reading their text before recording it, so you can correct any pronunciation difficulties they may have.