Despite all the technology available in the classrooms (iPads, data show equipment, computer labs, etc…) I still think that drawing, coloring and cutting out are fun. Also, the project below promotes collaboration/ cooperation among students. My Junior students were learning the affirmative, negative and interrogative forms of the verb THERE TO BE. After some significant practice and in order to wrap the lesson up, students were arranged in small groups (3 or 4 tops) and I assigned a different task for each member.
MATERIAL NEEDED: Brown paper, magazines, glue, markers, colored pencils and scissors.
WHAT TO DO:
1) Select and cut out pictures from the magazines;
2) Draw and color a race track on the brown paper;
3) Create the tasks to be performed in the game. (Assisted by the teacher)
4) Paste the cut outs.
Possible tasks to be performed when playing the game:
1) Fill in a blank:
For instance, in one of the squares, you see the picture of a cat on the couch and you read: Is there a cat on the couch? Yes, _____. or: ____________a cat on the couch? Yes, there is.
2) Answer a question:
What is there in the picture?______________.
Are there any cars in the picture?______________.
3) Ask a question:
_______________? Yes, there is.
_______________? No, there aren´t.
4) Correct the mistake.
There is three children in the picture.
There is a dog in the picture?
Students learned the names of the BUGS and the verb THERE TOBE to describe their garden. After we practiced the affirmative, negative and interrogative forms for a few classes, they drew, color and cut out one bug each. I taped them all on the board and told them to pay attention to the number and the colors of the bugs . I invited one student at a time to go to the front (facing their peers and not the board) and guess how many of each bug there were and how many of a certain color. For instance, I asked: How many SPIDERS are there? or “How many RED spiders are there?” or Are there any PURPLE snakes?OPTION 2: Students can also be the ones to ask the questions, so the teacher could arrange them in two teams.Writing Task: After practicing the verb THERE TO BE and the names of the bugs, my students were asked to draw their own yard and write about it. They were supposed to use THERE TO BE and the names of the bugs.
This activity is suitable for children after they practice describing wild animals (abilities and physical characteristics). Students are given a sheet of paper in blank. Each student draws, colors and cuts out a different animal of their preference. After all students finish cutting out their animals , take them to a large place (in case the classroom is not big enough) and use duct tape to make a start and a finish line on the floor. Students sit behind the start line and wait for the teacher’s command (‘This animal has beautiful feathers’, ‘This animal can run fast’, ‘This animal has a long trunk’, etc…). The students whose animals’ characteristics match the commands blow their animal on the floor so it moves forward (Yes, they can´t use their hands). Tell students that they can only blow the animal once for each command, otherwise they are disqualified. The winner is the student whose animal reaches the finish line first.
Material needed: A die, sheets in blank, duct tape and colored pencils/markers.
I do this activity with all levels. I give each team a sheet in blank so they can draw, color and cut out a car. I draw a race track on the board and tape the cars to it. I also draw a couple of bombs on the way. Then, I ask students questions about the lesson learned or show them sentences to be completed or questions about vocabulary. In other words, any task related to the content. Students take turns performing the task proposed. If the team is right, they roll a die and move their car. If they stop at the bomb, they go back to the starting point. The winner is the car that reaches the finish line first. Once the game is over, I collect the cars but I do not throw them away. I tape them to the wall, so I can use them again in the future.
Once the game is over, I collect the cars but I do not throw them away. I tape them to the wall, so I can use them again in a future activity.