Thursday, 27 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 27 - Tegan's Town

 Day 27 of the birthday month sees a craft activity to help your students practice colours and the points of the compass!

Each student should be given a blank, map sheet and a smaller (half sheet) with the blank buildings on. Once they have coloured the buildings, according to their labels, they should cut them out. They have a series of clues on the map sheet that tell them where to stick the buildings. They are shown which way is north, to help them. For example, the first clue is "the pink park is in the middle of town and the blue bank is in the south west". Your students need to glue the pink park in the middle of the star and the blue bank on the bottom left of the page.

Once they have followed all the clues, they should have a fully completed town! I have included an answer sheet for teachers to make it easier to check their work.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 26 - Taco Cat

 It's day 26 of the Birthday Month and time for something a little more advanced for more advanced student. A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same backwards as it does forwards. For example, if you write "taco cat" backwards (with the letters still the same way round) you get "tac ocat". If you then rearrange the space you get "taco cat"!

The Taco Cat worksheet works well as a warmer and gets your students to think about the words they write and their spelling. Your students should work individually, or together, to solve the palindromes. They have to fill in the missing letters, and hence words, to complete the palindrome sentences. They have part of the sentence so if they think carefully they can just copy the letters on the other side of the sentence. 

It isn't easy and shouldn't be attempted by lower level students, but should work really well with higher level ones.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day - 25 - Robot Body

  Young Learners often learn body parts and, admittedly, there are lots of great activities you can do and use. But you can never have enough, right?

Robot body is a craft and a board game all rolled into one. Give each student a small sheet of body parts and have them cut out the pieces. Then, give each student a board game sheet. This is where it gets a little complicated. They play the board game, individually, but share the same dice and take it in turns. You will also need to give student a glue stick. When they play the game, they roll the dice and move as normal. When they land on a square they find that body part in their pile and stick it onto the template in the middle of the sheet. If they have already got that body part glued down, they miss a turn and the dice goes to the next player. Each player glues their body parts onto their sheet and moves their piece on their own board. Once they have finished, they can draw lines to match the words and the body parts on their completed craft. 

I have included instructions with the PDF, just to help you and remind you as you use it. 

Monday, 24 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 24 - Rhino Rice Roulette

 Time for yet another powerpoint based reward game. Rhino Rice Roulette involves your students having to find the rhino behind the take away rice boxes. There are 18 rice boxes in each level (there are 5 levels in total) but only one rhino is hidden on each level! You, or your students, can choose the level first. Then, all they have to do is answer your question or produce the language point. They can then choose a rice box and press it with there finger (on an interactive white board) or with the mouse. The student who finds the rhino is the winner! If you want to go back and start again or choose a new level, click on the "back" button to be taken back to the main menu.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 23 - Pin the Tail on the Donkey

 For the 23rd day of the Birthday Month, it is time for another fun, powerpoint based reward game (you can never have enough up your sleeve). Pin the Tail on the Donkey is, as you would expect, a reimagining of the classic party game. Although there are no physical pins involved. Just blindfold your student, maybe spin them around a little, and then have them touch the screen (this game doesn't really work unless you have an interactive white board) where they think the tail goes. Almost anywhere they touch will result in a tail appearing on the donkey, but only one place is corrects there can only be one winner! Just remember to give your students a task before hand, no point in rewarding them for nothing! 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 22 - Photo Album

Photo Album is a great board game to practice describing people. Your students can describe each face they land on and, if the class is a little more advanced, they can describe what they think that person's personality might be like as well. Each face is different and slightly unique and, mostly, famous people. Seeing faces they recognise can really help build their interest and motivation. All you need to provide is the board game, a dice and some counters for each group. It works best with 3-4 students playing at a time, so bigger classes will need more groups.

Friday, 21 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 21 - Penguin Pursuit

 Behind each iceberg is a fish costume, in one of the fish costumes is a penguin. Can your class find the penguin?

Penguin Pursuit is another reward game for your class. A student produces the language, comes to the front, clicks on a fish costume (either using the mouse or by touching it if you have an Interactive Whiteboard) and tries to find the hidden penguin. Don't forget to reward them if they do find it! There are 6 different levels, and the penguin is hiding in a different place for each level. Hopefully this will give you a chance to use the game more than once before your students figure out where each penguin his hiding.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 20 - Parent Trap

 Parent Trap is another simple and fun Powerpoint reward game for the entire class. Once a student has come to the board and produced the language you have asked them to, whether it is asking or answering a question or producing a stand alone sentence. They can, if they are correct, click the mouse, tap the space bar or touch the screen to move the purple ball along the course, eventually trapping the mum and dad and letting your class celebrate!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 19 - My Name is Me

 Using personality adjectives isn't all that difficult, but getting a student to describe themselves using personality adjectives can be. challenge. "My Name is Me" is an acrostic activity. Hand each student a page and have them write their name down one side. They then have to think of personality adjectives to describe themselves that begin with the letters in their name. So, if I did one for myself, if would read;


Once they have done that, there is a space for them to write a paragraph describing themselves, using the personality adjectives they have chosen. Once they have done that, they can draw a self-portrait! These would look great around a classroom, giving the students a real sense of ownership of the place.
I have included the blank sheet for the students and an example sheet (with me on, so you might want to redo this part for your self, unless your name is Matt..)

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

4th Birthday - Day 18 - Opposition

 I am sure we all play, or have played, pelmanism games in our classes. But most people do words that match, or have some similarities. "Opposition" is a pelmanism game, that works exactly the same as all others, but the students have to find pairs of opposite words. E.g. "Yes" and "no", "black" and "white" and "big" and "small". I believe Einstein said something about opposites at some point, they are important and useful for students to study.

You just need to cut the cards, shuffle them and place them ice down on the floor or table for the students to turn over and find. There are 50 pairs of words in total (100 words), but you don't have to use all of them.