Christmas with the Snowman

The Snowman

The beautifully animated film ‘The Snowman‘ formed the basis of several groups’ final Christmas and Winter themed lessons. We firstly learnt some warm winter clothing nouns, then we had fun either trying them on or winter dressing a live ‘snowman’.

Winter Clothes

We then watched the film, in full or in part, naming things and animals as we went along. Our next step was to create snowmen for ourselves, so out came our scissors, glue and colours. 🙂

The-Snowman with cake

However, what is a winter without Christmas? So, over the final lessons we played with Christmas words, outlined Santa’s tasks, and sang Christmas songs. And to top it off we created funny old Father Christmases of our very own.

Grand Robotic Mayhem

Following on from Wallace and Gromit‘s meeting with the luna-robot, I thought that we would have some more robotic fun for ourselves.

Barcola primary school was the lesson’s ‘advanced guard’, but my other English groups will not be too far behind. 🙂

We began the session with some youtube enhanced discussions concerning real and make-believe robots. Firstly we looked at a Wall-e short, which the children correctly identified as make-believe.

Then we watched a Honda commercial featuring Asimo.

I explained to them that Asimo was indeed a real robot, but that he needed a squad of technicians on hand to program him even for ‘simple’ tasks. Some of the children seemed relieved to hear this!

After a simple worksheet linking us back to the Wallace and Gromit adventure, we got down to some real fun. So, out came the cardboard boxes, balloons, and Lego for some grand low-tech robotic creations. (more…)

A Grand Project for ‘A Grand Day Out’

Earlier this week some of the children began their first Wallace and Gromit project, based on the duo’s first animated adventure: ‘A Grand Day Out‘.

We started out by watching the film, which all of the children seemed to love, and then we went on to a comprehension exercise. With the youngest classes we completed simple comprehension sentences, while with the slightly older classes answered some comprehension questions.

The remainer of the lesson was spent on either building our own rocket-ships or designing our very own luna-robots.

Tiny-rannosaurus – Bites Again

This week I am introducing Tiny-rannosaurus to several groups of children.

We are reading a computerized version of the book, and then playing with its themes and images in a mini-project. We are exploring its characters, its locations, and its wonderful chomping, growling, roaring, stamping, charging, slamming vocabulary. And not forgetting, the labelling of  body parts, the learning of a little about the dinosaurs behind the characters and the creating of some great ‘rannosaurus art’.

I hope that it will be enjoyed by all.

A Week of Numbers

Now that Halloween is over, I have decided to bring the children back to reality by looking at numbers. Numbers offer the possibility of dry and boring lessons, but I have attempted to avoid this, as much as possible. 🙂

So while we have been using explanatory worksheets in various forms depending on the class, I have also tried to inject a little active enjoyment with games of Bingo,with or without number restrictions, and by crafting and playing number wheel games and countdown rocketships.

Number learning can, and should, be fun. 🙂

A Colourful Witch

Here is a witch and her black cauldron. Her skin is pink and her long hair is ginger. She is wearing a tall black hat and short black boots. Her black cloak has a yellow and green cloak pin. Her shirt is red, and under her purple skirt she is wearing grey tights.

This is yet another activity from the current Halloween project. It is fun to see that as the 31st of October draws nearer and nearer the kids are getting more and more excited. 🙂

This exercise works on the children’s knowledge of colours and clothing,  with older pupils mastery questions, using both the present simple and present continuous, are also used.

Getting to know a certain red dragon. :-)

As a part of our Halloween book project a number of classes this week are exploring the features of a red dragon which stars in our Halloween book choice.

This little dragon has big yellow eyes and sharp white horns. He has red scaly skin, but his wings are pink and his belly is white.

There are two versions of the worksheet, one for my younger learners, which includes labels for cutting and sticking, and one for slightly older children, which includes a number of ‘mastery questions’.

I hope that somebody else finds them useful.

Felix Baumgartner – Clothing and Body Parts Worksheet

“Sometimes you have to get up really high to understand how small you are:”

I have created a quick body and clothing worksheet for some of my young classes. I hope somebody else out there will find it useful.

Felix Baumgartner clothing and body parts .doc

English with Mr Felix ‘supersonic’ Baumgartner :-)

After seeing and cheering Felix Baumgartner‘s incredible supersonic jump on Sunday, and knowing that my young classes would be equally excited, I decided that I would incorporate his flight into a few of  this week’s lessons. 🙂

I started with the first classes yesterday.  Some of the children had already seen the jump and so a foundation of excitement had already been laid.

The first video shown was the jump’s promo video.

After watching it, we froze on Felix’s face and worked on simple ‘face features’ with this worksheet. Then we moved on to drawing Felix’s face in an astronaut’s helmet template.

We finished up this part of the lesson by shooting a video of the kids responding to the question, ‘What’s your name?’. They held up the masks to their faces and answered, ‘My name is Felix.’

During my lessons with other children this week, I will also include some footage of the actual jump .

Along with this great Lego version. 🙂

Room on the Broom

Earlier this week at the Finžgar primary school in Barcola we began to explore Halloween. We embarked on the topic with a multimedia board enhanced reading of Julia Donaldson‘s Room on the Broom.

I love it when publishers provide different ways of reading and interacting with their literature, and more importantly the children love it too.

So, we read and spoke about the book, its words and images, and then we begun with our first Halloween worksheet entitled ‘Witchy Words‘.  The younger class cut, stuck and coloured this worksheet, while the older class wrote and coloured this one.

Looking into my tea leaves, I predict that this is going to be a great Halloween. 🙂