3rd Grade Métis

APRIL

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, k, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Jobs — Students learned and practiced different clothes vocabulary: teacher, police officers, fire fighter, astronaut, doctor, nurse, vet, farmer, engineer, actor, singer, mechanic, taxi driver, artist, dancer, pilot, postal worker, chef, dentist, photographer, journalist, and soldier.  

Easter — Students learned some holiday vocabulary related to Easter, such as: bunny, Easter basket, dying eggs, Easter egg hunt, Easter card, lamb, hot cross buns, nest, flower bouquet, and chick.  



Phrases Review:

• “I don’t understand. Help, please!”
• “May I go to the bathroom?”
• “I have a question.”

• "How do I spell...?"

• "How do I say...?"

• "Can you speak more slowly, please?"

• "Can you repeat that, please?"

 


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, family members, and color.

Speaking Project — Students started a speaking project which they will work on for the remainder of the year. The class split into groups and they get to choose their topic, such as news broadcast, holiday with friends, or favorite movie scene. 

Swat It — Flashcards (for any topic) are attached to the board, and students are split into two teams. The teacher announces as vocabulary word, and using a stick (or fly swatter), the students must try to be the fastest to "swat" the correct flashcard. 

Easter Egg Hunt — For our Easter lesson, students had to find "eggs" with vocabulary words and pictures hidden around the room. Then they had to match the words and pictures. 

Pantomime — Students act out vocabulary words, and their partners/teams must guess the correct vocabulary word/phrase. 

Ball Toss — Children sit in a circle and takes turns tossing a ball and saying different clothes/job words. They try to go as fast a possible. Then, we add a second ball so the children must be thinking very quickly and saying as many clothes/jobs words as they know. 

Flashcard Hunt — The teacher hides themed flashcards around the room, and the students must find the cards. When the students find the cards, they must either say what it is, or act it out. Then, as a class, we review the target vocabulary and reinforce comprehension.

Flashcard Race — Students split into two teams. The teacher shows flashcards to the students and they must correctly identify the vocabulary word before running back in line and sending the next student. 

 

I remember… — This flashcard game helps the students practice their memorization skills and speaking skills. Themed flashcards are placed on the ground, and students take turns turning over the flashcards and finding matches while practicing speedy recognition and new vocabulary.

APRIL

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, k, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Jobs — Students learned and practiced different clothes vocabulary: teacher, police officers, fire fighter, astronaut, doctor, nurse, vet, farmer, engineer, actor, singer, mechanic, taxi driver, artist, dancer, pilot, postal worker, chef, dentist, photographer, journalist, and soldier.  

Easter — Students learned some holiday vocabulary related to Easter, such as: bunny, Easter basket, dying eggs, Easter egg hunt, Easter card, lamb, hot cross buns, and chick.  



Phrases Review:

• “I don’t understand. Help, please!”
• “May I go to the bathroom?”
• “I have a question.”

• "How do I spell...?"

• "How do I say...?"

• "Can you speak more slowly, please?"

• "Can you repeat that, please?"

 


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, family members, and color.

Speaking Project — Students started a speaking project which they will work on for the remainder of the year. For their project, all of the students choose to pretend to be an animal. The teachers ask the children a set of questions, such as: "What are you? What do you eat? Where do you live? What do you like to do?, etc..." to which the students must respond in full sentences. 

Swat It — Flashcards (for any topic) are attached to the board, and students are split into two teams. The teacher announces as vocabulary word, and using a stick (or fly swatter), the students must try to be the fastest to "swat" the correct flashcard. 

Easter Egg Hunt — For our Easter lesson, students had to find "eggs" with vocabulary words and pictures hidden around the room. Then they had to match the words and pictures. 

Pantomime — Students act out vocabulary words, and their partners/teams must guess the correct vocabulary word/phrase. 

Ball Toss — Children sit in a circle and takes turns tossing a ball and saying different clothes/job words. They try to go as fast a possible. Then, we add a second ball so the children must be thinking very quickly and saying as many clothes/jobs words as they know. 

Flashcard Hunt — The teacher hides themed flashcards around the room, and the students must find the cards. When the students find the cards, they must either say what it is, or act it out. Then, as a class, we review the target vocabulary and reinforce comprehension.

Flashcard Race — Students split into two teams. The teacher shows flashcards to the students and they must correctly identify the vocabulary word before running back in line and sending the next student. 

I remember… — This flashcard game helps the students practice their memorization skills and speaking skills. Themed flashcards are placed on the ground, and students take turns turning over the flashcards and finding matches while practicing speedy recognition and new vocabulary.

MARCH

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, k, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Clothes — Students learned and practiced different clothes vocabulary: shirt, t-shirt, blouse, shoes, sandals, boots, pants, jeans, trousers, underwear, skirt, tights, socks, necklace, dress, jumper, sweater, shorts, swimming shorts, swimming costume, jacket, coat, slippers, and pyjamas.

Jobs — Students learned and practiced different clothes vocabulary: teacher, police officers, fire fighter, astronaut, doctor, nurse, vet, farmer, engineer, actor, singer, mechanic, taxi driver, artist, dancer, pilot, postal worker, chef, dentist, photographer, journalist, and soldier.  



Phrases Review:

• “I don’t understand. Help, please!”
• “May I go to the bathroom?”
• “I have a question.”

• "How do I spell...?"

• "How do I say...?"

• "Can you speak more slowly, please?"

• "Can you repeat that, please?"

• "I like your outfit!" + adjectives such as: "nice, pretty, fancy, handosme, sporty, and colourful" 

• "What are you wearing?" — "I'm wearing..."

• "What do you do?" — "I am a/an..." 


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, family members, and color.

Adventure Time — Students really like this activity because they get to be creative and work together. The students get into small groups of 3 or 4, and they take flashcards from a pile. One flashcard is a family member, two are animals, two are foods, one is an activity (for example, going to the beach), one is a season or weather event, and the last flashcard is a word related to home/neighborhood. Students are given 4 minutes and they must make up a short story to present to the class using all of their cards. Then, students get new cards for a new story! 

Pictionary — Again, students are split into two teams. Students are given specific vocabulary words or phrases and they must illustrate the words or phrases so that their teams can correctly identify the words or phrases. 

A-Z Board Race — As a warm-up/brainstorm activity, students split into teams or pairs and try to think of a different piece of clothing or job for every letter of the alphabet. Then, as a class, we see if we can put all the lists together to complete the alphabet. 

Swat It — Flashcards (for any topic) are attached to the board, and students are split into two teams. The teacher announces as vocabulary word, and using a stick (or fly swatter), the students must try to be the fastest to "swat" the correct flashcard. 

Pantomime — Students act out vocabulary words, and their partners/teams must guess the correct vocabulary word/phrase. 

Ball Toss — Children sit in a circle and takes turns tossing a ball and saying different clothes/job words. They try to go as fast a possible. Then, we add a second ball so the children must be thinking very quickly and saying as many clothes/jobs words as they know. 

Flashcard Hunt — The teacher hides themed flashcards around the room, and the students must find the cards. When the students find the cards, they must either say what it is, or act it out. Then, as a class, we review the target vocabulary and reinforce comprehension.

Flashcard Race — Students split into two teams. The teacher shows flashcards to the students and they must correctly identify the vocabulary word before running back in line and sending the next student. 

Alphabet I.D. — Using magnetic letters, students must put the letters in the correct alphabetic order. Then, students might need to use the letters to name foods, their name, or favourite animals. 

I remember… — This flashcard game helps the students practice their memorization skills and speaking skills. Themed flashcards are placed on the ground, and students take turns turning over the flashcards and finding matches while practicing speedy recognition and new vocabulary.

FEBRUARY

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Numbers — Students practiced numbers and number-related expressions. For example, students practiced identifying specific numbers like 567 or 34 or 12,346. We practiced numbers in the hundreds, thousands, and millions. We also practiced number expressions like "first, second, third, twenty-first, forty-second, one-hundred-and-twelfth", etc. 

Valentine's Day — Students learned English words and expressions related to Valentine's Day, such as: I love you!, Will you be my Valentine?, Be mine!, heart, Cupid, bouquet, and card. 

Food — Students learned and practiced vocabulary and phrases related to food and eating/drinking. Students practiced the difference between food and drink. Students learned food vocabulary such as: apple, banana, orange, strawberry, sausage, mango, cucumber, sandwich, water, orange juice, soda, chocolate cake, broccoli, carrots, milk, cheese, cookie, ice cream, pizza, french fries, ketchup, watermelon, potato, tomato, soup, salad, avocado, peach, egg, eggplant, honey, ham, yogurt, grapes and bread.



Phrases Review:

• "What is your favourite food?"

• "My favourite food is . . . "

• "I am hungry/thirsty."

• "What would you like to eat/drink?"

• "I would like to eat/drink a/some . . . "

• We practiced many number expressions like "first, second, third, fourth, etc."

• Spicy, Salty, Sweet, Sour 


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, body parts, and color.

Adventure Time — Students really like this activity because they get to be creative and work together. The students get into small groups of 3 or 4, and they take flashcards from a pile. One flashcard is a family member, two are animals, two are foods, one is an activity (for example, going to the beach), one is a season or weather event, and the last flashcard is a word related to home/neighborhood. Students are given 4 minutes and they must make up a short story to present to the class using all of their cards. Then, students get new cards for a new story! 

Food Toss — Children sit in a circle and takes turns tossing a ball and saying different food words. They try to go as fast a possible. Then, we add a second ball so the children must be thinking very quickly and saying as many food words as they know. Sometimes we specify the foods by asking: "What is in a salad?" and the students must only say words for food that goes in salad.  

Valentine's Card — The students designed Valentine's Day cards and wrote messages of love to their parents, family members, pets, or best friends!  

Swat It — Flashcards (for any topic) are attached to the board, and students are split into two teams. The teacher announces as vocabulary word, and using a stick (or fly swatter), the students must try to be the fastest to "swat" the correct flashcard. 

Charades — Students are split into two teams. One student form each team must try to guess the vocabulary word that the other students on his/her team are acting out. 

Flashcard Hunt — The teacher hides themed flashcards around the room, and the students must find the cards. When the students find the cards, they must either say what it is, or act it out. Then, as a class, we review the target vocabulary and reinforce comprehension.

Pictionary — Again, students are split into two teams. Students are given specific vocabulary words or phrases and they must illustrate the words or phrases so that their teams can correctly identify the words or phrases. 

Flashcard Race — Students split into two teams. The students run to the teacher who shows them a flashcard for a given topic. The student who says the vocabulary first runs back to his/her line and sends the next student. This continues with the students saying the vocabulary words as quickly (and correctly) as possible.  

Numbers Board Race — Students were split into two teams and they had to quickly and correctly identify numbers, or number "words," written on the board in order to earnt points for their teams. 

JANUARY

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Seasons & Weather — The students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to the seasons, weather, and vacation, such as: winter, summer, fall/autumn, spring, rain(y), wind(y), snow(y), cold, freeze, ice, cloud(y), leaf, leaves, snowman, leaf pile, vacation, beach, ski, sandcastle, and sun(ny).

Family Members — Students learned new “family” words (aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, infant, siblings, husband, wife), and also reviewed already known “family” words (mother, father, sister, brother, baby, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, friend, male, female, younger, and older). We also discussed the concept of a “family tree.”

Numbers — Students practiced numbers and number-related expressions. For example, students practiced identifying specific numbers like 567 or 34 or 12,346. We practiced numbers in the hundreds, thousands, and millions. We also practiced number expressions like "first, second, third, twenty-first, forty-second, one-hundred-and-twelfth", etc. 

Food — Students learned and practiced vocabulary and phrases related to food and eating/drinking. Students practiced the difference between food and drink. Students learned food vocabulary such as: apple, banana, orange, strawberry, sausage, mango, cucumber, sandwich, water, orange juice, soda, chocolate cake, broccoli, carrots, milk, cheese, cookie, ice cream, pizza, french fries, ketchup, watermelon, potato, tomato, soup, salad, avocado, peach, egg, eggplant, honey, ham, yogurt, grapes and bread.



Phrases Review:

• "What is your favourite food?"

• "My favourite food is . . . "

• "I am hungry/thirsty."

• "What would you like to eat/drink?"

• "I would like to eat/drink a/some . . . "

• We practiced many number expressions like "first, second, third, fourth, etc." 


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, body parts, and color.

Adventure Time — Students really like this activity because they get to be creative and work together. The students get into small groups of 3 or 4, and they take flashcards from a pile. One flashcard is a family member, two are animals, two are foods, one is an activity (for example, going to the beach), one is a season or weather event, and the last flashcard is a word related to home/neighborhood. Students are given 4 minutes and they must make up a short story to present to the class using all of their cards. Then, students get new cards for a new story! 

Swat It — Flashcards (for any topic) are attached to the board, and students are split into two teams. The teacher announces as vocabulary word, and using a stick (or fly swatter), the students must try to be the fastest to "swat" the correct flashcard. 

Charades — Students are split into two teams. One student form each team must try to guess the vocabulary word that the other students on his/her team are acting out. 

Flashcard Hunt — The teacher hides themed flashcards around the room, and the students must find the cards. When the students find the cards, they must either say what it is, or act it out. Then, as a class, we review the target vocabulary and reinforce comprehension.

Pictionary — Again, students are split into two teams. Students are given specific vocabulary words or phrases and they must illustrate the words or phrases so that their teams can correctly identify the words or phrases. 

Flashcard Race — Students split into two teams. The students run to the teacher who shows them a flashcard for a given topic. The student who says the vocabulary first runs back to his/her line and sends the next student. This continues with the students saying the vocabulary words as quickly (and correctly) as possible.  

Numbers Board Race — Students were split into two teams and they had to quickly and correctly identify numbers, or number "words," written on the board in order to earnt points for their teams. 

DECEMBER 

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Home — Students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to the house and home, such as different spaces (kitchen, bedroom, dining room, living room, bathroom, garage, basement, garden), furniture (bed, table, kitchen utensils, cup, bowl, plate, bench), and common house words (television, refrigerator, couch, yard, pet). We also reviewed actions that you do in the home, such as eating, sleeping, relaxing, and cleaning.

Seasons & Weather — The students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to the seasons, weather, and vacation, such as: winter, summer, fall/autumn, spring, rain(y), wind(y), snow(y), cold, freeze, ice, cloud(y), leaf, leaves, snowman, leaf pile, vacation, beach, ski, sandcastle, and sun(ny).

Family Members — Students learned new “family” words (aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, infant, siblings, husband, wife), and also reviewed already known “family” words (mother, father, sister, brother, baby, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, friend, male, female, younger, and older). We also discussed the concept of a “family tree.”

Christmas — Students learned and reviewed a variety of words and ideas related to Christmas and holiday season, including: Santa Claus, christmas tree, ornament, sleigh, bells, star, chimney, snowflake, reindeer, present, stocking, elf, and holly. Students also learned the popular Christmas song, "The 12 Days of Christmas." 



Phrases Review:

• “What is your favorite season?”
• “My favorite season is . . . because . . . "

• "older/younger" vs. "oldest/youngest"

 


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, body parts, and color.

Secret Code — The students are very competitive with this game, and they have a lot of fun. The teacher makes a secret code for the alphabet . . . for example, c = b . . . which means that every letter = the letter before (gjti = fish, bojnbm = animal, hsboegbuifs = grandfather). Then, the teacher splits the class into groups or teams, and gives the teams a list of words or phrases related to a theme. The teams race to decipher the secret code as quickly as possible.

Story Time — Students really like this activity because they get to be creative and work together. The student get into small groups of 3 or 4, and they take flashcards from a pile. One flashcard is a family member, two are animals, one is an activity (for example, going to the beach), one is a season or weather event, and the last flashcard is a word related to home/neighborhood. Students are given 4 minutes and they must make up a short story to present to the class using all of their cards. Then, students get new cards for a new story! 

Swat It — Flashcards (for any topic) are attached to the board, and students are split into two teams. The teacher announces as vocabulary word, and using a stick (or fly swatter), the students must try to be the fastest to "swat" the correct flashcard. 

Charades — Students are split into two teams. One student form each team must try to guess the vocabulary word that the other students on his/her team are acting out. 

Flashcard Hunt — The teacher hides themed flashcards around the room, and the students must find the cards. When the students find the cards, they must either say what it is, or act it out. Then, as a class, we review the target vocabulary and reinforce comprehension. 

Crossword — We use this activity to practice the alphabet, spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. Often, at the beginning of each lesson, the teacher creates a crossword using words related to the theme for the day (colors, animals, halloween, etc). Using clues, the students must figure out each word, and spell the word correctly. This is a good activity to introduce new vocabulary or practice specific letter combinations, like “ch” or “th” or “sh” or “tch”. 

Hangman Guessing Game — This game is also used to practice spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. However, in Hangman, students choose their own word or phrase (related to a theme), and their peers must guess the correct letters. This game can become a contest or challenge when we split the class into teams or groups. 

I remember… — This flashcard game helps the students practice their memorization skills and speaking skills. Themed flashcards are placed on the ground, and students take turns turning over the flashcards and finding matches while practicing speedy recognition and new vocabulary.

NOVEMBER 

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Home — Students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to the house and home, such as different spaces (kitchen, bedroom, dining room, living room, bathroom, garage, basement, garden), furniture (bed, table, kitchen utensils, cup, bowl, plate, bench), and common house words (television, refrigerator, couch, yard, pet). We also reviewed actions that you do in the home, such as eating, sleeping, relaxing, and cleaning.

Seasons & Weather — The students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to the seasons, weather, and vacation, such as: winter, summer, fall/autumn, spring, rain(y), wind(y), snow(y), cold, freeze, ice, cloud(y), leaf, leaves, snowman, leaf pile, vacation, beach, ski, sandcastle, and sun(ny).

Family Members — Students learned new “family” words (aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, infant, siblings, husband, wife), and also reviewed already known “family” words (mother, father, sister, brother, baby, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, friend, male, female, younger, and older). We also discussed the concept of a “family tree.”

Thanksgiving — Students learned and reviewed a variety of words and ideas related to the American holiday of Thanksgiving, including: turkey, stuffing, feather, gobble, pie, Native American, mashed potato, pumpkin, and thankful.



Phrases Review:

• “What is your favorite season?”
• “My favorite season is . . . because . . . "
• “What are you thankful for?"

• "I'm thankful for . . ."

• "older/younger" vs. "oldest/youngest"


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, body parts, and color.

Secret Code — The students are very competitive with this game, and they have a lot of fun. The teacher makes a secret code for the alphabet . . . for example, c = b . . . which means that every letter = the letter before (gjti = fish, bojnbm = animal, hsboegbuifs = grandfather). Then, the teacher splits the class into groups or teams, and gives the teams a list of words or phrases related to a theme. The teams race to decipher the secret code as quickly as possible.

Where Do You Live? — While we practiced vocabulary related to where we live, students were able to discuss their neighborhoods and their homes with other students in the class, specifically regarding where they eat, play, or sleep.

Flashcard Hunt — The teacher hides themed flashcards around the room, and the students must find the cards. When the students find the cards, they must either say what it is, or act it out. Then, as a class, we review the target vocabulary and reinforce comprehension. 

Family Tree — Students drew their family in their class notebook, and then labelled members of their family using the appropriate vocabulary. Then, students spoke with their peers about their brothers, sisters, mother, father, grandparents, etc. We used the phrase, “In my family tree, I have . . .”

Crossword — We use this activity to practice the alphabet, spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. Often, at the beginning of each lesson, the teacher creates a crossword using words related to the theme for the day (colors, animals, halloween, etc). Using clues, the students must figure out each word, and spell the word correctly. This is a good activity to introduce new vocabulary or practice specific letter combinations, like “ch” or “th” or “sh” or “tch”. 

Hangman Guessing Game — This game is also used to practice spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. However, in Hangman, students choose their own word or phrase (related to a theme), and their peers must guess the correct letters. This game can become a contest or challenge when we split the class into teams or groups. 

I remember… — This flashcard game helps the students practice their memorization skills and speaking skills. Themed flashcards are placed on the ground, and students take turns turning over the flashcards and finding matches while practicing speedy recognition and new vocabulary.

October

Words/Topics Review:

Letters — Students practiced saying and writing the alphabet (A-Z). We practiced letters, proper pronunciation, and simple word formation through activities like themed Crosswords and the Hangman Guessing Game. There was a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of the following letters: y, j, g, c, h, i, and e.

Colors — We reviewed the following colors, including proper pronunciation: blue, green, red, orange, yellow, purple, pink, violet, white, black, and brown. We will continue to introduce and review new, “complex” colors as classes continue.

Seasons & Weather — The students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to the seasons, weather, and vacation, such as: winter, summer, fall/autumn, spring, rain(y), wind(y), snow(y), cold, freeze, ice, cloud(y), leaf, leaves, snowman, leaf pile, vacation, beach, ski, sandcastle, and sun(ny).

Family Members — Students learned new “family” words (aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, infant, siblings, husband, wife), and also reviewed already known “family” words (mother, father, sister, brother, baby, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, friend, male, female, younger, and older). We also discussed the concept of a “family tree.”

Animals — Students learned and reviewed the names of common animals we find at home, in our yard, in the forest, in the ocean, or at the zoo. This includes animals such as: dog, cat, bird, elephant, crocodile, fish, goldfish, hamster, mouse, wolf, turtle, monkey, orangutan, eel, eagle, shark, cow, goat, whale, chicken, pig, snake, lizard, squirrel, owl, turkey, fox, (brown, black, or polar) bear, bat, parrot, rabbit, and dolphin.

Halloween — Students learned and reviewed a variety of words and ideas related to the holiday of Halloween, including: pumpkin, jack-o’-lantern, spooky, scary, monster (werewolf, zombie, mummy, ghost, witch/wizard, and Frankenstein), haunted house, Trick or Treat, costume, mask, spider web, “Boo!”, candy, and skeleton.


Phrases Review:

• “Where did you go on vacation?”
• “What is your favorite season?”
• “build a snowman” or “build a sandcastle”
•  “jump in the leaf pile”
• “How is the weather outside?”
• “to go to the beach”


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, body parts, and color.

Fruit Bowl — This game is active and encourages a lot of speaking/conversation. Chairs are placed in a circle and students are assigned fruits (apples, grapes, bananas, cherries, pears, oranges, melons, etc.). When the teacher says one of the fruits aloud, those students must find a new chair (as the teacher removes one of the newly emptied seats). The student left standing must say something interesting about him or herself. Then, that student says a new fruit aloud, or says “Fruit Bowl,” which means all the students must find a new chair.

Something “Red” is Hiding — We use this game to learn and review colors and color combinations. The teacher says, “Something red is hiding in the back of the room,” and the students must find the specific, RED item the teacher sees. This game can be adapted to include multiple colors (“Something blue and orange is hiding . . .”) or new colors (“Something indigo is hiding . . .”).

Wag Your Tail — This is a fun, and very “energetic” activity that we use to learn and memorize information about animals. The class stands in a circle. The teacher chooses an animal and the students must move in a way that resembles the animal. For example, if the teacher says “wolf,” the students might start howling. If the teacher says “elephant,” the students might pretend to have a long trunk. In an adaptation of the activity, students might choose their own animal, which they act out, and the class guesses what it is. Or, the students might go in a circle and memorize the animals/actions of the student(s) before.

Secret Code — The students are very competitive with this game, and they have a lot of fun. The teacher makes a secret code for the alphabet . . . for example, c = b . . . which means that every letter = the letter before (gjti = fish, bojnbm = animal, hsboegbuifs = grandfather). Then, the teacher splits the class into groups or teams, and gives the teams a list of words or phrases related to a theme. The teams race to decipher the secret code as quickly as possible.

Family Tree — Students drew their family in their class notebook, and then labelled members of their family using the appropriate vocabulary. Then, students spoke with their peers about their brothers, sisters, mother, father, grandparents, etc. We used the phrase, “In my family tree, I have . . .”

Crossword — We use this activity to practice the alphabet, spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. Often, at the beginning of each lesson, the teacher creates a crossword using words related to the theme for the day (colors, animals, halloween, etc). Using clues, the students must figure out each word, and spell the word correctly. This is a good activity to introduce new vocabulary or practice specific letter combinations, like “ch” or “th” or “sh” or “tch”. 

Hangman Guessing Game — This game is also used to practice spelling, proper pronunciation, and letter combinations. However, in Hangman, students choose their own word or phrase (related to a theme), and their peers must guess the correct letters. This game can become a contest or challenge when we split the class into teams or groups.

Plan a Vacation — The students used the vocabulary and activities we discussed about seasons and vacations to plan their “favorite vacation.” Students thought about where they would go, what they would do, what the weather would be like, and who would go with them. Then, students asked each other questions about the vacation.

Let’s Take a Trip to the Zoo — We use this activity to learn, review and memorize different types of animals and where they live. We also practice short questions and declarative phrases with this activity. Each student chooses to be a different animal in the zoo. He or she must know simple information about what the animal eats and how it lives. The teacher says, “Let’s take a trip to the zoo!” The students move around the room and ask/answer questions about their animals. One student might ask, “Do you fly?” or “What do you eat?”, and another student might respond, “I eat plants.” or “I do not fly.”

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