4th Grade Métis

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:

Human Body Parts — Students learned new words for body parts (stomach, brain, toes, neck, bone, tongue, skull), and also reviewed already known names for body parts (hand, foot, face, eyes, ears, heart, shoulder, knee, leg, finger, mouth, teeth, hair, and head).

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, eagle, shark, cow, goat, whale, chicken, pig, snake, lizard, squirrel, owl, turkey, fox, (brown, black, or polar) bear, bat, rabbit, and dolphin. We also reviewed vocabulary about how animals are different, such as: mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, scale, skin, gills, nest, live birth, poisonous, and saltwater.

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). We also reviewed vocabulary related to extreme weather, such as: storm, volcano, tornado, earthquake, lightning, thunder, and blizzard.

Community — Students learned and reviewed vocabulary that helped answer the question: Where do you live? We discussed the following: neighborhood, street, avenue, community, corner, area, region, address, local, law, and government.

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 do you live?”
• “What is in your neighborhood?”
• “down the street”
•  “on the corner”
• “What is the weather like where you live?”


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.

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.

Where do you Live? — Students spend time thinking about their neighborhoods. The teacher demonstrates the activity to the class, which includes asking questions about where the students live. Then, the students move around the class and ask each other questions about their neighborhoods, which the students must answer using the vocabulary we practiced.

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.”

TOPlist

aktualizováno: 13.12.2018 02:23:48