Do a weekly activity to begin the lesson as a unifying lesson ritual. This helps the students feel a part of the group and orients them into the learning atmosphere. It might be a Hello song, stretching, a poem, etc. Make it yours!
Create intrigue about the lesson with a statement, question, song, funny dance to spark the student’s imagination about what the lesson might be.
Some examples: “Brr, I am cold” said with a shiver. Then, ask why you did that. Have a song about transport playing and see if any of the students catch the theme.
Introduce new vocabulary using flashcards and a game. Show the flash cards one by one. Repeat the vocabulary several times. Use your voice rhythmically and melodically to instill the vocabulary. Then play a game. Take this time to also teach or reinforce the grammar point.
Before reading, give the students something to anticipate - What does this character discover? How many ___ did you see? etc.
Make sure you take your time. Allow students to take in the pictures and words. As appropriate, pause to let them point out words they recognize.
Depending on the level, show the song that coincides with the lesson - more than once if appropriate. The second time have the students sing along. Use TPR to emphasize specific vocabulary.
Show the handout to the class before giving them. Explain clearly what you are going to do and see if anyone has a question. Do an example together. Make sure the students have the tools to execute the handout with success.
Like the beginning ritual, the ending ritual unifies your group as it helps them solidify what they have learned. Use the goodbye song or a goodbye action. Each student says something they liked or a positive thing.
Thank you and Goodbye
TT - Thank your students for their time, energy, attitudes. Let them know appreciation goes both ways.
CT (Tidy up & Leave)
LPS – Hello! How are you? 2
At the end of this lesson, students will build on the feeling words to ask, “how are you?” and respond with a sentence.
Vocabulary: happy, sad, angry, surprised, confident, shy, worried, silly, hungry, sleepy
Grammar: I feel/you feel/we feel
Sentence: How are you?
Starting Ritual - sugg time: 2-5m
Warmup - sugg time:5m
Flashcards - sugg time: 15min
HandOuts - sugg time: 15-20m
Sing a Song - sugg time: 10m
Ending Ritual - sugg time: 1-2m
Thank you and Goodbye - sugg time: 1-2m
Week 2 Individual Focus - This is the second week of the vocabulary, encourage students to express what they have remembered individually. Keep a log of who participates and answers. Make sure each student participates individually over the course or 2-3 weeks.
Conscious Transition (CT) - How do your students enter the class or transition from one activity to another?
Teacher Talk (TT) - How much are you speaking/? How much are you allowing your students to practice? Are you concise in explanation and speaking at a level that your students understand?
Do not translate the book. Allow your vocal expression and body language to convey the message.
Link to example Lesson Plan Template
Learning Activities are chronologically interchangeable - do what is best for each of your groups.
Only one book per theme which is for two weeks.
Additional Activities for speedy lessons
Play another game
Have students recount the story
Sing the song again with TPR
Review some of your groups favourite vocabulary from this lesson or another.