The Four Seasons (LPJ9)

 

Teaching targets

 

 

 

 

 

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Carnet de Voyage

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The parents have access to the Carnet de Voyage from the beginning of term so that they can accompany their children to progress and enjoy English. Teachers are advised to check the Carnet de Voyage each time to ensure the content reflects the session content you are planning to use.

Lesson Plan

1. Hello Song / 5 minutes (recommended for younger groups)

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2. Recap last session's target language / 5 minutes

Take out the flashcards from the last session and see who remembers the words or phrases

 

3. Elicit the session's target language

There are four seasons - Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer. Ask the children to stick up the flash cards on the wall. 

 

4. Story: Stick Man/The four Seasons 10 minutes

You will need: Book

Read through the book, concentrate on encouraging repetition of your target words and or phrases. Give time for the children to see all of the details in the pictures. Engage them in the book. What can you see on this page? Is stick man happy? Is it Autumn here?

For younger children (3-5), you may want to read only some of the text and concentrate more on key words. Ensure repetition of those key words.

For the extra traction levels, encourage them to repeat full sentences based on your teacher target above.

For extra preps, encourage to children to take turns trying to read pages to the group and to decipher the meaning of the story at the end.

 

 

5. Seasons activity! / 10-15 minutes

You will need: seasons items and seasons flashcards, 

Having read through the story take down the seasons flashcards, re-introduce the flashcards one by one, asking a student to displaying each one on the wall in different parts of the room as it is introduced. Encourage the group to reapeat the words several times as they are introduced. 

 

Ask the children: What do we see in Autumn/ Winter etc? Can we see a snowman in Autumn? Introduce the season items one by one. Ask the children to stick the seasons items in their respective seasons around the room. Then play “Visit the season!” Show the children that when you say “Winter!” They must run to the correct season flashcard/poster in the room.

 

6. Game / 15 minutes

You will need: seasons items and seasons flashcards, 

Play some vocabulary integration games to make it fun and enhance word retention: Click here for examples and instructions on the flashcard section of the session.

For older groups, now drill down to aim at the target language listed next to Extra Traction and, according to the level, Extra Prep. above.

Transport prepositions/: start by using one season flashcard and the items flashcards lined up on the wall. Model the activity by going along the line with the animal saying “In Autumn we can see autumn leaves. The leaves are red, brown, red etc"

A volunteer or all of the children in turn (if the group is small), take(s) a turn to go along the line saying the correct sentence with the correct season.

 

Now take off some items and place them one after the other other on a season flashcard. Try putting an item in the wrong season to see if the children spot the error and to practice do/don’t. E.g. "We do see snowmen in Winter.” “We don’t see snowmen in Summer!"

 

Afterwards, try covering the display to see whether they can remember the name of the item and where it is - another opportunity to repeat the sentences.

 

Teacher tip: You can play a simpler version of this with the younger/less advanced children. 

 

7. Song / 10 minutes (recommended for younger groups)

Pre teach the song by breaking down the sentences and asking the children to repeat what you say. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS9qBeInJ0U

 

Here are the lyrics: The Four Seasons by Maple Leaf Learning

 

Recommended for groups under 8 years. Older groups can move straight onto the individual activity time.

 

 

6. Individual activity/ 10 - 20 minutes

You will need:  handout and markers and/or pencils

1. Click here to see/download the handout for the younger age groups.

2. Click here to see the handout for the older age groups.

 

Explain the activity and do the activity or part of it as a class to demonstrate to the children what they must do.

 

The aim of this section in the session is to spend time with each child individually. Encourage each child to either repeat vocabulary and sentences or to produce them independently, depending on their level.

For initiation level children, us handout 1.

For children at the "Extra Traction" level, use the second page too but cross through or cut off the "Extra Prep" section.

For children at the "Extra Prep" level, use all pages.

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Page one (colouring page): destined for the under 9 year olds this page can either simply be used for colouring as you interact with each child individually or (for 5 - 9 year olds) you can request that they match up the animal and the transport according to the story. 

 

Teacher tip: 3-4 year olds will not be able to trace the letters. You can do this for them when visiting them individually. 

7. Recap / 5 minutes

You will need: Flashcards for your target language.

 

8. Goodbye Song / 5 minutes (recommended for younger groups)

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