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October 24, 2006

Lesson Plans- Houses

Hello Readers,

Last month, we talked about adding a bit of imagination into the young learners' classroom by introducing finger puppets to the students. Not only will the students enjoy making the puppets, they can also learn the names of body parts as well. Furthermore, the puppets can be used in future lessons to encourage the students to practice speaking. I've found this is especially useful for shy students who don't feel comfortable talking to other students.

Well, this month, we're going to look at an extension to this project, by looking at how to make...

... a home for the puppets that you had the children make last month.


shoebox (ask each student to bring one in ahead of time) (you can also fold paper into a box shape)
copies of objects in a room (the size of the objects should be proportional to the shoebox)

house, door, window, table, floor, wall, table, chair, etc.

T= Teacher
Ss= Students

1. Walk around the classroom, pointing out different objects to the Ss, and ask them to repeat you as you pronounce the words (T: window/ Ss: window)
2. Next, point to the objects and ask Ss to tell you what the objects are.
3. Ask Ss to cover their box with colored paper (ask them to choose their favorite color).
4. Hand out the photocopies. Ask Ss to point to each object as you read them out one by one.
5. Ask Ss to color in the objects, one at time.
6. Then, ask Ss to cut the objects out. (After they've cut the objects out, you may want to tell them to put them in the box so they don't lose them).
7. Help the Ss add a small piece of paper to the base of each object so that it can be glued onto the base of the shoebox in a vertical manner; alternatively, the objects can be glued directly onto the "floor" or "wall" of the shoebox.
8. Encourage Ss to decorate their new houses with their favorite things, eg. a pizza on the table or a pet dog on the floor.
9. Once Ss are finished, give them time to play with their puppets in their home. Encourage Ss to "invite" other Ss' puppets over to their new homes.
10. As a follow-up activity, you can teach 's to the Ss in a writing assignment. For example, Joe's house is blue. Anna's house is green.

I had my students do this at the beginning of a 4-week camp. We had a special table designated for their puppet neighborhood. Every morning, the students said 'good morning' to their students, and woke them up and in the evening, the students said 'goodbye' and put their puppets to bed. I found it easy to apply new vocabulary words and ideas to their shoebox houses and puppets and at the end of the course, the students were excited to be able to take these home to show their parents.

Can you think of other ways to extend these activities? Feel free to comment below.

Have fun!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at October 24, 2006 01:55 PM

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