P.E lessons with my 1st and 4th graders. For the last two months I have been a bit more involved with lower levels at my school. I am now teaching twice a week in the second grade (usually science: animals and their environment). Furthermore, I have also become a regular member of P. E lessons with my 1st and 4th grades. Here are some pictures of our P.E lessons. I usually play a game with both levels. We call it The Crocodile Game. With the 1st graders is all about colours or numbers. Each child gets a different colour house or a different number (numbers from 1-10). One of them plays the crocodile (it is usually me in the beginning until one of them becomes a crocodile). The crocodile stands along the middle line of the gym or an improvised pitch (if you play it outdoors) while the rest of the classroom makes a line a few metres from the crocodile. The classroom asks: Mr Crocodile, can we cross the line (we pretend the line is a bridge). The crcodile says:Only if you´ve got number 1 (or a yellow house if we are playing with colours). Then, all thoise ones with a yellow house are safe to cross the line but the ones who have got other colour houses have to try to avoid being touched by the one playing the crocodile when they cross the line. When one gets touched by the crocodile becomes a crocodile itsels so, in the end, there are more and more crocodiles and, therefore, it is mkore difficult to cross the line without being touched. The last one standing is the winner.
History lessons with the 9th graders. Another not so easy group but they are getting better. As with the 8th graders, I cover an hour of history every fortnight and I get 40-45 minutes to cover a topic advised by the History teacher which always goes in line with the history period they're learning about. Again, my first lesson on Peral Harbour was based on matching activities. I gave them 9 sentences to match to 9 pictures that I had already shown on the projector and discussed them with the students. I always elicit everything they know about a certain period or event in English. Then they had to match historic dates to the pictures and sentences. It was a good lesson that we all enjoyed. However, after the second and third lesson where we covered The Holocast and different concentration camps, I could feel how I was missing the attention of some of the kids so I decided to start creating some individual working or pair sheets and that has also proved successful. I have to say that the idea came from a CLIL website that I found very useful to get ideas from on how to create CLIL texts and activities on History (https://elt.oup.com/elt/students/networkitaly/clil/Network_2_CLIL_Lessons.pdf?cc=it&selLanguage=it). Here is an example of it. This is a part of Churchill's speech on The Iron Curtain.
History lessons with the 8th graders. Not such an easy group but some of them are deffinitely willing to learn about different history periods in English. After trying a few group activities with them I have come to terms that they learn best when working on their own by reading a text or watching short documentaries. Therefore, after covering the Baroque and the French revolution with matching activities in pairs I decided to move on to an activity page where they read a text and do different activities around it. In the end, I ask them to do a mini proyect for homework so tehy get to revise the main concepts learnt during the lesson. And, this is a way to get a 1, a number they all love so much! These are examples of some of the activity pages covered with my 8th graders on Napoleon Bonaparte and The Industrila Revolution.
Science lessons with my 4th graders (The planets). I intoroduced the different planets and we made a chant naming all the planets. They loved the chant! I then introduced day and night and we were all spinning around like The Earth to mime the movement. It was a lot of fun! Kids enjoyed it a lot and were quite good at naming all the planets and miming all the steps introduced to explain day and night on Easth. They, again, were great at the short competition that I organised for them on this topic.