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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

St. Patrick´s Day


St. Patrick's Day BLOG

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th, so just be green!

Wear green to school on this day, decorate the classroom with anything green, it can be streamers or shamrocks, student´s pictures,etc.Make this Holiday an opportunity to teach students new vocabulary words.

It´s not easy to find book for our students, and more if we live in a country that the language is not spoken at all. But on the internet there are lots of printable books. This website, www.kidssoup.com has lots of printable that are suitable for EFL learners, but requires a paid subscription. I got this book from that site.

Try to make the habit of reading picture storybooks aloud to your students because:
a-     It helps increase their language development.
b-    It expands their vocabulary and teaches how to pronounce new words.
c-     Curiosity, creativity and imagination are developed while being read to.


In my country, pockets charts are not used in class, but I had been seeing them everywhere in blogland so I had to get one for myself. I used it this time for placing the vocabulary strips the came with the book, in the pockets and reconstruct the vocabulary in the book that I read aloud for the class. It provided the visual information that I needed for the vocabulary words . You can laminate the strips with clear contact paper for later use.

I love photo props which add interest to the class. Teach the vocabulary using them and take lots of pictures. I made mine with glittery fun foam.
Here´s the link for making the props:
 
Make a paper bag puppet, it is inexpensive and very simple to make, I got the templates at http://www.dltk-kids.com . I added buttons and wiggly eyes.

Use it as a teaching tool for communication. Have the children use it to say the new words.
 
 There´s another post for St. Patrick´s Day from last year, check it out.

Please join me at my Facebook Group: ESL/EFL Preschool Teachers. Post your St. Patrick´s Day pictures there. I´d love to see them... and you are welcome to be a guest blogger here.

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