Trace words: Tracing increases memory and retention. Have children experiment with writing words in English. Have children trace each word and read it. You can also create a word wall with them and play some games, such as identifying the words. But just limit it only to the words you are teaching on this specific theme.
Use the trace the word cards for the Guess Game. Attach a picture to a student´s back (player). Don´t show it to the player. Display all the playing vocabulary flashcards on the board as clues, keep them no more than 6. The player has to find out which picture is on his/her back. The player has to ask questions: Is it a book? Is it blue?. The class will shout YES or No.
Make Take-home books with the tracing cards. Children can assemble an accordion book. Make a large strip of cardboard Fold the strip into equal sections.
Decide how many words the book will have. Glue the title of the book on the front.
Make enough copies for each child to take home a book. Have them write their names on the cover. Send a note home to the parents about the book. Do group reading in class. Use your teacher´s version. Have the class name each picture and read each word with them. By sending the book home you are supporting parent-child reading time. Reading will enhance oral language development.
Posters: most books come with huge posters that we hardly use. Here´s an idea with the small flashcards or word tracers.
Hand a small flashcard to a student asking:
Teacher: What´s this ? ( a book)
Student: a book.
Teacher: Go to the poster and find another book. Show me a book.
Class: a book.
Repeat with other vocabulary words.
Have a student pick up a small flashcard and ask the class.
Student: What´s this ?
Class: a pencil
Another student walks to the poster and find the picture.
You can also label all the pictures in the poster.
Have the children draw as a way to stand for writing. The drawing will have a communication purpose. Give each student the classroom frame.
Ask them to draw their classroom with furniture, classmates and school objects, anything they want.
Have a student come to the front of the class and point to objects in the picture.
Teacher: Point to the door. Continue with all the other school objects in the picture.
Games with cutouts: remember to laminate them with contact paper.
Even though times have changed this game never gets old. They have fun while they play and want to play more.
- Show me game. For this game try to print a set of card for each child . Name a card and the students show the card to you.
- Place the school objects cutouts on the board. Have students name the different objects. This is a crayon..
- Place the cutouts in different locations around the classroom. Give students commands for pointing to different cutouts.
Bingo: This activity helps children identify school vocabulary words.
There are 20 cards, in a colored and a black and white version. I usually print 2 sets , each one in a different colored paper. I glue one set onto a file folder and place an envelope outside the folder for the other set which are the cards used to call out the school words. Provide the children the grid where they can draw 4 vocabulary words. Call out the school word and have the children mark off their drawing if they have the word. Have them cross out all the grid to call out BINGO!
School theme book: Read aloud to the whole group.
Reread using charts or enlarge the book pages and make a big book.
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