Teaching English to children at a public school in Vitória/ES

 

Class 3 (50 minutes)

Target Vocabulary

Parts of the face (hair, eyes, nose, ears, mouth), colors (six colors were taught in the first grade. These six colors were recycled in the second grade. Four more colors were taught in the third grade prior to this module), size (‘big’ and ‘small’ were taught in the first grade and recycled in the second grade) and numbers (numbers from 0 – 10 were taught in the first grade and recycled in the second grade).

Aim
Review, practice and produce parts of the face, position of adjectives, numbers and ‘I have’.

 

Preparation
You will need copies of the worksheet and crepe masking tape.

 

Procedure

  1. In order to review ‘I have’, tell students five sentences about your face and have them say YES if they are true and NO if they are false. If the sentences are false, after students tell you they are false, correct them yourself. See five sample sentences below.

 

I have brown hair.
I have blue eyes.
I have a small nose.
I have big ears.
I have a small mouth.

 

  1. Stick the worksheet below to the board and explain the first exercise. Have students do it. While students work on exercise 1, walk around and offer help if necessary. Check it by inviting two students to draw the missing face parts on the board.

 

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  1. Explain the second exercise. Ask students to do it. While students work on exercise 2, walk around and offer help if necessary. Check it by saying the number and have students say the part of the face. Write the answers on the board.

 

  1. Explain the third exercise. While students work on exercise 3, walk around and offer help if necessary. Check it by saying the number and reading the sentence one at a time. Ask two or three students to say YES or NO about them. If they say NO, have them correct the sentence.

 

  1. Have students glue the worksheet to their notebook.

 

Class 4 (50 minutes)

Target Vocabulary

Parts of the face (hair, eyes, nose, ears, mouth), colors (six colors were taught in the first grade. These six colors were recycled in the second grade. Four more colors were taught in the third grade prior to this module), size (‘big’ and ‘small’ were taught in the first grade and recycled in the second grade) and numbers (numbers from 0 – 10 were taught in the first grade and recycled in the second grade).

 

Aim

Review, practice and produce parts of the face, position of adjectives, numbers and ‘I have’.

 

Preparation

You will need a copy of the monster, blank sheets of paper and crepe masking tape.

 

Procedure

  1. Stick the monster below to the board and have students describe it. Guide them by pointing at a face part at a time. Students have to say these sentences.

 

I have three eyes.
I have a big nose.
I have small ears.
I have a small mouth.

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After that, with students’ help, write the sentence below about the monster on the board.

I have three eyes, a big nose, small ears and a small mouth.

Finally, suggest a name to the monster and ask students to do the same. By giving yourself a suggestion first, you help the weak students feel more confident and motivate them to participate. See some sample names.

Three Eyes / Big Nose / Small Ears / Small Mouth

  1. Hand out the blank sheets of paper and have students draw a monster, write a sentence to describe its parts of the face and choose a name for their monster. They should use the monster and the sentence which are on the board as a model. While students work on this exercise, walk around, offer help if necessary and correct the sentences. Ask students to write their name at the bottom of the sheet and have them color the monster. After they have finished, collect the sheets of paper. They are going to be used again next class. Students who finish before the class is over can either draw another monster or help their classmates. Give these students both options and allow them to choose the one they prefer.

N.B.: The last two classes will be posted next month.

Paulo Torres
Paulo Torres holds a B.A. in English & English Literature from UFES and a post graduate diploma in New Educational Technology Tools from FIJ. He has been in ELT for 20 years. He is a teacher and teacher trainer based in Vitória/ES. He also worked as a pedagogical coordinator for 10 years. He has been a board member of Associação dos Professores de Inglês do Espírito Santo (APIES) since 2010 and the president of Cooperativa dos Professores de Línguas do Espírito Santo (COOPERLING) since 2014. He has also been working as a freelance academic consultant at Cengage Learning for 3 years and as an English teacher at Prefeitura Municipal de Vitória for 4 years.