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Lesson ideas please for younger classes please 
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Post Lesson ideas please for younger classes please
I was guilty the other day of going over the kids heads (so to speak)
I am referring to Japanese 1~2 nensei (6~7year olds in a public school)

I like to push them a bit but I was told to make it simpler

I have always thought they were the easiest to teach and in a sense they are, but I must admit I do sometimes aim a bit high? (esp since they only get a lesson once a month)

anyway to the point

Please post your best FUN lesson ideas for 5 to 8 year olds.

I am talking about classes of over 20 kids who only get 1 lesson a month (at the most)

I do have a few good ideas but I have been teaching them for a few years so some news ones would be appreciated (esp simple, fun games for larger groups)

many thanks :mrgreen:

Wed May 16, 2007 9:14 am
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War! (a simple version)

You need 6 or so decks of cards. I bought a bunch of those super-sized decks (a little smaller than a VHS tape) at the dollar store. The kids love the over-sized cards, but regualr decks work just as well.

You may need to demonstrate the game. I have all of the kids huddle around one group. The group plays a full game while everyone watches. Then they break up into small groups and play while I walk around and help out.

- in groups of 4-5 students
- deal out the entire deck of cards to the students face down.
- all at the same, students turn over one card
- the highest number wins all of the cards and puts them in a point pile

(I only have them play with A-10. I don't add in J, Q, K)

if there is a tie,
- students lay one card face down (like a bet) and then procede to battle with the next card.
- the higher value wins all of the cards.

I only play one round.
- once students have turned over all of the cards they initially received then they count up the number of their point cards, cards they won.
- the person with the most cards is the winner!

Language in the game: (adjust to your class and level)
- numbers
- I have...
    I have a 6.
- singualr/plural
    I have 3 diamonds.
    I have one clover.
    I have 10 spades.
- the most
    I have the most
- win/wins
    Mark: I win! :D
    Others: Mark wins. :roll:

Teacher language: (some ideas)
- Who got the most cards?
- Who was the winner?
- How many cards did you get?

Even older kids enjoy this game and if you can create an all English environment for this game, they really start to use the langauge and remember it. I don't know that that is my best activity, but the kids love it. And, I don't think I posted it before. :?

Build up! Be positive! Teach hard!

Wed May 16, 2007 10:12 am
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thanks for that, its a good idea, I will try it


Wed May 16, 2007 3:33 pm

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Songs with gestures are always a hit.

Bingo in groups or pairs, as long as you continue until EVERYONE has bingo.

Any variation of Duck Duck Goose (in Japanese hankachi otoshi) The last time I practiced various answers to How are you? I had a puppet and everyone was safe until I answered HUNGRY and that student had to race around the circle before I could touch him/her. If you have a homeroom teacher with you, you can divide the class. I purposely waited awhile before I said HUNGRY and then even 'lost' a few times before I turned the puppet over to the students.

I think 1st and 2nd grade are the most active and the most eager to learn and speak, but they also forget the fastest. You have to constantly review the material and find ways to make the language connect with THEIR lives or they will forget it by the next day. Often times they are reacting to what you say but not necessarily remembering it as a new WORD.

Wed May 16, 2007 4:27 pm

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Thanks for that

I really like the puppet slant on it

I am sure that will go down well with my kids


Wed May 16, 2007 5:16 pm
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