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daily activites
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Author:  caz [ Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:12 am ]
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hiya, i was wondering if anyone has used the topic "daily activites" yet? i am thinking about doing this in my next lesson, but am kinda stumped for ideas, i want to use the "sentance structure" idea,perhaps adding the time to the sentance cos i made a lot of clock faces. if anyone has taught this, please let me know what you did.

Author:  Matt Dream [ Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:43 pm ]
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Hi. Last month I based my curriculum on daily activities using the MES flashcards. I taught this to younger students age 3-6. It went really well. I used the flashcards to introduce the language, and then did a variety of games and activities each week to help the students learn the vocabulary. I also based the lessons around my daily activities song Wake Up! which you can download for free here:


Here are some activity ideas:
1. Teach the language you want to use, and have the students act out the activity, have the other students guess what they are doing.
2. Make craft items, such as a comb, a toothbrush, etc. and have the students match them with the flashcards.
3. Teach the Wake Up! song, and have the students act out the activities while they are singing.

these are just some thought, there is a lot you can do with these cards, I hope this helps a bit.

Author:  caz [ Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:22 am ]
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thanks for your ideas, can i say i love your songs,,,especially the colour song, i even dug out my guitar and tried to play by ear,,,,hmmm couldnt do it, i was even hooked singing that wee tune in my head,,,haha. i can see why the kids enjoy your lessons, sounds like fun. thanks again, i like the idea of making combs and brushes etc.

Author:  Matt Dream [ Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:24 pm ]
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Thanks for the kinds words :D Well, since you mentioned about the chords to the Color song, here they are:

(D chord)
do, de do....
(G chord)
green, I like green, green I like green, green, I can see
(D chord)
green! where is
(G chord)

that's it, only 2 chords. I hope my little song chart makes sense, I put the chord above the lyrics. I am also glad you liked the other ideas. have fun!

Author:  enjoyinglifeinseoul [ Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:07 pm ]
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I'm not sure if you are still looking foir ideas or not.

What I did after we had learned the vocabulary, was write some times on the board and then pass out blank sheets of paper, the students then wrote down what they did at waht time.

The I paired the students up and they tried to guess what time the other person does something. The first one to guess all the partners times/activities wins.

For larger classes you can do it as teams. Also instead of blank paper you can pass out copies of the handout from MES and have them write the time next to the activity.

Author:  Cano [ Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:10 am ]
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I teach English to yong chldren and what we do to help them to learn the daily routines is to sing the following chant:

Good morning! Good morning!
I comb my hair

Good morning! Good morning!
I wash my face

Good morning! Good morning!
I brush my teeth

Good morning! Good morning!
I have breakfast

Good morning! Good morning!
I hurry up to school

We do the chant miming the actions. When the know it, after saying it, I told them to tell me more things they do in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. We write them in the BB.

Author:  Kiwione [ Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:41 am ]
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Thanks Matt Dream for those songs / links

I also like your songs!

Author:  Matt Dream [ Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:26 am ]
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You are welcome, I'm glad you like the songs.

Speaking of daily activities I recorded this traditional song that might be useful:

Here we go round the Mulberry Bush (This is the way I wash my face)


Author:  Kiwione [ Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:00 pm ]
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thats an excellent idea (adding the days like that)

great stuff

Author:  jurgensboot [ Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:08 pm ]
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I did this lesson last week. I called it Routine and sequence. What the students objective was to describe their day, using -first - then-next after that-finally The lesson went really well. I gave them a start.... First I get up ... then....next....

Author:  Julian-K [ Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:29 pm ]
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These are probably the cards iv used the most actually (and some of my favorites!). I’ve used them allot with my 5th and 6th graders. First I just introduced them as in the present simple, then later as “I do OO at OO O’clock!”. Since then iv pulled them out to back up allot of different themes – for example “what are you doing?” for present continuous and “want” sentences (“I want to go to the toilet!). You get the idea!
I found to be allot for my kids to remember from the start as they were really only used to learning things like “cat, dog, strawberry” from previous years, so “take a shower, brush my teeth” came as a bit of a shock but by now there’s they language pretty much comes automatically.

I noticed that your post was actually made months ago – so I hope the lessons were good ones!!!

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