I had my last macro teaching at Terakki Foundation Schools today. My students were third grades and they were all very enthusiastic students. My lesson plan was about Present Continuous Tense. I will tell you what and how I did in the class in a minute..
I do not like starting the topic as soon as students enter the classroom. I love ”chatting” with them, making jokes and having fun a little bit before the lesson.
Yes.. I did exactly the same thing before starting the lesson. I asked how they were, what they had for lunch,they liked it or not etc.
If you give them 2 hours, young learners can talk about their activities for exactly 2 hours 🙂 So, I thanked them and… Do you think I started my lesson? No 🙂
I asked them to guess what we were going to do for the lesson. Some of them tried to guess, some of them wanted to play a game 🙂 I said that we could play a game together if they promised to behave well. (We were going to play a game, I already had a game on my lesson plan 🙂 )
I said ”I am going to show you some pictures.. What I want you to do is.. Listen carefully.. I want you to tell me what they are doing AT THE MOMENT ”(I put a great emphasis on the last words)
I opened my ppt. Let me show you the pictures :
These were my warm-up stage pictures 🙂 I asked students what they saw in picture, I tried to elicit answers such as They are dancing,She is cooking.
They were all very good at answering questions. The problem was that they were having some problems with the Present Continuous Tense form. Some of the students said ”She cook”, some of them said they dancing”
I did not correct the student who gave false answer. I wrote his/her sentence on the board. It was amazing that some of them did self-correction even before I finished writing her/his sentence on the board.
For those who did not understand the mistake, I asked their friends whether the sentence was true or not.
Warm-up stage was over. I had worksheets for them before the game. There were 12 sentences with the pictures. What I wanted them to do was to look at the pictures and write the correct form of Present Continuous Tense.
Before giving worksheets, I asked some Concept Checking Questions such as how much time do you need? What are we doing Ömer, can you tell your friends?
I gave them 7 minutes to finish the worksheet. I started monitoring them. They had some problems with some words. I tried to explain them in English. They were trying to speak Turkish because I talked to them in Turkish when we were having a lunch break before the lesson.
I did not answer their questions or I said” what is ”şunu açıklayabilir misiniz” I do not understand you ”:))
When they were all finished, We all started checking answers. Some of them had problems with the form of the tense and I wrote their sentences on the board again. The results were amazing again 🙂 They understood clearly when I wrote the sentences on the board.
Yes… They all did well and it was GAME TIME! : )
The game was really easy and fun. I used a ppt slide again. I had a prize for the winner. When they learned that, they were much more excited for the game.
There were 12 verbs such as play,go,eat,climb.
I made them two groups. It is really hard to make young learners groups right? Some of them do not want to be in ”that” group, some of them want to be in a group with their best friends etc.
Finally, I managed it 🙂 There were 22 students in the classroom and each group had 11 members.
Group A and Group B 🙂
I wanted to start with Group A… Group B members asked why and I could not give an answer :))
Yes… Why did I want to start with Group A… I do not know.. Is there a real answer for that? What do you think?
Group A chose a verb and made their sentence. It was false. They corrected it after they saw their mistakes. At that time, I was thinking of giving the group another chance but the other groups was already grumbling so I decided to give each group one chance for each sentence.
After minutes, the score was 3-2. The winner was Group A.. But.. It is not that easy to announce the winner.
Group B was so upset that they did not even talk to me.. One of the students said that Group A did a ”Şike” :)) I had an extra prize for the Group B but what was surprising that they did not accept it :((
I was really upset as well.. I thought giving a prize to the students could motivate students… Yes.. at the very beginning of the game, ,it was very motivating.. When the game was over, there were students who were upset..
What would you do if you were me? Do you give prize to your students? Is it good to give prize to young learners?
Before I finished the lesson,I thanked all of them and I added that they were all great and they were all winners!