Take the Flashcards (which you can download here FC MEGS EGGS) and ask one by one: “What’s this?” Combine each word with its gesture (the one you chose for them). When children guess the word, give them the card as a prize. Help them as much as necessary, and be sure everyone has some cards.
Place something like 6-7 flashcards face up on the floor and say to childre: “This is memory. You have 1 minute to memorize all the cards!” Repeat them slowly altogether and then let them memorize. When they are ready, turn them face down and ask one child, pointing the first card:” What’s here?” Wait for the answer. If the child gets it correct, turn the card face up and let him go on guessing or change child so it gets more dynamic and fun. When they get the word wrong or they don’t remember, show the right answer and then turn all the cards again face down and start again from the beginning. The more times they get it wrong, the more they’re going to repeat, so they better get it right and memorize! In any case, their brain is going to work so much, in a very challanging way!
At this point, children should feel very confident withall the vocabulary and should be able to finish the book lines or even say entire sentences. Read the book quickly, eliciting from them words, spells and engage them as much as you can.
To read and watch more about how to storytell, enjoy lesson 3.
COLLABORATIVE PROJECT – THE STORY SETTINGS
Given that the last class will be almost entirely dedicated to the children’s representation of the story, we need a setting. And what’s more engaging than having the children to create it?
White paper poster
pencil colors, crayons, felt tips
scissors and glue
green and blue paper
Divide the children in pairs or small groups and assign to each of them a different task:
Some of them will draw the pond with the water plants, others will draw the garden with the cabbages and some others will draw the cauldron.
Once that you gave them instructions and they have the book to check if needed, you can step back, watch them work together, help as needed and input language.
Not only are you teaching them a second language, but also they are developing their creative skills together with learning how to work in group and collaborate.
BREAKING THE EGGS
Children have been waiting for this moment since forever, each time they came to class they used to ask: “Teacher are we going to break eggs today??” – “No, children, not today. Be patient!”. Well, today, lesson 5, has been that moment.
For this activity you’ll need a hummer and some vinegar.
First of all, introduce these new objects and say that they are going to see their dinosaurs coming out from an hatching egg. Elicit “hatching“. Second of all, each one of the children can choose how they want their dinosaur to come into the world: a more rushy and instant birth (with the hummer) or slow and sweet (with the vinegar). Go through the “hatching moment” one by one, letting the children be engaged in their friend’s important moment. Some of them changed idea when they saw the rapidity of the hummer birth. Others, really enjoyed looking at the bubbly bubbles that the viegar makes in reaction to soda. At the end, we all sang Happy Birthday to our dinosaurs.
Here is the video of the breaking/hatching moment! Other than my super seriously exciting voice, there’s also children’s second language going on while doing the activity. It’s so great how they can do it!
It’s been really a crazy and nice class, children had so much fun, worked a lot and we are definitely ready for the last class of Meg’s Eggs.
See you on Lesson 6!