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500 Words Story

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For a couple of years, BBC Radio 2 (UK radio channel) has a contest for elementary students called 500 Words (Official page). The prize are books for the winner and his/her school.

The idea is amazing and really imaginative. 500 words is enough.

For EFL, you can encourage students to write their own or make listening comprehension exercises with the audios.

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The year was 2010, New School and No Textbook… so I Made my Own

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Back in 2010, I moved to Nacozari to work at the Secondary and one Elementary. The Elementary school never had an English teacher before and I assigned to 3rd to 6th grade.

I love that movie!

I love that movie!

Back them, my boss or coordinator, a really cool gal by the way, told me I could use the syllabus back them. THIS WAS BEFORE PNIEB.  I was worried of working from nothing in all 4 grades with minimal English knowledge and still have to fulfill the syllabus.

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So even back them, I had a brilliant idea. I made a textbook based on the syllabus and it went well. I still have use a couple of things in moments of need. It was only for 6 months since I started working in January.

 

The idea was once back to School in August, we would use the textbook in that moment with was English Adventure.

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I won’t deny it. It served it purpose and it’s not nearly as nice as the one I made this year for 1st and 2nd grade. There a lot of things I would change right now.

 

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Play and Play – My Textbook Review

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This is the first time with the textbooks. I really didn’t use them last school year because:

The books arrived in February (middle of the school year) and I didn’t want to hand them out. I want to start fresh this school year with textbook without worrying when the new batch of textbooks would arrive (March 2014?, gladly the books arrived in late October, so we are cool)

However, I did show the textbooks to the students to get to know them and review how much we have done during the school year so far and what was next.

My very personal opinion of these textbooks is a 8, good but it didn’t rock my world. Like a friend says: “it’s better that nothing”

Note: I am talking of the books from 3rd to 6th grade.

Reader Book

  • The pages are in shades of gray (not that book), so it looks like photocopies of a very colorful book. It’s not very appealing to the eye. There are ways to make black and white look pretty.
  • One reading per product is not enough. I prefer several ones that a big one. For me, it’s more appealing.
  • The vocabulary and grammar level is acceptable. Not to high for them.
  • The images are in total sync with the reading.
  • The art and layout are good. There were good graphic designers and illustrators involved.
  • The font size is very readable, but I would prefer bigger  for lower grades.
  • The readings are simple and entertaining, not mind-blowing but good.
  • The pocket-size is cute and practical to carry (also to misplace)

Activity Book

  • The color looks nice.
  • Each unit is assigned a color and the instructions are in the same color. (Cute but difficult to the eye sometimes)
  • The examples pictures of the products are helpful to get an idea of what is required.
  • The instructions are up to the point.
  • The activities are according to the level.
  • The images are in total sync with the reading.
  • Teamwork and oral practice are encouraged.
  • It’s according to the new syllabus (VERY IMPORTANT)

Teacher Book

  • Awful light blue palette ink, almost impossible to read.
  • It’s ok in general.

Due to laws of intellectual property and such, I cannot show to much of the textbook, just a sneak peek. (Three pages only)

 
 

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The Rally 2.0

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This school year is a new school, new kids and cycle 1. I decided to perform the rally again but with a twist: less words and more visuals. A challenge!

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The mechanic didn’t change: a team of 4 will perform a race against time and mental and physical challenges throughout 4 stations about Spanish, Math, English and Mystery

For more info, check last year posts:

Pumpkin Rally 2012
Turkey Rally 2012
Snowflake Rally 2013
Heart Rally 2013

If you want to give a try this school year, the questions that I used last year for:

Note: the key is 1, 6 = A; 2,7 = B; 3,8 = C; 4,9 = D. For 6th grade, the key is attached.

 
 

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Rhyme words: Match in pairs

Working on little ones, I realized that they need to see the words alone to see the rhyme, not in a song yet (that’s next class). For 3rd and 4th grade, it’s an easy activity to get confident with rhymes.

As always, this is a good way to learn more vocabulary.

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So, I made a printable to use in class. The first time was chaos and didn’t get the idea quickly. The second time, it was so fast that I had spare time (very weird!).

Instructions:

  1. Cut
  2. Make pairs (First after any pasting, otherwise chaos)
  3. Paste
  4. Color and trace words.

To get it, click here

 

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Story Writing for Beginners using a Wheel

Last year, I posted about the Spin-off of Place Value Number Wheel (March 19, 2012). All printable are in that post.

I used it last year and this year. We practiced the vocabulary, spelling and drawing skills.

This time around I asked my students to make a small story by spinning the wheels to make, write and draw sentences.

The results were not so shaggy. Originally, it was only for 3rd grade because they are my newest students and need more help, but I used it for my 4th graders.

This is the 150th post. Super Cool!

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in 2nd cycle, 3rd Grade, 4th grade

 

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Turkey Rally 2012

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As I did mention before, every month I am performing a rally to engage students with some outdoor competition and review a bit their knowledge. In October, the Pumpkin Rally was hosted. November was the time for the turkeys to run wild.

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The sixth graders helped me with the question stations. Questions were graded in easy to hard, so luck had a lot to do.

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The winner team was a mix between the two classrooms. There were a tie in the number of correct answers but the fastest team was the winner.

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Congratulations to winner team!

 

Next rally will be hosted this January.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in 2nd cycle, 4th grade

 

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