Using Information Technology in Teaching and Learning of English • Level : P.1 • Module : Connecting with the natural world • Unit : Animals • Task : Writing animal riddles • Teacher : Lai Fung Ying
Using Information Technology in Teaching and Learning of English • Level: P.1 • Module: Connecting with the natural world • Unit : Animals • Task: Writing animal riddles • Language Functions and Focus : • Use nouns to identify animals A panda has a short tail. • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths An elephant has big ears. • Use adjectives to describe animals An elephant has big ears. • Use nouns to identify body parts An elephant has big ears. • Use pronouns to identify animals It has a long nose. • Use modals to talk about ability It can fly. • Ask simple questions to obtain ‘yes/no’ responses Is it a panda?
Language Skills • 1.Listening : Identify main ideas • 2. Speaking: Use modelled phrases and sentences to communicate with teachers or other pupils • 3. Reading : Recognise common abbreviations and contracted forms • 4. Writing : Develop written texts by adding personal ideas and information when a model or framework is provided
Teaching Procedures: • A. Motivation : • Ask pupils to bring in some toy animals. Revise the names of the animals using the wall picture, flash cards or the toys. ( a panda, a tiger, a bird, a hippo, a monkey, an elephant) • B. Revision : • Revise the words tail, ears, nose, legs, beak, wings by pointing to the toys or pictures. • Revise the adjectives big, small, long and short by talking about the body parts of different animals. • Revise can by demonstrating that the teacher can run, swim and climb. Write on the blackboard I can run. I can’t swim. Etc. Then talk about the animals’ abilities e.g. A tiger can run. • Demonstrate that the teacher cannot fly. Write on the blackboard I can’t fly. A bird canfly. Practise can and can’t using the toys or pictures.
C. Powerpoint Presentation : • Set up ‘Powerpoint’ to ‘Animal Riddles’. • For each Powerpoint, the sentences describing the animal will be appeared one by one. Encourage pupils to guess what the animal is. • Pupil: Is it a/an __________? • Teacher: Yes, it is. / No, it isn’t. • The picture of the animal will be appeared at the end ie when all the sentences have already shown. Hence pupils know the answer. • Pupils read aloud the animal riddle. • Four Powerpoint will be shown in the same way so as to make pupils familiarize how to write an animal riddle.
D. Task (Writing animal riddles) • Ask pupils to write an animal riddle. • They ask and answer in pairs using the structure Is it a _________? Yes, it is. / No, it isn’t. • Remind pupils not to let their friends see the answer. • E. Post-task Activity • Pupils draw pictures of the toy animal they have brought to class or some pictures have been printed out in advance. On a separate piece of paper, they write a riddle about the animal. • They put the picture on the notice board. • The riddle they wrote is read out. If someone guesses the animal correctly, the riddle is pinned up under the picture.
An Animal Riddle • It is small. • It has a long beak. • It has two wings. • It can fly. • It can’t swim.
An Animal Riddle • It is small. • It is green. • It has four long legs. • It has a big mouth. • It can jump. • It can live on land and in water.
An Animal Riddle • It is big. • It is brown. • It has a big mouth. • It has a big nose. • It can run. • It is the King of Animals.
An Animal Riddle • It is big. • It is thin. • It has two small ears. • It has four legs. • It has a long tail. • It can run very fast.