Listening & Speaking Activities to Engage children
1. Typhoon! The Learning Activity that can weather all storms.
All the excitement of a Game Show right here in the classroom!
So -why is it called “Typhoon”? Think of a very strong wind that blows everything away.
Putting it (very) simply: • Answer a question ... if answered correctly - • Choose a box • The fun part is not knowing what is inside Well, it’s a “square”, rather than a “box” ...
What is so great about the game? • Teamwork – at least 3 teams. • Added interest for ‘boring’ revision tasks • Positive reward for effort and correct answer • Element of chance, anything is possible • Endless possibilities for adaptation • Can be long or short period • Students can quickly learn to ‘run’ the game
Preparation 1. – on the board: Teams: Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4
Preparation 2. – on paper: T = Typhoon S = Steal Swap = swap scores D = Double
Tic Tac Toe Two Teams Answer a question Place a mark
3. What are you doing? Circle Game
1. The first person (or the teacher) starts performing and action or mime – e.g. they act out brushing their teeth (but they don’t say anything). 2. The person next to them asks them “What are you doing?” 3. They reply by describing a different action – e.g. “I’m riding my bike”. 4. The person who asked must then begin miming that action (riding a bike). 5. The next person asks them “What are you doing?” 6. They reply by describing a different action – e.g. “I’m eating my breakfast”. Continue on around the circle.
Pass the Beat (1) • Sit in a circle. • (Maybe try passing an object around the circle, to make sure the concept is understood.) • Demonstrate hand-clapping to a regular beat, and hand-clapping irregularly. Explain that as a group you are going to create a regular beat. • Say that you are going to "Pass the Beat" around the circle, with each child providing one beat / clap. • Teacher does the first clap, and the next child claps once, and then so on around the circle. • Try to keep the claps regularly spaced. • Try again, going the other way.
Pass the Beat (2) • Try other styles: • Get faster / slower as you go around. • Each child claps twice, but keep the beat even. (3 times, 4 times) • One child claps once, and the next child claps twice quickly creating a rhythm. • Every second (or 3rd or 4th ...) child claps (once, or twice or more ...) • Close their eyes and see if they can take their turn at clapping at the right time. • Claps get louder / softer as they go around the circle.
Pass the Beat (3) • Add other body percussion - clicks / knee-slaps. • Try a "Mexican Wave" or other movement - each child in turn makes the movement. • Get them to clap hands with the child on one side, then the child on the other, thus passing the clap around. • Use words - pass a word around, or a word sequence (count, go through alphabet, days of the week, or just alternate with two words ...) There are endless possibilities ...
THE little book • Made from a single sheet of paper • No need for staples, glue, sticky tape • Can be quickly and easily created by anyone • Can be adapted into pop-up book • Can be created on the computer in Word • Can be photocopied (one side of paper) • Sometimes called “hotdog book”, “origami book” “Poof! book” ...
The little book has front and back cover, and six pages.It can be made with A3 paper, or A4 paper.
You need: pens/pencils scissors A4 or A3 paper
Step 1: Fold the paper in half
Step 2: Fold the paper in half again
Step 3: Fold the paper in half a third time
Step 4: Unfold as far as the first fold Cut down to the fold mark from the fold edge
Step 5: Fold Cut section Unfold, and re-fold the other way
Hold the two ends ... ... and push them together.
Preparing for Pop-Up Books Start simple: Making a Pop-Up Card
Open the paper, and re-fold the other way. Inside of Card
For a beak or mouth: cut fold
Re-fold card. Put finger inside card to push out pop-up section.
Other Shapes: BoxShape
A Face: mouth nose
Fold it like for the basic book: Fold the paper in half three times
After it’s folded mark each page number with pencil.
Folding for pop-ups: Unfold paper completely Fold edges in to the middle
Little cuts for pop-ups: Book Cover (no cuts) Box Nose Mouth or beak (duck) Mouth