Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter 2014

My youngest pupils simply love playing games, drawing and singing. And, what other way is there to talk about Easter in English-speaking countries than through games and songs?

As a warm-up, we revised the Easter words we already know. I brought a basket, a bell and some stuffed toys (bunny, duck, egg). They immediately saw the connection. We also went through some flashcards (chick, flower, eggs, chocolate, different colours) and slides. Their task was to draw a big circle in the middle of their notebooks, write Happy Easter inside and draw 5 Easter things (basket, bunny, chick, chocolate and flower). I asked them about the colours and checked if they remembered the words.
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After that, we watched a short film about the inside of an egg. We revised the colours, shapes and sizes. Then, we talked about Easter customs and I introduced them to popular children's games, Easter egg hunt and Easter egg roll. We helped a boy and a girl find their hidden eggs in the garden and revised prepositions of place along the way. That is when I asked them to choose the big half of a paper egg from the basket and try to find the small half of the same egg hidden somewhere in the classroom. It looked like a lot of fun, since they smiled and talked excitedly. Then, they coloured the paper eggs and glued them into their notebooks.

In the second half of the lesson, I introduced them to the well-known song of Humpty Dumpty. I showed them the picture of a castle, asked them who lived there (a King and a Queen), how the King got around his land (on King's horses), who looked after the King since he was a very important person (King's men) and who entertained him (King's fool). My pupils enjoyed the animated version of the song and tried to sing along. I also played them the karaoke version, which was a bit faster.
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Then, we played some more games, sang the new song and revised the Easter words. Finally, I gave them the cut-outs to colour, cut along the lines and make a basket and eggs.  

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