martes, 2 de febrero de 2016

Creatívate con manualidades (English Deluxe Version)

Ya hemos alcanzado los 1000 Me Gusta en la página del blog en Facebook. ¡Qué gran honor! Muchas gracias a todos los que lo han hecho posible.

Para celebrarlo, ha llegado la hora de que actualice el blog y que además, con materiales que hagan justicia a lo creativo en el nombre de este espacio.

This time let me write a post in English since all the activities were created with this language and 10 year-old children in mind. Nevertheless, as my dear friend Ana from Lápiz de ELE suggests, feel free to adapt them to your teaching context (language, age, nationality...). They all involve craft activities, so the creative element has a big presence in our class. 

  • Accordion-style booklet

I was inspired by Lápiz de ELE’s minibook idea. I used it as an introduction booklet to revise how to ask and answer questions about their hobbies, personal details, origin... Here you have a sketchy example using scrap paper and cardboard from cereal boxes.

  • Post-it replacing in a stick (possessive adjectives and pronouns)

All you need are post-it notes in two colors, one eva foam stick, three felt-tip pens in three different colors, sticky tape, a piece of DIN A4 paper and a piece of cardboard.

First, write down a sentence on a piece of DIN A4 paper. Choose one color for the slot/genitive phrase where the possessive adjective goes (e.g. Becca’s). Use another felt-tip pen to underline the place where the possessive pronoun goes. Of course, write down the rest of the sentence in the colored pen left. Second, cut the sentence out and attach it to the eva foam stick with sticky tape. Thirdly, cut the post-it note in several pieces and put all the possessive pronouns in the same color for the corresponding slot in the sentences, as well as for the possessive adjectives. Finally, put everything on a small piece of cardboard paper the way it’s done in the following example:

  • Halloween-themed cootie catcher

In case you don’t already know how to make a cootie catcher, you can watch this videoI used it to spice things up in a Halloween-themed lesson where the children chose a number/color to do a Halloween-character minion impression (vampire, Joker, bat, ghost…), for example, “scream like a werewolf minion”.

  • Lego brick building

Use white plain stickers and Lego bricks. Pick a sentence from the grammar section of your book or invent a significant one so that students can put the words in the correct order.

Another option is writing down words from a semantic field (e.g. farm and wild animals). Students have to put the words in the correct column.

  • Review flipbook

Flipbooks are a very effective way of organising content in a striking way. This example is intended for summary purposes. The top tab comprises all the vocabulary from a unit in the book, whereas the bottom tab includes the grammatical explanation.

  • Word clouds

Instead of using an online generator (e.g. Wordle, Tagul), students have the opportunity of making their own word clouds related to a specific topic, whether it is a Christmas card, a fruit/vegetable vocabulary unit, or any other content.

  • Sentence making in kitchen rolls

Your students can practise the verb-subject agreement by spinning around cut-out kitchen rolls until they’ve found the right match. The materials are a box cutter, two kitchen rolls, three colored pieces of DIN A4 paper, a marker and 2 kilos of patience.

  • Clothespin sentence order

Are you bored of doing the same old comprehension activities with a text? Transform an ordinary “put in order” activity into a fun game by means of numbers clothespins, eva foam sticks, paper and a pen.

Last but not least, the following infographic covers up different creative resources sorted out in six sections: video games, arts & crafts, games, phone apps, songs and videos. As I said, I prepared all this work, including the infographic, for 10 year-old children. Still, you can always use it as a source of inspiration taking into account your students’ needs.

I hope you can make a good use of these activities. Let me know if you do through my Facebook page or Twitter account. I’ll be happy to see how they’ve worked in your classrooms. 

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