I think that to introduce English in Infant Education we must do this in an entertaining and attractive way for the children. For this reason, I thought introducing a known vocabulary in Spanish to learn in English. This topic is toys, for Infant Education, and the materials of these toys in Primary Education. It is the same topic for both levels, but the first is easier than the second.
- Become familiar with the names of toys.
- Become familiar with the material of toys vocabulary.
- Join in a story.
- Learn the names of toy: car, doll, robot, teddy, train, bike, plane, computer games, puppet.
- Learn grammar structures: Where’s the ....? It’s here/ It isn’t here.
- . For example: 1 teddy (in my right hand) + 1 teddy (in my left hand) = 2 teddies
- Identify what the toys are made (plastic, wood, metal, fabric). For example: the doll is made of fabric.
- Find the odd object isn't of our topic.
- Play and share together.
- Put away the things that they aren't using.
Organization: the lesson will be divided in three parts: the first is the assembly, where the teacher explanes and presents the topic (10-15 minutes); the second is the activity, where the kids learn the vocabulary and the grammar (15-20 minutes); and the last is the story, where the teacher, with the help of the children, read a little story about the topic (10-15 minutes).
The duration of the parts will always depend on the rhythm of the class and on the kids interest. Therefore, if the activities are prepared for this lesson and they can’t be taught, kids can be taught another day in another lesson.
Time: the duration of this lesson is approximately of forty-five minutes, but everything depends on the participation and attention of the pupils.
Materials: to do this lesson the teacher will need: a puppet (because in the English lessons the teacher puts his hand inside Mr. Frog), real toys (car, doll, robot, teddy, train, bike, plane, computer games, puppet), flashcards of these toys, a bag to take out the toys and a story (The lost teddy or Where’s my teddy?).
Teacher’s role: in the English lessons the teacher must try to find a way to make lessons funny and exciting for the children. Also to help to learn English in an autonomous and reflective way.
In this lesson, first the teacher sits the children in a circle and explains that with the help of Mr. Frog we learn English, then we will use the toys and the vocabulary in English to play a game and at the end we will read a story.
After that, Mr. Frog presents the topic: The toys. For this Mr. Frog talks to the pupils about toys: ask them if they know any words in English of toys, what words they would like to learn, etc.
Next, Mr. Frog tells the pupils to bring toys into the middle of the circle. And Mr. Frog takes, one by one, the toys and says its name. For example: ‘It’s a car’ says Mr. Frog, and then the children repeat. When the children repeat the name Mr. Frog calls a kid and he put the toy in a bag. Like this, with all the toys.
Secondly, the teacher distributes a toy flashcard to each pupil. Now Mr. Frog explains that he will ask where’s a toy. For example: ‘Where’s the teddy?’ and the teacher takes out the teddy of the bag. Then the boy that has got the teddy says ‘It’s here’ and holds up the flashcard. Like this, with all the toys.
The lost teddy. But before the teacher gives each student his own story and he takes out the big story book.
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