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Best of Christmas, 1-4 | WebEnglish.se

Best of Christmas, 1-4 | WebEnglish.sehttps://friskhome.se/christmas-1-4/A Theme Page about mostly secular Christmas celebrations for beginner and elementary-level students, A1.

Best of Christmas, 5-7 | WebEnglish.se

Best of Christmas, 5-7 | WebEnglish.sehttps://friskhome.se/christmas-5-7/A Theme Page about mostly secular Christmas celebrations for elementary-level students, A1.2.-A.2.1

Best of Christmas 8-B1 | WebEnglish.se

Best of Christmas 8-B1 | WebEnglish.sehttps://friskhome.se/christmas-8-b1/ A Theme Page about mostly secular Christmas celebrations for intermediate-level students, A2-B1

A Christmas Carol | WebEnglish.se

A Christmas Carol | WebEnglish.sehttps://friskhome.se/a-christmas-carol/A theme page about Charles Dickens’ beloved story A Christmas Carol, with an array of videos from the year 1910 to 2019 and other learning activities.

 

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Beginner (A1.1.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Elementary (A1.2.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Lower Intermediate (A2.1.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Intermediate (A2.2.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Upper Intermediate (B1)

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WebEnglish.se Advent Calendars 2019

Advent Time is Near! WebEnglish.se presents FIVE Advent Calendars again this year. As each class is different, there is only an approximate language level for each calendar. The general idea is (in Sweden): A1.1.= yr 1-2; A1.2.= yr 3-4; A2.1.= yr 5-6; A2.2.= yr 7-8; B1= yr 9 and up.

Sorry for Early Birds: As the Calendar program is American and the calendar doors won’t open until the actual date, there is a delay in the morning. I hope it’s until 9 o’clock, but it may be 10. I’ll let you know on Sunday.

Precheck. The teacher who doesn’t like surprises is advised to take a peek before class for two reasons:

1. There is the same theme on each level for the day, so you may choose an easier or a more challenging one.

2. There may be an automatic advertisement that you wish to skip in the beginning.

Spoiler! This link takes you to a .pdf document that lists the themes for each day of the calendar: Advent Calendar 2019

1st Advent: This year, the 1st of December is on a Sunday, which means that there is no door to open in WebEnglish.se Calendar at school until Monday. As I know many students are longing to open the first door of the WebEnglish.se Calendar, here is an early peek to the first Advent Sunday.

A1.1. What is Advent?

A1.2. This is Britain – Advent Calendar

A2.1. Whirl Kids Celebrate Advent

A2.2. What is Advent? (Stop at 00:46)

B1. Advent Meaning Definition

 

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Beginner (A1.1.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Elementary (A1.2.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Lower Intermediate (A2.1.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Intermediate (A2.2.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Upper Intermediate (B1)

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Grammar Matters 2

The Swedish Curriculum is based on Communicative Language Learning and Teaching. According to most researchers within this field, grammar should be presented following one principle:

WHEN it’s needed and not IN CASE it’s needed.

To help argue my point I found this short article summarising a meta-analysis by Nina Spada and Yasuyo Tomita. This is an excellent article as it gives both the points that some teachers use to try to prove me wrong when I say they should skip grammar lessons, but it also includes exactly the points I rely on and relate to in my teaching.

When teachers read conclusions of research like

explicit instruction was more effective for both simple and complex language features“, or

most of the research investigating the effects of instruction on L2 learning indicates that a combination of language-based and meaning-based instructions works better than an exclusive focus on either one”,

they take this to mean that whole-class instruction of grammar rules with follow-up excercises and translations will do the trick. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

When reading current research, you should first clear your mind of your own school-time experiences of grammar lessons and interpret the text outside of that box.  When you take the time to study the whole research process or even read the whole short article, you will find out:

The study does not support teaching grammar in the sequential order in which most coursebooks present it.

Explicit instruction of grammar does not mean harking backing to the times of grammar translation, rote memorization of conjugations, or the focus on grammar McNuggets

The Commentary Material to English for the Swedish Curriculum points this out clearly:

“Linguistic elements like grammatical structures and spelling should be presented only when there is a functional purpose, in order to clarify and enrich the communication.” (My translation)

This article is a follow-up of my two earlier blog posts: Grammar Matters and Why Aren’t There Any Good Textbooks?

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Guy Fawkes’ Night

Although in recent years Guy Fawkes Night has been somewhat eclipsed by Hallowe’en, it is still an important date on the calendar for many British people.

Warm-up

Fifth of November Poem by V - YouTube

Fifth of November Poem by V – YouTube (0:16)https://youtu.be/O2wrPtz0sDcRemember, Remember The Fifth of November The Gunpowder, Treason and Plot I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot.

Poem - The 5th of november - YouTube

Poem – The 5th of november – YouTube (1:08)https://youtu.be/4CA9pD3pVA4The whole poem. The video was made as a school project to visualize a poem.

Songs

Bonfire Night - First Notes - YouTube

Bonfire Night – First Notes – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/g50QWjSmH9ASong about Bonfire Night for young children. Try doing some actions or making sound effects. (yr 3-4)

BONFIRE NIGHT - YouTube

BONFIRE NIGHT – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/EP684NBM2zwWhy do we light fireworks and have bonfires… learn the story behind the celebrations. At the Duck and Drake met a Catholic gang They didn’t like King James. (yr 5-6)

Vocabulary

Guy Fawkes Night | Vocabulary | EnglishClub

Guy Fawkes Night | Vocabulary | EnglishClubhttps://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Festivals/Guy_Fawkes_Night_3366.phpA British festival commemorating the failure of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot – A short text with a vocabulary list below.

Vocabulary: Bonfire Night

Vocabulary: Bonfire Nighthttps://esolworksheets.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Vocabulary-Bonfire-Night.pdfMatch the correct definition to each word to learn about the Bonfire Night

Lesson Plans

ESL Holiday Lessons: English Lesson on Guy Fawkes Night

ESL Holiday Lessons: English Lesson on Guy Fawkes Nighthttp://www.eslholidaylessons.com/11/guy_fawkes_night.htmlESL Holiday Lessons: Free 14-Page lesson plan / worksheet on Guy Fawkes Night – Handouts, online activity and mp3. (yr 7-8)

Bonfire Night | LearnEnglish Teens - British Council

Bonfire Night | LearnEnglish Teens – British Councilhttps://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/uk-now/read-uk/bonfire-nightIn the UK, Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night) is celebrated on 5 November and the night skies are filled with colour. It’s a special day in honour of a historic event. (yr 8-9)

Guy Fawkes and the Bonfire night story English Lesson Plan | English Lesson Plan with videos for ESL EFL teachers

Guy Fawkes and the Bonfire night story English Lesson Plan | English Lesson Plan with videos for ESL EFL teachershttps://englishlessonplan.co.uk/guy-fawkes-and-the-bonfire-night-story-english-lesson-plan/This lesson plan will help your students understand the story of Bonfire Night. Teaching English History especially the events that are closely rooted within current celebrations is always fun. (yr 8-9)

Reading

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night – Reading Comprehensionhttps://www.skillsworkshop.org/sites/skillsworkshop.org/files/resources/E1E2{6f1bf439e36af1b37553daee762acf2f39026584d615f32c1dfd30bd8cdb56a0}20Bonfire{6f1bf439e36af1b37553daee762acf2f39026584d615f32c1dfd30bd8cdb56a0}20Night{6f1bf439e36af1b37553daee762acf2f39026584d615f32c1dfd30bd8cdb56a0}20literacy.pdfA .pdf with simple sentences about a cat and a boy planning for their Bonfire Night.  (yr 3-4)

History of the Gunpowder Plot

History of the Gunpowder Plothttp://projectbritain.com/guy/history.htmFour hundred years ago, in 1605, a man called Guy Fawkes and a group of plotters attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London with barrels of gunpowder placed in the basement. – The story of the Gunpowder Plot in short paragraphs and simple language. (yr 5-6)

Facts about Bonfire Night in Britain

Facts about Bonfire Night in Britainhttp://projectbritain.com/Guy.htmlMandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website. – Basic information about the traditional celebrations. More in the links. (yr 7-8)

The Gunpowder Plot Story - YouTube

The Gunpowder Plot Story – YouTube (3:34 or slower)https://youtu.be/Ux7JvZJbJPUThe Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was an attempt to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament and kill King James I. – Read the story on screen (yr 8-B1)

h2g2 - Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night - Edited Entry

h2g2 – Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night – Edited Entryhttp://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A199488Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night, from the edited h2g2, the Unconventional Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything (yr 9-B1)

Listening

Jenny : Guy Fawkes' celebrations (1) - Audio Lingua - mp3 in english, german, spanish and french

Jenny : Guy Fawkes’ celebrations (1) – Audio Lingua – mp3 in englishhttps://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article1148&lang=enJenny explains how she used to celebrate Guy Fawkes with her brother when she was a little girl. A few days before November 5th they would make a guy. (yr 7-9)Part 2

5th November 1605: Guy Fawkes discovered during Gunpowder Plot - YouTube

5th November 1605: Guy Fawkes discovered during Gunpowder Plot – YouTube (2:38)https://youtu.be/wd-dk-sS1boThe failure of the plot and execution of the conspirators has since been commemorated in Britain on what is known as Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night, – Transcript available below

The origin of Guy Fawkes Day –[Multimedia-English videos]

The origin of Guy Fawkes Day –[Multimedia-English videos]https://multimedia-english.com/videos/esl/the-origin-of-guy-fawkes-day-2923A brief history lesson on the events commemorated on Guy Fawkes Day (Nov 5). In England, 5 November has variously been called Guy Fawkes Night, (yr 8-B1)

Viewing

This is Britain Bonfire Night - YouTube

This is Britain Bonfire Night – YouTube (4:22)https://youtu.be/Wnq7aqHLCSMTwo children presenting their preparations and celebrations for Bonfire Night. (yr 3-4)

Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night - Pocket History 1 - YouTube

Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night – Pocket History 1 – YouTube (5:43) https://youtu.be/q1DC2BAsXb4The story of the Gunpowder Plot well animated, clearly spoken and with subtitles available. Remember, remember the 5th of November… (yr 5-6)

The Story of Guy Fawkes - YouTube

The Story of Guy Fawkes – YouTube (2:34)https://youtu.be/06WWW37AeXQGuy Fawkes was imprisoned in the Tower of London for his role in the Gunpowder Plot, 1605. Children have described and illustrated Fawkes’s role in the Gunpower Plot. (yr 5-6)

Remember Remember the 5th of November - Fireworks Night Poem - YouTube

Remember Remember the 5th of November – Fireworks Night Poem – YouTube (1:06)https://youtu.be/L7hHL33lQ0IRemember, Remember The 5th of November is a popular traditional Nursery Rhyme in the United Kingdom. (yr 5-6)

ESLpodTV Lesson 16 - Bonfire Night - YouTube

ESLpodTV Lesson 16 – Bonfire Night – YouTube (3:20)https://youtu.be/UKLfR6fU9ewFor students of English as a Foreign Language. The topic of this lesson is the British celebration of Bonfire Night. What happens to Guy Fawkes every November 5th? (yr 6-7)

The Gunpowder Plot Part 1, lesson plan and assembly - UK Parliament

The Gunpowder Plot Part 1, lesson plan and assembly – UK Parliament (7:29+7:34)http://www.parliament.uk/education/teaching-resources-lesson-plans/gunpowder-plot-part-1/This audio drama re-enacts the story of the Gunpowder Plot for key stage 2 and 3 students, with original supporting illustrations.(yr 7-8)

Gunpowder Plot – Stories from Parliament (Part 1 of 2) - YouTube

Gunpowder Plot – Stories from Parliament (Part 1 of 2) – YouTube (7:28 + 7:35) https://youtu.be/YptNONmnXH0The story of the Gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes. Suitable for use in assembly, english, drama, history, citizenship and PSHE. (yr 8-B1)Lesson plan Part2

Bonfire Night (learn English with pie) - YouTube

Bonfire Night (learn English with pie) – YouTube (2:17https://youtu.be/Bv6oX1AifVERichard explains the reason behind this traditional November event. This video is from http://www.podcastsinenglish.com  (yr 8-B1)

Bonfire Night safety tips from Guy Fawkes | Horrible Histories - YouTube

Bonfire Night safety tips from Guy Fawkes | Horrible Histories – YouTube (1:49)https://youtu.be/gIDNYyV1RW8Guy Fawkes gives his top tips for Bonfire Night  – in order to avoid his fate on Bonfire Night. (yr 8-B1)

Who Was Guy Fawkes? - Anglophenia Ep 18 - YouTube

Who Was Guy Fawkes? – Anglophenia Ep 18 – YouTube (4:15)https://youtu.be/v0zlMSmUXc4Remember, remember the 5th of November: Guy Fawkes is one of Britain’s most infamous figures. Who’s the man behind the mask? (yr 9-B1)

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot - YouTube

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot – YouTube (25:19)https://youtu.be/E5Llv3b0n4EA video retelling of the life of Guy Fawkes and the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 that is celebrated every November 5th in Great Britain. (yr 9-B1)

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot - YouTube

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot – YouTube (27:32)https://youtu.be/EMLHau_rBJ8Nick Knowles explores the facts and the fiction behind the legendary Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. (B1)

Speaking

Bonfire Night conversation questions - Teflpedia

Bonfire Night conversation questions – Teflpediahttps://teflpedia.com/Bonfire_Night_conversation_questionsBonfire Night, aka Fireworks Night, aka Guy Fawkes Night is a yearly event, held in the UK on 5th November, dedicated to bonfires, fireworks and celebrations.

 

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Halloween in 4 levels

This year, there are new Halloween Theme Pages in WebEnglish.se. There used to be just two, Elementary (1-6) and Intermediate (7-9). Now there are four, one for each level and the new level “B1” mainly for Eng5. If you have an advanced year 9, you can use the B1-level theme as well.
Halloween 1-3
Halloween 4-6
Halloween 7-9
Halloween B1
Have a Happy Halloween!

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Beauty and Physical Appearance, 8-9

A Theme Page about beauty and physical appearance with lesson plans for intermediate (A2.2.-B1) students, year 8-9 in Swedish Compulsory School

Related Pages: Tolerance, BullyingRacism

Background Information

Bradley University: Body Modification & Body Image

Bradley University: Body Modification & Body Imagehttp://www.bradley.edu/sites/bodyproject/disability/modification/We tend to think of human bodies as simply products of nature. In reality, however, our bodies are also the products of culture.

 

Warm-up

The Atlas of Beauty - YouTube

The Atlas of Beauty – YouTube (1:54)https://youtu.be/mTxsk1fZvTwI photograph women around the planet and I’m amazed every day. Let the world know that diversity is our greatest treasure.

Emma Thompson 'Imagine' - Endangered Species - YouTube

Emma Thompson ‘Imagine’ – Endangered Species – YouTube (1:27)https://youtu.be/3zDDkzeP4OM‘Imagine that’ actress Emma Thompson supporter of the Endangered Species International summit – talking directly to the camera: Conquer your space in the world

10 Celebs Who Are Unrecognizable Without Makeup - YouTube

10 Celebs Who Are Unrecognizable Without Makeup – YouTube (4:46)https://youtu.be/JbUqagImovYKylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and 7 other famous people who look totally different with no makeup on! Share and like this video for more!

 

Songs

 

Vocabulary

Beauty and Physical Appearance - Vocabulary List : Vocabulary.com

Beauty and Physical Appearance – Vocabulary List : Vocabulary.comhttps://vocab.com/lists/700616Activities for this list: Practice Answer a few questions on each word on this list. Learn 50 words from this theme. To practise them you will need to log in.

Daily English Listening - Appearance Vocabulary - High Level Listening

Daily English Listening – Appearance Vocabulary – High-Level Listeninghttps://www.highlevellistening.com/appearance-vocabulary-part-1/

Looking to improve your listening skills and learn appearance vocabulary? Learn 5 new English words and phrases with our daily English listening practice. Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

 

Lesson Plans

Beauty Patch | Film English

Beauty Patch | Film Englishhttp://film-english.com/2015/01/19/beauty-patch/

This EFL lesson is designed around a short film commissioned by Dove and the theme of beauty. Students practise using abstract nouns and describe their perfect partner

Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model - Cameron | TED-Ed

Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model – Cameron | TED-Ed (9:38)https://teded.herokuapp.com/lessons/looks-aren-t-everything-believe-me-i-m-a-model-cameron-russell Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. – Lesson with activities.

 

Reading

Body modification

Body modificationhttp://www.slideshare.net/JiaxinMa/body-modification-21350644

Body ModificationBy: Jiaxin Ma ( Linda ) –  A Slide Share presentation with pictures of teens with piercings and tattoos. The first 5 slides recommended more than the rest.

 

Viewing

The Honest Beauty Project - YouTube

The Honest Beauty Project – YouTube (2:13)https://youtu.be/aIXmYvQuE1AThe Honest Beauty Project is a collection of pictures used in an effort to fight the rigid (and often distorted) media portrayal of ‘traditional’ beauty.

Sugababes-Ugly lyrics video - YouTube

Sugababes-Ugly lyrics video – YouTube (3:36)https://youtu.be/rJZ3UsXcp90Diversity project for college 🙂 by Fuuddggeee7. – Made by students; May inspire to do something similar.

The Photoshop Effect - YouTube

The Photoshop Effect – YouTube (8:02)https://youtu.be/YP31r70_QNMThe Photoshop Effect Video – Sarah Dussault from Diet.com investigates celebrity Photoshop makeover. – Do the students know about the photoshop effect in magazines?

Yo, I'mma Let You Finish But Amy Poehler Has The Best Body Image Advice Of All Time - Upworthy

Yo, I’mma Let You Finish But Amy Poehler Has The Best Body Image Advice Of All Time – Upworthy (2:42)https://www.upworthy.com/yo-oprah-imma-let-you-finish-but-amy-poehler-has-the-best-body-image-advice-of-a?c=ufb4

All bodies are good bodies and there’s nothing wrong with yours just because it doesn’t look like someone else’s. Don’t believe me? Let actress and creator of “Smart Girls at the Party” Amy Poehler (“Saturday Night Live,” “Parks and Recreation”) convince you.

What makes tattoos permanent? - Claudia Aguirre | TED-Ed

What makes tattoos permanent? – Claudia Aguirre | TED-Ed (4:25)https://teded.herokuapp.com/lessons/what-makes-tattoos-permanent-claudia-aguirre?utm_source=TED-Ed

The earliest recorded tattoo was found on a Peruvian mummy in 6,000 BC. That’s some old ink! – A Ted-Ed video about tattooing; history, how it is made and how to get rid of one.

The Perfect Body - TrueTube

The Perfect Body – TrueTube (6:38)https://www.truetube.co.uk/film/perfect-bodyConvinced that the new girl at school will never notice him unless he has the perfect body, Sam hires a personal trainer.

Lupita Nyong'o Speech on Black Beauty Essence Black Women #BringBackOurGirls - YouTube

Lupita Nyong’o Speech on Black Beauty Essence Black Women #BringBackOurGirls – YouTube (4:54)https://youtu.be/ZPCkfARH2eEOscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o’s Speech On Beauty That Left An Entire Audience Speechless

Eating Disorders as Body Modification by Jillian Dyer on Prezi

Eating Disorders as Body Modification by Jillian Dyer on Prezihttps://prezi.com/ozkgzrvoy1rc/eating-disorders-as-body-modification/

Eating disorders can be seen as excessive normative conformity to cultural body ideals, and although the practice is vocally condemned by many, our ideals and norms actually seem to embrace the bodies of disordered eaters.

Mary Lambert - Body Love (Part 1 & 2) - YouTube

Mary Lambert – Body Love (Part 1 & 2) – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/j3f1zii5skASpoken Word of teens’ body image with the song “Body Love” from “Welcome to the Age of My Body” (yr 9, B1 only) lyrics here

The Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves Is Still on His Quest for the Perfect Body | This Morning - YouTube

The Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves Is Still on His Quest for the Perfect Body | This Morning – YouTube (5:59)https://youtu.be/ERjmuiiBvdsRodrigo Alves has now spent over £370,000 on altering and maintaining his body, and recently had his 50th cosmetic surgery.

 

Speaking

Beauty and Physical Appearance

Beauty and Physical Appearancehttp://busyteacher.org/24687-beauty-and-physical-appearance.htmlThis ppt is designed for speaking classes. It includes different questions about beauty and physical appearance. It is designed for intermediate and upper levels. Hope it helps!

 

Reading

ESL Lesson Plan on Snapchat Dysmorphia - Breaking News English Lesson

ESL Lesson Plan on Snapchat Dysmorphia – Breaking News English Lessonhttps://breakingnewsenglish.com/1808/180808-snapchat-dysmorphia.html

English News Lessons: Free 27-Page lesson plan / 2-page mini-lesson – Snapchat Dysmorphia – Handouts, online activities, speed reading, dictation, mp3… current events.

Teen turns 'hurtful' graffiti into empowering body image message

Teen turns ‘hurtful’ graffiti into empowering body image messagehttp://www.today.com/parents/teenager-turns-hurtful-graffiti-empowering-body-image-message-1D79896547When Carleigh O’Connell heard that someone had spray painted a message about her body in her New Jersey town, she didn’t cry. – A news article about a 14-year-old girl, who turned an unwanted comment into a powerful message.

 

“It’s not what they say to you, it is how you take what they say to you.”

 

Listening

News English Lessons | ESL Lesson Plans | Cosmetic Surgery

News English Lessons | ESL Lesson Plans | Cosmetic Surgery http://www.newsenglishlessons.com/1102/110212-cosmetic_surgery.htmlThe number of people having cosmetic surgery is increasing. This could be a sign that the world economy is making a recovery. – A Short Listening/Reading text with vocabulary exercises

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Body Image

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Body Imagehttp://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1303/130325-body_image.html

A survey of English schoolchildren shows boys and girls are worrying about the way they look.

A Listening/Reading text with various activities to last a whole lesson or two

Body - KidsHealth

Body – KidsHealthhttps://kidshealth.org/en/teens/your-body/From growing up to getting braces, popping pimples to catching some ZZZs, this section gives you the basics on your changing body – from head to toe.

 

Final Words

10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Life

10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Lifehttps://psychcentral.com/lib/therapists-spill-10-things-you-can-do-today-to-improve-your-life/00012784You don’t need an overhaul to improve the quality of your life. Just a few steps can help to boost your well-being and make your days more meaningful. – An article you may want to share with your students says the same as Audrey Hepburn below.
by Debarshi Ray CC BY-SA 2.0
Audrey Hepburn by Debarshi Ray CC BY-SA 2.0

Poster by Outi CC BY-SA 4.0

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Gruffalo, 3-5

As the mouse walks through the woods, he encounters animals that want to eat him. He talks about the fierce gruffalo to scare them away. By Axel Scheffler, Julia Donaldson (scholastic.com)

Related Pages: Where The Wild Things Are, Monsters

Warm-Up

The Gruffalo - Official Trailer - YouTube

The Gruffalo – Official Trailer – YouTube (0:30)https://youtu.be/cVkj4McR1Fo“A gruffalo? What’s a gruffalo?” – “A gruffalo! Why, didn’t you know? He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.”

The Gruffalo Book Trailer - YouTube

The Gruffalo Book Trailer – YouTube (2:03)https://youtu.be/iooNL7gPeUcJust a short trailer to the book. – Produced by Janina Cherkewich for LIS 548, Children’s & Youth Services

 

Songs

Singalong The Gruffalo (touch and feel book) - Julia Donaldson/Alex Scheffler - YouTube

Singalong The Gruffalo (touch and feel book) – Julia Donaldson/Alex Scheffler – YouTube (1:46)https://youtu.be/oPPwnXGCXrkThe Gruffalo song! – For the youngest students or the young-in-mind, who like singing.

Gruffalo song - YouTube

Gruffalo song – YouTube (1:19)https://youtu.be/5ZfEIX2lhlIGruffalo song with lyrics: “He has terrible tusks and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws. He’s the Gruffalo.”

The Gruffalo's Child Music - Stick with me - YouTube

The Gruffalo’s Child Music – Stick with me – YouTube (2:09)https://youtu.be/FNnCXxQ-x60The music “Stick with me” is from the stage play production of The Gruffalo’s Child. – Song with lyrics: “I’m not sure if this is a good idea…”

 

Vocabulary

Merry English to you!: The Gruffalo

Merry English to you!: The Gruffalohttp://oksanochka-happyenglishlearners.blogspot.com/2011/01/gruffalo.htmlLearning and teaching English, English for children, ESL. Here is a worksheet you can use as a follow-up activity if you decide to show the Gruffalo animation to your students.  online listening exerciseworksheet 

 

Audiobooks

THE GRUFFALO read by The Picture Book Lady - YouTube

THE GRUFFALO read by The Picture Book Lady – YouTube (8:10)https://youtu.be/vmEKARjE2IwAudiobook. Listen to the story of The Gruffalo, read by the Picture Book Lady.

The Gruffalo l Julia Donaldson l Read-a-Loud l Read Along l Storybook Animation - YouTube

The Gruffalo l Julia Donaldson l Read-a-Loud l Read Along l Storybook Animation – YouTube (11:02)https://youtu.be/1OH5wIrRPPIAudiobook: The Gruffalo Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood when along comes a fox.

The Gruffalo - Read by Alan Mandel - YouTube

The Gruffalo – Read by Alan Mandel – YouTube (7:35)https://youtu.be/s8sUPpPc8WsFor my nephew Yari on his 2nd birthday. The Gruffalo is a modern classic written by the incomparable Julia Donaldson – Male voice narrator

The Gruffalo - Narrated by Ollie Heath - YouTube

The Gruffalo – Narrated by Ollie Heath – YouTube (6:34)https://richmond-hill-school.primarysite.media/media/the-gruffalo-narrated-by-ollie-heathExperience the story of the Gruffalo like never before. This version is read like a rap. Easy to chant with the students.

Gruffalo World - The Gruffalo Clips Compilation

Gruffalo World – The Gruffalo Clips Compilationhttp://watchkin.com/017ab6bb93The complete collection of official clips from the Oscar nominated animation ‘The Gruffalo’,  – Watchkin with no commercials!

Gruffalolive: Official Trailer - YouTube

Gruffalolive: Official Trailer – YouTube (3:07)https://youtu.be/ZrsWbbitJGIMusical performance Gruffalolive: Official Trailer – The Gruffalo was played live on stage at New Wimbledon Theatre.

 

Lesson Plans

Gruffalo Teaching Resources & Story Sack Printables - SparkleBox

Gruffalo Teaching Resources & Story Sack Printables – SparkleBoxhttp://www.sparklebox.co.uk/literacy/stories/gruffalo.html#.WQNuJYj5hEYSimple colouring sheets where children add missing features to the monster.  Could be linked to the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The Gruffalo - A Squash and a Squeeze 25th Anniversary Activity Pack

The Gruffalo – A Squash and a Squeeze 25th Anniversary Activity Packhttp://www.gruffalo.com/activities/activities/a-squash-and-a-squeeze-25th-anniversary-activity-pCelebrate 25 years of A Squash and a Squeeze with these fun activity sheets! Julia and Axel Activities Activities News Songs

 

Viewing

Gruffalo English (ESL) School Play - YouTube

Gruffalo English (ESL) School Play – YouTube (6:40)https://youtu.be/lw0WYtV78TYGruffalo play live on stage performed by Chinese school children as part of their English (ESL) drama class in China.

The Gruffalo - Learn English through Stories - Kids Club English

The Gruffalo – Learn English through Stories – Kids Club Englishhttps://kidsclubenglish.com/stories/the-gruffalo-2/The Gruffalo storytelling videos, songs, crafts, worksheets and other resources to help kids learn English through this fun and popular story.

The Gruffalo - Video Dailymotion

The Gruffalo – Video Dailymotion (26:59)https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x78nvjnGuarda The Gruffalo – Video Dailymotion – Finally, the whole animated film!

 

Worksheets

The Gruffalo worksheets

The Gruffalo worksheetshttps://www.eslprintables.com/reading_worksheets/tales_and_stories/the_gruffalo/Welcome to ESL Printables, the website where English Language teachers exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans,  activities, etc. – Log-in required

 

Speaking

Using Story Wheels With Kids : Free The Gruffalo Template

Using Story Wheels With Kids : Free The Gruffalo Templatehttps://learningparade.typepad.co.uk/learning_parade/2011/08/using-story-wheels-the-gruffalo.htmlHere is a great way to help young children retell a familiar story. – Download a template of the story.

 

Interactive

The deep dark wood

The deep dark woodhttps://www.gruffalo.com/in-the-woods/Before you take a stroll through the deep dark wood, type in your name. Remember to watch out for… the Gruffalo! – Scroll to move the page. Gruffalo Quiz
 

Gruffalo’s Child

The Gruffalo's Child Trailer - YouTube (0:30)

The Gruffalo’s Child Trailer – YouTube (0:30)https://youtu.be/LKtCNdZVBRMA short trailer to the film “The Gruffalo’sChild”: No Gruffalo should ever set foot in the big dark woods!

The Gruffalo's Child - YouTube

The Gruffalo’s Child – YouTube (5:06)https://youtu.be/cfIjI17l4kMAudiobook. The story is read by actors and animated, showing the pictures, but not the text. No subtitles, either.

Gruffalo World - The Gruffalo's Child Clips Compilation - YouTube

Gruffalo World – The Gruffalo’s Child Clips Compilation – YouTube (4:45)https://youtu.be/ZOZ87BTZuZQThe complete collection of official clips from the BAFTA nominated animation ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best selling book.

The Gruffalo's Child - Video Dailymotion

The Gruffalo’s Child – Video Dailymotion (25:56)https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x78nxx8Guarda The Gruffalo’s Child – Video Dailymotion – Finally, the whole animated film!

 

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Where The Wild Things Are, 4-6

Maurice Sendak’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. (TheLearningCircleOnline)

Related Pages: Monsters, Gruffalo

Warm-Up

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Arehttps://medium.com/@nicoletrogen/where-the-wild-things-are-9aa2c9c08110

Maurice Sendak (1963). Opening lines from children’s books – to discuss your anticipations

 

Vocabulary

 

Reading

Text of Wild Things

Text of Wild Thingshttps://friskhome.se/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/text-of-where-the-wild-things-are.pdf

A downloadable pdf-file to let students read the story in groups of 5. Keep reading until every student has read every part.

 

Listening

Where The Wild Things Are Audio Book - YouTube

Where The Wild Things Are Audio Book – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/MnJn3567UMo

Where The Wild Things Are – Audio Book Produced for my classroom theatre final No copyright infringement intended. For educational purposes only.

 

Lesson Plans

Where The Wild Things Are | Teaching Ideas

Where The Wild Things Are | Teaching Ideashttp://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/where-the-wild-things-are

Use Maurice Sendak’s wonderful story in your classroom by trying our enormous collection of free teaching ideas and related classroom activities.

Where the Wild Things Are Text Talk Lesson Plan | Williamsme1's Blog

Where the Wild Things Are Text Talk Lesson Plan | Williamsme1’s Bloghttps://williamsme1.wordpress.com/re-3030/where-the-wild-things-are-text-talk-lesson-plan/

FOCUS:  The focus of this story is the imagination of a young boy.  He uses his imagination to travel to a land of the Wild Things and become their ruler.

Reading guide for Where the Wild Things Are - ALMA

Reading guide for Where the Wild Things Are – ALMAhttp://www.alma.se/en/Laureates/Reading-guides/Where-the-Wild-Things-Are-/

About the author Born in 1928, Maurice Sendak grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest child of Polish Jewish immigrants.

 

Worksheets

Where the Wild Things Are Teaching Resources & Story Sack Printables - SparkleBox

Where the Wild Things Are Teaching Resources & Story Sack Printables – SparkleBoxhttp://www.sparklebox.co.uk/literacy/stories/where-wild-things-are.html#.WQNv34j5hEY

These resources contain our own artwork.  The products are in no way endorsed by the authors or publishers of any related stories,

Wild Rumpus Event Kit

Wild Rumpus Event Kithttps://static1.squarespace.com/static/50b88908e4b012760ada1011/t/532d6b9de4b0fcd40d96016a/1395485597430/WTWTA_Booklet.pdf

We hope this kit will provide everything you’ll need to start your own Wild Rumpus. Enjoy! Sincerely, The Marketing Department HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks

Mini Literacy Unit

Mini Literacy Unithttps://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Freebie-Wild-Things-Literacy-Mini-Unit-for-Where-The-Wild-Things-Are-1475850

Mini Literacy Unit for “Where The Wild Things Are” Included in this Mini Unit: Wild About Colors: Mirrored Monsters Sight Words

 

Interactive

Where the Wild Things Are | Learning Games For Kids

Where the Wild Things Are | Learning Games For Kidshttps://www.learninggamesforkids.com/literature-games/wild-things-are.html

Literature Games and Vocabulary Games are fun ways to expand your child’s knowledge of the English language, all while having fun. Kids learning ESL or kids just trying to expand their vocabulary…

 

Speaking

Where the Wild Things Are | Teaching Children Philosophy

Where the Wild Things Are | Teaching Children Philosophyhttps://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/WhereTheWildThingsAre

The young protagonist of this beautifully illustrated book, Max, gets sent to his room without dinner for disrespecting his mother. He then takes a trip to the magical land of the wild things.

 

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10 steps to create a student-driven classroom

This post was originally published on the Ditch That Textbook blog.

One day in 2005, my student Malin walked in looking for me just to tell me that she used to hate English before I became her teacher. The reason for the change, she said, was that she got to decide a little more herself and that she could learn more because she was interested.

That’s when I knew I was on the right track.

It all started in the 90’s, when I was teaching a 5th-grade class and there was a chapter in the textbook about King Henry VIII, who happened to be my favourite in the line of British monarchs. I told the story of his six wives the best I knew how with an amazing result: The class made a unanimous request to learn more stories like that!

I paused for about 5 seconds and said: “If you want, we can throw these textbooks out of the window”, while pretending to toss the book out, and continued: “and study only British history. I could tell you the stories and then you could write about what you have learned.”

They agreed and we started from Stonehenge; I collected the material into handouts with text and pictures, we discussed the stories in class and they wrote what they had learned as homework. The following lesson started with some students reading their stories before we went on to the next.

We continued even after the summer break until we got to Queen Victoria. That’s when they felt tired of history and we chose something else to study, but I never looked back at textbooks after that.

An added bonus was their history teacher who told me later that this class had a generally better understanding of history than his other classes.

In these 20 years, I have gradually developed the method and created my website WebEnglish.se to go with it.

5 steps to show your students that they are in charge

1. Ask your students what they can recall as having been the best and the worst activities in their former English studies. Let them think about this individually for a couple of minutes.
2. Make small groups, 3-5 students in each, where they share their ideas with each other and choose the ones they can (mostly) agree on. While they are doing this, you draw two columns on the whiteboard with the titles ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ on them. Of course, you can have this ready on a Google Doc that you project on the screen.
3. Groups report their lists. Each item needs to be checked with the rest of the class and written on the board only if the majority agree with it. You can also write them all and have a vote afterward, crossing out the ones that do not get the majority vote.
4. Surprise your students: draw a big cross over all the items on the ‘Bad’ side of the board, promising never to have them do any of those things. On the ‘Good’ side you can draw a big heart around the list and promise to bring all of those things to class.
5. Save the results! I used to take a picture of the whiteboard, but if you do this digitally, of course, it is automatically saved in your GDrive.

 

I always say to my students: “English is a world language. You can study anything in English.” If their wish is not in the WebEnglish.se list of topics, I still make it happen. One time, I learned a lot about the FBI, after one student suggested it and the others agreed.

5 steps to let your students do the planning


1. Give your students a list of topics either on paper or digitally (eg. in Google Forms).
2. Ask them to mark all the topics they find interesting individually for a few minutes. Collect their answers.
3. Have your students start writing a story while you count the results, or you can both take your tasks as homework. If there are too many winning topics to be managed in one term, have another vote in class.
4. Show the students the number of weeks they have and ask them to work in small groups to distribute the topics to suit the length of the term.
5. Collect their suggestions on the whiteboard and discuss till you reach a consensus.

Final words

When going through these steps, remember that the students only choose the topics to be studied. The teacher is responsible for the pedagogy and covering the curriculum.

 

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New Instructions to Open the Theme Lists

I am sorry, but my coding skills were not enough to make the Theme lists available in Google Forms. I have now received guidance from some good people at Shake Up Learning and changed the links and the instructions in the Planning Page:

You need to COPY the answer sheet (in Chrome), then click on FORM and Edit Form to make a new questionnaire to share with your students. I sincerely hope it works now!

I apologise for the inconvenience this has caused you at this stressful time.