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FIRST GRADE

INTRODUCTORY UNIT

Classroom language

Unit purpose: The purpose of this unit is to provide students with some basic classroom language that will enable them to communicate in English at all times during their foreign language lessons.

I.1. Greeting people and responding to greetings

Sample productions: Hi; Hello; Good morning/evening... (Mrs. González/Miss Navarro); How are you?; How do you do?; I`m fine/OK (thank you/thanks. And you?).

I.2. Communicating in the classroom

Sample productions: Instructions: Open/close the door/your notebook; Open your book at page 3/27; Raise your hand; Stand up; Go to your seat/front... (please); Come in; Sit down; Listen to the conversation/your classmate; Circle/underline the correct answer/the cognates; Match the columns/the words with the phrases; Work in pairs/teams; Read/complete the dialogue/the sentences; Roll call: present/ here; Absent; Permission: May I come in/go to the bathroom?; Dates: What day is it today? (today/It is) Monday/thursday...(August 30th/September 3rd); What`s the date? (today/It is) August 30th/September 3rd.

I.3. Maintaining communication in or out of the classroom

Sample productions: Repetition: Sorry?; Pardon?; Repeat please; Can you say that again?; Interruption: Excuse me; Finding information: What`s the meaning of "afternoon"/"underline?; How do you say "cuaderno"/"baño" in English?; How do you spell "Wednesday"/"evening?

Activities

 

1.-MINI-PLAY

Activity to learn the classroom language which will be used all over the school year.

Function: Communication in the classroom.

Preparation: Prepare a listening exercise (missing words: conversations which could be found in the audio disc included in most textbooks. When you have chosen a conversation, write it down on the whiteboard and erase some words.) It must include conversations where the classroom language take place. Students have to identify phrases, questions, and vocabulary related to. Aspects to identify: Greetings, roll-call, permission, instructions, date, day, partings, etc. Note: If you do not have this type of audio, draw a table as following:

greetings roll-call permission day / date instructions partings

-Good morning

-hello

-etc.

-present

-here

-absent

-May I come in?

-May I go to the bathroom?

-etc

-What day is it

today?

-Today is...

What's the date?

-september third

-please, sit down.

-stand up.

-open your book/

notebook, etc

-good bye

-see you.

-etc

 

Procedure:

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2.- THINK FAST

Game for checking what students have learned, it works better at the last five minutes of class.

Function: Any.

Preparation: Prepare a list of sentences or phrases taught in class.

Procedure:

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3.-HANG MAN

Game to learn the sound of letters of the English alphabet. Ideal for beginners.

Function: To spell the alphabet.

Preparation: Previously, check the sound of the letters. Try to use recorded spelling and also yours.

Material: Chart of the English alphabet, an assembling doll, a small hang rope (slipnot) and visuals or pictures. (See IDEAS FOR DIDACTIC MATERIAL first grade)

Procedure:

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4.-CHINESE WHISPERS

Ideal for practicing the alphabet in large groups.

Function: Spelling the alphabet.

Preparation: The sounds of the alphabet have to be studied previously .

Procedure:

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5.-ALPHABETICON.

Small square pieces of wood with the letters on both sides.

Function: Spelling the alphabet.

Preparation: The sounds of the alphabet have to be studied previously .

Material: Seven alphabeticon sets. Sand clock. (See IDEAS FOR DIDACTIC MATERIAL first grade)

Procedure:

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6.-THE SECRET CODE

Ideal ice-breaker.

Function: Spelling the alphabet.

Preparation: Before the class starts, write a secret message on a piece of paper and stick it to a candy bar.

Material: Candies will be needed.

Procedure:

TBZ ZPVS OBNF

SAY YOUR NAME

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7.-WRITE ON THE BACK

Idea for practicing the alphabet and checking vocabulay.

Function: Spelling the alphabet.

Preparation: The sounds of the alphabet have to be studied previously .

Procedure:

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8.-NUMBERS BINGO

Game to learn and practice numbers.

Function: Say telephone, address, amount, money, etc with numbers.

Material: (See IDEAS FOR DIDACTIC MATERIAL first grade)

Procedre:

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9.-CIRCLE THE NUMBER

Game to improve listening and identify numbers.

Function: Say telephone, address, amount, money, etc with numbers.

Preparation: Students need to study numbers previously.

Procedimiento:

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10.-CHINESE WHISPERS

Idea for practicing numbers with large groups.

Function: Say telephone, address, amount, money, etc with numbers.

Preparation: Numbers and phrases such as "My telephone number is" o "my address is" or any which involve numbers should be taught previously.

Procedudre:

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11.-ADD AND SUBTRACT

Activity to learn numbers.

Function: Communication in the classroom

Preparation: Teach the meaning of the words "add" and "subtract"

Procedure:

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