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Re: Your lesson plans
by Angela Moninets - Thursday, 13 October 2011, 07:50 PM

Level : elementary, primary ( this site can be used on a larger scale).Aim: to practice use of The Present Simple Tense.To practice daily routine verbs.Website: vocabulary.co.ilProcedure: 1. Brainstorming. What activities children do daily. How their weekends differ.2. They put down a few sentences about their routine, further on comparing them to their parters'.3. Students are asked to find vocabulary.co.il . Afterwards they are directed to"contraction games", where they find "memory match" game. They complete the task, which is a revision of contracted forms itself. They can do it twice,the second game will definitely be done faster ( there's a stopwatch).There can be set a competition for two. For fast finishers or as a follow up activity there is another game - "fill it in", which practices the above.4. Students are asked to write a short comparison of their usual day and the one of their parent or older or younger brother. The person to compare with should have a different routine for the comparison to be effective.

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Re: Your lesson plans
by Helen Onyshchenko - Sunday, 16 October 2011, 02:41 AM

Dear Angela,
I'm in charge of writing the feedback on your lesson
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I have imagined myself in the place of one of your pupils and have gone through all stages of the suggested lesson, and I should say in the first place that I would both enjoy this lesson and get a good practice of daily routine verbs
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Here are some things I would like us to contemplate on:
- whether it is necessary for our primary pupils to make this a bit long way to the target activity page, i.e. finding vocabulary.co.il, choosing 'contraction games', finding 'memory match' game (and there are two memory match games on the same page, for different levels). If we want to teach them some searching and browsing skills, then making this way to the exercise is a part of learning. If it isn't our aim at this particular lesson, then it is better to take them directly to the exercise page. It is up to the teacher and the time limit for this exercise.
- whether the web-based activity corresponds to the target vocabulary or constructions used during the lesson. The contractions exercise on the site includes I've, can't, I'm, which will hardly be used when talking about the pupils' daily routines. So maybe the follow-up activity should be changed somehow (or the pupils should be directed to use these contractions).
It's a good idea to use the 'fill it in' game after the 'memory match' game. At first pupils look at the contractions and memorize them, then they practice writing the short or full forms in 'fill it in'.
Can you write some example sentences for 'short comparison of their usual day' activity?
Thank you for sharing a great site with us and generating this interesting lesson idea
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Thank you, Helen!
by Angela Moninets - Sunday, 16 October 2011, 06:36 PM

Dear Helen!
Thank you, Lenochka, for not being that critical, but moderate as well as tolerant! After having read the others' feedbacks and having compiled one myself, I dreaded to think what I was going to "hear"!
Concerning my leading all my students all that way through the Net. I'd prepared the lesson plan before I got to know the proper way of formulating the link (URL). I now would just insert the direct link. I must admit my IT skills leave much to be desired. But I am here hoping for better.
Regarding use of contractions applicability to speak about students' daily routine, I am totally with you there. I must either set an example or restate the task.
Providing a few sentences for example in the post-activity is what I did have in mind.
Thank you indeed! And thank you for your lesson plan as well!