An example of how to adapt a kindergarten brief into a short, fun-filled lesson
Name of Teacher: Caitlin Puzzar
Class/Grade/Language Level: Kindergarten Grade 2 – 4/5 years old
Textbook and specific lesson: Insects- but similar plan can be adopted to any topic for this level
Goal: For children to remember the names of 5-7 insect names in English
Preparation: Flashcards, A Very Hungry Caterpillar Book
Class time: 35 minutes
Kindergartens often give a common theme of what they would like to be taught, often in a short time. Children this young often have a short attention span, so a variety of fast paced activities is the most effective.
- Introduce insects
- Begin by doing gestures (if possible) or showing pictures of said insects. Start with the most common ones they are likely to know and work e.g. spider, fly, caterpillar, butterfly (these are important for following activities), bee, ant.
- Relay game
- Get students to work in pairs. Link their arms together and sit back to back and become a spider. They then sit in a circle which is the outer rim of the “web”. ALT is waiting in the centre of the “web” like a fly. Students shuffle on their bums to catch the fly.
- (Ensure there are no “losers” e.g. every student gets a reward like a sticker for their teamwork and reaching the ALT)
- Read a book – A Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Read a book slowly to the students using gestures (this works best with a book the students are familiar with in Japanese).
- At the end, consolidate simple English learnt e.g. show the book and ask students what insects there are (caterpillar and butterfly), then do gestures to demonstrate the game played to ask what the students and ALT were (spiders and fly).