Let's spell colours

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Name of Teacher: Simona Husarova

Class/Grade/Language Level: 4th grade

Textbook and specific lesson: Let’s Try 2, Lesson 6 (Alphabet), hour 4/4

Goal: Collect letters and spell out colours

Preparation: Alphabet card sets for students (one set per group)

Class time: ~25 minutes


This activity can be done instead of Activity 2 of the official lesson plan. Everything else before that can be as is ie daily questions, alphabet chant and Activity 1.


This is a group activity where students work as a team to find letters and spell out colours. The explanation might be a little complicated, so if you don't speak Japanese it's best if you can first explain it to the HRT who can then support your English explanation in Japanese.


Firstly, divide the students into groups of about 4-5. Give them team names (it will make the activity a lot easier to keep track of). I used vegetable names. Prepare a list of words that the students have to spell out. I prepared four words per group, and used colours as they are already part of the lesson, but you can other words can be used, particularly with higher level grades eg months for 5th/6th graders.


Give each group a set of lowercase alphabet letters, but remove all the letters that make up the first word for that group and replace them with unneeded letters from other packs so that each group still gets 26 letters.


If they don't remember the grammar, practice "Do you have (letter)?" with the students before starting the activity. Then, tell each group a letter from their first word. The letters can be given in or out of order, depending on preference/class level. You can also decide if they should collect doubled up letters (eg two e's in 'green') at the same time or separately.


To find the letters, each member of a group asks students from other groups if they have that letter. When a student finds the letter they tell their group members and bring it up to the teacher so s/he can confirm that they found it, and give them their next letter. This is where group names are helpful because the student can just come up and say "(Team) Onion, a" if they've found the letter a, and the ALT/JTE can easily check which letter to give them next. The students accumulate the letters until they can make the required word.


After they have found the last letter, tell the students to make the word. Once they have correctly created it, they move onto the next word. Points can be given for each word that is completed. The game can also be extended by adding more words, or a time limit can be implemented and the team with the least letters left to find is the winner. The students can use the cards from a completed word once they have told the teacher what it is. It's also possible to implement a rule where students are not allowed to use cards that they are already holding for the next word.


By the end of the lesson there will be multiple alphabet packs mixed in together so you can make an activity of it where the students need to collect all 26 letters of the alphabet in their groups and order them.


Here is an example of groups and their words:

Onion Green pepper Carrot Mushroom Potato Cabbage
p u r p l e
o r a n g e
w h i t e
r e d
g r e e n
p u r p l e
w h i t e
b l u e
b r o w n
b l a c k
y e l l o w
p i n k
w h i t e
p u r p l e
g r e e n
b l u e
y e l l o w
o r a n g e
b l a c k
r e d
b l a c k
b r o w n
y e l l o w
p i n k