6th grade, Let's Go To Italy
Name of Teacher: Joost van Steenderen
Class/Grade/Language Level: Elementary School Grade 6
Textbook and specific lesson: Hi Friends 2 Lesson 5 – Let’s go to Italy
Goal: Country names vocab + Where do you want to go? / I want to go to…
Preparation: Banana chants, Flashcards, Ball, Timer,
Class time: 45 minutes
- Greetings, 3 warm-up questions: day, month and weather. (3 min)
After students answer the 3 questions I have them repeat the weather, day and date.
- Warm-up activity: Banana chants (countries) (2 min)
Banana chants has a variety of songs. I usually chose the theme closest to that day’s lesson. These chants are short and the clapping part of the chants make students genki.
Materials: Banana Chants
- Introduce vocabulary with flashcards (check MES-English if you don’t have original flashcards). Let them guess first and let them repeat them after you for pronunciation practice. (6 min)
- Missing game (6 min)
Let students close their eyes, take one or two cards off the blackboard and let them open their eyes again. “What’s missing?”.
- Eraser game (6 min)
If it’s the first lesson or second lesson for this chapter I do the eraser game. Make pairs (groups of three work too) and use one eraser. Decide on a keyword and let students grab the eraser on the keyword. Any other word has to be repeated.
- Introduce and practice phrase. (10 min)
Depending on the level of the students I either introduce the set “Where do you want to go?” + “I want to go to __.” , or just “I want to go to __.”
Write down the phrase on the board and let students guess the meaning of words; I=わたし (watashi), go=いく (iku), etc, making the sentence in Japanese.
わたしは _____ へ いきたい です (watashi wa ___ he ikitai desu).
Use flashcards for pattern practice.
- Bomb-game (10 min)
Students make a circle. If they get the ball they say where they want to go, then name the next students and throw the ball to them. If the timer rings (use a limit of 30 sec) then the ball(bomb) explodes and the student dies(sites down).
Materials: ball and kitchen timer. This game works better in small groups.
- Recap and wrapping up the class. (2 min)