YL: FINISH YOUR LESSON WITH A SECRET MESSAGE
November 2020 – Preparing secret messages to students is really not time-consuming and it gives a great opportunity to encourage students and also to wind down a lesson.
Add this quick activity to the end of your lesson plan, to give positive feedback to your students. If you repeat it for some time, it might become a routine way to tell your students that the lesson has finished.
You can prepare the messages on recycling paper sheets or just jot them onto the whiteboard. If you have an interactive whiteboard, you can make one quickly while your students are doing, for example, a reading task.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE, which does not include all the 26 letters of the alphabet, only the ones that are in the text.
You can write longer messages using the whole alphabet LIKE IN THIS EXAMPLE.
Finally, you can always use this exercise to dictate the numbers to the students, this way they can practise to listen to numbers. After the dictation, ask them to create their alphabet-number code cracking sheet on their own and solve the code.
With elder kids, use difficult numbers, like 13, 30, 14, 40, or 33, 34, 66, 67, 76, 77, etc. Match these to each letter of the alphabet and create your own message with these.
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