YL ONLINE LESSON PLAN – Daily routines
January 2021 – Online lessons with Young Learners are challenging for many reasons: apart from problems with internet connection, tired eyes and the demotivating fact of not being really together with their peers, it also forces kids into a very passive sitting life style. You need to consider that kids are usually not really comfortable with opening different types of documents (pdf, doc, etc.) and it is also difficult for the teacher to monitor their written work (checking for spelling mistakes, for instance). In this post, I’d like to propose a lesson plan to teach daily routines to kids online, giving some suggestions how to make them move and become engaged. The lesson plan bases on Cambridge University Press Fun for Movers and uses exercises from page 82-83.
N.B. Students should already be familiar with some vocabulary of daily routines (read THIS POST about one of the lessons dealing with the topic).
Welcome your students and tell them that you are going to play a racing game. Call out names of different every day objects linked to the topic of the lesson: toothbrush/paste, soap, spoon/knife/fork, pen, remote control, etc. The first one who brings the object to the computer gets a point. The winner can get a badge (you can stick it visibly onto the platform you use for your lesson).
Ask your students to tell you what they do with these objects. Prompt them to use complete sentences: e.g. I use the spoon to eat soup. Elicit as many expressions about daily routines as possible.
Ask your students to go to page 82 in the Fun for Movers textbook and do exercise A. Students need to complete when they do different actions (in the morning, in the evening, in the afternoon or at night) and then ask and answer open and close questions:
Revise quickly how we form questions in English:
When do you have a shower?
Question word – auxiliary – subject – infinitive form of the main verb (+ object/adverbs/etc.) = QUASI
Do you clean your teeth?
Auxiliary – subject – infinitive form of the main verb (+ object/adverbs/etc.) – ASI – No or Yes answers
Exercise B revises simple past forms which has been previously taught. You can assign this exercise for homework.
Ask your students to do in pairs or in open class exercise C on page 83:
Here students need to ask and answer questions and interview each other. You can also make a class survey, showing how many of the students do the housework tasks depicted on the images.
Ask your students to stand up in front of the computer and mime the expressions you name: have a shower, clean your teeth, do your homework, watch TV, cook dinner, go to sleep, etc.
Then ask one student to mime one action from before and the other students need to guess what he/she is miming. If possible, give every student a turn. If you want to avoid confusion or check on spelling, you can ask them to type in the correct expression into the chatbox, however, Young Learner often have difficulties to notice mistakes on the screen – also due to the excitement to win the race. Also this time, award the winner of the game with a badge.
Tell you students that they are going to watch a video. But before watching, they need to reconstruct ten questions on an online interactive worksheet to the video. Send them to this Google Form. They can work on their own and check their answers. Ask them how many questions they got correctly.
Then ask them go to this second Google Form and watch the video. You can also show the video to them on your screen. They can watch twice. While watching, they are asked to answer to the ten (multiple-choice questions from the previous exercise.
Ask for feedback and ask some follow-up questions, like:
– Does he always wake up at the same time?
– What does he have for breakfast?
– Where does he work?
– Does he work with the computer or with people?
– Does he eat cooked meal for lunch?
– What does he do on Saturdays?
– Does he have a girlfriend?
– Why doesn’t he drink coffee in the afternoon?
You can also ask your students to transform the answers to the original 10 questions in simple past form (as written above, exercise B on page 82 deals with simple past revision and I suggest that you assign it for homework).
Ask your students to find a clock (it can be also a toyclock) and bring it to the computer. Ask them questions about their daily routine with the question word what time:
– What time do you wake up?
– What time do you start school?
– What time do you have lunch?
– What time do you finish school?
– What time do you go to bed? etc.
Ask your students to set the correct time on their clock and show it to their partners. Together then state who wakes up at the earliest/latest time.
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