Saturday, February 14, 2015

Draw your vacation

This is an opportunity for students to learn personal information about the teacher. The ultimate goal is to engage students into writing and make them familiar with simple writing techniques. Show students drawings of your last vacation. Don't worry if you don't draw well. The fact that you drew them will   encourage your students to do the same. Also, show short simple sentences for each drawing.  Make sure, students identify and understand the three parts of a paragraph:  


1) TOPIC SENTENCE: It tells you what the paragraph will be about;
2) BODY: It is developed around the topic sentence usually with examples and details;
3) CONCLUSION: It restates the introduction with different words.

Also, make sure students are familiar with "connectors". After showing your students your sentences, allow them some time to draw and write about their own vacation. Have colored pencils and blank sheets of paper available on your desk in case they don´t have those. You can also assign this task for homework. At home, they will scan and upload their drawings and write about them.  They can make a video or a power point slide presentation to show in the following class.

I enjoyed my vacation because it was relaxing.

I didn't have money to travel, so I stayed in Brasilia.

However, I could play the guitar and practice some songs.

I went shopping for clothes and shoes.

And I could sleep a lot and relax.


Show your students what a paragraph should look like:


Monday, December 29, 2014

Elections 2014

Last october, Brazilians voted for president and unlike previous elections, this one was marked by  fearce and really nasty comments of the candidates about their opponents' character. Instead of talking about their platform, they attacked each other trying to make them look unreliable to the voters (which explains the opening remark in the video). Thus,  I took this opportunity to assign a project for my teen students. Since they were learning the first conditional, they were supposed to pretend they were running for president and create a political platform in which they stated what they would do in case they won. They were supposed to use the possible starters below:


1) If you vote for me, I will...
2) If I win this election, I will...
3) If I have your vote/ support, I will...
4) If you give me a chance, I will...

When they finished writing their platforms, I proofread them and provided them with comments and suggestions. After that, the students used the school's IPads to design a poster, in which they would draw a symbol for their campaign, think of an "imaginary" party/number and come up with a catch phrase. The drawing app they used was DRAWP because it's super user friendly.

Once their posters were done, we filmed their platforms. I projected their posters on the data show screen and they stood before it. The videos are time consuming, therefore, I suggest that you assign this project to only one group of few students. I had 8 students In this class.

To wrap things up, we had an election in school. We set up a room with the video on, a ballot and voting slips displayed on a desk. Everyone going past the room was invited to go inside, watch the video and vote for one of the candidates.

My students enjoyed the project very much and took it very seriously every step of the way. In the end, the winner got a token.

video

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Best Friend

After learning how to describe people´s physical characteristics, my students have been asked to draw, color and write about their best friends.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My favorite singer

My students learned how to describe their talents. After practicing the structure and learning the names of the musical instruments, I assigned the following task: DRAW, COLOR AND WRITE ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE SINGER. A few students claimed not to have a favorite singer, so I suggested that they create one. 

By Pedro

By Leonardo

By Gabriel

By Vinicius

By Monique

Monday, September 23, 2013

My Super Duper School

The images below are supposed to be used to practice describing one's school. Students can practice CAN for permission, CAN'T for prohibition, HAVE TO for obligation and DON'T HAVE TO for not necessary. They can also practice saying which their favorite subject is and when they have it and which their least favorite subject is. They can also practice saying when and what time they have each subject. To wrap things up, students may be asked to write a short paragraph about their school.

Super Duper studies in the morning. He goes to school in Brasília, Brazil. Look what it's like:
Images - Downloadable

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dvolver

Unfortunately I had to remove the post about Dvolver because of the nonstop music. I think you got the idea, anyway.

My Super Duper Weekend


The activities proposed for these illustrations are similar to the ones proposed for "My Super Duper Routine". The ultimate purpose is to have students write about themselves.

Super Duper has a lot of fun on the weekend. Check him out!



Suggested Activities - Downloadable




My Super Duper Routine

Super Duper is a character I created to illustrate my wiki superduperctj.pbworks.com, which I use to make my students and their parents aware of the activities assigned in class and for homework, and also test dates. I also use it to share materials with the teachers I work with.  Here are two activities I designed for practicing the third person in the Simple Present. The ultimate goal here is to have students write about themselves.

Suggested Activities - Downloadable

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Teens Digital Project 1 - 2012: Go animate

The first project of the semester gave students the opportunity to practice the structure learned, which was polite questions. The tool used here was GoAninate, in which students write a dialog and make it into an animated video.


Classes 42,44 and 46:

GoAnimate.com: Fernando+and++Marina by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: coca+and+burger+%28Clara+and+Maria+Luiza%29+Class+42 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: Rushmore+talk+%28by+Luiza+and+Jo%C3%A3o%29+Class+44 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: The+restroom+%28by+Maria+Teresa+and+Pedro+Pinheiro%29+ by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: the+talk+food+%28by+Beatriz+and+Eduardo%29+Class+44 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: by%3A+joao+marco+e+pedro+ayres+%28Class+44%29 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

GoAnimate.com: by%3A+roberta++and+bruno+%28Class+44%29 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: Conversation+%28+by%3A+Carol+and+Enrico+%29+Class+46 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: pushy+person+%28+Pedro+%26amp%3B+Liz+%29+Class+46 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: %28by+Isabela+and+Palmieri%29+Class+46 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: Pushy++%28+by+Teresa+and+Pedro+Gabriel%29+Class+46 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: pushy+boy+%28by+leonardo+and+eduardo%29+Class+46 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!


GoAnimate.com: The+news+-+Matheus+and+Rodrigo+%28Class+46%29 by cleidoca2008


Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Teens Digital Project 3 - 2012 : Mixbook

This semester, my teen students learned how to talk about their responsibilities at home,their house chores. After learning and practicing all the vocabulary involved when talking about chores, they learned how to use MIXBOOK and created a digital project. I'm not ashamed to admit that this is my favorite tool. It's very easy to be used, the result looks terrific, students are able to write digitally (my favorite part) and you can always edit it. This task was assigned to be done at home and be presented in the following class. Here are a few:




Classes 42,44 and 46:



 
Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Learn About Mixbook Photo Books | Create your own Photo Book








Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Learn About Mixbook Photo Books | Create your own Photo Book






Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Learn About Mixbook Photo Books | Create your own Photo Book









Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Learn About Mixbook Photo Books | Create your own Photo Book









Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Learn About Mixbook Photo Books | Create your own Photo Book









Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards







Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards






Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards






Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards






Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards





Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards

Hi there!!!

Good Morning my dear friends! I'm back. Never before had I been away for so long. I have a lot to share but since I'm not an organized person (and that is something I'm struggling with, because many times I get held back, which is frustrating) I will be sharing everything little by little when time allows that. Although I haven't been able to post anything in this blog, I have carried out a few interesting digital projects with my teen and adult students. It'll be worth waiting.