Hi Friends 2 starts out with a wildly disjointed unit which begins with counting, using “How many…?”. From there the unit shifts focus to the alphabet and lower-case letters and the “Do you have a …?” structure.
To impose some order on this mess, I try to keep the focus on counting and numbers to 100. Drilling numbers gets dull quickly though, so I’ve come up with a little challenge to spice up the task.
The Race to 100 team challenge is really quite simple. Students sit in a circle and pass a baton or ball while saying a number. The first student starts at 1, the next student says 2, and so on, passing the baton until they’ve arrived at 100. Using a stopwatch, time how long it takes each class to make it to 100, and make it a competition.
I’ve prepared a scorecard for keeping track of class times. If you only have one group of 6th graders, try breaking up the class into smaller groups and running them off against each other. It’s a good team building exercise. I usually run off two or three attempts at the beginning of class, then transition to an easy game using the alphabet cards in the text.
Give it a try and share your results in the IRC chat!
The days are slowly getting longer, and time is getting shorter for Japanese students. Graduation is less than two months away, and a new crop of first graders start in April. What better timing for some ABC practice?
Junior High English lessons begin at ABC and slowly ramp up. Students who can clearly and confidently print the alphabet will be able to proceed quickly to more interesting fare while others are churning through drills.
New elementary school students also benefit from early and frequent alphabet practice. The sooner children can recognize and write the alphabet the more effective phonics practice becomes. From there its a small step to basic English reading skills, and then the sky’s the limit!
Here are worksheets for lowercase and uppercase letters. A double sided print (uppercase on one side, lower on the other) is environmentally friendly and an excellent quiet activity for older students. Going through the letters slowly and emphasizing proper stroke order is a very good lesson for younger students. It’s never too early to start and never too late to improve!