Halloween Story: Winnie the Witch

HALLOWEEN STORY: WINNIE THE WITCH

Who's excited for Halloween? I am ! Halloween is definitely my favourite holiday, I just love magic, spells, witches, wizards, sweets…everything related to Halloween. So in this post, you will find lots of RESOURCES for Winnie the Witch, links and ideas for teaching littles ones english. Down below you will find the steps of a Halloween workshops we organised here in Pamplona. It should take around 3-4 hours to complete all activities listed in this blogpost.

STEP ONE: Revise colours, body parts and house obejcts( for older kids). Get kids to sit in a circle, drill the names of colours, body parts using flashcards. Get students to repeat after you and work on their pronunciation Play games and songs around vocabulary.

Games:

1. Ask students to close their eyes, and turn one colour, body part upside down. Students then, open their eyes and try to guess the missing card.  

2. Touch something. Get students to stand up, and move around. Students have to listen to you and touch something yellow, blue, nose, a friends nose. 

Songs:

Body parts songs , click here: Head, shoulders , knees and toes….

Colours, click here: Learn the colours, preschool 

STEP 2: Introduction to Characters of the story

Print the flashcards of the song and drill the lyrics. Get students to repeat after you. Play games with the flashcards, and get students to repeat the lyrics. Another idea is to make a magic wand and get students to name the cards and take turns to touch with the wand.

Now it is time for the song. Play the song and get students to put the flashcards in the right order. Play the song again and encourage students to sing along. 

Click here to download the "Flashcards for the song" 

Song – You can access the song here: Winnie the witch song 

STEP 3: Reading/ watching the story 

You can read the story yourself using a PDF story book, or you can either show ss the Youtube video. Pause the video in the "Abracabra " and ask student what colour do they think Wilbur will be after the spell…

 

For the PDF book click here: Winnie the Witch: PDF book 

For the flashcards click here: Winnie the Witch: Youtube 

STEP 4: Post story activity

Place the flashcards randomly on the floor and read the story one more time. Ask students to listen and put them in order.

For the flashcards click here: Flashcards of the story

STEP 5: Activities from the booklet. 

This booklet has a number of worksheets you can choose from such as wordsearch, preposition of places, matching etc.

For the booklet click here: Booklet 

 

 

STEP 6: Craft: Make Wilbur. 

This originally is a headdress but I found that my students enjoy taking time to make things. So we made this instead. Firstly, I asked students to cut up Wilbur body, ears and mouth and stick it in cardboard paper. I drew the eyes myself because I wanted them bigger. Then I gave them a plastic box filled with cut crepe paper and demostrate how to do the activity. Stick some white glue, roll the paper into a ball and stick. 

DOWNLOAD THE HEADDRESS HERE: HEADDRESS CRAFT

 

Hope you find this post useful. Let me know how it goes. Happy Halloween 🎃

Easy and Fun Accordion Paper Animal

This Animal craft is so much fun and super easy to make. You can use our free printable template to make the cutest DIY animal toy that actually bounces up and down. You push the homemade animals down and they pop right back up and wobble adorably! This activity works really well with kids age 5+. With younger kids we will need to give them a hand with cutting up and sticking the little animals. 

Here is the Youtube video on how to do it:

Steps: 

1. Ideas to revise vocabulary: Cut down the animals and get students to name the animals. Then play a matching game, turn the animals over and ask student to name the animals and try to find the pair. Or play animals in the river, place the animals on the floor, students have to listen to the animal and jump towards that way. 

2. Ask students to start coloring in the animals. Then ask them to choose two different strips of cards and demostrate how to do the craft. 

***** Cut up the strips and prepare the animal base BEFORE your lesson. 

Supplies for Homemade pop up animals:

– printable pop up Animals (copy – paste the above image)

– Colored paper 

– Google eyes (optional)

– Glue 

and scissors. 

Have fun 🙂 

 

TV Show – Yes and No GAME

 

TV SHOW – YES/NO GAME 

 

Level: Elementary

Language focus: Asking and answering present tense questions 

Skills focus: Speaking

Time: 30 mins 

DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEET  IN PDF HERE 

DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEET IN WORD HERE

WARM UP:

  1. Ask students to brainstorm as many types of programmes as they can in groups and get them to come to the whiteboard to write them down. 
  2. Choose one student in the class. Tell them to think of their favourite TV programme, but not to tell you what it is.
  3. Ask Ss yes/noquestions to guess what is the programme. For example: Is it a music TV show?. Encourage students to give you a hand and ask students too.
  4. Tell students that they are going to play a guessing game about TV programmes. 

 

ACTIVITY: 

  1. Hand out the activity sheet and explain the activity. Explain that these are the questions they are going to use to play the YES/NO game but first they must unjumble them. Unjumble the first question together and give them time to do the rest individually
  2. Get students to compare their answers together and make any chances. Check answers together and explain how to form questions in present, and present simple. 
  3. Ask student to continue working in pairs and write down more questions. Check questions together before playing. 
  4. Divide students in groups and explain the rules. Remind students that can only answer yes, no or sometimes. 

RULES:

1. Players take turns to think of a programme. 

2. Other players ask questions and try to guess.

3. When one player thinks they know the answer, they can say what they think the programme when the questions finished.

4. If they are correctm they get a point. If they are wrong, they lose a point.

5. The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game. 

 

My top 3 speaking games for Young Learners (Cambridge exams)

 

The follow blogpost is about my top 3 games/activities for Young Learners to encourage speaking in class and prepare students for Cambridge Exams (Starters, Movers, Flyers).

Games/ Activities:

1. I spy with my little eyes…..

This is a classic and works really well with younger kids.

– A student/teacher chooses an object/person from the picture in his/her mind and says something like 'I spy with my little eyes something yellow/something starting with the letter P'.

– Students have to find the object the student/teacher had in mind.

Variation:

  • I spy + colour
  • I spy + description.

Exam:

This activity can help students prepare for the speaking tasks in which they're asked questions about two of the people or things in the scene picture. 'What this? (Answer: Duck). What colour is it? (Brown). It's great for practising vocabulary and revising colours.

2. Find the picture:

– Divide the students into pairs or teams.

– Give a picture to each team or pair and ask them to look at the pictures and try to remember as much as possible.

– Then get ss to write a description  about 1-2 objects/people from each picture (for example: There is a man with yellow trousers, sitting on the bench).

– The teacher collect the pics and turns them around so students can't see them, ss take turns to read out their description.

– The team that remembers the right picture gets the point.

Once thet get the hang of it get students to play in pairs and say their description on the spot.

Exams: This activity can help students prepare for the speaking tasks in which they been asked to put objects card in various locations on the scene. e.g. Put the flower next to the house'.  This activity is great for practising prepositions of place.

CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE PICS

PICTURE 1: CITY MARKET

PICTURE 2: STREET

PICTURE 3: ROOM

PICTURE 4: SUMMER

PICTURE 5: BUSY STREET

 

3. Draw the picture.

Again this is another great activity. A student describes and the other student draws.

– Adjust students seats arrangement so that students are facing each other.

– Give student A a picture/ or display the picture on a screen.

– Student A describes the picture to Student B and Student B draws listening to Students A's instructions.

– Once students finished Students B are allowed to look at the screen/ picture and compare.

Exam: This activity can prepare students for describing pictures, using prepositions and target vocabulary. Also, it's fun and engaging.

Visuals from this activity: The black and white visuals are taken from the sample paper Cambridge handbook.

For Lower level:

DOWNLOAD THE PICS HERE

For higher levels:

 

+1 Activity

Spot the differences:

Give ss a set of pictures and ask them not to show their picture. Students describe what they have in the picture in order to spot the differences, once students have found the differences get them to think of a story based on the pictures they have and share it with in class. I've made the visuals myself, my students loved the pics :). This activity is mostly for Flyers.

For more resources you could use the speaking cards from any Young Learners Cambridge exam.

Exam: This activity can help students prepare for the tasks in which they are asked to describe several differences between two pictures. Also, it can help them with the task in which they have to continue the story.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VISUALS

 

Feel welcome to share your ideas and any games you play with your students :). More ideas are coming up soon related to young learners and Cambridge exams 🙂

Caterpillar sentences

 

CATERPILLAR SENTENCES 

 

I was thinking of a way to get my students (9-10 years old) to  formulate their own sentences and at same time have fun.  An then I came up with the idea of the caterpillar sentences and they absolutely loved it. 😀😘😎

How to use this idea: Get students to cut down and then stick the caterpillar in their notebooks. Then, get them to write a word and a sentence using the words from the caterpillar (as seen in the example).


DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEET HERE

This is what my students have made! Isn't cute?