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Games About Numbers and Shapes

  Cars 1 to 4 (Use with Happy Valley 1 Unit 3)   Use toy cars or different size balls. Write or stick numbers on each object. Using a cardboard box and chair (or other makeshift ramp), students release the objects to see which ones go faster down the ramp. Students predict what number object […]

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  A present please! Let’s ask for things in English! プレゼントをください!英語でお願いしてみましょう!   This week’s video shows a simple but polite way to ask for something you want. It’s easy to practice at mealtimes!   今週の動画は、何か欲しいものがあるときに使う簡単で礼儀正しい言い方を紹介します。食事のときに練習してみましょう!   Classroom Tip Practice the target language from Happy Valley 1 Unit 8 with this video. After, play games suggested […]

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Learning phonics means learning which letters (or combinations of letters) make which sounds. One of the best ways to learn phonics is through stories—humans have a natural interest in even simple stories, and kids will want to know what happens to the characters next.   Bob Books phonics readers start with a limited number of […]

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These games can be used with Happy Valley 1 Unit 4.   There   Put clothing flashcards around the room.  T: Where’s/Where’re my __? S: There. Go get FC and give to T. Here you are.  T: Thank you. Pretend to put it on and say to S Put on your __.   服のフラッシュカードを部屋中に置きます。 T: […]

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  by Terry Phillips   Continued from Part 1   Show the first ‘page’ of the story.  Use handouts or, even better, display on a smartboard. Read the sentences aloud. Get the children to read along after one or two repetitions.   Jack and his mother are very poor.  They have one goat. Jack goes […]

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  Kinkajou is playing soccer! Let’s practice using –ing verbs! キンカジューがサッカーしてるよ!動詞の「ing」を勉強しましょう!   Did you know that Kinka is a kinkajou? It’s a small animal from Central and South America. It’s related to the raccoon but looks more like a monkey and lives in trees. Let’s practice using the present continuous tense with Kinka in this […]

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by Terry Phillips   It is not easy to find readers which actually teach reading. But you don’t have to buy readers if you are prepared to do a bit of work yourself. In fact, as an experienced teacher of young learners whose first language is not English, you can probably produce better readers than […]

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  Whispers   Students and teacher sit in a circle. Teacher holds up a flashcard and whispers the target language to the student next to them.  T: It’s a (clothing). The first student takes the card from the teacher, passes it to the next student and whispers the vocabulary to them. The card is passed […]

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It’s a bee! Let’s learn some animal words! ミツバチだ!動物の単語を覚えましょう!   This week’s video teaches words for some animals that your child might see in their daily life!   今週の動画では日常生活で見かけるかもしれない動物の名前を教えます!   Classroom Tip This song goes with Happy Valley 1 Unit 8 vocabulary. Do the It’s a Chant and use this in place of the CD […]

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by Terry Phillips   Continued from Part 1   Myth 3: You only need to control for vocabulary level to make a reading text comprehensible So let’s forget adapting native speaker readers. Graded ESL/EFL readers from UK publishers are certainly strictly, almost pathologically, controlled for vocabulary. But English is a syntactic language, so unless there […]

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