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  Count and Shake   Use chips or marbles. Give the students a certain number of pieces. The students put each one into a cup and count until all the pieces are in the cup. Students place hands over the top and shake the same number of times. Once the students have mastered colors, count […]

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  Walk like a robot! Let’s sing about toys with Kinka! ロボットみたいに歩こう!キンカと一緒におもちゃの歌を歌いましょう!   In this week’s video, we learn about toys and use sentences with different verbs!   今週の動画でおもちゃの単語を覚えて、色々な動詞を使いましょう!   Classroom Tip Watch, singing and dancing along with Kinka. After, do the gestures for walking robot, reading a book and hugging a doll. Can the […]

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  Classical Circles Use with Happy Valley 2 Unit 7   Put flashcards randomly around on the floor in a circle. Students choose one magic word (e.g., flute). Play a piece of classical music and move around according to the music. For example, Glenn Gould’s “Sonata No. 13 in E Flat Major” is a great […]

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  It’s a red apple! Let’s practice simple sentences with fruit! 赤いリンゴ!フルーツを使って簡単な文を練習しましょう!   In this week’s video, we learn the names of some delicious and colorful fruit. We also practice using “it’s a” and pairing the fruits with their colors!   今週の動画で美味しくてカラフルなフルーツの名前を覚えましょう!「It’s a」を使って練習をし、フルーツと色の組み合わせをやってみましょう。   Classroom Tip Before doing this chant, play the It’s a Chant […]

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  My Family Use with Happy Valley 3 Unit 6   Teacher shows a picture of their family (great if it shows the teacher as a kid). Introduce the different people using the target language. Ask students’ parents to bring a picture of their family members. Otherwise, they can draw a picture with Mom or […]

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  子供は乗り物が大好き!英語で名前を覚えましょう!   Many children love cars and trains, whether toys or the real thing. This week’s video will make English more fun by teaching them words for things that they like!   多くの子供はおもちゃであれ、本物であれ、車や電車が大好きです。今週の動画で好きな乗り物の名前を教えることで英語をさらに楽しくします!   Classroom Tip This is the first chant in Happy Valley 2 and isolates vehicles in Happy Valley. The gestures will […]

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  In, On, Under, By Use with Happy Valley 3 Units 5 and 9   Put students into pairs. Using bodies, students demonstrate in, on, under, by. For example, one student holds their arms in a circle around another student to show “in.” Alternatively, using a box, bag or other receptacle and a chair, have […]

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Kinka and friends! Let’s meet some Happy Valley characters! キンカと仲間たち!ハッピーバレーのキャラクターに会いましょう!   Do you know the characters who appear in this week’s video? Learn their names in order to enjoy Happy Valley even more!   今週の動画に出てくるキャラクターの名前を知っていますか?みんなの名前を覚えると、さらに楽しくなりますよ!   Classroom Tip This chant from Happy Valley 1, Unit 1, isolates our main characters, who appear throughout the series. […]

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  Play Dough Food   For any Happy Valley unit with food, have students make mini versions out of play dough. The next week, go shopping or play restaurant using printed fake money.   食べ物が出てくるユニットでは、生徒が粘土で小さな食べ物を作ります。次の週には、印刷したおもちゃのお金で買い物したり、レストランごっこをしたりします。   Work Areas Recommended for Happy Valley 3 Unit 2   Set up corners in the room where students can […]

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  Verbs help us play! Let’s learn some action words. 動詞で遊ぼう!動作を表す言葉を覚えましょう!   Verbs are great for describing things you do or things you want to do. Let’s take a look at some playtime verbs in this week’s video! — 動詞は何かをすることや、したいことを言うのに便利です。今週の動画で遊びの時間の動詞を見てみましょう! — Classroom Tip This is the second chant in Happy Valley 3. With only 4 […]

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