April is really and truly here and I'm thinking "I'm going to be gone from work for a week this month!". There's still quite a lot of material to go through with grade 4 so I've decided that even though I'll be gone they won't get a break from English 😏 They'll have to work on their own.
My absence coincides with the beginning of new topic: food. So the plan is: the kids work on their own with the new vocab, and they find out what "countable and uncountable" mean.
The vocabulary part should be easy thanks to the website we've started working with last month: tinycards.
Students create vocabulary sets on the website. They can add pictures or the L1 translation of the vocabulary item and the website adds the pronunciation (once you turn this option on in the settings). The website is nice to look at and my kids like using it ... like anything else that lets them work on the computers 😅
Creating the vocabulary sets is the first step. Then they'll move on to working out what countable and uncountable nouns are. I found this nice video on YouTube. I'm going to put the link to it in a QR code
For those of my students who will need a bit more explaining I'm going to record a short video of myself explaining the concept in their L1. I think that seeing me on YouTube talking to them, even though I'm not actually there, will be (as far as I know them) quite exciting 😜 They'll get another QR code for that saying "Watch me".
After the videos comes another task: I've created a set of word cards for each student. I'll cut them and put them in an envelope. They'll have to sort the words into countable and uncountable food items and paste them in their notebooks under the correct headings.
But I need to make the sorting process attractive, right? So this is why I spent the first day of my Easter break ... working 😝 But I must say that I'm pretty chuffed with the outcome:
45 cards, each with a QR code sending the student to a document with information and example sentences:
The cards will be cut and laminated (matte foil) so that the kids can use them for two activities: one that I've explained above; the other activity will be a chance for them to practise what they're learning by sorting the cards into two groups and then checking with the QR codes if they did it correctly.
Done! Miss Ewa's gone but the learning goes on 😁 Their "mission" is going to be packed for each one of them separately: a folder with envelopes, QR codes, tasks, and info about the deadline. I'm back on 16th April and I'm checking everything!
Do you like the sorting cards? If your answer is yes
Have fun creating,