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Use Angry Birds to teach adjective and noun use

My Korean kindergarten students LOVE Angry Birds! Each day they bring in Angry Birds backpacks, badges, lunchboxes, pencils, toys… They hardly had any prior English knowledge but they could all recognize and say Angry Birds!
One day I was cleaning the board, narrating what I was doing, when one student heard the word ‘board’ and shouted out ‘Angry Board!’ One thing led to another, and we ended up spending a good 10 minutes listing ‘angry’ things. Angry Caterpillar! Angry Dog! Angry Teacher! The students loved this, and the joke kept going for days.

This really easy lesson requires no preparation, but if you want to make it a bit more structured, you can print phone and tablet templates so that the students have something attractive to take home.

‘Angry …’ lesson plan

Ideas for using the resources below to increase vocabulary and basic word order.

Phone outline large

Phone outline small

Tablet outline

Angry Birds poster

If you want to teach animal vocabulary, flashcards are useful. I love the animal resources from Twinkl!

If you want to teach emotions vocabulary, try these emotion words cards from Twinkl.

Just for fun, you can find a bunch of Angry Birds coloring pages here.

And finally, I wouldn’t do this in my classroom, but….Angry Birds water balloon game!

How have you used your students’ interests in your classroom? Post your comments (and links to blog posts if you have them) below!

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4 thoughts on “Use Angry Birds to teach adjective and noun use

  1. I bet teaching in another country is awesome! I love your story about how you ended up using Angry Birds to teach. I’m definitely going to have to try that with my kids. By the way, I found you through the Manic Monday freebies.

    Posted by 1st Grade Fantabulous | February 17, 2013, 11:03 pm
  2. Thanks Faith! I checked out your blog and like your freebies too – you are way ahead of me in this blogging game! Teaching abroad is definitely worth it. I’ve done it twice, on short term summer camp contracts in Korea and Thailand during my regular school vacations. I’d recommend it if you ever get the chance!

    Posted by Early Years English | February 17, 2013, 11:17 pm


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