songs and chants

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All about vowels – activities and a song for young learners

Metalinguistic knowledge (knowledge about language) is important for all children, but especially for children learning English as an additional language. I use these activities to introduce very young children to the basic alphabetic categories they will encounter throughout their schooling. I’ve used the song and activities with children aged 3 – 7. They all seem … Continue reading

Thirsty Elephant

This lesson provides a fun activity to help students practice their pronunciation of ‘th’ and ‘sh’, two sounds that can be very difficult for beginning English speakers, if these sounds are not in their native language. The rhyme helps students to become familiar with the rhythm of English and provides a fun and simple activity … Continue reading

I am the music man

Use the song ‘I am the music man’ to teach vocabulary of musical instruments, as well as some adjectives. The activities in this plan can be adapted to suit students of varied ages and abilities. The ‘conductor’ activity is good for building classroom control, motivation and attention among younger learners. ‘I am the music man’ … Continue reading

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

This song is a well-known classroom favorite. These activities help students really learn the vocabulary of the song, to create their own versions of the song, and to increase their knowledge of English print. Easily adaptable for different ages and abilities. Heads shoulders knees and toes lesson plan (.pdf) Heads shoulders knees vocabulary cards (.pdf) … Continue reading

Elmer’s Colors

Use the classic children’s story of Elmer by David McKee to teach basic colour vocabulary. After reading the story, use a song, collage or dice game to help students use their new vocabulary. Elmer’s colors lesson plan This lesson plan gives instructions for activities that can be used with children aged 2 – 8 years … Continue reading

Basic Shapes

Use these simple, engaging activities to teach young children some basic shape vocabulary. Shout the Shapes lesson plan This lesson plan gives instructions for introducing the shapes song and a quick and easy physical game for practicing shape vocabulary. Basic 2D shapes flashcards Use these for playing the shapes game, and for making the ‘shout … Continue reading

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