Time Survey Worksheet Pack for Iris

This original worksheet pack is intended as a unit ending project for the Hi! Friends 2 Lesson 6 textbook chapter. It takes an entire lesson to complete. After having reviewed how to tell time and how to describe activities in daily life in English such as ‘go to bed’, I take the last lesson in the unit as a chance for the kids to ask each other the questions.

To demonstrate the question format, I have the kids do the teacher interview from page 23 of the textbook with me as a class. I tell them to open their books and guess at what their homeroom teacher’s life is like. I personally get up at 6:15AM, but your homeroom teacher? When does she get up? The word used for predict in the book is “yousou”, by the way. Then, I have them repeat after me and use interviewing the homeroom teacher about their bedtime and morning alarm time as an excuse to drill the class. It’s always bizarre how little sleep these teachers get. Like, you’re not impressing anyone getting 4 hours a night. That’s pathetic.

After completing this textbook teacher interview as an excuse to drill the question, I introduce the project. Ok, your teacher gets up at 4AM, but what about you? I pass out the data interview sheets printed out on B5 paper and tell the kids to get into groups. Each group gets one ‘question’. I have 8 ‘questions’ for a regular class of 8 groups. The 9th is for demonstration.

I put my interview sheet and one of the blank bar graphs up on the chalkboard, and then drill them in the question as I go around the class and ask everyone I can what time, say, they go to bed. Once I’ve got like 20 kids’ answers, I bust out a red marker and fill in the data. Ok, 9 of you go to bed at 10PM, 6 at 10:30, and five at 11. Bar graph complete. Then, once they get the picture, I give each group a blank bar graph and a red marker. Group 1, your question is…. What time do you eat dinner! And so on.

Each kid must complete 10 interviews to get the completion stamp for the day. As the kids complete their data collection, I tell them to sit back down and confer with their group. Some super smart classes will weed out duplicate names for accuracy. Some will just count up the number of instances that a particular time appears in each group member’s interview results. It’s not a statistics class. It doesn’t matter how they go about it.

I print the bar graph pages on A4 sheets and when each group finishes, I glue their results to a piece of poster size graph paper up on the chalkboard. If they finish quickly, we go over the results and deduce the average time the kids in that class do things like take baths and do homework. They like it because usually they’re young enough to not have really thought about how their daily routine differs from their peers. And, it’s a fun project even if lots of kids blow off the English speaking part of it.

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Hi! Friends 2: Lesson 5: Let’s go to Italy. (ABCDE)

Lesson 5 in the Hi! Friends 2 book is a weak lesson. It is an attempt to build upon the Hi! Friends 1 lesson about wanting things. Back in 5th grade, you see, kids are supposed to learn statements about things they like with “I like…” which is then expanded into “Don’t” negations, Yes/No questions, and open ended What based questions. After all this foundation is laid, the book thinks you can just spend a single lesson telling kids to swap out “like” for “want” and they’ll just get it. But, they never do. It doesn’t stick. Then, come this lesson, they’re supposed to attach verbs to “want” and say things they want to do rather than just things in noun form that they want. Because of this lesson weakness, I’ve reworked a lot of the activities from this lesson and its Eigo Note predecessor that just sort of give information to students but don’t demand they produce a lot of complicated language. It works… ok. [STATUS: IN PROGRESS]

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Restaurant Worksheet Pack

A preview of my coming write up on my minimalist take on the 5th grade restaurant section from Hi! Friends 1, Lesson 9: “What would you like?” for Laura. For the last piece of this lesson I throw caution to the wind and just have the antsy, end of the year 5th graders play pretend restaurant. After a quick demo, and with some setup, each group of kids at the front of the room becomes a restaurant, and all the kids at the back of the room become hungry patrons. Printables below the cut.

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Hi! Friends 1: Lesson 8: I study Japanese. (ABCD)

I’m not gonna lie. The grammar in this chapter is all over the place. What do you study? Please! Ok, I get it. We’re supposed to progress from “What do you like?” in Lesson 5 to “What do you want?” in Lesson 6 and then end up here at Lesson 8 with “What do you study?” But, it’s a bogus question. Elementary school kids all study the same things together everyday. Why would they ask each other what they study? There’s just no good way to work that into a real life communication scenario for a kid. So, I flip the script. For Lesson 8, my focus is on vocabulary building, making direct statements with “is”, and speaking English as part of a speech or presentation.

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The Colorful Zoo

This is a simple update to a YICA worksheet. In YICA, the 2nd graders finish their color unit with a coloring book based activity. They’re supposed to line up, swap colored pencils, and fill out a sheet of animal illustrations. I took the spirit of that activity and applied it to a different worksheet with much simpler rules. 

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Hi! Friends 2: Lesson 2: When is your birthday? (ABCD)

When I first started out, the birthday lesson was very intimidating. It was basically a big vocabulary dump. But, over time I figured it all out and now this lesson is my strongest of the book. Using a musical introduction, a logical number pattern, and a slow roll out, all of my students know months, dates, and their birthdays front, back, and sideways. This lesson uses pretty much every activity in the textbook and supplements them with original games and challenges.

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Eric Carle’s “Today is Monday”

So there’s this picture book lesson in the local curriculum. Of course my school doesn’t have that book. But, we do have a massive collection of Eric Carle books. The simplest book in that collection is “Today is Monday”, basically a list of days of the week and a bunch of foods served on those days. Using some of the Hi! Friends clip art, I rendered some empty lunch trays and table settings. Voila! A custom picture book project for even my loudest, most unruly classes.

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