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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A Pac-man themed board game for practicing directions.

Normally, the 2nd grade directions lesson for YICA ends in a big ol’ melee game. It’s… kinda hard to pull off. So, after it bombed with one of my troublesome 2nd grade classes this year, I opted to just fall back on an old classic: The board game. This one is Pac-man themed and I did my best to make it as self explanatory as possible because them 7 year olds don’t even care than I’m there, man. 

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Furikaeri Cards and Rewarding Participation with Stamps

When I was first placed in a school without a defined English curriculum, I searched every inch of my newly assigned desks and materials shelf. I found a large pack of stickers and for several years, those were my favorite reward for kids who won games in class or raised their hands to answer questions. But, it got expensive. So, this year, I modified my reward system. Now, kids who participate in class get themed stamps from me. It’s only been a month and a half but it’s been a wild success.

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What do the 1st graders love the most?

After doing the “What do you like?” and “I like” grammar patterns over and over again, it’s time for the little ones to get up in front of their peers and give a speech.  But, how do you get first graders to stand in front of their friends and give a speech in English? You pretend it’s a drawing activity! This is a simple poster based speech activity based on the first grade final lesson of the year for the YICA curriculum.

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Shopping for Colors and Shapes

As part of the 3rd grade curriculum in the final YICA lesson plan of the year, kids go shopping for colors and shapes. In the original lesson plan, there’s a bit of a rigid goal in mind. Find these shapes in these colors to build this picture. I much prefer creativity. Here’s my variation on shopping for colors and shapes.

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