One of the later lessons for YICA’s 3rd grade curriculum focuses on time. It has a strong start, with a brilliant gesture based game and easily understood time bingo, but then falters at the end. Concentration? Really? So, I’ve swapped out the last activity of the unit with a variety show style time quiz.
It seems like every year another new head teacher presents this game as though it was new. It’s not officially in YICA, but it’s pretty much the defacto way to rework YICA Unit 4 into something passable.
One of the most downloaded and commented on activities of all of my posted activities was an old post about a 4th grade YICA based game built around the “directions” unit. In the YICA directions unit, they want the kids to actually navigate each other around a room, play acting taxis. But, it sucks. They never want to do it. So, I subbed a board game.
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.
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.
The 4th grade interview and three hint quiz activity all about what kids’ peers like is always a roaring success. So, this year I decided to adapt a plain interview activity about friends’ favorite colors in the 3rd grade curriculum into the same format. Behold! ‘I like blue. How about you?’ A complete lesson in one worksheet.
This very simple activity is great for any level, but this particular version is part of the first lesson grouping of the year for 4th graders per the YICA curriculum. Kids gather information about their classmates likes, and then you, the teacher, quiz them on how well they know each other!
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.
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.
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.