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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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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5th Grade Year End Board Game

For some reason this year my two sets of 5th grade classes ended at different parts of the textbook. I think it happened when everyone was out sick with the flu in January. I needed something to fill an extra lesson that was worth the students’ time. The answer came from the old Eigo Note series: A board game! There used to be this great year end board game in Eigo Note 1 that I loved to just let the kids go at back in the day.

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