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These action/verb cards can be used in different ways. Here you will find a guide of graded activities.A FLURRY OF ACTIVITIES AT HOME Actions and their frequency p. The activity goes on until all the cards have been picked up.g. sing. I always listen to music on the radio. 4 . / Na. The students should pick up a card and say the verb on it using can. Yes. Actions in a box Put the cards into a box. e. one student takes a card and asks. wash. They should sellotape them on the board and write a sentence including both cards. Volunteers will lake a card. I read a story in the afternoon. Variant: Working in pairs. 1 These verb/action cards can be the first stage of leaching verbs to young learners of English. I can't. blow. smell. I blow my candles once a year/on my birthday. The students go to the box. Iran write.g. iron. Cut the cards Out and rlaminate them. Iran sing. cook. Can you do this! Put the cards in a pile on the desk.) You could also add a second box with strips of paper holding the frequency adverbs or time expressions you want to revise and have the students draw a card from each box. write. tithe student makes a mistake. I sing my favourite song. I jump into ponds on rainy days. Challenge the students to make a sentence including the verb. My dad rooks on Sundays. etc. I can cook.540 aster 1 presents a colourful array of activities 4. Can you sing? Their mate answers. read. (e. put the lid on having previously opened a slot big enough to allow children slip in a hand and draw a picture. eat. comb. Add frequency adverbs and time expressions to the previous activity. 1 can. I often paint in the afternoon. drink. they must put the card hark on the pile. cut. The class should call out the verb represented by their mate. have a look at it without showing it to the class and mimic the action. My mom irons our clothes once a week/on Fridays. pick up a card and in groups write sentences using the target expressions. I smell flowers in the garden. The verbs on the poster are: hug. jump. paint. listen. that students usually carry out al home.

• It's her birthday. or print and have students colour the pictures on page 6.. etc. • The man is cooking. she is blowing her birthday cake candle. • Mum! I'm nervous! Why don't you listen to soft music? As a follow-up activity you will find some photocopiable exercises on pages 7 to 9.. • He is eating a sandwich. next to the box containing the cards of the poster. • What do you do when you are free? When I'm free.. Ido. Where do you.. / No. In turns.g. she doesn't. the students go to-the front and take a card from each box..(bathroom). Shift to the third person singular and have the students speak about their mum. Does your mother like ironing your clothes? Yes.g. dad.. E. I comb my hair in the . they should make sentences like the following: e4 ' U7 L Likes and dislikes interview TT What do you do when. E. • He is cutting out pictures. teat a sandwich.. • Mum! I'm bored? • Mum! I'm hungry! • Mum! I'm thirsty! Why don't you read a story?! You could paint! Why don't you eatasandwich? Why don't you drink a gloss of water? Students interview each other asking. and have them pick up a card according to the situation given and make up dialogues like these: • What do you do when you are tired? When I'm tired. / No.? Cut Out and laminate the images on poster 2. • What do you do when you are hungry? When Ire hungry.? Start sentences for the students to complete mentioning the rooms where the actions lake place. • What do you do when you are thirsty? When I'm thirsty. I listen to music. brother or sister.. They should describe the activity using now/right now.? Give the students some situations like I'm hungry/tired/thirsty. he doesn't. she does. • The children orejsmping into a pond. I drink some water. .. he does. ]jump! Giving suggestions Write a list of complaints on the board and ask the students to pick a card and make an appropriate suggestion. put them into a small box and place it on the desk. Describing actions now' Put the cards in the box and ask the students to take one card at the time... • She is combing her hair.Do you like. Then. Do you like jumping? Yes. Does your father like cooking? Yes.

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. All MUM! IN BORED! What is Mum saying? Look at the pictures and give suggestions using Whydon't you.Level: Beginner Age..? :__ Keyt 1) Why don't you ploy football? 2) Why don't you go for o walk? 3) Why don't you hove a swim? 4)Why don't you read? 51 Why don't you do your homework? 6)Why don't you dance? 7) Why don't you sing? 8) Why don't you cook? .

........... .......................... ...........................................................Level: Beginner Age: All WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN IT S RAINING Look at the pictures and answer these questions with complete answers. 411 liuterrto music when or cad....n............... .................................................................................................................. .................................................................................................... .......................... ........................................................................................................................... 5)) blow the tandler on coy birthday....... .................... Key lnuggnnted answerslr 2)1 can when Ire hungry.................. 3)1 drink when rrn thirsty...................... 6) Ilccrnp when I Crick coy homework 7)) iron the clothes when cry rnron reeds help......................................................................... QD 0 ..................................................... ....... . oaf: 1) What do you do when you are tired? 2)Whatdoyou dowhen you are hungry? 3) What do you do when you are thirsty? 41 What do you do when you are sad? 5) What do you do on your birthday? 6) What do you do when you finish your homework? 71 What do you do when your mum needs help? 1) ............... 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) ..........................................................................

always . Use these adverbs of frequency in the box.I Levels Beginner Age: All HOW OFTEN DO YOU DO THIS ACTIVITY? Ask and answer questions about the pictures.never O f.usually . Example: How often do you smell flowers? I often smell flowers.sometimes . Key (Suggested answers). 11 How often do you sIeep usually sleep 21 How often do you jump? I often jump.hardly ever . 3) How often do sooeat? I often eat.9 . 5) How often do you do homework? I always do homework. 4) How often do you build walls) I never build walls.often . . 61 Howoftnsr do you watch TV? I hardly ever wntohTV.

with Mary. 14 . Poster 2 offers diverse materials to work on the days before Christmas: two thematic pictures to post on the classroom walls and a game for pair and whole class activities. and also an occasion to get together with our family and friends. This is a small model the stable where Jesus was born. decorated with lights. Baby Jesus. In many countries it is common to set up the scene of the Nativity in homes and churches. in which students must find the differences between two Christmas trees. holly wreaths and mistletoe. shepherds and animals. Joseph. colourful Ornaments and a star or an angel on top. But the most popular symbol of the season is the Christmas tree.g hristmas is a special time in most parts of the world. It is a Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus. C For Christmas people decorate their homes with garlands. bright red flowers called poinsettias.

• Sitting opposite each other. • Divide the students into two groups and tell them to look at their corresponding picture and memorise all the elements on it.Let's find the differences! • Laminate and cut out both pictures. remove the pictures and ask the students to sit with a student from the other group. • After five minutes. 109 - 'ilk 4 1 0___ . and hang them on two opposite classroom walls. each student should list all the elements they recall from their picture. they compare both lists and find out what is different between the pictures. • Finally. • Before interacting. they read their list in turns while the other student ticks the mentioned elements.

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? ... .Level: Beginner Age: Children WHAT IS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE LIKE? Find the differences between your Christmas tree and your friends. Ask each other questions like: • Has your Christmas tree got a. Is there . ?/ Are there.

On the back of the coloured pictures (pages 15 and 18) the same characters are presented in a photocopiable version in case you want to have several sets of characters.hese verses from a popular Christmas song are about the scene of the birth of Jesus in a humble manger outside Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph. a. following orders from the Roman Emperor. Find on pages 16 and 17 the pictures of the characters to cut out and assemble a manger scene for the Christmas celebration. where 'I.AWAY I Away in a manger. A f . Jesus' parents. travelled to •. no crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head.

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Tell them to remove their labels and wash them beforehand.Decorate with red fabric or red paper hearts and circles and lengths of ribbon. So. 4. ç ii 'l fs 5. I. recycling and re-using plastic bottles help to preserve the world's natural resources.•' •: 2' . .Cut the necks off using the same procedure as in 1. .'. How to: . a hot glue gun • a sharp knife • sweets for filling up the boxes. 'we all know. 4t / . Fill the boxes up with sweets and put the cap on. The gift is ready lobe put under the Christmas tree with a little card holding the name of the addressee. Treat little bottles You will need: • plastic soda AWk bottles • red and green fabric. ..4' . 3.555 I •' 0r . 4. S.f 'semi •L' sO" - I i 'H 1 i Ask the students to bring empty plastic water and soda bottles they have at home. _________ _________ 2. we are going to raise awareness of the importance of present these crafts for Christm recyclable once they wear away. Cut the bottoms off of the plastic bottles using a sharp knife to make the first cut and then trim the bottles to desired height. red and green paper • ribbon • . before throwing away those 3 empty bottles.

3. Glue the belt around the waist of the bottle. upper part of the bottle with red It white cloth and add the brim o and close it. glue the cloth onto the bottle. 2. Glue everything to form the reindeer's face. Glue on one side. 2. How to: 1. Glue the brim in white.Santa in a big lollipop You will need: • red and white construction or craft paper a pompom beads • scissors • glue • big lollipops. candy cones. 20 . How to: Draw the antlers on construction paper and cut them out. 3. Wash the bottles thoroughly and cut them near the neck. Take a piece of red cloth and wrap it around the bottle Leave the upper part free to form Santa's face. You can make a buckle with golden paper as shown in the picture. Glue it on the bottom of the lollipop. wnite and black fabric • small beads for the eyes • ribbon • scissors a hot glue gun a sharp knife • lollipops. Use a piece of white cloth to shape Santa's beard and moustache. Add the card. 4. 7. Draw and cot Out the beard in white. Write a message on the beard. 6. Add the pompom. Once in position. 5. How to: 1. This Santa will A Sweet reindeer You will need: • lollipops • construction paper • small strips of construction paper or the cards • glue. A yummy Christmas Surprisil 50 You will fleea: • small plasuc soaa Dottles • ceo. Do the same with eyes and nose. Add the beads for the eyes 4. Glue the beads for the eyes. Draw and cut out Santa's hat in red construction paper.

Level By er Age: (i.iHie. write their names on the cards and write the names of the present you would like for them inside each parcel.fl L . fl H I j (.i SANTA'S CHRISTMAS PRESENTS Can you help Santa choose presents for your friends? Choose four friends.

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first Train A: 1) The angel is .ninth Train B: tia. k uvaAem U B) Look at the picture and complete with a word from the box. 11 The candy bars are 2l The reindeer is 3)The mistletoe is 4)The candle is 5)The Christmas tree is tti. 3) The Christmas tree is 4)The parcel is ____________ 5) The candle is 61 Santa is 71 The star is 81 The bird is 9) The candy bars are .third .Level: Beginner Age: Children SANTA'S LONG CHRISTMAS TRAIN H: A) Which picture is it? Read and choose A or B. Knyrel Train e.eighth .sixth .fourth . : EMT .fifth . 81 first. 91 seventh. 23 .dJi. The 8) 6) The bell is sock 7) is Santa is 91 The angel is I ninth.second .IlXi 2)Thebellis ___________.seventh . (J tht1. 71 fifth.

:nlrl. 5) three. 0) three. 9) one. . 71 nine.iniitwiee. 6) ten. 4) two. atelih1'L.ww'ina- Ken A) 1)5ve 2) one 3) thee. 10) twenty-two.() Level: Beginner Age: Children LET'S COUNT WITH SANTA! A) Look at the picture and answe 1) How many bees can you see? 2) How many birds can you see? / i)Ir.nInaq • I 1k.

red. • Stars: yellow. yellow • Bell: yellow. white. • Christmas suck: red. orange. brown. blue. purple. green.I ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25 . • Snowman: blue.. blue. red. • Santa's face: white. Christmas trees: green. blue. orange. purple.Level: Beginner Age: Children CHRISTMAS MANDALA Colour the picture in the suggested colours. pink. Choose any colour for the background. t . orange. blue. red. pink.

hat I iT °0 p.Level: Elementary Age: All MILLIE MADE A SNOWMAN When Millie got up she saw all the ground covered with snow.scarf . What did she use? What did she do? These words may help you: shovel - wheelbarrow .pebbles . I K C) I I _ . so she decided to make a snowman.carrot . Look at the pictures and tell the story.

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with respect and understanding. and the reality of living with HIV today . How much did they know? What didn't they know? HIV facts • HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.000 —a quarter of those people are unaware they have the virus.around 100. •HIV can be passed on through infected bodily fluids. . Get youroporkty and Wooden rod ribbon brooch G. understanding and writing factual repoi w p p . 'There are now more people than ever living with HIV in the UK .tk.. to be displayed around their school/institute. ..get-hiv-aids/ •Statistics on AIDS: httpi/www. Students could also produce a poster summarising the facts they have learnt about HIV/AIDS and write advice for people to follow. What do people do? LI Activities: Warm up The teacher can shi they know what it represents.you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others. the students can develop information sheets to take home and use them to educate and talk openly with their parents about HIV and AIDS issues. •There is no vaccine or cure for HIV.p.d UI5F. •There are over 34 million people who now live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. It is a virus which attacks the body's immune system . Extra reading for teachers: • Facts about AIDS: hrtp:f/aids.ansfar.. You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon.WoWJDS da' Decembe-r Ist World AIDS Day DECEMR i\) World AIDS Day is held on 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.the body's defense against diseases. Switzerland. •You can get the results of an HIV test in just 15-20 minutes.org/absut-hiv. how it can be prevented.o. two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva. biting or sharing utensils. Class Plan Pre Intermediate (13 year-olds +) Objectives: 'To learn about this worldwide event. Main activities Students could get the following information to read and share. and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly. show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died.and-aids/factsand-stats/statistics--worldwide/ World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. Here are a few more facts about HIV: • Most people with HIV are infected through sexual contact. After ending a discussion/debate on AIDS. . •HIV is not passed on through spitting. syringes or other injecting drug equipment. 'To practise reading. If you understand how HIV is transmitted. •Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV. Background World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W Bunn and Thomas Netter.nS.aSte. You can now get tested for HIV using a saliva sample.gov/hiv-aids-bancsfhiv-aids-tOl/how you. most commonly via sex or by sharing infected needles.

com/holidays-around-the-world/nmperors-birthdayiapan/ Japanese holidays: httpJIwwwjaparvgido cnrn'v1e2062. Activities: Warm up The teacher can show pictures for students to guess which country they will be talking about. The date is determined by the reigning Emperors birth date. Where is ir?.• _. Emperor Akihito was born on this date in 1933. (The Imperial Palace is usually off limits to the public.Decernbet 23Td.php hrtp:flaglobalworld. Whorls its capital city? . When the Emperor ceases his brief greeting. What do people do? On 23rd December.ediba. 7al Many people live in small flats because Japan is overcrowded and so there is a lack of space. How many people live there? • What is it famous for? Main activities •The teacher can provide students a quiz on Japan.The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is nearly double that of the United Kingdom.088 (July 2012 est. The gates of the palace are opened to public. '. Oekaki is a Japanese word describing the act of drawing. Only on this occasion and on 2nd January can the general public enter the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace. Sal Japan is one of the richest countries in the world. Students could then write a simple report summarising the facts they have learnt about Japan. 9 . the crowd starts waving the flags again and the Imperial Family wave back. Singapore and Thailand are also all part of Asia.officehnlidays. Emperor's Bithda — Japan The Emperors Birthday is a national holiday in the Japanese calendar. Background In 1948.cam/counsrins/japan/emporers_birthday. and gifts are not to be given in groups of four. Malaysia. The islands are in the Pacific Ocean. Students could work in groups to answer questions and then share answers with the whole class. 2c) India. Is it big or small? • What colour is the flog?. a public ceremony lakes place at the Imperial Palace.368. You can download some pictures and aquizatwww. accompanied by Empress Michiko and other members of the Imperial family. 3d Not much of Japan can be lived on because ills so mountainous.norn. • To practise simple questions and answers.) Class Plan Elementary + (9 year-olds +) Objectives: • To learn about this traditional Japanese celebration.html ilhiHil I. 6bl The four main islands are: 11 Honshu 21 Hokkaido 3) Kyushu 4) Shikoku.) The Emperor. 4b) Japan is world famous for producing and exporting electronics and cars. Rd 127. The teacher asks simple questions about them: • Which country is this?. Room and floor numbers usually skip four. Under the law. Extra reading for teachers: Emperor's birthday: hrtp:f/www. lob) Four is an unlucky number as the pronunciation is similar to that of death (shi). appears on a palace balcony 10 greet the crowds of festive well-wishers waving tiny Japanese flags. 9b1 Anime represents Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. Answers to the quiz and related information lal Japan is a mountainous set of islands off the coast of China. this celebration was established as a holiday by law. Pakistan. the Diet of Japan must convene and change the holiday date before the reigning emperor's birthday becomes a public holiday. It has hardly any natural resources. It is celebrated on 23rd December.

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