A Boy, a Giant and Some Magic Beans

One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading Jack and the Beanstalk
We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.
  • went on a picture walk through the book. We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • cololored the cover of our folder. 
  • learned that J is for Jack, B is for Beanstalk. Kids cut and pasted pictures from magazines and sorted them. J/B
  • looked for information about beans, then we compared real and fictional beans
  • used the necklace to recall the events of the story.
  • made puppets with craft sticks to sequence events
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words
  • went on a "seeds" hunt. we talked about that our kitchen is full of seeds,we cooked seeds like dried beans, we ate food with seeds like apples,so we went on a seed hunt in our home. then we talked about how many seeds we found and wrote them down and pasted some real seeds next to the words
  • incorporated math concepts by counting seeds. made a bar graph showing how many seeds there are in each fruit. We answered questions such as which fruit has the most seeds? the least? which seed is the largest? which seed is the smallest? 
  • estimated how many seeds there were in an apple, in a watermelon, in a strawberry, etc..
  • sorted fruits by type of seeds they have inside. Talked about size, number and color of the seeds.
  • explored plants:place several types of seeds, leaves, and buds in the sensory table along with magnifying glasses. Allow the kids to observe the small details of seeds, leaves and buds. Later in the day, ask them to describe what they have seen. Where are they from? Locate them in a map.
  • cooked delicious mud
3 spoons instant chocolate pudding
1/2 cup milk
2 chocolate cookies

Place the cookies in a resealable plastic bag. Use your hands to break the cookies into tiny bits. Pour the milk and the pudding mix into a small jar or a margarine tub with a tight-fitting lid. Shake for three minutes. Pour the pudding (mud) into a clear plastic cup. Sprinkle the cookie bits (dirt) on top of the mud. Dig in!

  • painted with mud
  • planted seeds
  • learnt a poem about flowers
The flower

The flower has some petals, the flower has some petals.
The petals call the birds and bees, the flower has some petals
The flower has some leaves, the flower has some leaves.
The leaves will catch the rain and sun, the flower has some leaves.
The flower has a stem, the flower has a stem.
The stem will make it stand up tall, the flower has a stem.
The flower has some roots, the flower has some roots.
The roots will carry food and drink, the flower has some roots.
  • learnt a new song
I love to play
Tune: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"

I love to play in the sand box.
I love to play in the dirt.
I love to play in the wet mud.I squish it and watch it squirt.

  • prepared a seed snack using 6 cups oats, 2 cups wheat germ, 2 cups toasted sunflower seeds, 1 cup toasted sesame seeds, 1/2 cup flour, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup corn oil, 2 tablespoons vanilla, 1 cup of raising, dried fruits. We mixed together the ingredients. Spread them on two cookie sheets. Bake for 30 minutes. Add dried fruits and serve in cups.
  • displayed pictures and real objects on a wall or on the floor. I gathered cotton balls, dried fruit, a cork, wollen gloves, a piece of paper, pencil. I wrote two signs "Come from plants" Don't come from plants) asked my kids questions such as Do this object come from plants? Where does it come from? for instance, paper comes from trees.. Then we grouped the objects under the two headings.

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