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Five Excellent Ways to Approach Earth Day in your ESL Classroom

 Five Excellent Ways to Approach Earth Day in your ESL Classroom

Celebrated annually worldwide on 22nd April, Earth Day focuses on the protection of the environment. Whether this is formally included in your school’s curriculum or not, it is certainly something about which all children should be taught. Here are five excellent ways to incorporate Earth Day into your ESL classroom, supporting the learning of English while encouraging your students to consider their impact on the world around them.


Poster Making


Making posters is a fantastic way to combine creativity with the use of the English language that they have acquired. Using our Earth Day vocabulary mats for the key words and phrases necessary, you could set your students the task of creating a poster to encourage others to do simple things to make a massive difference to the environment. In addition to the poster creation, you could expect the students to present and explain them to the rest of the class to challenge further.


Boom Cards

We talk about Boom Cards a lot here at a Teachable Year, and that’s because they are so engaging for your students. Our FREE I Can Help the Earth pack contains cards that are not only easy to use (almost no preparation needed!), but they are also highly rated by many ESL classes. These cards work on tablets (including iPads), laptops and desktop computers. They are also self-marking, and you can track your students’ progress easily. These cards present students with a statement linked to an ecological issue. They need to consider it and then decide whether it helps the environment or not.

Recycling

Getting creative doesn’t always need to have any sort of writing incorporated into it for it to be a meaningful learning activity. Singing is one way of using talents to practise the spoken English language. We adore this recycling song called We Recycle (to the tune of Frère Jacques), which would be perfect for Earth Day.

We recycle

We recycle

Yes, we do

Yes, we do

Caring for our planet

Caring for our planet

You should too

You should too!

In conjunction with this song, bring in some old packaging from home (or ask your students to), and use these to sort into things that can be recycled and things that can’t. Additionally, you could sort the recyclable items further into categories, such as glass, paper and metal.


Vocabulary Activities and Worksheets

While we love activities where students can be up and about, moving around while they are learning, sometimes you need a quieter lesson for students to consolidate the vocabulary they have learnt. Our extensive vocabulary pack will be perfect for that scenario. With 25 worksheets that require absolutely no preparation except printing, you can be confident that we have something for everyone’s needs here. From labelling activities to sentence writing, your students will be able to show off their ESL learning linked to Earth Day easily.

Flashcards 

Our FREE flashcards pack is the ideal accompaniment for your Earth Day lesson planning. Entitled Go Green, this pack comprises both colour and black and white versions of 36 flashcards. While they could be used to build up children’s vocabulary, they could also be used in a more structured way. Provide your class with a sentence starter, such as To help the environment, I could... Additionally, they could also provide advice to others using a similar structure. Considering the importance and significance of our actions on the world around us is a key thing to learn early in life. Discussions could be had around which would have the biggest positive impact.

Five Engaging ESL Easter Activities

 




Easter is an excellent opportunity to offer your ESL students some engaging activitieslinked to the
holiday. Here are five of our favourites, perfect for thinking about the fun celebrations of Easter egg hunts and the Easter bunny’s visit.


There was an old lady who swallowed a chick


This book study pack of ours is so comprehensive that you’ll think it’s Christmas, not Easter! From a

KWL chart to graphic organisers, a fantastic comprehension cootie catcher and retelling headbands,

your class will be in for a treat. Delving into any story requires plenty of eggciting (sorry!) activities to

allow students to practise their new vocabulary. Our all-time favourite part of this pack is the

retelling puppets. This will enable children to work cooperatively to explain the story in their own

words. Working in pairs or small groups can help with confidence levels, too. Although those

students, who are keen to, could share their work with the rest of the class.



Playdough fun

Who doesn’t love getting their hands stuck into playdough? It can be such a therapeutic activity for

everyone, young and old. Our Special Days playdough fun set contains Easter-related cards showing

how to model dough into holiday-themed items. Not only can students give the name of the thing

they are making, but they can also practise their fine motor skills at the same time. It is also possible

to incorporate other things into the discussion, such as size, colour, comparisons and much more.


Easter Egg hunt


What’s not to like about an Easter Egg hunt, right? Well, why not organise one with a difference.

Using the key language that your students have been making, create a starting cloze sentence.

Students should work out which word is missing and attempt to find it. Have words placed all around

the space you are using for the hunt. On the back of these words, you should have the next cloze

sentence. Then, they should repeat the search for the next word. The quickest team will win a prize.

So much fun and relatively simple to prepare.



Speaking cards

While it might not seem like it when children are happily running around on the playground,

sometimes getting them to talk about academic matters can be challenging. Our Easter speaking

cards
are perfect for encouraging even the most reluctant of learners to attempt giving an answer.

There is a variety of questions allowing for answers ranging from single words to full sentences (and

several of them). Of course, it depends on the stage at which your learners are as to how much they

give you. These questions are ready for use, so you just need to print, cut and go. We love using

them for paired and group work, practising the Easter-related vocabulary they have learnt. It’s also

fantastic to hear about children’s own unique experiences of Easter and their family’s traditions.


What’s in my egg?


What’s in my egg? is a fun activity that children of all ages can enjoy. Using the small vocabulary

cards included in our Vocabulary Activities and Worksheets pack, print, fold and place one into each

resealable plastic egg. These tend to be pretty reasonably priced, especially after Easter when they

are reduced. Next, place all the eggs into a basket. You could play a game to get every student to win

an egg or you could ask them to pick one out each. Once they have theirs, they should pop open and

unravel the picture. While the name of the item is on there, it has no corresponding sentence.

Students could write something along the lines of I found a cute, yellow chick in my egg.

Rock, Paper or Scissors?

If you are looking for a fair choosing method between two students or teams you can use this interactive powerpoint presentation.

It is also an excellent way to get them speaking and awesome for last minute preparations if you're lacking a warm up or closing activity.

The players play a game of rock, paper, scissors and then the winner gets to speak/play/sing first.



Hope you find it useful!

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