Maths Measuring Height and Length Formative Assessment (August 2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Today the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School completed their Mathematics unit on Measuring Length and Height by taking part in a practical formative assessment.

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Four stations were set up around the classroom with various items the children had to measure record and ascertain which item was the longest or tallest.

Two stations required the children to measure the length of certain items and another two stations required the children to measure the height of items.

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Approximately five minutes was spent measuring at each station and then all of the children moved clockwise onto the next station.

The children measured each item in centimetres (cm) and millimetres (mm).

The instructions were given by me however the children read through their worksheets by themselves.

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Although this was essentially an independent activity those pupils who found this exercise challenging were assisted by those whom were much more fluent.

Maths should always be taught in a practical realistic and indeed useful way and I am very happy and extremely proud at how effectively my pupils carried out this hands on assessment.

I hope you enjoy the images!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.

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Page 1 of the Assessment Worksheet

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Page 2 of the Assessment Worksheet

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Moving to the next measuring station.

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Moving stations.

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Communicative Approach Child Centred EFL Activity (August 2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This speaking activity applies, pedagogically speaking a communicative approach whereby each child is using the language they have learnt, in a realistic and contextual and of course child centred way.

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The children of ep1 red have just completed their learning about basic adjectives which they are using in this game to ascertain whom their partner’s chosen character is.

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The game is loosely based upon the classic family game ‘Guess Who’.



Even though our classroom could be regarded as quite ‘high tech’, the resources the children are using are ‘low tech’ and very simple in nature.

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Sometimes going back to basics is the best way for children to learn, and these types of simple yet creative and fun resources will never lose their fascination.

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The ultimate goal of an EFL teacher after having taught their own pupils vocabulary grammar and learning strategies is for his/her pupils to be able to use the language they have acquired in a realistic way and indeed useful way.

Please note that this is not a one off activity the skills and knowledge the children are applying here are based upon previous learning, in this case English and Health (body parts) specifically.

I am extremely proud of my pupils and I hope that you enjoy the YouTube video.

Thank you for watching…Teacher Chaz.




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Practical Introduction to Estimating and Measuring Length (EP1 Red 2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Currently in Maths the ep1 red children here at Varee Chiangmai International School are learning about measuring, specifically measuring length.

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The children were asked to carry out a double activity which first consisted of them reading a worksheet and then measuring certain items which they possessed.

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Secondly the children then went on to a slightly different activity which initially required them to estimate 5 classroom things. These 5 items were decided by the children themselves by taking a class vote.

The concept of estimating is a very important one in maths because it allows the children to essentially hypothesise, or make pre conceived judgments about the answers to the questions they require. 

This is a skill which they will apply in mathematics and indeed science for the rest of their lives. The more they are able to estimate in various activities the better they will become in getting closer to the actual measurement.

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With estimating it is important that the children have first had experience actually measuring items in centimetres as this allows the children to acquire the concept of a particular unit of  measurement, in this case centimetres.

Once the children had estimated and written down the lengths of what they thought their items would be in centimetres, they then went on to actually measure them with a ruler and then compare to see if their initial estimates were close to their actual measurements.

As the weeks progress in ep1 red the children will use millimetres (mm) along with centimetres (cm) to estimate and measure with.

The next unit after measuring length and height will be measuring weight and finally measuring capacity.

I hope you enjoy the images!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.

 

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ESTIMATING THEIR CLASSROOM THINGS BY VISUALISING

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Whole Class Participation Mini Whiteboard Reading Game (2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This particular activity applies the use of the invaluable mini whiteboards which, in my humble opinion are one of the most simple, effective and versatile educational tools an EFL teacher has for very young learners.

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The basic goal of this exercise is to find and write the page number of the passage being read out. Time is of the essence so the children have to skim read the text by memorising and retrieving certain key words they hear.

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The children in ep1 red are only 5, 6 and 7 years of age and for many of them it is their first real exposure to the English language in an academic context.

They have been in ep1 red for only 13 weeks now.

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For this activity to be helpful the children must already be familiar with the text they are asked to read.

There are a multitude of skills which are being utilised and enhanced in this particular activity. Such as skim reading, reading, working memory, listening, writing, numeral writing to mention but a few.

As you can see ALL of the children are ACTIVE participants and enjoy this exercise immensely.

I hope you enjoy the YouTube video!

Thank you…Teacher Chaz






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EP1 Red Number Words and Numerals 1 to 20 Activity (July 2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

The objective of this simple yet effective activity is to aid and enhance recognition between the number words from 11 to 20 and the corresponding numerals.

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First the children were given a worksheet which had 10 sections on the left and also the right. The children wrote down the numbers from 11 to 20 on one side including small corresponding images. On the other side the children wrote down the number words.

They were able to refer to the whiteboard for the spelling of the number words.

The children then cut up the 20 segments and mixed them up and turned each segment upside down.

When each child was ready they were given 1 minute to quickly move to another desk, turnover the 20 segments and rearrange and pair them correctly.

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This activity was carried out several times in one lesson where each child moved to a different desk each time.

This simple game can also be played in pairs or individually.

The key to EFL activities for young learners I feel, is that they should be quick, simple and engaging and should also employ a variety of skills.

I hope you enjoy the images and the YouTube video.

Thank you…Teacher Chaz.




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EP1 Red Body Parts and Clothes Group Work (VCIS 2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Yesterday the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School were involved in a fun group activity.

This was an integrated activity which involved the children applying what they had learnt in Career and Technology, specifically clothes and also Health, specifically the parts of the body.

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Each child in their groups chose who would be drawn around, who would draw around the chosen pupil, they also discussed what type of clothing they would like to draw and who would draw that type of clothing. Finally the children also decided between themselves, who would label which body parts.

This is a simple yet extremely fun example of group learning in ep1 red.

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Very little intervention, direction or assistance was required by me, which is a great indication that the children understand my instructions in English, are able to communicate amongst themselves in English and also understand the importance of working together in order to achieve the same goals.

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Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.

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Mini Whiteboard and Cardboard Die Addition Activity (2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This is week 10 for the pupils of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

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This simple Mathematics addition activity relies on the partner to roll the dice and randomly generate a number which can then be written down by the other partner and in turn the sum is figured out.

The partner with the dice must shout out the numbers and also check to see if their partner’s answer is correct. This way both children are actually solving the same sum.

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As we all know in Maths there is no single approach to working out calculations. Some children are able to figure out the sums in their minds, some use their fingers others use a number line and some use counting the taps they make on their tables.

Once a partner has worked out 5 sums their roles are then swapped.

This is a great little activity which uses a multitude of skills, for example writing, reading, counting, visualising numbers, speaking, pier assistance to mention just a few.

In the coming weeks this activity can be made more challenging by allowing the children to add more than 2 numbers together by rolling the dice more than two times.

In this game the children whom were more comfortable with adding bigger numbers together were given different die with larger numbers.

 This activity was also scaffolded by pairing intermediate level children with children who needed extra assistance, for example those children who used a number line.

I am extremely happy and immensely proud of the progress every single one of my pupils is making in my class.

Finally I would just like to say that I am a huge advocate and promoter of the humble mini-whiteboard, I guess it is the slightly more modern equivalent of the slate and chalk.

The mini whiteboard’s applications are extremely varied, versatile and only limited by a teacher’s own imagination!

I hope you enjoy the YouTube video!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.



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