“Sky High” Unit 1

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Book: “Sky High” Unit 1
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Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020, 11:39 AM

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1. Introduction

Attached are activities for Unit 1. In this unit the students will learn vocabulary and concepts relating to the weather, practice compare and contrast the four seasons and speaking about likes and dislikes

Click here to download the complete “Sky High Unit 1 activities for the 7th grade" document

Note:  All the activities are suggestions. We suggest you spend a few minutes at the beginning and end of each session to ease into the activities. Make any adjustments and vary the Opening and Closing, if needed, to fit the levels of your students. 


2. Begin Your Lesson

Opening: Write the day and date on board. We suggest you start the session with a song or video. (see below) Fellows and students greet each other. Engage in a conversation with the students about some of these familiar topics.

 

·               Fellow says: “Good morning/afternoon, students!”

o      Students say: Good …!

·               Fellow says: “It’s nice to see you again.”

o      Students say: I'm glad to see you too. (If needed, explain that glad means happy.)

·               Fellow says: “Welcome to our lesson.”

·               Fellow says: “My name is “…” “What’s your name?”

·               Student says: “My name is “…” That student turns to next student and asks, “What’s your name?” The next student says… “My name is…” (Continue speaking and practicing names with each student in the group.)

·               Fellow asks: “How are you? What’s new?”

    • Student says: I'm good/ I'm fine/ I'm all right

·               Fellow asks: “How is your day?” Student says: It is good. / My day was great/fine.

·               Fellow asks: What time is it? Practice saying the time with students…

·               Fellow asks: “What day is today? What day was yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow?” Practice answering these questions with the students.  

     

·               Fellow asks: “What season are we in now?” Practice saying, The season is … with the students.

·               Fellow asks: “What is the month?” Practice saying today is “…….” with students.

    • What month is your birthday in? Students answer, “My birthday is in the month of “…” Student asks other student. What month is your birthday in…?

·               Fellow asks: “How’s the weather?”

o   Students practice saying: It is cloudy/ it's rainy/ it's hot/ it’s nice/ sunny/ windy / cold / foggy…

·               Fellow asks: “Are you ready to start our activities today?”

    • Students: “Yes!!”  


3. The Weather and You – Likes and Dislikes

Directions: Before class starts, Teacher, print out the pictures at the end of this lesson (see complete file under 'introduction') and write the names of the seasons on each of the pictures: Spring (flower), Summer (sun), Fall (leaf) Winter (rain and snowflake). Print each of them out on full size sheets of paper.

Tape one season with corresponding picture on each wall of the classroom.

Direct students to walk to the wall where their favorite season is.

Teacher: Write these sentence starters and questions on the board and throughout the activity prompt students to say:

 

“My favorite season is… I like spring because…”

Students practice speaking aloud with you and each other saying, “My favorite season is… I like spring because…”

Prompt students to think about the questions below if they get stuck.

 

What does the temperature/weather feel like/look like outside?

What are you wearing?

What sounds might you hear?

What do you see around you?

What does the sky look like?

What activities do you do in each season?

 

Next, ask students to stand near their least favorite season wall. Students practice saying sentences. My least favorite season is… I dislike winter because… it’s too cold and I have to wear more clothes… or because it rains a lot and I get wet…


4. Weather Vocabulary Game – (internet access needed)

Directions: Play this weather vocabulary game to warm up about the topics of weather, clothes, and advice. Project this website on the board/computer/your phone.

https://www.eslgamesplus.com/weather-vocabulary-interactive-game-for-esl-teaching/

Divide the students into four teams and follow directions on website. While students play the game, discuss why each of their answers is correct or incorrect.


5. Dream Vacation

Directions: Students sit in a circle and take turns speaking about their dream vacation.

Practice using the weather words.

 Each student should describe in about two sentences which type of weather they like on vacation and tell the class where they will go on vacation.

 Write this sentence on the board:

 Example:  “I like sunny skies and warm ocean water. I’m going on vacation to Eilat.

 The second person sitting to the left of the person that just went, will describe his/her dream vacation weather, and then tell the class where he/she is going on vacation.

 

That student must also repeat where the first student is going on vacation.

 

The third student then tells the class about his dream vacation weather and then where she/he will go.

 

That student also says where student number two will go and then where student number one will go.

 

Continue until you make it all the way around the circle to the first student who tries to say, in the correct order, where each of his classmates will take his dream vacation.

 

You may need to prompt students throughout the game if they get stuck.  


6. Finish Your Lesson

Closing: After each session before you say goodbye, ask students to reflect on the lesson.

·   Fellow asks: What was fascinating/interesting about the lesson? What did you like?

 ·   Ask each student to tell you 5 new English words they learned today.

o   Repeat the new words after the student says them. Then, repeat the new words with the student again so he/she practices English and learns the correct pronunciation.

·   Ask: What is one question you still have about what you learned today?

 ·   Ask: What would you like to learn more about?

 Say goodbye to the students. Tell them you are looking forward to seeing them next time… Fellow says: Have a good day/afternoon… See you next time…


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