Turn your Story Time into a shared experience of fun and relax !!
FOR MOTIVATION : most children enjoy Story Telling (stories told to them ) and Story Reading (stories read to them).
FOR STIMULATION and development of the imagination. Stories encourage the child’s creativity and
inventiveness. They allow experimentation and encourage cooperation and improvisation.
FOR INTEREST : Stories can be specially chosen to reflect on the language topic, on other areas.
FOR SOCIAL RELEVANCE : To discuss and explore issues of social relevance, awareness of good and bad social behavior and emotions .
FOR VARIETY : Stories broaden the use of English expanding course book contents.
FOR CONTEXT: Stories give context and meaning to the language and a genuine reason for listening.
TO PRACTISE DIFFERENT SKILLS: stories are a good reading and writing starting point. They provide opportunities to make own books, to role-play/dramatize, to practice and reinforce lexis and structures. They develop conceptual skills such as prediction, guessing the meaning and training memory.
FOR COMMUNICATIVE EXCHANGE : there is a good interaction between the story teller and the audience : asking to guess the end, asking for a résumé of the story, getting the audience’s opinion and suggesting an alternative ending.
WHY USE STORY ACTIVITIES IN YOUR CLASS?
1- Tell the children that you are going to tell them a traditional story.
2- Read the story to the children (alternative way: record it into a cassette) at a slow, even pace.
3- Show them some pictures of the characters( drawings, photocopies, puppets, etc…)
4- Mime the actions: use facial expression and gestures.
5- Make sure that everybody is quiet, attentive and sitting comfortably.
6- Keep eye contact with the children : it helps to maintain their interest.
7- Ask them if they know the tale of “The enormous turnip”
8- Once you have read the story : Retelling: ask the children to tell you (can be in L1) what they think happened.
9- Re-reading: read the story again – stop after each section to ask the children to summarize what’s happening.
READING A “ONE-PAGE STORY”
Children are free to play with each other with carefully selected material.
Children will not use EFL spontaneously while playing.
The teacher introduces vocabulary, phrases, songs, poems.
Do not overwhelm children with “too much learning”.
THE ENORMOUS TURNIP
Grandpa – Grandma - the boy - the girl - the dog - the cat - the tiny little mouse.
-“Look…these are Grandpa, Grandma, the boy, the girl, Grandpa’s dog and cat.
They are all in Grandpa’s garden. They’ve got some seeds.
-“Let’s plant the seeds”, -says Grandpa.
-“Good idea” -say the boy and the girl.
They plant the seeds: 1,2,3 carrots; 1,2,3 potatoes; 1,2,3 tomatoes; 1,2,3 turnips.
On Monday the boy asks, “What’s the weather like today?”
Every day the boy asks, “What’s the weather like?” and every day the girl and Grandpa say -“It’s raining!”
Then, one day the boy asks, -“What’s the weather like today?” and the girl and Grandpa say, -“It’s sunny and hot Let’s look at the garden!”
Grandpa, Grandma, the boy, the girl, the dog and the cat go into the garden.
They look at the vegetables.
-“Look at the carrots: they are big! Look at the potatoes: They are big! Look at the tomatoes: they are big!. And look at the turnips. They are very big too!”
-“Yes, and this turnip is enormous!” says Grandpa.
Grandpa pulls the enormous turnip. -“Pull, pull, pull, 1,2,3. I can’t move it!Help me please!”, he says.
Then the boy helps Grandpa. -“Pull, pull, pull, 1,2,3. We can’t move it! Help us please!”, they say.
Then the girl helps Grandpa. “Pull, pull,pull,1,2,3. We can’ t move it. Help us please!” they say.
Then the dog helps. -Pull, pull, pull, 1,2,3.We can’t move it!Help us please!”-they say.
Then the cat helps. A tiny little mouse is hiding behind the turnip. He is watching Grandpa, the boy, the girl, the dog and the cat: -“Pull, pull, pull, 1,2,3. We can’t move it!… Oh!, No!” they say. Everybody is sad.“It’s OK”, says the tiny little mouse. “I can help you”
Then everybody pulls the enormous turnip. Grandpa pulls. Grandma pulls, the boy pulls, the girl pulls. The dog and the cat pull … and the tiny little mouse pulls, and -“Pull, pull, pull, 1,2,3. WE CAN MOVE IT!!!… Thank you mouse !!
Now everybody is happy. They look at the enormous turnip. They touch the enormous turnip. They dance round the enormous turnip.
Then they try to lift the enormous turnip. But the enormous turnip is very heavy. Grandpa can’t carry it! The boy can’t carry it! The girl can’t carry it! The dog can’t carry it! The cat can’t carry it! The tiny little mouse can’t carry it…BUT ALL TOGETHER THEY CAN CARRY IT!!!
Together they carry the enormous turnip into the kitchen. And Grandpa makes some delicious turnip soup.
Grandpa gives a bowl to Grandpa. She gives a bowl to the boy. She gives a bowl to the girl. She gives a bowl to the dog. She gives a bowl to the cat …and she gives an enormous bowl to the tiny little mouse.
-“Mmm!!! This soup is delicious !!!
Thank you mouse!”, says everybody
QUICK & CREATIVE EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:
WRAP-UP ACTIVITIES build a love and appreciation for Literature.
They make teaching and learning more enjoyable for all, teachers and students.
These activities strengthen students’ comprehension.
They can review a character’s role and notice the setting or conflicts as the story is retold.
SUGGESTED LITERATURE ACTIVITIES
FOR KINDERGARTEN & PRIMARY
A) SELF-CREATED STORIES:
After reading a story, give each child small cards and a length of yarn to make a necklace.
Illustrate the cards with main characters, the problem, the solution.