Friday, January 17, 2014

It's a Small World: Elementary winter English camp - Week 2

In case you missed it, here's the post about my first week of winter English camp, "It's a Small World". And if you're just joining us, the entire camp is available for purchase below:


Here's what I did this week with my 3rd-6th graders:

Day 6 - USA

Lesson Plan

  • Warm up: Clap around
  • Crocodile Moray
  • I've Been to Harlem - cup game
  • Puppy Chow: Make puppy chow
  • Pick up Quarters - Wear rubber dish-washing gloves and move quarters from one tub of water to another, while being timed.

Actual Events

I'm glad I used Crocodile Moray after first thinking of the game back in November.  I didn't change the lyrics, so it didn't really teach them any English... but they had fun playing!

Crocodile Morey
I've seen "moray/morey" spelled both ways on the internet.  I do realize my photo uses "ey" while I used "ay" for all other instances.

After playing Crocodile Moray I started the puppy chow to make sure we finished that.  There was no time for "I've Been to Harlem," so we're going to play it on Friday because I really want to do the activity with these kids.  My sister suggested the activity back when I was brainstorming -- thank you!

The children were thrilled to be making something chocolate that they could then eat.  I think puppy chow was a great treat to make in class because it was interactive.  Each student got to put one cup of cereal in the bowl, since I had nine students in the first class and ten in the second.  Everyone also got to stir the chocolate chips/peanut butter/butter mix after it was microwaved.  And lastly, all students took a turn shaking the paper bag of powdered sugar and the cereal mix.


Notes: If you want to find puppy chow ingredients in Korea, here are my experiences.  I didn't see Chex cereal anywhere, so I got a Korean brand of chocolate cereal that's kind of in the Chex shape.  It worked - a picture is below.  Peanut butter you can find in most grocery stores or in Paris Baguette.  I did all of my shopping at Emart - they have it there.  I ordered the chocolate chips on iherb with a personal order because I didn't want to hunt for a substitute.  I almost couldn't find powdered sugar in Emart, but did.  It's just not next to the sugar as you would think.  It was in a different aisle, next to brownie mixes / flours.  It's called "Sugar powder", and a it's also pictured below.  I bought three bags since they were small.  Two and a half bags of this powdered sugar were enough for two batches of puppy chow.



Day 7 - Canada

 Lesson Plan

Actual Events

The warm up didn't go over too well -- I won't use it again with EFL speakers at this age/level.

We did the Canadian sudoku, and both classes spent the rest of the time making two feathers for the Native American headdress, and finishing up their kente cloths from last week.


No one potato, two potato nor symbols games.


Note: A highlight of the day was when four boys from the second class started playing "Crocodile Moray" with each other during the five minutes before class started!

Day 8 - Spain

Lesson Plan

Actual Events

Only one kid knew of the Macarena dance, and he was in my older class (5th/6th graders).  They caught on soon enough -- it was fun!  After I made them dance it for a while, I showed them this video for laughs:




I only played "Fisty fist" with the second class.  It was brief and kind of pointless, but they liked it.  And the rest of class was spent making these Spanish toreros: bullfighters.  You can't really tell from the below photos, but it's a cut-out doll, so they had to cut out all of the clothes, shoes, hat, belt, etc. and glue them on the man.


Day 9 - Mexico

Lesson Plan

Actual Events

The warm-up was another miss.  It was hard to get any students out, and they all looked so bored.  I did have harder words for the older class: shirt, shoes, and skirt.  Right at the start, one boy couldn't tell if I said "shirt" or "short", so I decided to make their three words "shirt, shoes short, and skirt" instead.  It became trickier than it had been for the first class, and now I had a new idea for teaching minimal pairs (perhaps with my after school Special English Class next semester).

We quickly voted on students' favorite games/activities from the past two weeks.  Student favorites were "Human knot" and "Crocodile Moray", with the penguin relay and Macarena coming in third and fourth. We would play these tomorrow.

After singing the M-E-X-I-C-O song (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O) the kids started making their sundials.  My first class of younger students did not want to make them.  "Please, no, teacher," they said, "Game, game."  Whoops.  Not enough movement today I guess (though they were standing and moving for my failed warm-up!).  But tomorrow would be a day of games, so I somehow got them to start coloring.

Aztec sundial craft

During my second class, the kids started making the sundials without any resistance; it's interesting how moods change from class to class, day to day.

Day 10 - Review/Last day!

Lesson Plan

Actual Events

I wanted to make the fortune tellers we never had time for last week, but there was no time today either.  Oh well, I'll just have to find a way to incorporate that into my summer camp!

Cup passing game held their attention -- some wanted to play longer, but then they realized we had yet to play the other games, and time was limited.  My second class barely had time to play Crocodile Moray.  I had them quick play in their desk groups during the last two minutes.

One of the boys in my first class didn't have his passport after I'd passed them all out today for stamps.  The kids have been turning in their passports at the end of class every day of camp.  I clip them together and put the passports in the desk, and take them out the next morning when it's time for stamps again.  I have no idea how on the very last day his was missing.  I felt bad and did some looking (under the desk, in the recycling bin, in my camp binder) but it didn't turn up.  Luckily, he was one of two boys in class and didn't seem all that disappointed.  (Had it been me in third grade, I would have been upset and wanted a replacement at the very least!).  The whereabouts of his passport still puzzles me because I'm quite systematic and routine.  Oh well, it's all done with now.

It's been a long journey from the day in November that I got details about this "winter camp" I would be teaching: through all the hours of planning -- both at school and at home, at nights and on the weekends -- to the actual camp, and now the end of the last class.  Only six more months until summer camp!
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