Aesop’s fable:“The fox and the dog” A project conducted with pupils in C class!
The project is equally divided in three sessions of 45 minutes duration• Lesson 1: Warm – up and Pre – reading activities• Lesson 2: Reading activity + follow – up speaking activities• Lesson 3: Follow – up listening activity + post reading activities
Activities in Lesson 1:• Activity 1:• Gap filling activity: Pupils experiment with structures, they write for a real purpose.• Speaking with focus on grammatical patterns such as: demonstrative pronouns this is – that is, verbs “have” and “do”.• Teaching aids: personal photocopy, board, picture flashcards: dog, fox, cat phrasal flashcards: this is, that is
• Activity 2: Speaking about the cover page of the story• Grammar focus on the verb “do” and the auxiliary verb “can”. Pupils answer to the questions: “Do you like the colours?” “Can you tell me the colours?”• Teaching aids: word flashcards with colours.
• Activity 3: Discussing about Aesop and fables• The teacher asks pupils what they know about Aesop and his fables.(The discussion is conducted in Greek because it is more convenient to pupils.)
Lesson 2: Reading activityBenefits of story telling:• Eye contact• Characters’ dramatic placement• Voice and gesture recreation
Benefits of listening to the story:•Pupils directly reflect while listeningthe story•It is more entertaining to pupils, theyfamiliarize with authentic dialogues.Teaching aid: CD player
Speaking activity 1:• Discussion upon the story’s slogan: Food is good, but a lot of food is bad for you! The discussion is conducted in Greek so that pupils can easily support their opinion.Teaching aid: a poster
Speaking activity 2:• Pupils use new structures and decide who is right and who is wrong.• A rather fascinating activity because all pupils raise their hands, decide and judge at the same time. We should not forget that children are very strict in their judgments.
Speaking activity 3:Teacher adds the Red Riding Hood in the story:• Children are generally fond of using their imagination while describing events!• Children find it interesting to give both a different end in the story and feel like fairy tale writers themselves!!!
Lesson 3: Listening activityBenefits of listening to the story’s song:• Pupils love songs• They are great for movement and word- phrase repetition.• They understand more English than any other method
Post – reading activitiesVocabulary elaboration activities:• Activity 1: Pupils categorize verbs, nouns, adjectives of the story.• Activity 2: word matching• Activity 3: a fun activity with the fable’s slogan.• Activity 4: focus on imperatives• Activities 5 + 6: Gap filling
Extra fun activity:• Pupils inspired by the fable prepare a poster using their imagination and many crayons!!!!• Pupils make a second poster adding the red riding hood and her grandfather since they have given another end to the story.