STORYTELLING IN ELT – 2012-2013I have selected thisstorybook to workwith 4 years oldchildren becauseas is a picturebook with limitedtext is likely toappeal to childrenof this age.The white little rabbit
ACTIVITYTYPE Before the story 1ACTIVITYTYPE During the story 2ACTIVITYTYPE After the story 3THESTORYBOOK The white little rabbit 4
ACTIVITYTYPEBefore the storyDESCRIPTION First of all the teacher will bring to the class Rabbit the puppet, then the teacher will introduce it to thechildren as a new friend that would like to show them some colours and how they can create them. Theteacher will use the puppet to direct the class.The puppet will bring to the children its own book called “The white little rabbit” where the rabbitpuppet is the main character of the story. Then the puppet will show flash cards related to thevocabulary of the story (rabbit/bunny, paint, bowl, splash into, jump into, to have a shower, grass).While explaining the vocabulary of the story the puppet will ask the children to mime some verbactions like jump into, have a shower or splash into.The puppet will stick the flashcards on the blackboard so that all children can see them.Finally, before beginning the explanation of the story, the puppet will ask the children what coloursthey already know and which ones are their favourites so they will be practicing the structure: Myfavourite colour is (the colour).TOPIC - Introduction of the story with the help of a puppet- The coloursSTORYTELLER Teacher AUDIENCE P4 childrenMEANS/CHANNELOral explanationMATERIAL - The book- The rabbit puppet- Flashcards with the following vocabulary• Rabbit/Bunny • Splash into• Paint • Jump into• Bowl • To have a shower• Grass
SKILLS ORAL WRITTENRECEPTIVE Listening x ReadingPRODUCTIVE Speaking x WritingINTERACTIVE Conversation x ChattingINTERMEDIARY Interpretating x TranslatingPositive aspects Negative aspects•The use of a puppet is a really useful tool tofoster children listening and attention, tointroduce a new storybook and captivate theaudience.•The use of the puppets at class helps children toimprove their communication skills and literacyanswering questions or following a conversation.•The dialogue is useful to introduce the title ofthe story, the main character and the vocabularyof the story. Also the teacher can know theprevious knowledge of the children about thetopic that they are going to work with.•Enhance listening skills•Is a story that doesn’t allow children to make sounds effects.
ACTIVITY TYPE During the storyTOPIC - The storybook of The white little rabbit- Colour mixing activity that focus on the three basic coloursSTORYTELLER Teacher AUDIENCE P4 childrenMEANS/CHANNELOral, storytellingMATERIAL - The book- The puppet- The flashcards- Yellow, red and blue paint- Bowls- Wipes to clean hands- Din4 paper for each childDESCRIPTION The puppet and the teacher will explain the story for the first time with the help of the book and the flashcards.The children and the teacher will be on the carpet of the library corner of the class.Tips that the teacher will have into account:•Speak at normal speed varying the volume, pitch and tempo of the voice•The teacher will use images as support, mime and action whenever possible•Just in case students don’t understand something, teacher can help them to understand the puppet doingmovements with his/her body or even translating something into Catalan.After reading the story the puppet will ask the children if they have liked it and if they want to hear it again butthat time using their hands and some paint to follow the colour mixtures that the white rabbit does in the story.At this time we will need the children to be grouped by tables. The teacher will distribute three bowls for eachtable, the three bowls will contain yellow, red and blue paint. The tables will have also wipes to clean hands anda sheet of paper for each child.During the second explanation of the story the teacher will stop each time that the rabbit makes a new colour sothat the teacher will give enough time to the children to make their own handprint colour mixture.
DESCRIPTION The activity will goes like that:The teacher will explain:-The rabbit liked the yellow paint and decided to paint himself yellow. Maybe he will look nice! He splashedinto the yellow bowl. And the little white rabbit now was a little yellow rabbit. The teacher will stop and lettime to the children to paint one hand (immersing their hands into the bowl of paint) and make a handprint tothe sheet paper.The teacher will continue with the story-The rabbit had a great time playing games with the paint so he decided to jump into the red paint bowl. Whatwould it happen?The children will paint the other hand and make a red handprint next to the yellow one.The teacher will continue with the story-Now the rabbit was orange because yellow and red make orange.The children will start to rub their two hands and see that the yellow from one hand and the red from the otherwill get mixed and make one colour: brown. They will make another handprint above the other two.The teacher will continue with the story-But the rabbit did not like the colour very much. He decided to start again. Now the rabbit had a shower to bewhite again.The children will clean their hands with the wipesThey pupils will repeat the same action to make purple, green and brown.After making one colour they will have to say:-Yellow and red make orange-Red and blue make purple-Blue and yellow make green-Green and red make brownWhile cleaning hands, the pupils will have to say all together:-I’m having a shower to be white againAfter cleaning hands they will write the name of each colour above all the handprints.At the end of the story the children will have 4 sheets of papers with their handprints and the result of mixingcolours.
Positive aspects Negative aspects- Encourage use of imagination and creativity- The vocabulary of the story don’t have to besimplified because is simply enough to beunderstood.- The activity allows the children active participation.- Children can experiment on their own what therabbit is doing with the colours.- Is a really hands on activity to experiment theprocess of mixing colours- The children can’t do their own guesses while doingthe activity because they already know the final ofmixing two coloursSKILLS ORAL WRITTENRECEPTIVE Listening x ReadingPRODUCTIVE Speaking x Writing xINTERACTIVE Conversation ChattingINTERMEDIARY Interpretating x Translating
ACTIVITY TYPE After the storyMEANS/CHANNELwritingSTORYTELLER Teacher AUDIENCE P4 childrenTOPIC Children writing a home letterMATERIAL - Pencil- Paper- Black marking pen- Colours- ScissorsDESCRIPTION After explaining twice the book and experiencing the colour mixing, the children will write a letter to theirparents explaining what they have done and learned at class.The teacher will give to each student a sheet of paper with the little white rabbit sketch on it. The children willhave to paint one side of rabbit with one colour from the story and at the other side they will write:WE HAVE READ THE WHITE LITTLE RABBITWE HAVE MIXED COLOURS:YELLOW + RED = ORANGERED + BLUE = PURPLEBLUE + YELLOW = GREENGREEN + RED = BROWNAfter all the hard work of writing the children will cut out the shape of the rabbit and then they will keep theletter to their school bag.Note that the teacher will ask the students what they want to explain to their parents so the example above isnot something closed, it will depend on the children.
Positive aspects Negative aspects- The letter is a bridge between the school and home.- Children share the experience with the families.- The teacher can give the necessary support andguide to each child.- Depending on the English level of the group and theirliteracy, the letter can be longer or shorter. Is not anegative aspect is just something that the teacherwill have into account.SKILLS ORAL WRITTENRECEPTIVE Listening ReadingPRODUCTIVE Speaking x Writing xINTERACTIVE Conversation x ChattingINTERMEDIARY Interpretating Translating