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The Roots of Great English!
We made workbooks…
… Cartoons for the school’s newspaper… (Which was, of course called “The Hot Potato”!)
 
There was even a guide for teachers!
And then little books started to appear… Little books about the things that kids DO!
These were the books that became the core of ‘Potato Pals’
Who are the Potato Pals?
 
 
 
 
 
THE POTATO PALS THEME SONG
 
In the Morning It’s about what Buddy does from when he gets up until  he goes to school.
At School It’s about all the fun Daisy has with her friends in Mrs. Baker’s class.
At the Park What does Chip get up to with his friends at the park?
At Home Dean is a very helpful fellow And does lots of jobs around  the house.
Good Friends  Nina knows how to be a really  great friend.
In the Evening Joy and her dog Poppy..as the potato day comes to an end…
<ul><li>The second series, which is due out in the Spring of next year features the Potato Pals out and about with their f...
 
At School <ul><li>* Phrases </li></ul><ul><li>* Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>* Topics </li></ul>
* Phrases At School… and 8 useful phrases… I say “Hello!” Each book introduces a stem…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Vocabulary
clock door teacher cap
crayons workbook globe poster chair eraser pen pencil
paints kite picture apron
table books book-shelf
baton triangle music tambourine glasses
pieces picture game-board die cards
map waste basket puzzle window broom closet
notebook glue bag scissors ruler
* Topics <ul><li>Each of the readers introduces a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Each topic is reinforced by a question  </li></u...
What shape is the clock? It’s a  circle ! In ‘At School’ the topic is shapes.
What shape is the poster? It’s a  star !
What shape is the kite? It’s a  diamond !
What shape is the book? It’s a  rectangle !
What shape is the triangle? It’s a  triangle !
What shape is the picture? It’s an  oval !
What shape is the window? It’s a square !
What shape is the bag? It’s a heart !
MEMORICONS ! Memoricons are a simple yet innovative system of visual cues that prompt students to produce the phrases in t...
Here’s how Memoricons work… <ul><li>When students turn from the first page… </li></ul>
… to the second double spread… They have the challenge of remembering what the phrase on the first page was. I say “Hello!”
This continues as they read … I say “Hello!” I write in my workbook.
Until the last page… Then the challenge is to remember the whole story!
The Program. <ul><li>* Audio Program </li></ul><ul><li>* Activity Books and Workbooks </li></ul><ul><li>* User’s Guide </l...
* Audio Program <ul><li>The audio program is on a CD which comes with the book sets. It consists of readings and original ...
Good Job Brian! The lyrics of the songs are the same as the text of the books…these are ‘books you sing’!
  At School At school, At school, At school, at school, at school,   I say “Hello!” I say “Hello!” I write in my workbook....
 
There are three different readings of each book to choose from… <ul><li>Straight through with sound effects. </li></ul><ul...
  * Activity Books  * Workbooks
<ul><li>Activity Book </li></ul>
Workbook
There are 6 units in the workbooks. One unit is devoted to each reader: *  Phrases (2 pages) *  Vocabulary (2 pages) *  To...
Both workbooks and the User’s Guide contain many‘general’ activities.
* User’s Guide The User’s Guide was designed to be as easy to use as possible. Jargon-free and no fine print. Accessible t...
There is an  ‘ At a Glance’  page for each reader It contains most of the essential information about the reader. The Focu...
<ul><li>After the  </li></ul><ul><li>* Introduction and overview of materials </li></ul><ul><li>there are </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>Each lesson has the following components: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Prediction phase  </li></ul><ul><li>2. Reading phas...
* Cards <ul><li>*  Phrase  cards featuring all 48 Memoricons </li></ul><ul><li>*  Vocabulary  Cards featuring the 104 Focu...
Good friends, Good good good friends,  Good good good friends, Good friends,   Talk to each other, Talk to each other, Lis...
Thanks for your support…   Rie and Patrick
 
 
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Potato Pals Introduction

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An oldish presentation I made a couple of years ago when Potato Pals were first published.

Potato Pals Introduction

  1. 1. The Roots of Great English!
  2. 2. We made workbooks…
  3. 3. … Cartoons for the school’s newspaper… (Which was, of course called “The Hot Potato”!)
  4. 5. There was even a guide for teachers!
  5. 6. And then little books started to appear… Little books about the things that kids DO!
  6. 7. These were the books that became the core of ‘Potato Pals’
  7. 8. Who are the Potato Pals?
  8. 14. THE POTATO PALS THEME SONG
  9. 16. In the Morning It’s about what Buddy does from when he gets up until he goes to school.
  10. 17. At School It’s about all the fun Daisy has with her friends in Mrs. Baker’s class.
  11. 18. At the Park What does Chip get up to with his friends at the park?
  12. 19. At Home Dean is a very helpful fellow And does lots of jobs around the house.
  13. 20. Good Friends Nina knows how to be a really great friend.
  14. 21. In the Evening Joy and her dog Poppy..as the potato day comes to an end…
  15. 22. <ul><li>The second series, which is due out in the Spring of next year features the Potato Pals out and about with their families… </li></ul>At the Store On a Camping Trip In Town At the Beach At the Zoo On the Farm
  16. 24. At School <ul><li>* Phrases </li></ul><ul><li>* Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>* Topics </li></ul>
  17. 25. * Phrases At School… and 8 useful phrases… I say “Hello!” Each book introduces a stem…
  18. 33. *Vocabulary
  19. 34. clock door teacher cap
  20. 35. crayons workbook globe poster chair eraser pen pencil
  21. 36. paints kite picture apron
  22. 37. table books book-shelf
  23. 38. baton triangle music tambourine glasses
  24. 39. pieces picture game-board die cards
  25. 40. map waste basket puzzle window broom closet
  26. 41. notebook glue bag scissors ruler
  27. 42. * Topics <ul><li>Each of the readers introduces a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Each topic is reinforced by a question </li></ul><ul><li>and answer pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Again, language in context. </li></ul>Colors Shapes Numbers Prepositions Weather Feelings
  28. 43. What shape is the clock? It’s a circle ! In ‘At School’ the topic is shapes.
  29. 44. What shape is the poster? It’s a star !
  30. 45. What shape is the kite? It’s a diamond !
  31. 46. What shape is the book? It’s a rectangle !
  32. 47. What shape is the triangle? It’s a triangle !
  33. 48. What shape is the picture? It’s an oval !
  34. 49. What shape is the window? It’s a square !
  35. 50. What shape is the bag? It’s a heart !
  36. 51. MEMORICONS ! Memoricons are a simple yet innovative system of visual cues that prompt students to produce the phrases in the story .
  37. 52. Here’s how Memoricons work… <ul><li>When students turn from the first page… </li></ul>
  38. 53. … to the second double spread… They have the challenge of remembering what the phrase on the first page was. I say “Hello!”
  39. 54. This continues as they read … I say “Hello!” I write in my workbook.
  40. 55. Until the last page… Then the challenge is to remember the whole story!
  41. 56. The Program. <ul><li>* Audio Program </li></ul><ul><li>* Activity Books and Workbooks </li></ul><ul><li>* User’s Guide </li></ul><ul><li>* Cards </li></ul>
  42. 57. * Audio Program <ul><li>The audio program is on a CD which comes with the book sets. It consists of readings and original songs by Brian Cullen. </li></ul>
  43. 58. Good Job Brian! The lyrics of the songs are the same as the text of the books…these are ‘books you sing’!
  44. 59. At School At school, At school, At school, at school, at school,   I say “Hello!” I say “Hello!” I write in my workbook.   I paint pictures, I paint pictures, I read books.   I sing and dance, I sing and dance, I play games.   I clean up, I clean up, I say “Good bye!”   At school, At school, At school, at school, at school,   X2
  45. 61. There are three different readings of each book to choose from… <ul><li>Straight through with sound effects. </li></ul><ul><li>With Memoricon repeats and sound effects </li></ul><ul><li>acting as sound prompts. </li></ul><ul><li>With ‘point and say’ activity and ‘Q and A’ </li></ul><ul><li>activity </li></ul>
  46. 62. * Activity Books * Workbooks
  47. 63. <ul><li>Activity Book </li></ul>
  48. 64. Workbook
  49. 65. There are 6 units in the workbooks. One unit is devoted to each reader: * Phrases (2 pages) * Vocabulary (2 pages) * Topic (2 pages) * Phonics (2 pages)
  50. 66. Both workbooks and the User’s Guide contain many‘general’ activities.
  51. 67. * User’s Guide The User’s Guide was designed to be as easy to use as possible. Jargon-free and no fine print. Accessible to parents and teachers Shows how to integrate the materials into classroom and home study environments USEFUL!
  52. 68. There is an ‘ At a Glance’ page for each reader It contains most of the essential information about the reader. The Focus Words The Story Sentences The Topic Words The Song Lyrics Flashcards and CD reference
  53. 69. <ul><li>After the </li></ul><ul><li>* Introduction and overview of materials </li></ul><ul><li>there are </li></ul><ul><li>Four Lessons for each reader. </li></ul><ul><li>1. Phrase (story) lesson </li></ul><ul><li>2. Vocabulary lesson </li></ul><ul><li>3. Topic lesson </li></ul><ul><li>4. Review Lesson </li></ul>
  54. 70. <ul><li>Each lesson has the following components: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Prediction phase </li></ul><ul><li>2. Reading phase </li></ul><ul><li>3. Two activities </li></ul><ul><li>4. Three games. </li></ul><ul><li>Photocopiable Worksheets </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extended Readings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game boards </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sample Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Audio script </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Card List </li></ul><ul><li>Index </li></ul>The User’s Guide also contains
  55. 71. * Cards <ul><li>* Phrase cards featuring all 48 Memoricons </li></ul><ul><li>* Vocabulary Cards featuring the 104 Focus Words </li></ul><ul><li>* Topic Cards showing the 48 Topic Words </li></ul><ul><li>Potato Pals 1 is accompanied by a set of 200 cards: </li></ul>
  56. 72. Good friends, Good good good friends, Good good good friends, Good friends,   Talk to each other, Talk to each other, Listen to each other, Listen to each other, Play together, Play together, Lend things, Lend things, Share things, Share things, Help each other, Help each other, Give presents, Give presents, Care, care, care, care Care, care, care…
  57. 73. Thanks for your support… Rie and Patrick
  58. 76. THE POTATO PALS THEME SONG

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