Thursday, 13 December 2012

Exercise 6: Places

A. Match the sentence parts and rewrite them.

1. I go to the bookshop
2. She goes to the library
3. He goes to the field
4. We go to the bakery
5. They go to the restaurant
6. The couple go to the cinema

A. to borrow books.
B. to eat dinner.
C. to buy stationery.
D. to watch a movie.
E. to play football.
F. to buy bread.


B. Answer the questions based on the pictures.

1.

Where are you going, Manjit?
I am going to the _____.

2.

Where are you going, Wan?
____________________.

3.

Where are you going, Magis?
____________________.

4.

Where are you going, Chin Wai?
____________________.

5.

Where are you going, June?
____________________.


Answers:
A.
1. I go to the bookshop to buy stationery.
2. She goes to the library to borrow books.
3. He goes to the field to play football.
4. We go to the bakery to buy bread.
5. They go to the restaurant to eat dinner.
6. The couple go to the cinema to watch a movie.

B.
1. I am going to the bank.
2. I am going to the restaurant.
3. I am going to the bakery.
4. I am going to the market.
5. I am going to the stadium.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Places Outside The Home

Over the previous lessons, you learnt to talk about things in your classroom and home. Today we will learn about places outside the home. During the weekend I am pretty sure you will go some other places other than school. I hope you did not just stay at home and play games all day long.

Now if people ask where did you go during your holidays or weekends, can you tell them clearly? Let us read the passage below.


Last Sunday, Ramli went to stationery shop to buy some pens and papers. After that, he went to the bookshop to buy some new books. Before he went to a restaurant to take my dinner, he turned into the bakery shop to buy a loaf of bread. Ramli also bought some snacks and biscuits in the grocery shop before he head back home.

So he went to quite a number of places. Do you know what are them? Stationary shop is where you buy your stationery such as pencils, rulers, pencil box and papers. Bookshop is where you buy reference books, story books, dictionaries and other books. Restaurant is where you pay to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. Bakery shop is where you buy baked goods such as bread and cake. Grocery shop is where you can buy different kinds of foods.

There are a lot more places that you should already know. Below is a list of places and I hope you can take your time to look up for them in the dictionary or internet one by one.




Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Class Activity: Last letter

This is a great activity for students at any level. I did this in my class and the outcome was good. No extra materials are needed except whiteboard pen or chalk. The objective of this game is to revise vocabulary that the students learnt previously.

Before the game starts, teacher should divide the class into groups of 5 students or more. Then, he or she can let the groups to decide their group name. After that, the teacher write down a total of 5 different words on the board if there is a total of 5 groups, and 6 words for 6 group, and 7 words for 7 group, and so on.

The progress of the game is same for all groups. Therefore I am using only one group as an example. Now, I write WELCOME for group A. Then, the first student must write a word that starts with the last letter of previous word, which is E. So, he writes ELEPHANT. The next student then come and starts with the letter T. The game continues until one of the students fail to come up with a word in 5 seconds or repeats a same word.


Keep the game going until there is only 1 people left per group. Then these winners from their groups come together and start the final round. The flow of the game is same, just that these students are the best in their respective groups. The game ends when there is only one student left. He or she is the winner of the game.

Now that you understand how it works, go try it in your classroom!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Video: At Home

Now here is a nice video showing you the things at home. It will guide you through room by room and then tell you what is in the room. After that, it will includes explanation of each thing it introduced earlier in the video. It is only a 8 minutes video so I hope you can enjoy it.


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Exercise 5: Things At Home

Spell the names of the things you see at home.

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1.___     2.___     3.___     4.___
5.___     6.___     7.___     8.___
9.___     10.___   11.___   12.___
13.___   14.___   15.___   16.___


Answers:
1. sofa                9. chair
2. bed                10. table
3. computer      11. toys
4. picture          12. CD player
5. bathtub         13. refrigerator
6. cupboard      14. mirror
7. sink                15. clothes
8. bookcase      16. television

Monday, 12 November 2012

Things At Home

Today, I will teach u how to name things in the home. When you invite your friends to come over at your house, you should know how to introduce them to the things at your home. First of all, do you know what do you have in your home?

This is a living room. What can you see in here? Oh yes, you can see a television, a clock, a painting and a set of sofa.

How about this dining room? Can you name the things here? Thats right. There is some chairs, a table, a lamp and a big cupboard.

The place where you sleep is called bedroom. You should be familiar with your bedroom because you are there every night, isnt it? So, what can you see in this bedroom here? There is a bed, some pillows, a mirror and a carpet.

Do you ever go into your kitchen in your home? You should help your mum to do the dishes in the kitchen after every meal, so her workload is reduced. Now, can you list the things you see in this kitchen here? Oh yes, there is an oven, a kettle, a stove and a coffee maker.

Other than the things stated above, what else can you think of? Try with your friends and see if you can remember the things at each others home.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Exercise 4: Sharing Hobbies

Read and write.

Dear Hong Lee,
        In your e-mail, you asked me how to keep a rabbit. Let me tell you how to do it.
        First, get a hutch. You can buy one from the pet shop or get your father to make you one. A simple one will do. Make sure that it is big enough for your rabbit. Put a bowl in the hutch for water. Clean the hutch every week. Dry it in the sun before putting your rabbit in.
        A rabbit likes to eat carrots and green vegetables. Do not give it meat or fish. Remember to feed it twice a day. Take it out of the hutch during feeding time. Let the rabbit run about in your garden. It is fun to see it running here and there.
        Do let me know how you are keeping.

Your friend,
Kana


Questions:

1. What did Hong Lee ask Kana?

2. What does a rabbit eat?

3. What is the home of a rabbit called?

4. What is the bowl in the hutch for?

5. How often must Hong Lee clean the hutch?


Answers:
1. He asked Kana how to keep a rabbit.
2. It eats carrots and green vegetables.
3. It is called a hutch.
4. The bowl in the hutch is to keep water for the rabbit.
5. He must clean it every week.


Saturday, 3 November 2012

Videos About Hobbies

These two videos are extra lessons for you. The first one introduce you to some of hobbies that are common yet interesting. If you are still uncertain of what kind of hobby suits you, you can try find some of the hobbies introduced in first video. The second video shows you how hobbies connect you and your friends. It is great to know that sharing common hobbies can enhance friendships between peoples. Also, the video shows you how to make a conversation with friends using hobby as a topic.



Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sharing Hobbies

In previous lesson, we have learnt the way to make new friends. Also, we know that telling and asking hobbies of others is a good way to develop better friendship. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to share hobbies with others.

First of all, why share hobbies? We already know that hobby is an activity that one does during free time. Although hobbies such as collecting stamp and taking care a pet can be done alone, sometimes hobbies require more than one person to make it works, for example playing badminton or chess. Therefore, it is important to share hobby with one another so that the activity can be carried out. Nevertheless, a good relationship between you and your friends can be developed through the activity done together.

Besides getting more friends through sharing hobbies, it can help you to utilise the time when you hangout with your friends. When it is raining outside and you cannot go out to play, you can always take out your collection and share it with friends. For example, you can show your friends your stamps from Malaysia, China, India and many other countries. It is even better if you can tell them about the people and places in those countries. Sometimes, there are pictures of flowers, birds and insects on the stamps. You can ask your friends if they can tell what is the name of object in each picture. Moreover, you can trade stamps with friends who collect stamps too if you have extra copies.

How about sharing hobbies through internet? Sometimes your friends or cousins might be not around you but you can contact them through email. The example below shows you how to send your friends or cousins an e-mail about your hobby. Try it!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Exercise 3: New Friends

Arrange and write. Put a full stop (.).

1. jogs around My father the park
________________________________

2. She keeps in an aquarium her fish
________________________________

3. in the jungle are camping The boys
________________________________

4. her stamps in an album She keeps
________________________________

5. when cycling a helmet He puts on
________________________________

6. likes collecting My brother coins and stamps
________________________________

7. Look for a picture and cut it out of a lion
________________________________

8. every I play badminton evening with my friends
________________________________

9. Rosli paints and dries them sun the vases in the
________________________________

10. some flour, salt You need and two eggs
________________________________


Answers:
1. My father jogs around the park.
2. She keeps her fish in an aquarium.
3. The boys are camping in the jungle.
4. She keeps her stamps in an album.
5. He puts on a helmet when cycling.
6. My brother likes collecting coins and stamps.
7. Look for a picture of a lion and cut it out.
8. I play badminton with my friends every evening.
9. Rosli paints the vases and dries them in the sun.
10. You need some flour, salt and two eggs. 

Sunday, 21 October 2012

New Friends

Hi everyone. We have learnt to behave politely when we are talking with other people. Today, we are going to learn about introducing yourself and making friends. Your are in primary school now and I hope you are making a lot of new friends. In future, friends could be the one that are closest to you. 

Now, how do you make introduction when you meet new people? Firstly, remember to say your name. Then, followed by some basic information about yourself. And then end it with some polite greetings. For examples:
Hi, my name is Joshua. I am nine years old. It is nice to meet you.
Hi, my name is Siew Ting. I am nine years old too. It is great knowing you.

So if you and your new friend get along pretty well, you can start new conversation with other topics. It is preferably to talk about matters that can help to understand each other better, such as hobbies. By discussing hobbies, people tend to find their similarities and develop a better friendship. Before you get to know hobbies of others, firstly you need to know yourself better.

What is hobby? It can be defined as an activity that is done regularly in ones leisure time for pleasure. Examples of hobby are collecting stamp, keeping cats and playing badminton. So what do you do when you have free time? Do you play sports or take care of your pets? One often has more than one hobby to keep their life interesting. I hope you know what is your hobby now. Let’s learn to talk about hobbies and ask others about their hobbies.


Hello. My name is Peter. I am nine years old. My hobby is keeping pets. I like keeping cats and rabbits. How about you? What is your hobby?


Hi there. My name is Richard. I am nine years old too. My hobby is collecting things. I like collecting stamps, coins and key rings. 


This is my friend, Shella.
Her hobby is playing games.
She likes playing badminton, netball and chess.



How is the conversation? Do you get the idea now? Practice more between your friends to talk about hobbies. When you meet new friends next time, remember to ask them about their hobbies too.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Polite and Good Manner Videos

Some videos that I came across yesterday and thought you all might love them. The first one is sung by Goofy Gophers and Marvin the Martian in one of the Looney Tunes Show's episode. It is hilarious especially when they sung:
Tosh: We were dining Thursday night, the waiter set our plates just right.
Tosh: We were so very impressed, we knitted him a sweater vest!
Mac: When out car ran out of gas, the tow truck driver got there fast.
Mac: He fill our tank with no delay, we took him to a broadway play!


The second one is more to a children friendly song. It is sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with lyrics promoting honesty, kindness, sharing and respect. Enjoy listening!



Sunday, 14 October 2012

Exercise 2: Good Manner

Read the dialogue below.

Angela : Hello, may I speak to Melissa, please?
Ronnie : I am sorry, she is not in. She has gone to the library. May I know who’s speaking, please?
Angela : I am Angela, her classmate.
Ronnie : Would you like to leave a message, Angela?
Angela : Yes, thank you. Please tell her to bring her badminton racquet to school tomorrow. I will bring the shuttlecocks. We must be in T-shirts and track bottoms. Oh, I almost forgot. Please remind her to bring her English grammar book too. I’d like to borrow it.
Ronnie : All right. i’ll pass her the message.
Angela : Thank you.
Ronnie : You’re welcome.


Now use the information given to complete the message.

Melissa,
        Your classmate, (1)________________, called while you were at the library. She reminds you to bring your (2)_________________ to school tomorrow. She will bring (3)_________________. You must wear your T-shirt and (4)_________________. Angela also asks you to bring your (5)__________________. She wants to borrow it.
                                                                                                       Ronnie


Answers:
1. Melissa
2. badminton racquet
3. the shuttlecocks
4. track bottoms
5. English grammar book

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Exercise 1: Be Polite

What should you say if these incidents happen? Choose your answer from a to h and fill into 1 to 8.

a. Please close the door.
b. May I use your ruler?
c. I like your new bag.
d. Please help me carry these balls.
e. May I go to Amys house?
f. May I borrow your book?
g. I am sorry.
h. Please bring some pencils to school.

1. You want to ask your sister to close the door.

2. You want to ask permission to go to a friend’s house.

3. You want to ask your friend to carry some balls.

4. You want to ask your friend to bring some pencils to school.

5. You stepped on your friend’s foot.

6. You like your friend’s new bag.

7. You want to use your friend’s ruler.

8. You want to borrow your friend’s book.


Answers:
1. a          5. g
2. e          6. c
3. d          7. b
4. h          8. f

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Class Activity: Corners

This is a fun activity to play before starting the class. I love doing it.

First, set a theme for the game. In this example, I choose to design each corner of the classroom with the polite and manner theme. There are four corners in the classroom so I put the polite words PleaseSorryThank You, and Excuse Me in each of them. Then, the students and teacher all gather in the center. Refer to the picture below to understand better.
Now, let the game begins. The teacher has to close his/her eyes. When the teacher says Go! and starts to count from 1 to 5 or 10, the students run to any of the four corners. While the teachers eyes are closed, the teacher chooses a corner, for example Thank You. The students who are at the Thank You corner are all out. This is the end of first round. 

Start the second round with the same process (the teacher says go, then chooses a corner, and then eliminates the students). Continue this process until only one student is left standing. The ultimate winner is this student, or if everyone is eliminated (possible if the teacher picks a corner with all students standing in it), then teacher is the winner.

To make game more interesting, teachers can try to call out a word or phrases related to the corners instead of simply saying the name of the corner. For example, teacher asks, I say this when I received a gift from my parents. What did I say?. The students should answer with the correct answer which is thank you in this example. Then, the students who stand in the Thank You corner are eliminated.

Try this game in the class, it is fun!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Good Manner

Before this, we learnt about polite words. Do you still remember them? Read the article below and try to fill in the blanks with the most appropriate polite words.

Before the assembly, teacher Sue was looking for someone to help her to arrange the chairs. “Kamal and Rashid, (1) ______ help me to arrange the chairs. ”said teacher Sue. “Sure, teacher. ” said the boys. When they were arranging, Kamal accidentally stepped on Rashid. “Ouch!”Rashid yelled. Kamal quickly said, “I’m (2) ______.” Rashid replied, “It’s okay, I’m alright.” They continued to arrange the chairs and it was done in fifteen minutes. “Well done boys, (3) _______ so much. ” said teacher Sue. The boys smiled and said, “You’re most (4) _________, teacher.”

Answers: (1) please (2) sorry (3) thank you (4) welcome

Very well, you surely know how to deal with people politely now, don’t you? Now, what if you need something from someone but he or she is not around? Do you know how to leave a proper message on a paper? Let’s see the example below.

Marcus teacher’s birthday is tomorrow. He is going to organise a party for her. He goes to Macy’s house to ask her to bring some cakes, buns, fruits and drinks to school. However, she is not at home. Therefore, Marcus leaves a message and asks Macy’s mother to pass to Macy when she get home. The message is shown in the picture over here.



As you can see, the message must at least have two names. One is yours (author) and another one is the receiving party’s name(s). The message should be short and simple but understandable. Firstly, write the name of who are you addressing to, then the message, and end it with your own name. You can use nickname too if the person who gets the message know who is it. Although you are not talking to people directly, but do use polite words when you are writing a message. Do you understand now? Give yourself a try with the exercise below.


Tomorrow is your first day to school. You want to remind your best friend, Beverly, to bring some pencils, pens, rulers and erasers to school. However, she is not at home when you arrive at her house. Therefore, you have to leave a message and pass to her through her father.

Write a message to Beverly. Ask her to bring some pencils, pens, rulers and erasers to school.


How was the exercise? Easy isn't it? Remember, always use the magic words: please, thank you, may I, sorry and you're welcome when you are talking with people directly or indirectly. That’s all for today, see you!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Be Polite

Greetings! This is the first lesson and I am teaching you about good manners. As you grow up, you will find that English is a useful communication tool. Therefore from now on, you have to learn to be polite when you are meeting people. Let us start with some simple dialogues.


Waiter      : Hello. How are you today?           Belinda : Excuse me.
Customer : Fine, thank you. May I have        Sarah   : Yes?
                   a menu, please?                             Belinda : Can you tell me the 
Waiter      : Of course, here you go.                                time, please?              
Customer : Thank you. I'd like a grilled          Sarah    : Of course. It's twelve
                   salmon, please.                                              o'clock. 
Waiter      : Sure. Can I get you anything       Belinda  : Thank you so much.
                   else?                                                 Sarah    : You’re welcome.
Customer : No thanks.                                                     

Did you see how they ask and answer politely? That’s right. You have to say please, thank you, may I, excuse me and you’re welcome according to the situation. The notes below might be useful for you to choose which word to use when you are talking with people. Read out loud!

Say “thank you” when someone gives you a present.
Say “thank you” when someone praises you.
Say “thank you” when someone does something for you.
Say “please” when you are asking someone to give you something.
Say “please” when you are asking someone to do something for you.
Say “may I” when you are asking for something from someone who has it.
Say “excuse me” when you make an embarrassing noise such as a burp.
Say “excuse me, please” when you must interrupt someone.
Say “excuse me, please” when you must ask them to move.
Say “you’re welcome” when someone thanks you.
Say “I’m sorry” when you make a mistake or hurt someone.
Say “I’m sorry” when you hurt someone.

Do you know what to say now when you are interacting with other people? Keep in mind that using these polite words is a way to be kind to other people. How do you feel when people say please, thank you, and may I to you? Good isn't it? So from now on, always use polite words when we talk to people! That's all for the first lesson. We shall continue this next time.
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