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4 practical ways and activities to improve writing skills.

Improving writing skills to primary children is the biggest challenge for teachers. Especially the students who are learning English as a second language are getting much trouble to improve writing skills. Here I am discussing some practical tips and activities which I have been using in my classroom to my young learners. 

                       We know very well, writing is the utmost skill. It means it's a hard skill for primary children. And in the LSRW, listening leads to speaking and reading leads to writing. So a student wants to speak he should listen well as well as he wants to write he should read well. So we should concentrate on reading to get good writing skills. But most of the teachers are not following the psychological order of language skills. So you want to develop writing skills first concentrate on speaking and reading skills. So you need to give such speaking and reading activities in order to get good writing skills.                   …

Integrated Reading and Writing Activity

Subject : English Topic : SUPERSTITIONS Rhyme Grade : 4th Targeted Standards : Reading, Writing and creative Expression.

     First of all I would like to thank to the author of the book Teaching Young Learners to Think to gave this great activity. I adopted that activity (Can you Read This) and prepared a new worksheet of my own to this activity. A rhyme about superstitions in grade IV.
You can walk under ladders What's wrong in that? You can see any number of jet black cats  No problem in that. You can break a million mirrors And not shed a tear It's all just stuff and nonsense Simply groundless fears."
To teach this rhyme first of all I showed a video of superstitions around the world. Later I interacted with my children by asking few questions, What are the superstitions?, What are the reasons to believe?..etc. Once I gave the explanation and reasons of the superstitions, I explained the rhyme while doing the choreography. 
(Choreography Video of the Rhyme by my chil…

Basic Multiplication Concept - Beads Activity

Topic : Basic Multiplication Concept Subject : Maths Grade : 2nd
                                  Developing the primary concepts in the earlier stage is most difficult task to the teachers. And it is very important to establish the concept very clearly to that little brains. So we need proper method and TLM. Moreover presentation and involving the students to grasp the concept is a challenging  task.                      Here I have done an activity to teach the basic concept of the multiplication to my children. Once I have taught the concept of the multiplication, (i.e multiple addition of the same number) I have asked my children to arrange the beads according to the given slips.                     What I have done, I have explained the meaning and concept of 2x3, 4x5, 6x3...etc, Later I have showed the concept and meaning by arranging the beads. Then I have checked their understanding by giving some problems on the blackboard to the whole class. At last I have given the proble…

An Innovative Speaking Tool - MY SCHOOL

Class: 2nd. Lesson: MY SCHOOL. Language Skills: Speaking.                          We know very well listening is more important in learning a language. In order to develop the rest of the language skills, we need to give much listening input to children, especially for second language learners. So such material will help teachers to speak about the content though they haven't good professional skills. And also create good English environment in the classroom. As the teachers, we need to concentrate on to engage the children in such activities and use some interactive learning materials to speak and write more.                        I prepared this speaking tool based on activity in our textbook to create some curiosity among children. I started the lesson "My School" by showing the model. I asked some interactive question based on their knowledge. I showed the model and explained the places in a school. And then I gave the below description. "This is our school. …

An Innovative Table Activity

Class : 2
Topic : Introducing Tables.
Lesson : Multiplication.

            I am very thankful to TEACHING IDEAS face book page sharing these great classroom ideas. My 2nd grade children enjoyed a lot during this activity. Innovative teaching always leads to great output and can stimulate the children learning characteristics. If you ask your children to write the 2nd table in a book they will not show interest to write. But if you do these type of activities children's learning definitely amazing. It needs only planning and preparation.
                   Here's a small activity I assigned to my children by supplying empty watches and asked them to write 2's table and prepare a watch like this. Even low proficiency children also done along with the A grade children.


Class: 2 Lesson: MY SCHOOL RHYME Language Skills: Speaking, Writing and Creative Expression.
                         Children always enjoy the class when you make it joyful. And they enjoy the rhymes very well. In this rhyme, some action words sing, write and read and few adverbs loudly, neatly and joyfully are there. So teaching rhyme is not meant for the joy of children. We should concentrate on those language functions which they can use in real life situations. While teaching this rhyme I explained and made exercise to use those functions effectively. Here you can see my children how they were enjoying while singing the rhyme. Later I gave a small writing task with a craft activity. I asked my children to write "why do you love the school?" For this question, I supplied heart shapes to my children and asked them to write their reasons to love the school on it and paste in the answer paper in a flower shape. They did very well.   


Crafty Writing Activity

Topic: Why do you love trees? Class: 4 Language Skills: Creative expression and writing.
               We can target multiple language skills through a writing task. Today I asked my children to write about trees, "how do trees helpful to humans? and "Why do you love trees?" I explained the advantages of trees in the lesson GREEN IS LIFE to my children. Later I drag their attention to concentrate on the importance of trees, that's why we should care for the trees. Later I guided my children to write the advantages through a craft activity. Finally, they created a lovely garden.

Picture Interaction- Animating the Picture

Class: 4
Lesson: Green is Life
Topic: Picture Interaction
Academic Standards: Speaking Reading, Writing and Creative Expression.

                        The picture takes a vital role in learning. So transacting a picture in the lesson is very essential to achieve or target the academic skills. Because a picture can lead to developing the multi-skills in the children. So the transaction of the picture should be important in learning. If we drag the children's attention towards the picture it will be a good session. In order to achieve those skills, the transaction method of a picture should be effective. So as a teacher you need to think over it.
                    Here I am going to discuss my method to transact a picture in the classroom. I have been using this method for a year and the results are amazing. After the interaction or transacting the picture, 80 percent of children in my class can able to speak and describe it. I am using COLLEAGUE BASED interacting method to tra…

An Approach to Understand, Learn and Assess the ALPHABET better

Subject : Language - English
Class : PrePrimary and Ist Grade
Skill : Reading and Writing.

                   Children are not learning the language in our classrooms, they acquire the language. In order to learn the language skills you need to start with listening skill. Until and unless you are not giving good listening to them, language learning will not happen. So we need to follow the psychological order of language skills L, S, R and last W. So learning language in few schools has been hurry without of better understanding. That's why children are not responding to drawing interference questions.
                             Coming to writing part and also learning the alphabet, we should first concentrate on recognizing the letter. So, to recognize the letters we need to provide such environment, worksheets and activities to the early school children. Later we should concentrate on tracing the letters. And then matching the upper and lower case alphabet. And then recognizi…

Transaction of the "Nation's Strength" poem

Subject: English
Lesson: A Nation's Strength poem
Class: 4th Grade
Skills: Creative Expression and writing.

Objectives :    To understand the vocabulary  To use that vocabulary in those daily situations  To understand the people in the nation  To understand the moral and patriotic values of a citizen.                       We know very well every nation builds with people not with buildings. People are the nation. Some people work for the nation by doing a job in the Army, Navy, and Airforce. They are not working for their children and they scarify their lives to the nation. Through this poem I want to educate my children how are they working for their nation in the borders and who are the real citizens of a nation and what characters should we possess to be a good citizen. I educated my children by showing a video of the three forces, how the soldiers are working in the real field.
              I asked my children to read the poem at once and identify the difficult words in the …

NOUN SORT - Grammar Worksheets

Class: 4th Grade
Topic : Common Nouns and Proper Nouns
Skill : Grammar

                      Using grammar worksheets will help a lot to Government School children and teachers. I am always searching for such worksheets to teach grammar joyfully without any burden. If you teach grammar isolate to that age group children, their cognitive levels can't understand the grammar topics. So teaching grammar in primary schools should be in contextual. So I have been using such grammar activity sheets whether they understand the concept well or not.
                                               After completion of explaining, I have instructed my children to read the nouns in the given worksheet, discuss with their partner and identify the common nouns and proper nouns. Later they have written in the table.

( Thanks to that website to prepare the nice activity sheet. )

An Innovative Grammar Activity- Pronoun Garden

Topic: Basic Pronouns Class: 4th Grade Skill: Grammar 
                                Teaching grammar to the primary children is a major challenge and we should not teach the grammar isolate. So I have been using different worksheets to understand the grammar topics better. After explaining the pronouns topic I got an idea to do a craft activity for better understanding.                                So I told my children we are going to design a pronoun garden in the next period. That day I supplied charts, paper petals and colour pens to them. I guided my children about how to prepare flowers in the garden. And then I instructed my children to write the pronouns "He, She, It, and They", in the middle of the flower and write nouns related to HE on petals. Like this, they completed their writing task. They were very happy.  

An Interactive writing task on Community Helpers

Topic: Community Helpers Class: Primary Skills: Writing, Reading, and Speaking.
                                A joyful classroom environment always leads to good learning even in a low resource classroom. Learner-centered teaching activities will give great results and can easily achieve multiple skills at a time. And moreover, students learn the language informally when they are engaged in such activities.

                          While teaching the lesson "COMMUNITY HELPERS" I planned the activity to target speaking and writing skills after teaching about the community helpers. Along with that, I engaged my children with a ball game to enact like washerman, potter, and tailor..etc., for a better understanding of the characters.
                         In this game, students stand in a circle and pass the ball while music plays. The person who holds the ball at the time music stops, he comes to the middle of the circle and pick the card and enacts the characte…

An Outstanding Reading Activity to Primary School Children.(1st and 2nd Class)

Class :2 Skill: Reading
                       I don't know whether it is right or wrong, but it's giving super results in my class. My 2nd class children read the entire lesson without any difficulty. Especially children studying in Govt Primary Schools they didn't know the alphabets before school. Mostly rural background children are first generation child in their family. Teaching English to those children, especially who didn't go through the pre-schooling is more difficult. I have used this strategy to give the contextual meaning of new vocabulary and clear meaning of each and every sentence without translating into their mother tongue( Telugu)   {Read amazing reading activity post for the description of this activity}