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"Winner - British Council's Blog of the Month Award."

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I am very delighted to have won the Britsh Council's FEATURED BLOG OF THE MONTH  for March 2019 for my post "Language Games for Teaching and Practicing Vocabulary" And also I am the first Indian blogger who receives this award. Thanks to each and everyone for your support and love.





Check out my previous shortlisted posts:
"A stimulating writing task to describe a great person."
"My 3 Best Story Teaching Methods to Develop Integrated Language Skills."

Role Play- Primary English lesson....What's My Name?

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Children are very interest to listen stories,stories help children to dream their favourite characters. Stories help teachers to attract children towards classroom and learn language effectively. So story telling is a art. Every teacher has a different style to tell stories. I want to engage my children by wearing the characters in that story. Wherever there is a chance to do role play I planned my lesson in this way to learn the story and language items through the role play.  Wherever there is a story, first I prepare a BIRDS VIEW of that story and prepare the dialogs of the characters. While teaching the lesson I am practicing these with my children and give stress on those sentences. After this I will give these dialogs to my students ask them to practice. These role plays help our children learn the language contents in an informal way and even low proficiency children also able to learn the objectives of the language content. Here you can see the lesson and characters of that s…

Innovative priamry classroom teaching Models

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Biography trees will help children to remember the content easily and forever. Teachers can easily attract their students towards the classroom.                                   This a Biography Tree Model of the World famous Indian Astrologist BHASKARACHARYA. After teaching this lesson I prepared this tree to know his entire life history about his Village, family, books and his honorable names. So my children easily tell about his history and can write individually. I saw this type of skeleton model in Telugu Velugu book and made some changes according to my lesson, 

(TREE MODEL OF BHASKARACHARYA LIFE HISTORY)

(TREE MODEL OF GANDHIJI LIFE HISTORY)




Teaching English lesson " Oral Discourse of This is my book. "

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Language Task: This is Ammu's Squirrel.



This is an another language task in AP govt first class primary text book. In this language task children try to catch the squirrel then Eswar, Ammu's friend said " it is Ammu's squirrel." So I practiced with my children when should we use this sentence. I explained the meaning of this sentence and asked my children to come with a thing  which was in your bag and say like this. If they came with a book, they have to say "it is my book". I practiced this way with all my children later I asked my children to exchange your object with your friend then say "it is Reshma's book".(Reshma, her friend). Like I paired my children, instruct them to practice these sentences. Please watch below video.

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American English at State posted activity

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U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair, published my school children's activity in their fb page...thanks to them   ( Read GRAPHIC READING ACTIVITY post in blog)





Primary Innovative Maths Activity Tool- Roll It Expand It

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Multi class teaching is a very headache to govt primary school teachers in Andhra Pradesh. So while teaching multi class, teacher should be competent to plan whole class activities to that topic.                                         It is one of my best activity maths tool to exercise EXPANSION OF NUMBERS. I prepared with used drink bottle and dice. After gave idea of expand a number I asked my children to sit in a circle and do some problems to test their understanding. I gave this tool to my children each will roll the bottle and write the number in their books and expand it. Then I get a chance to teach to other class children. You can see in below picture  how did my children do these sums.


My Favourite English Teaching Method-Colleague Teaching Method

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Many of us know about colleague. We arrange many pictures systematically to convey the total message of the picture or event. When I learnt about colleague craft teaching in British Council training, I am applying these method in my lessons whenever there is a chance.                                                     I planed these colleague based teaching method in picture based interaction with my 4th and 5th  class children. I gave so many trainings using this method in cluster and district level.                                   There is a lesson in fifth class THE WITTY NASIRUDDIN, I taught in this method. Especially the mother tongue influence children cannot grasp the words by watching entire picture. And its not interest to describe the picture by showing its whole. When I assessed my children after this method of teaching they wrote very well and learnt very fast. 
                                While teaching this lesson first I pasted below chart on the black board. I …

Famous Children Story-"The Little Red Hen" Role play

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Topic: The Little Red Hen Class: 3rd Skills: Speaking and Creative Expression.
                  Role Play is one of the good teaching methods to develop cumulative language skills in the children. Children also involve very well with a great interest.                    This the famous story and my children tried best to perform well. Once I completed the lesson I allotted the dialogues to my children and asked them to practice. I prepared masks for the characters for the better impression.


You can watch my children's performance in the below video. And also you can the video on my YouTube Channel.









Teaching English story through Gestures.

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(A Story from AP Govt Primary 2nd class Text book)
Gestures take crucial roll in communication. Some times gestures are enough to say every thing. In learning new language, many educationalists say that gestures will help to learn and remember the language very fast. After I watched the Pie Corbet videos of teaching, I came to know that I should use gestures to develop English language skills in my children. So I made a attempt and succeed. See the below video of above story. My children easily got the difficult words and recite the same.   
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Creative primary English writing activity. (SPIN IT ..ANSWER IT) .. " What is that?"

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Writing from words to sentences is some what difficult. Learning vocabulary should leads to write phrases. In my previous post " Spin it, Read it, Colour it," I prepared a activity circle chart and used for identify the vocabulary only. And that was the starting unit in our textbook. Now in this unit I prepared same type of activity circle chart with different language words which are there in that unit. While teaching this unit or language task I asked my children "What is that? "They gave answer in a word like Bank, hospital...etc. At that time I taught my children to say the answer for this question like  "It is a Bank." " It is a hospital." I wrote these question and answers on the balckboard and made my children to identify the each word in that. I planned an oral activity to say this answer about other things like " It is a pen.". You can see the video of this activity in my previous post "Oral discourse of a language task …

Alphabets Identify Activity- Read the card, Identify the Letter and Trace

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This is another graphic reading activity and leads to writing by identify the first letter of that word while reading the picture. Learning alphabets and sounds while reading a word. In graphic reading children should able to read the word without knowing the alphabet. I think it is the good because as a mother tongue they learn words before learnt the alphabets in English language. I am following this graphic reading method for teaching first class children. In this lesson MY FAMILY after days teaching I prepared picture cards of family members and letter tracing worksheets.                                                     While teaching these words I wrote entire words on the blackboard and every time I asked my children to identify the first letter, sounds the letter and ask my children to notice the letter in other words. Later I asked my children to say the word while showing the picture. After drilling like this I gave worksheets to my children. Ask my children sit in a circ…

Teach English Lesson-Oral Discourse "Who is this boy?"

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{Language task in AP Govt first class English textbook}
                      Whenever there is a chance to develop the language skills definitely teacher should teach beyond that state. Especially in govt primary schools, we stick to the content and meaning of that story. But while teaching to the mother tongue influenced children we must create some oral discourses to create English environment and real life usage.
                              In above page "who is this boy?" is one of the small language content children should learn and use in their real life. So inspite of reading and giving meaning of this content, plan to create conversation or discussion with these question. See below video of my children using this question.

English Lesson teaching -Oral Discourse- What is that?

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(A Language task in Andhra Pradesh first class English textbook.)
Teaching vocabulary and understanding a storyis not enough. As a teachers we identify the language task and teach beyond that task then only children will able to learn English as their mother tongue. Because the non native English learners highly influenced by their mother tongue. So in our schools we must create such environment, means more language usage, oral activities, and apply to their daily life situations. See these below two videos of my first class children using this question " What is this?" to the content and other thing . (Targeting the text) 

(Application to this other things)

Primary Classroom Displays and charts.

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Family Tree

Five Senses (Courtesy: Instagram) 

Daily Works

Rhymes (Courtesy: AP Textbook)

Things & Family (Courtesy: AP Textbook)

Best Primary English Writing Activity. " Who is this boy?"

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Activity : Roll the Dice...Read the Question...Write the Answer.
This is one of my favourite activities done with my 1st class children. For developing written discourse. I prepared this picture dice after oral discourse of this language task. Through this activity children will able to write answer the question, read the question and write their friends names with their help. And also they can develop their language usage with their other friends and family members. It will help the children to understand how to write answers using phrases.
                                           With this picture dice, I prepared a worksheet with questions and distribute among my children. I asked them to sit in groups and roll the dice. Now other group members should ask that question " Who is this boy?". Then the children who rolled this dice should say the answer loud like " He is Ramcharan?". Now he should write the answer. Like other children should continue.

Best English Primary Concept Writing Activity..."What do you do with your kite?"

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Developing writing skills in primary school children is very difficult. Because they are mostly belongs to illiterate families and highly influenced by their mother tong. So developing English writing and reading skills is very difficult to teachers who works with those children. To attain the language skills in children we need some creative activities to developing reading and writing concepts. This a activity, I planned with my 2nd class children to write about " What do you do with your kite?". For this creative question I gave some ideas and asked my children to made their own kite and write the answer on coloured slips and paste it on tail. You can see in these pictures, the active participation of children. They enjoyed a lot.

English Primary Vocabulary Game: Where is the.....................?

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Where is the......? It is a vocabulary game to introduce the difficult vocabulary words. I read this game in Teaching Ideas Website and implemented in my classroom. I adopted this game to teach and introduce new vocabulary in EKALAVYA lesson. My 5th class  students enjoyed a lot and they learnt very fast.                     In this game first I selected few vocabulary words related to characteristics of Ekalavya. I wrote these words on teacups. And we need a object or specimen of Ekalavya. I used a plastic doll as a Ekalavya. Then I placed all the cups like shown in the picture. And also I placed the Ekalavya Specimen under a cup without showing my children. Then I grouped my children into two. Now one volunteer from a group should come to the table, ask their group members the question " Where is the Ekalavya?" His group members should guess, where was the Ekalavya and say the phrase " UNDER KIND". or " UNDER HUMBLE." ...like. Then the volunteer lift th…

Trigger Classroom Black Board Graphic Diagrams

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Effective Blackboard usage gives better results in learning. I observing while comprehension my students after teaching with these diagrams, results are very better. They can easily understand the questions and write answers with their own. Here are my few graphic drawings on blackboard. 
While teaching simple sentences. HE IS SLEEPING.
While teaching a Rhyme...ABCD DANCING TIME..
While teaching Adverbs..QUICKLY, EARLY...etc
While teaching a Lesson..SNOOPY GOES TO SCHOOL.

While teaching a Lesson...WHAT"S MY NAME
While teaching a Lesson. HERE IS THE COIN..
My students comprehension worksheets after teaching a lesson.



Famous Children Rhyme "Rain On The Green Grass.".

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Topis: Rain on the Green Grass - Rhyme Class: Preprimary  Skills: Creative Expression.
                      Children always love rhymes. Most children enjoy hearing and participating in rhyming activities, and when they are exposed to rhyming, they usually pick it up naturally. So I always try to set such an environment with material to achieve the langauge standerds and remember the rhyme forever in thier brains. Hope you enjoy the rhyme. Please watch the video.