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4 practical ways and activities to improve writing skills.

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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.                   …

NOUN SORT - Grammar Worksheets

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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

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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

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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.
Activity:
                         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)

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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}
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"My Habits"- Rhyme Activities and Worksheets.

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Class: 2nd
Lesson: My habits
Academic Standards: Speaking and writing.

                My Habits Rhyme gave good exposure to my 2nd class children to speak and respond about their daily routines. I connected this lesson with their daily activities and few speaking activities gave good exercise to use the language in their real-life situations.

              I started teaching the rhyme with a video of daily routines. I explained these are our daily routines and we should do these works for a healthy life. So we called these are good habits. I elicited related vocabulary waking up, brushing, bathing, playing, and going to school.

             Later I gave flashcards to my children to speak and explained the habit. Like all the children explained their flashcard. Students presented like...
She is brushing. He is bathing He is reading. She is going to school.  this speaking activity helped the children to practice the sentences and write those sentences correctly in the writing activity. Yo…