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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.                   …

Teaching Adverbs - Task Based Activity

Topic: Adverbs.
Grade: 5th.
Skills: Grammar and writing.

                                 Grammar is one of the difficult parts of the language. Especially teaching grammar to the primary students is a very challenging task for the teachers. So some interactive activities and methods will help them to learn and understand the grammar easily and effectively.  
                                Here is a task-based activity which I used to teach adverbs to my children. In my previous post, I had discussed a story teaching using this method. I continued the activity to teach adverbs. I have used the same picture story cards to start my class. 
                               I started my lesson by pasting the picture cards along with time. Then I asked some questions based on the story and picture cards.

1. When did Amar wake up?
2. When did he have his bath?
3. When did he have his breakfast?
4. How did he reach school?
5. What time did he reach school?
6. Why was the school closed?
7. What did he wear on Sunday?

                        Once they responded orally, I asked them to write answers on a paper. After that, I asked my children to read the answers. And then I wrote another set of questions on the board. By posing these questions I want to aware my children to express their daily activities based on the day of Amar. I generalized the situations happened in the Amar's day towards their regular activities
So I asked my children to write answers to these questions. Here you can see my children's responses to these questions. And then I wrote all those answers on the board and explained the importance and usage of the words yesterday, today, regularly, daily, always and often. And I told them these words are called adverbs. Then I drew some more pictures to help them understand the topic well.

                                I drew these below pictures to explain some more words and help them to understand the topic well. I explained the use and meaning of the words and how they affect a verb. The drawings helped them to grasp the functioning of the adverbs quickly. Finally, I gave a worksheet to comprehend my children's understanding.

                            So in this activity, Children learned a new topic from a known story. Language skills were developed by interacting and expressing ideas relating to a known topic. Moreover, informal language acquisition takes place in this activity. 


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