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"The Pot of Wealth- An Innovative Learner Centered Story Transaction"

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Topic: The Pot of Wealth Class: 4th Skills: Reading and speaking.
                          This is one of my best story transaction methods and also a learner-centered teaching strategy. I strongly believe that teaching-learning material will always give twin benefits to teachers and students to transact and understand a topic well. Innovation in the learning material is an added advantage to a teacher to stick their student's concentration and achieving the targeted standards easily. And also it changes your monotonous teaching strategy into a versatile transaction.                             The main hurdle in establishing English environment in the second language classrooms is, teachers are not proficient to simplify a story and transact for 40- 45 mints continuously in English. So in these situations, learning material will help the teachers to transact the story in an understandable way without switching into their mother tongue. Here is my another trail to transact a sto…

"Mother's Day Writing Task."

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Lesson: My Mother (Written by Ravindranath Tagore.)
Grade: Secondary,
Skills focused: Writing and Creative Expression.
                            This is a fun and crafty writing task to write about the mother. We did the activity after completion of the poem "My Mother" that was written by Ravindranath Tagore. Students of 8th grade prepared the card and presented to their mothers.

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Hope you like this. Thank you.

Creative writing task for plurals

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Topic: Plurals, Grade: Primary, Skills focused: Writing and Creative Expression.                                Vocabulary is the heart of language. Teaching vocabulary in a conceptual way is one of the big challenges in the primary stage. Moreover learning vocabulary in an isolation way won't help to develop good speaking and writing skills. Vocabulary should learn or teach in a structural, meaningful and contextual way.                                Here is a simple and interesting writing task for teaching fundamental rules of plurals. Some creative and engaging worksheets, strategies and methods drag our children's attention to understand the topic from basics and also help them to use the words in multiple contexts.


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My Likes - Creative Speaking Task for Grade I

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Topic: MY LIKES Grade: Preprimary and Grade I Skills focused: Speaking and creative expression.                                   Someone said, "Learning a foreign language is like a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time, progress is slow and incremental, and there can be many setbacks along the way." So language learners first need to have a growth mindset. This is when they believe that their abilities in learning a language are not fixed but can be developed. Not all learners will reach the same level of proficiency, but with the right kind of effort, strategies, and investment of time and will, every learner can improve.                             So some innovative strategies and activities will develop learners internal skills and make them active participants in the learning process. So as teachers we need to concentrate more speaking and creative activities to make young learners speak and listen more.                             Here is a creative fun speaking tas…

Creative and fun writing task for "Conjunctions"

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Topic: Conjunction -"AND" Grade: Primary, Skills focused: Grammar and creative thinking.
                           Creativity and fun in your teaching give better results than everything you have facilitated to your children. I have planned this activity to comprehend my children's learning and understand the concept well. You can extend this activity to other conjunctions words also. Hope you enjoy this fun writing task. You can download the worksheet from the below link.


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Speaking and writing task to teach MY FAMILY for young learners.

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Topic: MY FAMILY Grade: Pre-primary and primary Skills focused: Speaking and writing.
              Teaching to young learners is a quite hard task for teachers. And moreover teaching English as a second or third language is very difficult for teachers. They have a lot of energy. Rather than trying to squash this energy, find positive ways to use it in the classroom. You want to create a safe, stress-free environment that everyone can enjoy learning in. An also it is important to make your lessons relaxed, fun and creative so that students get moving around and speaking with one another.
 So I have been trying to plan my lessons fun, interesting and creative. Here I have prepared an innovative model to teach and plan a speaking activity for my children. By using this model I have made them speak a few sentences about their family in order to only learn family members names (father, mother...etc.) I also use the same model for multi-grade children (level specific teaching) to speak an…

My Lovely Family Rhyme - Innovative transaction

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Topic: My Lovely Family Rhyme. Grade: Preprimary and 1st grade. Skills: Listening and Creative Expression.
                 Children love rhymes and also the repetition of words, ideas, and skills are important for early brain development, as it creates secure foundations for early learning. Using rhyme, rhythm and repetition in song, while reading or even to make up your own rhymes, is great fun for children.                   Children will dramatize rhymes to develop language, literacy, creative thinking, and social skills. 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 play my lesson/rhyme in a meaningful and enjoyable way. Here is my tiny attempt of a rhyme "My lovely family" which was given in the 1st-grade textbook.  The rhyme is... He is, he is, he is, He is my caring father, She is, she is, she is, She is my loving mother, We are, we are, we are, A…

"Learner Centered Grammar Activities for Primary Classes."

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Topic: Common Nouns vs Proper Nouns
Skills: Grammar, Speaking Reading, and Creative Expression.
Grade: Primary.


                 Grammar is a very difficult part to teach and also learn to children. We cannot teach grammar in a formal way to the primary children since they don't have such cognitive capacity to understand the rules. So we should teach in a contextual way. We derive the content from known to unknown and establish the rules finally. So I always plan and develop different innovative activities to teach grammar topics for my primary students. 

I panned this activity to teach Common and Proper Nouns for my 4th-grade children. I designed this worksheet to understand the topic easily and attract them towards the class. Once I gave an explanation about the Common and Proper Nouns, I played them a language game. 

Language game: “Sit and stand” 
It’s a just a simple sit and stand game.If you say sit children will sit, say stand they will stand. But here, if you say a common no…

"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."

Shortlisted for the "FEATURED BLOG OF THE MONTH AWARD" for February 2019

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Once again one of my classroom activities was shortlisted for the British Council's Blog of the month award for February 2019. I was very happy though I hadn't won the award since the world liked a lot more than all the posts. "The post was: http://www.rajclassroom.com/2019/02/a-stimulating-writing-task-to-describe.html"

Language Games for Kids - Part II

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Topic: Language Games
Level: Pre-primary and Primary
Skills: Vocabulary and speaking

Clap Clap Clap:
To help pupil memorise and practice the words related to a topic.Make sure you have taught them vocabulary related to the topic. ( Topics: Animal names, fruits names, flower names, and vehicles..etc)Pupils are asked to stand in a circle.You stand in the middle of the circle.You need to choose a topic before going to play.Make sure the pupils know how to play. If they don't then give a quick demonstration giving a simple topic like 'animals'. The pupils have to say animals names only. ( dog, tiger, cat, lion...etc.)You start the game by saying a word related to the topic after clapping three times (clap..clap..clap..)For example, if you choose 'animals' you say tiger after clapping 3 times. (clap..clap..clap..'tiger'.)Then a pupil in the circle continues by clapping and saying another animal (clap..clap..clap..'lion'), the next pupil says (clap..clap..cla…

Language Games for Teaching and Practicing Vocabulary.

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Topic: Language games
Skill: Vocabulary
Grade: Primary or Young Learners.

                                  Learning a language requires a great deal of effort. Games help students to make and sustain the effort of learning. Games provide language practice in the various skills – speaking, writing, listening and reading. They create a meaningful context for language use. Here I am going to describe a few games to teach and practice vocabulary.


Onion Rings:


This is a good game for practicing vocabulary, spellings and also a good speaking activity when you have a short dialogue you want to practice.You do need room for this or could do it outside.First, divide the class into two.One half stands in a circle facing outwards, the other half stands in a larger circle around them facing inwards.Each pupil should be opposite another pupil.They have 2-3 minutes to ask and answer as many questions as possible, then the outer circle has to move onto the next pupil, stop when they've come full…

"The Pot of Wealth- An Innovative Learner Centered Story Transaction"

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Topic: The Pot of Wealth Class: 4th Skills: Reading and speaking.
                          This is one of my best story transaction methods and also a learner-centered teaching strategy. I strongly believe that teaching-learning material will always give twin benefits to teachers and students to transact and understand a topic well. Innovation in the learning material is an added advantage to a teacher to stick their student's concentration and achieving the targeted standards easily. And also it changes your monotonous teaching strategy into a versatile transaction.                             The main hurdle in establishing English environment in the second language classrooms is, teachers are not proficient to simplify a story and transact for 40- 45 mints continuously in English. So in these situations, learning material will help the teachers to transact the story in an understandable way without switching into their mother tongue. Here is my another trail to transact a sto…