Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Mirror mirror on the wall......

Start of the new school year and time to revisit the personal information questions and answers from previous years of language learning.
We have put in to place lots of games and activities over the last couple of years to make the revisiting of core language a challenge, a competition, a way to reflect on what we have learnt.

Here is another way that I think we can use at the start of the year to bring back in to focus the language we learnt last year etc to describe ourselves and ask questions of others.

The idea of the mirror on the wall allows us to practise first and second person singular questions and responses!
Each child needs an oval piece of paper:

Question and Answer Mirrors
On one side of the paper ask the children to write down the key information they think they can say about themselves in the target language.So for example a beginner learner from last year should be able to say  a name phrase/ a feeling/ where he/she lives/ his or her age and something he/ she likes (animal or colour or food).This is the "answer mirror"

On the other side of the paper (remember this is a mirror on the wall) ask the children to draw some symbol prompts for the questions: for example a beginner learner's symbols could be : a name tag / a house outline/ a birthday cake with candles/ a smiley face/ a heart shape.This is the "question mirror".

Play a game of spot the question and answer!
  • Ask the children to have their oval shapes infront of them on the desk with the answer mirror face up. 
  • Call out a question to elicit the information the children have put on their oval shapes.
  • Ask the children to listen to your question and to point to the response they would give.
  • Ask a child the specific question and ask them to read out their resonse.
  • Ask the children to turn over their ovals and this time to listen to the question, identify the symbol they have drawn as the question prompt and whisper to a partner the question that you as the teacher have just said.  

Mirror Mirror on the Wall!
Working with a partner, ask the children to take it in turns to ask and answer the questions  on their mirror oval shapes.
One child places his /her mirror "question mirror" face up on the table or on the wall with blu-tac.
The other child must look at the question prompt symbols, point to the symbol  and ask a question.
Can the first child give the answer that he/she has written on the answer side of the mirror?

Mirrors on the Wall .
Create with the children card versions of mirrors - whichever shape the child wants to use.
Ask the children to draw a sketch of their own faces on the mirrors.They will need to use pastel colours for this
Over the top ask the children to write their favourite five questions and five answers about themselves that they can say on the target language.They will need to use a dark crayon or felt tip for this.
On the reverse side of the mirror ask the children to write in English two more details they would like to be able to use in their personal information questions and answers this year in the target language to describe themselves in more detail.
Hang the mirrors on the wall - as a mirror mobile!


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