AGE 6 to 9
TIME 30 minutes
Mr Page's pet shop: lesson plan
In this lesson plan the children only have to recognize the pictures they are shown in order to make the right noise. But they experience living in a story in which every child takes part.
Listening and slowly becoming familiar with a range of vocabulary for animals and food
Learn the story (see the tips on page 12).
Prepare picture word cards for animals and for food. The cards
should be about 15 cm x 8 cm. The picture should be on one side
and the word on the other.
Several children can be the same animal so you do not need to have a different animal for every child, nor for every item of food. Each child should have an animal card. Here are some suggestions:
cat dog fish parrot frog turtle rabbit mouse snake crocodile
chocolate biscuit cheese insect worm sausage meat cabbage fruit leaves grass
For how to draw animals, etc., see Chapter 7.
3 Prepare volume cards: about 15 x 8 cm.
Tell the children (in their mother tongue if necessary) that you
are going to tell them a story about a pet shop and that they are
going to be the creatures in the shop.
Ask what animals they think might be in the pet shop.
Hold out a spread of animal cards for a few children to choose
one each. Tell the class what each child has chosen and show the
picture and the word for it. Make sure that the child practises the
noise the creature makes. (Remember that animal noises can be
different in different languages!)
4 Do this until everyone has a card. Of course, you can get
everyone to practise the noises that all the creatures make.
Finally, ask all the children to each make their own noise.
You might like to explain that the representation of animal noises is different in most languages. In English there are the following conventions: cat (miaow); dogs (woof woof or bow bow); pigs (grunt grunt or a noise like staccato snoring). The other animals' noises are open to individual interpretation. Control the volume with your volume cards. Finally, make them silent with the 'Off card.
Then begin to pick up the food cards, one by one. Tell the
children to say, 'Yum! Yum!' if they think their animal likes the
food, and 'Yuk! Yuk!' if they think their animal does not like the
food. Stress that Piggy likes all the food and says 'Yum! Yum!'
Finally, tell the children it is Piggy's birthday and he (or she)
invites all the animals to his (or her) party. Piggy should stand
up in a clear space and call out each animal's name and each
animal should make its noise as it is called and stand up and join
All the animals should now sing 'Happy Birthday' in their
animal language to Piggy.
Piggy then picks up a food card says, 'Help yourselves! There's
cheese!' etc. Each animal says 'Yum! Yum!' or 'Yuk! Yuk!! as
appropriate for each of the foods which Piggy makes.
Now you, the teacher, can imitate the footsteps of Mr Page the
pet shop owner coming up the stairs. Piggy says, 'Quick! Go
back to your cages!'
Piggy then 'eats up' all the food (picking up the food cards), and
Mr Page comes in and says, 'Good night, animals! Sleep well!'.
The children might like to draw their creature and make a list of what it likes to eat and what it doesn't like to eat. They should write down anything they wish, checking it with you.
My fish likes: insects, sandwiches, and ice-cream. Yum! Yum! My fish doesn't like: mice, sausages, and apples. Yuk! Yuk!
If you want the children to remember most of the vocabulary then they must make more extensive use of the new words they have met in the story. They could write:
Danny's parrot likes: mice, sausages, seeds, and cake. Yum! Yum! Danny's parrot doesn 't like: soup, ice-cream, and oranges. Yuk! Yuk!