Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 9

Feb 25 2011 0 Comments by The ENB
Flash Scratch Quiz for Kids

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 9 "Jobs" Scratch Quiz

Here is another mini-site type set of flash scratch quizzes. Feel free to use them for your classes if you've got a big enough pc screen hooked up to the net...

Click here to get to the mini-site...

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This week's Featured Video: Koomakids.com

Feb 10 2011 0 Comments by The ENB

Koomakids.com is now actually NaturalGenius.jp and is made up of a husband and wife team. So, who's the boss?... I don't really know but they are Chris and Suzana based out of Hiroshima at their language school called PIIC. It's very posh and stylish. Well, I really like their videos and they're great for your younger graded lessons. By the way, I think he's the programmer (techie) and she's the illustrator (design-nut). But no kidding, you can see their really nice designs at "piic.jp" in the about page.

Click here to get to see many more of their Koomakids.com videos on ENB TV...

Excellent job Chris and Suzana! I'm sure many teachers here in Japan and around the world have already seen your videos. But I just might use your videos in my ALT classes as well! I'm thinking of building some interesting lessons around these videos. So, I guess you guys should start focussing on your brand image. You know, just in case if the kids would see your products in the stores and tell mom, "Hey mom, I know this picture, my ALT showed us a video with that picture on it!"


Book 1 Lesson 9 QTW

Feb 10 2011 (updated) 0 Comments by The ENB

An "Interview Sheet for the breakfast exercise...

pdf/Eigo Note Book 1 Lesson 9 Interview Sheet for Breakfast Foods and Eating Habits by the ENB.pdf

It's quick and easy and can be done in 5 minutes. Ask 4 students and circle their answers. No complaints. Just ask the kids to write their names in English for a little challenge.


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Book 2 Lesson 9

Feb 10 2011 0 Comments by The ENB

Jobs Flashcards...

Just one set of flashcards... this time.

But they do say "I want to be a ..."

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 9 Big Jobs Flashcards with the words - I want to be a - by The ENB.pdf


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Book 2 Lesson 8

Feb 10 2011 0 Comments by The ENB

Stories in English!: The Big Turnip and a little more...

Three sets of flashcards in just one package!

There's the 4 little stories on the first page of Lesson 8. The characters for "The Big Turnip" story. The "Skit Memo Guide" from the QTW section in Flashcards so you can drill the kids well into the "Oscar Nominee" level before they do their performances. There's even a big turnip flashcard... just to have handy in case you don't have a daikon on hand or in... or should I say "in your pocket". Well, either way, just have fun! But just a thought here... Could you imagine your HRT handing you a daikon and saying "Here's a big one for our lesson..." (Because turnips in that size are so hard to find these days...)

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 8 Big Flashcards Set - Stories Skit and Characters with words by The ENB.pdf

By the way, a message to the Turnip Boy... if you are out there somewhere... anywhere... You had me at "hello."


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Book 1 Lesson 9

Feb 10 2011 (updated) 0 Comments by The ENB

The 24 Menu/Food Items for Lesson 9 Flashcards:

Here they are... The last items up for Book 1. You'll find 3 sets of food flashcards here.

1. A small set of food flashcards that can also be used as gamecards or something handy for such things as having a random student picking out a card out of your bag for a quick bingo game.

2. A bigger set of food flashcards without words that can be used for your first lesson practice sessions.

3. And a big set of food flashcards with the words printed underneath the pics so you can impress your teachers!

I hope all of the above has made your life a lot easier. It sure has made mine a lot more simpler by just making a set for every school I go to. And it'll perhaps make you look very busy and "prooofeeeessionaaalle."

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Eigo Note Book 1 Lesson 7

Jan 12 2011 0 Comments by The ENB

The Quiz Festival:

Here is a mini-site type set of flash quizzes and some 3-hint quizzes I used for my classes last year. Feel free to use them for your classes if you've got a pc screen hooked up to the net...

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Eigo Note Book 1 Lesson 8

Jan 15 2011 0 Comments by The ENB

School Subjects:

Here is another mini-site type set of flash quizzes I used for my classes last year. Feel free to use them for your classes if you've got a really big pc screen hooked up to the net... Give only little bits of hints to the kids to give them a real challenge!

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Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 7

Nov 03 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Verbs: Daily Routines Flashcards

Here are two sets of flashcards I use for my classes. One for the chant and the other for when the kids, the HRT, and I discuss our daily routines. I prefer using the second set since it is more simple and all you really have to do is change the "teach" to "study" but I usually stop it there and just let the kids give me their "get up" and "go to school" or "eat breakfast" to give more kids a chance to speak up. It's quite fun actually to see all the different schedules the kids have and some can be very surprising to hear like "going to bed at 7:30 and getting up at 5:30." I couldn't believe it...

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 7 Lets Chant My Daily Routine Flashcards by The ENB.pdf

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 7 Teachers Daily Routines and Verbs kids should remember Flashcards by The ENB.pdf



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Book 2 Lesson 6

Oct 30 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

"Where do you want to go?":

"What do you want to do?":

Book 2 Lesson 6-3

Another picture presentation for the lesson...

powerpoint picture presentation sample

Here is a picture presentation that will help the kids to finally consolidate "want to go, eat, see, and play" and to help them prepare for their presentations for lesson 6-4.

I usually leave this picture presentation for the last part of class after doing the quiz and a repeating session with the bingo flashcards using eat, see, and play.

At around this time, your kids may be going to their Kyoto trips or such other places for Grade 6 students all over Japan. Ours went to Kyoto so we prepared them for "In Kyoto, I want to see..." and such other items using eat and play. If the kids, don't speak up, just call out some random student numbers. Allow that first student who does speak up to dare the next student by giving him rights to choose the next number and so on...

Hint: Kids will usually speak up if dared by their peers rather than an ALT at some times. Congratulate the kids for accepting dares and tell them... You are strong! You are my hero! Even the corny stuff works sometimes.

Take a look at the picture presentation in powerpoint:

See the same presentation in pdf format...

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Book 1 Lesson 8

Oct 15 2010 0 Comments

School Subjects Flashcards for Reviewing

Here is a set of all the flashcards with the flags for each country that could be used for reviewing.

Eigo Note Book 1 Lesson 8 School Subjects Flashcards for Testing-no words by The ENB.pdf

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Book 2 Lesson 3

Oct 14 2010 0 Comments

Calendar Flashcards: The 31 days in numbers (for review)...

I've just prepared these cards for reviewing the number names first before heading into the "ordinal" way of speaking. This is just to get the kids on the right track and to show them the difference between numbers and ordinals. A set of "ordinaled" flashcards will be coming soon...

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 3 Numbers 1-31 for review first (not ordinals) by The ENB.pdf

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Book 2 Lesson 6

Oct 12 2010 0 Comments

Bingo Flashcards for page 38

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 6 Bingo Flashcards for Review or Games by The ENB.pdf

These flashcards will help you get started for the "bingo game" and that "put these cards in the order that I say on your desk" practice game that was in the Teacher's Book.

These images have been blown up and put into quarters for an A4 sheet. If you make a few sets you could have a few challenge games in groups and the kids could also post them up on the blackboard for a "finals" match for that "put these cards in the order that I say on your desk" game.

As for Bingo, it could be played individually, but if you had 8 sets of cards, the kids' could play as groups (in lunchgroups) so that they could have a little "communication" time between, before, or after any of the activities in these lessons. Prizes work well in this latter case since the whole group ends up as winners instead of just a single bingo winner. Don't forget to bring your best stickers or if you really want to splurge, giving a few pennies or small change from abroad will really get the kids head over heels for you.

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Book 2 Lesson 6

Oct 13 2010 0 Comments

Flashcards with national flags with "I want to go to ..." written on them.

These are meant to be used as a warming-up activity for the target language and to review the country names.

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 6 I want to go to these countries - with flags - by The ENB.pdf

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Book 2 Lesson 5

Oct 06 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Buildings and Places Medium-Sized Flashcards

Mai, Ken, Bob, and Julia Figurine Cards for the Map

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 5 Buildings and Places Medium-Sized Flashcards with words by The ENB.pdf

I usually use these at the beginning of the lessons to review or teach the building and place names. They can also be used to put up on the blackboard as a map like the same one in the textbook to teach how to give "directions" in English. Also, it's very useful for previewing and checking the quizzes if the students get confused by it.

You will have to make your own Ken, Julia, Bob and Mai figure cards by yourself for now. (Although Ken is not really on the quiz...)

Actually, I've just made them... They are not really good scans since they were very small to begin with but the kids will know who they are.

Laminate, cut, then stick and tape them onto a pair of chopsticks from the staff kitchen with some strong tape and have fun walking them around your town map on the blackboard.

If you are very adventurous with the kids, show them a random route (that you've already written on a memo) on the blackboard with one of the figurines. Then quiz the kids with these 2 questions.

1. Where did he/she go?

2. How did he/she get there? Please give me the directions!

It's a surefire way of getting the kids to practice their directions before one of the exercises or quizzes in this chapter.

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 5 Mai Ken Bob and Julia figures for the town map with words by The ENB.pdf

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Last Week's Featured Video: Short Vowel Sounds

Sep 30 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

"bonnieterry238" of YouTube Presents: (Teaching Reading)(Short Vowel Sounds)(Learn to Read)(Teaching Reading)

http://www.bonnieterrylearning.com: Learn how to teach the short vowels - easy way to learn the short vowel sounds. Learn how the short vowel sounds are on your body. Explained by Bonnie Terry, LD Specialist...

"I am tutoring a boy with special needs and have been pulling my hair out trying to think of ways I could teach the vowel sounds. This is wonderful. The cue's, and fun way you have this lesson set up is going to be very enjoyable for him. Thank you SO MUCH!" were one of the most recent comments on this youtube page by "akpace305"

So, how many of you out there are also pulling out your hair trying to figure out a neat way to teach the kids some vowel sounds?

However your techniques may be I'm sure you'll agree this video is worth a look...

About this Video:

Well, I don't really have a lot of time... but here are some excerpts...

"Learn how to teach the short vowels - an easy way to learn the short vowel sounds. Learn how the short vowel sounds are on your body. Explained by Bonnie Terry, LD Specialist, c/o http://www.bonnieterrylearning.com"...

"If reading came naturally, teaching reading would be a much easier job. Children would learn to read as readily as they learn to speak..."

"The communicative approach to language teaching has given instructors a different understanding of the role of reading in the language classroom..."

"Phonics is the most widely used approach to the teaching of reading and spelling...

"The study of short vowel sounds is vital to students' early reading and writing skills. Short vowel sounds are typically introduced to children before long..."

Taken from this link where you can find that full text: (Teaching Reading)(Short Vowel Sounds)(Learn to Read)(Teaching Reading)

You can find more information about lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn to read, and all that kind of stuff with these links:

Offers strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn to read. "Reading Rockets is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle." You can find out more... at: www.readingrockets.org/

"A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books." So many kids love this site! You should try it in the classroom... at: www.starfall.com/

"NCLRC is a joint project of Georgetown University,The George Washington University, and the Center for Applied Linguistics. We are located in Washington, DC, and are one of fifteen nonprofit Language Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education." You can find out more at: www.nclrc.org/

Some free online lessons... if you sign up though... at: www.learntoreadfree.com/

There are so many printable activity worksheets available in each section for free! Check out the "By grade" section... at: www.kidzone.ws/

Excellent job Bonnie Terry-sensei! I'm sure many of us here in Japan and around the world will enjoy your video.


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Lesson 4-4 The Fourth lesson - Presentations (Jiko Shokai)... 2010 notes

Sep 15 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

As continued from the "original" post...

"With the remainder of the time, we used that to prep them for Activity 2 on
page 29 and had most of the kids practicing with their partner:
1. Hello, everyone! (everybody)
2. My name is ...
3. I like ... I like... I like...
4. Thank you!"

In this year's lessons, we did not really play the speed call game for a warm-up.

What we did do however was to let the kids relax a bit and work on making their pictures easier to see by tracing over the pencil lines with a black name marker pen (name pens) or with some coloring pens.

Also, we did a presentation review so the kids could have some time to practice in pairs before doing the real thing.

After the whole class had finished, we played a guessing game by gathering about 8 random textbooks open to the pages that the kids had drawn. Then I would have to pretend I was the presenter and read from the pictures but without saying the student's name. All the other students could then try to guess who it was that I was talking about. I couldn't believe it but the kids only missed twice out of about 40 students. I guess they were really listening.

To keep things in better order, just ask the student in the back of a row to collect a group's textbooks. Don't forget to award the guesser (the person who guesses who's book it is that your are reading from) the textbook as one point. He or she will be surprised to get another person's textbook but you could just tell them that it can be given back at the end of the lesson. Some students can get up to 4 textbooks if they are really gung-ho about this game.

Another point as to why I award other student's textbooks is that I want to promote trust and sharing in the classroom. I also want students to feel comfortable with handling things that belong to a student of the opposite sex. I really hate seeing students acting so childish about this, so by Grade 6 it never becomes a problem. I just tell them its "really uncool" or as they say in Japanese... "kako-warui, ne!"

Also, in my schools, the Eigo Note is the most borrowed textbook. (But I don't know if that's a good thing... the kids always forget their textbooks at home!)

Well, this kind of of guessing game can help you kill that dead space even more that usually remains after the presentations in your Eigo Note lessons. Otherwise, your HRT might just send you back to the teacher's room. Or if you have an electronic blackboard, you can show the flickr galleries to the kids or play the examples below.

Eigo Note Book 1 Page 29 Lesson 4 Activity 2: Presentations

This was last year's (2009) warm-up activity...

After the repeating practice and a few rounds of "I like ..." practice, it was time to build up towards their presentation. Now, just to ease the tension a little bit a "speed call" game was played in rows. That meaning the first row of students would all stand up and as I would flash them a card the fastest person would say "I like...." and that card's name, would get to sit down first. The other students in the meantime would play as judges and judge who would be first based on their speed, rythm, and pitch or how loudly enough they could speak. (Great, I don't have to pressure the kids into into speaking loudly enough, their friends can do that for me in this game. It works really when they work together on it.)

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Space Chaos: A Fun Flash Game from the Internet

Sept 15 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Space Chaos: A Fun Flash Game from the Internet

This is a space type game that brings back some fond memories... Fight for the survival of the universe in this epic space shooter.

Click here for the full page version to play Space Chaos...

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Flickr.com: The World in pictures!

Sept 15 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Here is a list of countries and their respective photo and picture galleries. These galleries will always update themselves so you can always come back and visit them to see what the most recent pictures are from your favorite country or place. The "jquery lightbox" or rather the pop-up effect for looking at pictures in more detail has a blow-up button on the top right-hand side. Flickr.com does not add photo description details to this type of photo rss feed so you will only see a title under each photo as you click on them to activate the lightbox. But, Flickr does provide the twenty (20) "most recently uploaded photos" chosen for public viewing by their respective owners for each keyword, or rather in this case, "tag" word. What that means is that you will really be looking at what people are doing or taking pictures of these days in those countries. Have fun exploring the world for your favorite pictures and get to know each country one by one. Enjoy!

Oh, yeah... before I forget... these photos are still copyright of their respective owners so they aren't mine and they aren't yours for keeps, but they are available for public viewing. Feel free to visit flickr.com anytime and check out their "creative commons" section of photos of which you can use for your class presentations depending on their respective licenses. It's a great site!

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"Eigo-Noto" News Reader: "ESL News around the world..."

Sept 15 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

News on Eigo Noto

"Eigo Noto news around the web"

This is basically a set of current "Eigo Noto" headlines grouped into a news reader for your convenience.

It's basically the same thing as the news reader for "ESL" that uses PHP, iframes, and all that other stuff your browser loves to do for you while you read news on the web."

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Eigo Noto' avoids budget ax - The Yomiuri Shimbun

Sept 14 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Eigo Noto' avoids budget ax

"Eigo Noto doesn't bite the dust yet."

The education ministry has decided to continue free distribution of "Eigo Noto" (English Notebook) teaching aids for primary school English classes even after fiscal 2011, although discontinuation after that time was decided in last year's budget screening, it was learned Tuesday.

Primary school English classes will be compulsory for fifth- and sixth-year students from the 2011 academic year, which starts from April next year, but it will not be regarded as a "subject" that requires student evaluations. Each school year, 35 classes are held for each grade.

The primary school English classes, conducted as part of "foreign language activities," aim to give pupils an opportunity to learn about different languages and cultures as well as develop basic communication skills.

Eigo Noto supplements use abundant illustrations. Greetings and how to count can be learned through games and quizzes...

Well, there's more and you can read it all here if you haven't read it already: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T100907004437.htm

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Flashcards: Book 2 Lesson 4

July 12 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Page 24 Quiz: The "I can swim and I can fly" flashcards for the kids.

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 4 Page 24 Quiz - I can swim or fly - Flashcards with Words Pictures by The ENB.pdf

These are basically for showing the kids AFTER the quiz. You can show them before the quiz, although it will make the quiz very easy. You can show them after, although that will make the quiz a little difficult without the proper review of "I can".

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Or you can just show them next week, as a warm-up, to see if the kids can remember the unit's target language.


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ESL News Reader: "ESL News around the world..."

July 07 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

News on ESL

"ESL news around the world"

This is basically a set of current "ESL" headlines grouped into a news reader for your convenience.

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Comments: on the Eigo Noto's Teaching Timeline

June 29 2010 4 Comments by The ENB and Jesse

A few comments turned into a post from one of our readers:

With all the different activities in the Eigo Note, this might be a concern with a few teachers so feel free to add your comments via the contact form. Please reference this article.

It has been a bit late but better late than never since Jesse requested for this so here goes...

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Phonics: Alphabet Games on the Internet by The ENB.pdf

May 25 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

4 Links that will help kids learn the alphabet and study phonics.

I usually give a copy of this .pdf to most of the kids that I teach by Lesson 2 or 3 as a supplement on the flip side to a QTW p.. p.. "purinto."

Also, if I have the electronic blackboard available with a LAN hook-up, I usually show and demonstrate to the kids points 1: Alphabet Hunter and 4 (http://www.starfall.com/n/level-k/index/load.htm?f).

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International Studies (English) for Japanese Kids!

May 15 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

This year, 2009, Japan's Ministry of Education (MEXT) will have a new English Program and a new "English Notebook" called "英語ノート" or "Eigo Noto" for 5th and 6th grade students of the schools that have decided to use it. The program and textbook are not compulsory and the program is set to start nationwide in 2011, but for the school year starting 2009, many cities' Boards of Educations (BOE's) have opted to start the program early and get a head start. This experience blog may help you in understanding or teaching with the Eigo Note 1 and 2 Text books. If you are a teacher that will be using the Eigo Note in the near future, this Eigo Note weblog may give you some insight and ideas into the program and put together a resource of games, lesson tips and activities for you if you are teaching with the Eigo Note.

The Eigo Notebook posts on these pages are meant to be observation based and objective. There have been many comments, positive and negative, on the web about the Eigo Noto, and I have seen so many even before the program actually got started. The purpose of this site is to stay focused on building up the lessons and keeping the criticism constructive to make this site useful, helpful, and a source for some teaching ideas for the Eigo Noto 英語ノートif you are stuck in a tight spot as an ALT. Keeping your lessons and in-class ESL games fun, exciting, interesting, and enjoyable yet learner-based will really benefit the students. After all they are just kids, and like all kids, or rather all children alike, when you teach ESL to these kids in the best way that you can, they will love your lessons and especially you as their teacher.

Now, there of course may be other programs out there being used in Japan’s Elementary School English Pilot Program and I’m sure they are all good and great, but as of yet I’m only a worker and an Assistant English Teacher or ALT in my schools and this is what I’m doing. I guess its safe to say I’m hired to do what I’ve been ordered to do, and that is to use the Eigo Note English Curriculum. "How to teach with Eigo Note?" may be a question many other teachers may be asking themselves. If that is the case, the Teacher’s Book may provide a good insight and help with the Eigo Notebook, although it is basically in Japanese with the ALT’s in class comments or dialogue in English. As an ALT, trying to discern what it is you are required to do in these lessons may prove a little difficult, but you might just only “get by” by reviewing the Eigo Note Students Book as well as the English comments under the heading ALT in the lesson plan breakdown in the Eigo Note Teachers Book. So, check out the ALT notes from the publisher if you haven't done so already. (There is a link in the middle menu bar.) Maybe it has been well known perhaps for quite some time that it had been available to the public but I found the link just by searching-googling the publisher's company name and the textbook's name in kanji and clicking through their site so I don't think I am doing anything wrong with sharing that information since it had already been available on the website for downloading.

Of course, good communication and a good working relationship between the JLT (homeroom teacher) and ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) will be vital for the success in lessons on how to make these Eigo Note English lessons more fun, interesting, and lively for the children.

Good luck...

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(a.k.a. "The ENB" on these posts)

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