# Lesson 2-1 The First lesson - Studying lower-case letters and numbers 1-100... Eigo Noto Book 2 Lesson 2-1

## Studying lower-case letters and numbers 1-100...

This next Eigo Note unit's theme relates to noticing different letters of the world, their similarities and differences. It also works on studying English numbers from 1 to 100. Moreover, it reviews the small and big letters of the alphabet. (In the textbook, these Units as I call them are actually called Lessons, 1, 2, 3, and so on. Although for me, I'm quite stuck on the idea that we are moving through a Unit and teaching in lessons not through a Lesson and then First, Second, Third and so on as it states in the Eigo Note. Maybe, I'm just old-fashioned...so bear with me on this Unit - Lesson thing. I'll call them Units sometimes and since this is my blog...)

I wanted to start this lesson with a little review of the alphabet so I asked the kids if they would like to play the alphabet pairing game again and well 90% of the kids said 'yes.' So we did that, and they finished pretty quickly this time in about 3 minutes. I pushed them through the Alphabet Song again which they didn't mind doing. (We usually do a lot of songs acapella so we don't have to wasted a lot of time fiddling with a CD player. We just jump right into a song and the kids have gotten quite used to my cues. Boom..Bang...30 seconds and you are done with it. Great for the lesson flow. Now at the end of the song, I wanted to review something I had taught the kids last year; the verb can. We spent about 2 minutes with a pop quiz of "What does the can mean in 'I can sing my ABC's'?" Kids can forget things easily, so just to make sure they knew and weren't holding back I offered a prize. Just a sticker, but you know how kids love stickers, especially when they are for the back of the textbook. I think I remember telling the kids their Principal was going to buy the winner with the most stickers a Wii game disk at the end of the year. I hope they knew I was only joking.

Now lets go back to page 10 and 11. Once you open the Eigo Note on page 10, you might be in for a little shock since what you will see is a big picture of a wildlife scene and some various animals of the world.

We took this lesson though in a different route than what the teacher's book offered. We first reviewed the name of the animals in English so we could also check to see if anyone was still pronouncing 'penguin' as 'pengin' and to refresh their memory on giraffe, elephant and so on. We then looked into the different languages on the pages starting with English and so forth while asking the kids if they could tell me which language panda was written in and so on. I wasn't quite sure about 'bear.' Was that written in Russian or Greek? Or did I miss that part in the Japanese teacher's book? Does anyone out there know?

Next, the teacher's book does ask us to review capital and small letters, but we've 'been there and done that' last year so we moved on to the counting portion of the lesson. Now, just as in Grade 5, some of the students had forgotten the meaning of 'How many...?' so we reviewed this as a fluency test. You can ask the kids a simple question like 'How many pandas (are there) ?' and so a few of the kids will understand it and answer '3.' Ask the other kids 'How many' again and see if they understand; sometimes they won't. In my classes, a few more hands went up when asked another question. Good, but not great...So, I asked them again, 'How many bears (are there) ?" This time a few more hands went up than before, but still not all of them. These kids are Grade 6 so their HRTs will or can get a little cross at those who haven't got it yet. Well, we asked them again, 'How many giraffes?" Now, they should all have their hands up by this time, and if they don't I'm sure you can find other examples of how to show them the meaning of 'How many.'

As we entered this next exercise of counting the other animals we wanted the students to work together on this so we had them work in pairs. It takes a couple of minutes so now is a good time to clear the blackboard if you've got a few things up there. As they finish, you can check the answers with the whole class saying the numbers of the animals as you ask them 'How may ... (are there) ?'

If you've got extra time you can ask the kids a few other questions such as 'How many chairs, windows, and so on.

The next step, for our lessons, was to practice saying the numbers in English before actually doing the song. So, I decided to download a set from MES-English, www.mes-english.com flashcards. We practiced 0-20 with a handout and then in 10's to 100 with the flashcards download. Many thanks to mes-mark for all his wonderful downloads. If you haven't seen his site yet, you should check it out. It is so useful!

Now, with the song. It's a little bit kindergartenish for my taste, but I don't think there are many number songs around that go to 100, so I decided to mix it up a bit. I warned the kids beforehand that this is a little childish and it goes to the rhythm of 'London Bridge is falling down...' but I also asked them which numbers could they hear and to note them down as a memo in the Eigo Note. Sure enough, they got a bit confused listening for the first time and the quiz got them thinking. It took about 3 tries to finally get them to notice the numbers were in 10's from 30-100. So, we practiced and played the song three more times while the students sang along. I was glad I was able to turn around a song like this one that much.

At this point, time was getting along, and I'm sure the students would have wanted something fun to do so we did something really simple: We played BINGO! We used the back of the 0-20 handout to draw a quick bingo grid and played with the students asking first 'What number?" One of the HRT's suggested students had to get * 3 lines of bingo* before claiming to win. This made the game last a little longer and got the students to hear a few more numbers than with the usual bingo rules.

You might be thinking 'oh, just bingo.' But this is a game I rarely if never play with the kids more than once a year or a couple of years. It's quick and simple and it takes the rabbit out of the hat if you are stuck for a quick activity. The prizes were still very simple; mini-star stickers from the teachers room for the back of the textbook. Since there is a "space" theme with rockets and satellites the kids didn't think the stickers were so cheap. Good for me because they are usually free and always lying around some unsuspecting homeroom teacher's desk. So, I pop up and ask quickly, "Sensei, can I have some of your star stickers?"

We did a few other practice exercises time permitting and finished the lesson off there.

Hope your lessons went well!

The ENB

**Eigo Note Book 2 Unit 2 Lesson 2...**

The language is Russian; I managed to find it in the Teacher's manual in Japanese - there's also Swahili, in case anyone's not sure about which part of Africa 'Twiga' was from (I wasn't)...

Thanks for lesson plan :-)

That's absolutely right. Thanks for enlightening me.

But also, it's amazing like this for me too: "what you can't see that is sometimes right before your eyes."

You know it took me a year to figure this out. And the kids in this year's lesson pointed out the same thing. It's also on the second or third page in the EN2 textbook. I couldn't believe I didn't see it. What's even harder to fathom is how you found it in the teacher's book. Can you read Japanese?

Good job and well done!

Hi again ENB,

I can only read hiragana, katakana and a handful of basic kanji, but the katakana was enough!

Thanks for your blog, by the way. I'm using it regularly, ad-libbing here and there.

Cheers!