The ABCs is one of the first English lessons for 1st graders in Japanese junior high schools. Because school starts around the beginning of April, it's spring and it's a great time to run around outside while it's not too cold and not too hot.
|Time:||10 - 20 minutes|
|Level:||Junior high grade 1|
|Class size:||Small to large|
You will need:
- You will probably need to check with the class teacher if it is ok to take the class outside.
- An open field/grounds, preferable one where everyone can gather at a raised vantage point to watch the runner.
- One card (small pieces of paper) for each student with one letter written on each card (or you can just tell it to them).
- Get the class on the side of the open area that you will use.
- Give one student a card with a letter written on it.
- That student should then run around on the field, outlining the shape of the letter on the card.
- When (s)he is finished, the student should signal to the rest of the class who are watching.
- The students watching should call out what they think the letter is. If they can't get it, try one more time.
- If it's correct, the next student goes and the previous student joins the crowd.
- Use either all upper or lower case to avoid confusion.
- You should be the first runner so everyone can see how it is done.
- Make sure everyone knows to give the signal that they have finished.
- This might be tough with certain classes, as not everyone will be enthusiastic about running around. You can either run with the unenthusiastic kids, or just let them slide.
- If you get everyone to run, it can take quite a while. It might be wise to ask the class teacher how long you can go for, and limit it to that amount of time.