Hi. I am teaching P/1’s this year, which is a new experience for me. Can anyone give me any ideas for Language Experience activities please.
These are just some of the activities that happen in my classroom when the children need to work independently if I am working with a group.
Have laminated pictures of the children with separate name labels for them to match.
Make ‘writing booklets’ with scrap paper. Each day have an independent task for them to do in these. eg
Find all the words in the room that start with ‘m’etc.
Find all words that start with a digraph, have double letters, etc.
Copy out your favourite poem.
Write all you know about ducks, the moon etc.
Make a list, write a letter…
The list of things to do is endless and they are using words, thinking and practising writing whether they are copying or composing.
Laminate pictures of things that begin with a single letter. ( or blend, digraph )Laminate letters ( or digraph etc ) and use clothes pegs to attach the letters to the picture that starts with that letter. Check with a buddy.
Laminate lots of sight words and make category labels so the words can be sorted into different categories.
eg words that have 1, 2, 3, or more letters
words that have double letters
words that rhyme
words with silent letters
words with 2 vowels
and so on.
Work with a buddy and test each other using laminated spelling cards that I have made from basic lists. They usually do this in their writing booklets mentioned above. Check each other.
Using shaving cream or finger painting are great activities because you can draw out the children’s descriptions of how it ‘feels’. Bubbles are also great. Making a character out of clay or pompoms etc can be a fun activity that can then springboard the children into further language experience with naming the character, giving them a personality and role playing/sharing/writing about them.
Lego type building can also inspire children’s imagination and I have used a ‘shop’ setup with old containers/boxes/bottles etc and a cheap toy cash register. The children LOVED playing in this area and it promoted a lot of discussion and co operative play due to the nature of the interactions needed in a shop environment.
Thanks for your suggestions. My lessons, though, are more along the lines of a shared class experience, such as cooking, craft making, etc, talking about the experience as a group, individuals drawing a picture of the experience, then writing about it.
So far in Term 1 we have made popcorn, sung songs from Leonie Cecich’s series “You gotta get up” with props such as a rainbow ring, bubble wrap, bubbles and kazoos,and made sorbet.
Any other suggestions?
My classroom covers a range of ages from 3 year old kindy to year 2. I find language experiences very helpful as it is appropriate for all levels. Some of the language experiences we have done so far are:
-Made fruit salad using the fruits in the book Handa’s Surprise (Eileen Browne)
-Been on an insect hunt for animals in our minibeast theme.
-Cooking around the world
-Created a zoo in our block corner for our zoo theme.
-Had water fun days where we washed and bathed our dolls and clothes and hung them out.
-Had lots of plastic clear cups and food colouring and experimented with all the different colours and shades we could make.
-Made our own music to the poem in Rumble in the Jungle (Giles Andrae)
-Bubbles!! Always a good one.
-Cooking a heap of spaghetti and putting it in tubs and getting the kids to feel, touch and explore it.
-Created a space corner in my room with material that was really dark and put star fairy lights up. The kids loved this one it stayed up all term!
These are just a few ideas that I have done. I hope they help.
Some great language experience activities are to make place some milk in a glass bowl add some different coloured dyes then add a small amount of detergent – the students love watching the volcanic activity that occurs great language activator.
Another is to make soap sculptures out of lux soap flakes dye and hot water. You have 1/2 a cup per child of flakes some hot water in a thermos that you administer and dye of the child’s choice. They can make anything dinosaurs insects with added feathers crafty objects – catch some of the language for them while working with the soap mixture they can later write about their creature or write a recount.
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