Listening & Speaking

Listening & Speaking Activities to Engage children


Listening & Speaking. Activities to Engage children. 1. Typhoon!. The Learning Activity that can weather all storms. All the excitement of a Game Show. right here in the classroom!. So -why is it called “Typhoon”?. Think of a very strong wind. that blows everything away. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Listening & Speaking

Activities to Engage children

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1. Typhoon!The Learning Activity that can

weather all storms.

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All the excitement of a Game Show

right here in the classroom!

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So -why is it called “Typhoon”?

Think of a very strong wind

that blows everything away.

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• Answer a question ... if answered correctly - • Choose a box

• The fun part is not knowing what is inside

Putting it (very) simply:

Well, it’s a “square”, rather than a “box” ...

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What is so great about the game?

• Teamwork – at least 3 teams.• Added interest for ‘boring’ revision tasks• Positive reward for effort and correct answer• Element of chance, anything is possible• Endless possibilities for adaptation• Can be long or short period• Students can quickly learn to ‘run’ the game

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Preparation 1. – on the board:

Teams:Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4








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Preparation 2. – on paper:6 20 D 100 100 200 T

5 500 T 20 S 20 50

4 2 100 Swap 200 1 T

3 S 50 10 T D 1000

2 100 20 3 50 500 Swap

1 T 1000 S 50 10 10


T = Typhoon

S = Steal

Swap = swap scores

D = Double

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2. Tic Tac Toe

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Tic Tac Toe

Two Teams

Answer a question

Place a mark

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3. What are you doing?

Circle Game

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1. The first person (or the teacher) starts performing and action or mime – e.g. they act out brushing their teeth (but they don’t say anything).2. The person next to them asks them

“What are you doing?”3. They reply by describing a different action – e.g.

“I’m riding my bike”.4. The person who asked must then begin miming that action (riding a bike).5. The next person asks them

“What are you doing?”6. They reply by describing a different action – e.g.

“I’m eating my breakfast”.Continue on around the circle.

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4. Pass the Beat

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• Sit in a circle.• (Maybe try passing an object around the circle, to

make sure the concept is understood.)• Demonstrate hand-clapping to a regular beat, and

hand-clapping irregularly. Explain that as a group you are going to create a regular beat.

• Say that you are going to "Pass the Beat" around the circle, with each child providing one beat / clap.

• Teacher does the first clap, and the next child claps once, and then so on around the circle.

• Try to keep the claps regularly spaced.• Try again, going the other way.

Pass the Beat (1)

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Try other styles:Get faster / slower as you go around.Each child claps twice, but keep the beat even. (3 times, 4 times)One child claps once, and the next child claps twice quickly creating a rhythm.Every second (or 3rd or 4th ...) child claps (once, or twice or more ...)Close their eyes and see if they can take their turn at clapping at the right time.Claps get louder / softer as they go around the circle.

Pass the Beat (2)

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Add other body percussion - clicks / knee-slaps.

Try a "Mexican Wave" or other movement - each child in turn makes the movement.

Get them to clap hands with the child on one side, then the child on the other, thus passing the clap around.

Use words - pass a word around, or a word sequence (count, go through alphabet, days of the week, or just alternate with two words ...) There are endless possibilities ...

Pass the Beat (3)

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4. Making Little Books

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THE little book• Made from a single sheet of paper• No need for staples, glue, sticky tape• Can be quickly and easily created by anyone• Can be adapted into pop-up book• Can be created on the computer in Word• Can be photocopied (one side of paper)• Sometimes called “hotdog book”, “origami

book” “Poof! book” ...

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The little book has front and back cover, and six pages.It can be made with A3 paper, or A4 paper.

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You need:

A4 or A3 paper



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Step 1:

Fold the paper in half

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Step 2:

Fold the paper in half again

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Step 3:

Fold the paper in half a third time

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Step 4: Unfold as far as the first fold

Cut down to the fold mark from the fold edge

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Step 5:

Unfold, and re-fold the other way

Cut section


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Hold the two ends ...

... and push them together.

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And there it is!

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Now ... write, draw

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Preparing for Pop-Up Books

Making a Pop-UpCard

Start simple:

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Fold the paper only 2 times:

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Open the paper, and re-fold the other way.Inside of Card

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For a beak or mouth:



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Re-fold card.

Put finger inside card to push out pop-up section.

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Other Shapes:Box Shape

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Make into a box, house, furniture ...

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A Face:mouth nose

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Decorate the face, create a character

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Pop-Up Books

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Fold it like for the basic book:

Fold the paper in half three times

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mark each page number with pencil.

After it’s folded

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Folding for pop-ups:

Unfold paper completely

Fold edges in to the middle

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Little cuts for pop-ups:

Book Cover(no cuts)


MouthMouth or beak (duck)


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Face – nose and mouth pop-ups

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A character quickly develops

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Duck Beak or Animal Mouth

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Any animal will do

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Box or Furniture or Item

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Something cube-shaped

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Design your story and pop-ups to go together.

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There doesn’t have to be a popup on every page.

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That’s just a start ...