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"Where are you going?" Lesson

Target English: Where are you going? + place names
Target grade: Kindergarten to Junior High school 1
Song: The "Where are you going?" Song can be found in the Teacher's Set
Pronunciation Guide/Interactive Quiz: can be found in , the Teacher's Set
And in the new curriculum Level.

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To save you time, you can buy these cards in the Picture Card Pack


I often try to introduce a bit of foreign culture into my classrooms by using pictures taken on my trips abroad. Combined with the song they provide a big, multimedia learning environment!! You can also interchange any of the vocab here with the new "Where do you live?" theme, which is really useful for broadening the kids' use of the English they know.

Where are you going?
by Richard Graham

Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Where are you going?

I'm going to the sea
I'm going to the mountains
I'm going to the pool
I'm going to the beach

Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Where are you going?

I'm going to school
I'm going to the shops
I'm going to the park
I'm going home

Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Where are you going?

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Bonus Materials...


A4 Flashcards
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Mini Cards
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Where are you going?



Progress Sheet
Classroom poster
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Printable
Lesson Plan

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English


Japanese
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Dice Game
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In the classroom or at home ........

This is a great song! The best way to teach this song is to split the kids into 2 groups. You sing "I'm going to the beach" etc., then one groups says "beach", and then the other groups says "beach" - seeing who can sing the loudest! Then you can switch groups so the other group goes first. Here the kids learn the rhythm and the vocab, and naturally learn the sentence structure. Don't forget the gestures!



I'm going to the sea



I'm going to the mountains




I'm going to the pool




I'm going to the beach ( build a sandcastle)

Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Where are you going?




I'm going to school ( writing )




I'm going to the shops ( carrying heavy bags)




I'm going to the park ( on a swing)



I'm going home




One of the best uses of this song is to use pictures of various places (such as beach, parks, etc.). either from different countries, or from your own travels. Teach the different words and then let the kids see the pictures, they almost certainly have a load of questions to ask you! Interesting things are the best, such as scuba diving pictures for "sea"!


The idea of splitting the kids into 2 groups works wonders! I usually then say that one group has won, really heaping praise on them, and then wait for the other group to start chanting "Try again!". It works great for motivation and is my best trick for making very ungenki 5th and 6th graders back to being genki again!

And here's a great class of kids doing the song in Brazil!



And another fantastic set of kids from Italy!



Recommended Games:
Soldiers & Ninjas - Island Hopping - Newspaper Sumo

or any of the conversation games on the page are great practice!

Or you can try the Leapfrog Game:



1. On the board, from left to right put the picture cards (see above right)
2. Split the class into two teams. One team lines up on the left side of the room, and the other team on the right side of the room.
3. The first kid from each team comes to the board, one at the left side and one at the right. They read the phrase out loud, one at a time,"leaping" along to their opponent's side of the board.
4. When the meet they have to Rock, Paper, Scissors. The losing kid sits down. This kid is replaced by the next member in their team. This member starts from the start of their line. The winning kid continues from where he/she stopped.
5. The teacher says "go!" and they start again, reading the words outloud until they meet.
6. Repeat from 4
7. If they manage to reach their opponent's side of the board they have won!




Worksheet:
The kids can have a look at the software and write down the name of each place. Another way is to colour in and cut out the places and play the Karuta game, everyone says "Where are you going?", the quiz master answers "I'm going to" plus one of the answers and the others have to slap their hands down on the correct picture! The quickest one gets the card.


On the CD....

As with the other songs there is a pronunciation guide and mini-game! Plus the music for this song is full on James Brown style funk - just the thing to get the kids genki!




The "Where are you going?" song can be found on CD vol. II !

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Readers' Comments

by Gumby

Put up pictures in the corner or on each wall and have students go to any of the pictures. Then they ask you "Where are you going?" You say a place that then becomes no longer safe and those students have to run to a different place, before you catch them. You can yourself godzilla or some other popular villian.




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