Lesson 6: Left & Right

Lesson Plan

Facing away from the kids, teach them the words left, right, forward and back.   Then using the mini lesson from the Teacher’s Set teach how to sing the song and finally play the animation out loud.

See it in action here with my students:

Or John’s fantastic kindergarten kids in China:

Two game options for you today and both of them rely on real communication.

The first one just needs a blindfold,  the Mr Bump Game.

And the second is the Star Wars Lightsaber Battle Game.   A little more prep but well worth it!

 

“Left and Right”
by Richard Graham

Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.

Sit down
Stand up
Turn left
Turn right
And jump, jump,
Jump, jump, jump!

Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.

Spin around
Sit down
Stand up
Spin around
And jump, jump,
Jump, jump, jump

Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.
Left and right,
Forward and back.

 

Bonus VIP Printables

If you have the Teacher’s Set you can also download these extra printables

A4 Flashcards
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Worksheet
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Printable
Lesson Plan

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Left and Right Chess is a great game to practise directions. The game is played by 2 people. Each person cuts out their four counters and places them on the 4 squares nearest them. One person has Mr Monkey counters, one person has other counters. Then you cut out the dice, fold the faces and stick glue onto the tabs. The players take it in turns to roll the dice and then move one piece one space in the corresponding direction! The “forward x 2” face means you can move one piece either 1 or 2 places, “forward x 3” means you can move one piece 1,2 or 3 places. Obviously you cannot start until you have scored a “forward”. The trick is that you cannot move until you say, in English, the direction you are moving in! You receive one point for every counter that reaches the far side – this counter is then removed from the game. However, if you can move your counter over the top of an opponent’s counter then you capture it, and it’s taken out of the game! If you get a “forward x2” or “forwardx3” and there are no more spaces left, then you stop at the edge of the board and have scored your point. You cannot “Jump” over an opponent, if they get in your way you remove their piece from the board and your piece replaces theirs. The winner is the person with the most points when all the pieces have been removed from the board. You could also try the “speed version” and the person is the winner who has the most points at the end of a certain time!

Bonus: See for yourself!

If you want to see what it really feels like for students learning this way, try learning some Japanese with the version below!

One Response to “Lesson 6: Left & Right”

  1. Julia

    I might start learning Japanese after this super catchy song 🙂

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