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Ice Cream Song

Target Language: What's your favourite flavour?/ What's your favorite flavor?
+ Curing the "I like dog" (without an s!) problem
Target Grade: All ages

You can find this song in the Teacher's Set
And in the new curriculum Level.

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Mini Cards
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"What's your favourite flavour?"
by Richard Graham

What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?

I like apple.
I like orange.
I like lemon.
I like melon.

What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?

I like cherry.
I like chocolate.
I like mango.
I like rainbow.

What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?
What's your favourite flavour?

How to teach?

1. Run through fruits in a previous lesson.

2. In today's lesson ask about the weather and ask the kids what they do to cool down on a hot day. Someone is bound to mention ice cream!

3. Ask and introduce the phrase "What's your favourite flavour?" ( or "favorite flavor" if you prefer).

4. Ask the kids to tell you their favourite flavours. Only accept answers in English ( this gets the kids thinking amongst themselves on how to say some of the words). Sometimes you may just spend the entire lesson translating things like "super fudge chocolate deluxe strawberry mountain flavour" but hey, that's cool!

5. If any of the kids happen to mention one of the flavours from the song, put that picture card up on the board. Put it in the place it appears in the song.

6. When the kids are bored of this ( or have miraculously picked all the flavours in the song!), tell them you are going to introduce your favourite flavours.

7. Show them each picture card in turn and ask them to guess what flavour it is. The red and green ones get lots of answers and English practice!

8. Teach each word with "I like..." for each card as you put it on the board.

9. Test the kids every so often by asking "What's your favourite flavour?" and pointing to a card. Throw in "What's your name?" every so often to keep them on their toes!

10. Keep going till you've introduced "rainbow" ( lots of laughs or "ooo"s depending on the class). If you like you can point out the fact that the first few colours are the colours of the rainbow.

11. Now run through the song twice a cappella without the music, then with the music to get them all genki and get the words firmly stuck in their heads.


12. Have a play at a game, some of the mini card games work great with this theme, especially if you can print them out in colour.

Or You could also try the How are you? Monster game, but this time the kids ask "What's your favourite flavour?" and if you say "Human!" they run back to the safe wall:

1. The kids all line up at one end side of the gym.
2. Explain that this side of the gym is the "safe" side. But the kids really want to get across to the other side where there is an ice cream shop!
3. But, in between the kids and the ice cream shop is a monster! At first the teacher is the monster.
4. Tell them that they can only cross to the ice cream shop if the monster is in the mood for a normal ice cream.
5. All together the kids ask the monster "What’s your favourite flavour?”
6. Do a few "I'm sorry?"s to get the kids to shout in big loud voices ( so that all the kids join in, not just the super genki ones!)
7. The monster says an answer, e.g. "Apple".
8. The kids repeat the answer and move forward one step ( no jumping allowed!).
9. Repeat from 5.
10. But if the answer is "Human!", the kids have to run back to their safe wall! Any kid who is tagged on the way back becomes a monster for the next round!
11. Play again!

13. Be prepared to have "What's your favourite flavour?" sung to you in the corridors for the rest of the term.

Why this song?

One big problem students often have is remembering to put the "s" onto words with "I like...". For example you'll often get teachers teaching "I like cat" as a correct response to "What's your favourite pet?"

The easiest way I've found to fix this is to say that with the "s" it means you like the thing, but without the "s" it means you like the taste or flavour. E.g. "I like apples" means you like apples, but "I like apple" means you like apple flavour ( for example when talking about ice cream).

This soon stops anyone saying "I like dog" and quickly gets them into the correct way of saying things. Of course there are exceptions, but as a general rule it works pretty well.

So to get this firmly stuck in your head, here's a "What's your favourite flavour?" song with the answers all in the singular.

I chose fruit flavours as the kids know most of them. There are a couple of nice rhymes, and the first ones are all in the order of the rainbow, which is useful for jogging the memory in science classes!

Please feel free to discuss this song on the Forum!

Picture Books

There are also the online "I love vegetables" and "What's your favourite food?" picture books for this theme.

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