Breakfast Songs & Games + Why I don’t like card games!

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One of the themes the teachers chose to do this weekend was the Breakfast Theme.

First they introduced it with the “Did you hear the news? The world is going to end tomorrow!” line and asking the kids what they would like for their “final” breakfast! Β When the kids mention something that is in the song, you teach the English for it and assign a gesture. Β This is lots of fun!

Then the song with the gestures and the folk dance …

And the Buying & Selling game (you have to have done the How much? lesson first)

As I say I’m not too keen on card games for larger groups (thanks to everyone for pointing out last time that they work great for small groups!) Β  One teacher said she spent hours preparing each lesson! Β Wow, that time she should be spending at home with her family! Β So here’s a no-prep alternative…

Plus there are lots more videos on the main Breakfast Page

What do you think?

More coming tomorrow….

Richard Graham

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7 Responses to “Breakfast Songs & Games + Why I don’t like card games!”

  1. Margit

    Great videos. I’ve never seen the buying selling game in action, and it sounded always too complicated to me to try. But for little classes it looks like great practice.

    Like you are saying Richard, I wouldn’t try to recommend card games to teachers who are doing English at school for the reasons you gave. It’s just worth preparing them when I know I’ll use them with several classes over the years . And that’s usually not the case with ES english classes.

  2. richard

    Yeah, it always sounds complicated, but it’s really easy, just mixing the game from the How much? lesson!

  3. Liza

    Thanks for posting these videos. I’ve never had much success with the “fruitmarket” folk-dance game. Most of the time the students have gotten so out of control I’ve had to stop the dance!

    As for the low prep alternative – I went through a phase of hours of preparation, painstakingly cutting, pasting and preparing. As you say, that is time I could have spent with my family. Now I try to KISS. And I have to say I feel much better and that my lessons are more genuine and have more impact.

  4. Nena

    I just love watching the videos! everything becomes so easy!
    I know card games are time consuming and not recommendable for big classes..but for small groups- max. 14 kid- they’re great! All the kids participate even the slower ones becuse its a one to one basis! I reeally like the menu worksheet as well! Thanks Richard and keep them coming!

  5. Roy Melling

    I remember one of your cool card games with animals and a student chose a category like height, weight, speed, age and the student with the highest number won their partners card. I think?

    Yeah that’s a pretty cool game…but I am not allowed access to the colour printer at work πŸ˜€ so it would be hard to even print out the cards properly.

    Anyway, I think that’s a good game.

  6. Sonja

    Thanks for the videos. I like those on breakfast from different countries. I already tried the buying and selling game with some of my groups (all up to 14 students, approx. 8yrs old) and it was just fabulous. Everyone participated and the kids were really bargaining like mad. We started of with breakfast, but also traded drinks and clothes and…, etc. in the following lessons. Richard, thanks for all these great ideas!

  7. Lines

    Great!Thanks for your videos because they teach me another way of playing and having fun when students are learning.
    These videos give me confidence becouse, you don’t say what to do, you do it and you give us the opportunity of watching and go on doing it in our classes.
    Your videos are the best method I can use to recicle myself.
    Thank you.

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