Lesson of the Week: Vegetables!

It’s the Royal Wedding this Friday, so I’ve got the perfect lesson of the week for you ….. vegetables!

Ehhhh? Β Well, if you have a look at the “I love vegetables” picture book on the lesson page you’ll see why!

Two lessons for one theme?

Speaking of the Genki English picture books, they are a great activity if you have more than one lesson per theme.

You just do the normal lesson plan in the first lesson. Β Then in the second lesson you…

1. Do the warm up as usual…

2. Review the song & game for ten minutes…

3. Then do the picture book.

The kids love that they can listen to a whole story in English and understand every word. Β You can then follow up with something like the imagination worksheets.

Having said that I still prefer toΒ whizΒ through the themes at one per lesson, but if you have more time it’s a great confidence boost for the kids.


Anyway, back to the lesson of the week and we’ve also got videos of the song in action from Val’s kids in Argentina and also some great gestures.

Check it out and see how you go!

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3 Responses to “Lesson of the Week: Vegetables!”

  1. Roy Melling

    I really enjoyed using genki english last year so thought I share some popular ideas for this song.

    Great song! Other genki english songs include ‘Do you like..’, ‘the genki english trick or treat song ‘do you like black cat cookies?’ and ‘I like animals’, ‘Do you like animals?

    Some popular activities for this song include…

    1. (whole class) Teacher or student hides one picture card and then the students need to guess what it is by saying ‘Do you like onions’ if the teacher’s card is an onion then they say ‘yes, I do’ and then the student who wins is then the teacher.
    Once, you’ve done that a few times, you could prepare cards for each pair of student and then then play together.

    2. The teacher says ‘I like potatoes’ and claps their hands two times. The students who like potatoes stand up and say ‘I like potatoes’ the teacher claps their hands once more and the whole class sits down. Then the teacher chooses another student to say what they like etc.

    3. Chair swap. Ideally, the whole class sits in a circle with a vegetable/fruit/food card or whatever you’re teaching that day. The teacher stands in the centre and they say something they like ‘I like mushrooms’

    The student who had a mushroom card stands up and then swaps seats. There should be one less chair the student who isn’t sitting down becomes the teacher.

    Richard also uploaded a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=366DBfpAYU4&feature=player_embedded

    I’ve had success with older kids changing the question ‘do you want some….’ (including halloween foods) ice cream eyes. It’s a great idea to get the students to say ‘sorry?’ and then end up screaming ‘DO YOU WANT SOME ICE CREAM EYES’ and when the teacher says ‘no’ it’s fun and interesting for the students.

  2. sussie

    I love teaching the “I like vegetables” lesson! The song is great, as is the computer game and the word cards, so the kids learn the vocabulary really fast.

    For “I don’t like…” I’ve used the black and white mini cards and drawn a big red X over the pictures. So everyone draws a card and if it’s a coloured one they jump up with hands in the air and shout “I like+vegetable”, whereas if it’s a black and white card they sit down, beat their fist hard on the floor and say “I don’t like+vegetable” with a really grumpy face!

    The kids have a lot of fun, especially banging their fists to the ground, and they learn the negative structure immediately without any effort or grammar explanation at all!

  3. Margit

    What a perfect idea in a perfect timing. I just was thinking of a good and easy method to get the kids saying negative statements for the last 2 weeks.
    I’ll use this idea with otehr topics starting today with the rooms of the house.

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