Is it grammar, poetry or art?


Who would have thought that a cup of coffee in the Botanic Gardens in Sydney on the weekend would lead to a lesson plan. The bamboo spoon that came with the coffee was just too nice to leave behind and as we chatted an idea emerged. Teach students the grammatical pattern, noun, verb, adverb (or adjective, noun, verb, adverb). Ask students to think of words all starting with the same letter and write them on the spoon handle. Now we have a grammatical pattern and alliteration. Next ask students to draw the image on the bowl of the spoon.

When we figure out how to put a hole in each spoon and connect them with fishing line to a rod then we will have an art installation as well! I would write more but I need to go and buy a pack of bamboo spoons.

Talking Chairs

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All young students enjoy sharing their life experiences with the class but at times news can be boring for the audience. To get all students more involved there are two activities you can do using the set of cards above.

1) The cards, today, tomorrow and yesterday are placed on three chairs at the front of the room. One person is chosen to tell their news and three students are picked to sit on the chairs. The student tells their news. Then the students on the chairs retell the news using the word on their chair. This activity encourages students to listen carefully and retell another persons news in a different tense.

2) Distribute the who, what, where, when, how and why, questions to students in the audience. The students listen to the news teller and determines whether the question has been answered. If not, they ask the student saying news their question. This activity encourages students to think about the news they are retelling and the audience to listen carefully.

These activities can be found in this book written by two members of Trio. This set of cards is also available as a free download.