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This week, SONG PIECES is back! This time, in another special edition for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS (A1, A2)
SONG PIECES: The NUMBER Edition!!!
SONG PIECES is fast-paced, and provides extra energy and fun at any moment you need: Review, warm-up, consolidation, or as a simple reward activity.
In this ELT song-based activity, students WORK in teams (or individually), LISTEN to 7 different short song extracts, and IDENTIFY numbers in each one.
OBS: This lesson plan was made for ONLINE TEACHING, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.
Language level: (A1 - A2) Learner type : All ages Skills : listening and writing Topic : numbers Materials : edited mp3 files for the songs used, YouTube Video Version Duration: 15 - 20 min Downloadable Materials: instructions, edited mp3 files for the songs used
STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN
Divide students into pairs or trios (it can also be done individually, depending on the number of students), and tell them they are going to listen to various extracts of songs and in each one they have to listen to NUMBERS and write them down on a blank sheet of paper.
Review numbers before the activity by writing some numbers on the board and having students say them.
Tell them they have 3 chances to try to get the right numbers. Then, play the first extract 3 times and they write down the answer for number 1.
Youtube Video Version.
Check what the teams wrote down (you can use the chat feature of the application you’re using with your online students. ex: in-meeting chat in zoom , and ask them to use it to send you the answers.
Assign points. (1 for each right number, if there is more than 1 number in the recording)
Repeat steps 2, 3, 4 for the next song extracts. The team with more points, in the end, is the winner!
Song 1: Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne FIVE years from now She sits at home Feeding the baby, she's all alone She turns on TV Guess who she sees Skater boy rockin' up MTV Song 2: Pon de replay - Rihanna Come, Mr. DJ, won't you turn the music up? It goes ONE by one, even TWO by two Everybody on the floor, let me show you how we do Let's go, dip it low, then you bring it up slow Song 3: Manic Monday - The Bangles Have to catch an early train Got to be to work by NINE And if I had an aeroplane I still couldn't make it on time Song 4: This Night Has Opened My Eyes - The Smiths You kicked and cried like a bullied child A grown man of TWENTY-FIVE Oh, he said he'd cure your ills But he didn't and he never will Song 5: Pretty Fly (for a white guy)- The Offspring Now he's getting a tattoo yeah, he's getting ink done He asked for a 13, but they drew a 31 Friends say he's trying too hard and he's not quite hip But in his own mind Song 6:In the Navy - Village People Protecting the land and sea In the navy Yes, you can sail the SEVEN seas In the navy Yes, you can put your mind at ease In the navy Song 7: Ironic - Alanis Morissette An old man turned 98 He won the lottery and died the next day It's a black fly in your Chardonnay It's a death row pardon TWO minutes too late And isn't it ironic, don't you think?
This song-based lesson plan is sure to spice up your classes! However, would you like to think, feel and act more creatively on your own to be able to turn ANY song you want into an engaging lesson plan?
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That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable!
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