One for the Kids Classes: Stepping Stones

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This is good for practising word order in simple sentences with younger learners (8-12). It takes a bit of preparation though.
It basically involves lots of pieces of paper on the floor, each one with a word written on it. The words should all come from the target language structure. The kids then cross the classroom jumping from word to word forming sentences.

1. Get a load of scrap paper, big enough for a children’s feet!
2. Write all the possible words you need to make positive, negative and interrogative questions on the pieces of paper. You could use a colour code, with the subjects one colour, verbs another, auxiliary verbs another etc. Make sure you have an additional one with a full stop and another with a question mark.
3. In class spread out the pieces of paper on the floor in the centre of the classroom.
4. Demonstrate the activity crossing the classroom by jumping from word to word. Get the students to read out the sentence as you jump. You could then model an incorrect sentence and fall in the water!
5. Hand over to a stronger student and ask them to cross the classroom. Ensure the others are watching and reading out the sentences, ensuring they are correct.
6.Nominate further students to cross the classroom and make different sentences.

This can be a bit faffy to prepare and set up but is enjoyable and gets the students thinking word order in a more fun and interactive way. Don’t let it go on too long though, kids this age generally have pretty short attention spans!

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One Response to One for the Kids Classes: Stepping Stones

  1. Love this idea! Could also work if you write on the floor with coloured chalk (though may rub off easily when a learner steps on that ‘stone’.

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