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AUTOBIOGRAPHY

During the last lesson I asked my  English students to writte simple autobiographies. They wrote 1-5 sentences for each year of their life. As they are 12 y.o. , they have written at least 12 sentences. I have collected them and read out loud the most interesting ideas. The students had to guess who had written them. It was another way to get to know the classmates better. Some students surprisingly quickly managed to guess , while others were simply listening. This activity revealed  some new things about my students to me as well. Here you can see some examples of my students:

  • When I was 10, I started to use the bus.
  • When I was 1, I could walk and cry. I lived in Klaipeda.
  • When I was 3, I started  going to the nursery school, but nobody liked me, because I bullied other kids.
  • When I was 8, my dad taught me how to camp.
  • When I was 5, I wanted to be a dog or a cat, so I imitated that I was a dog!
  • When I was 11, I went to Turkey and Italy.

The autobiographies can be bound into a “yearbook” or any other kind of “portfolio”. I believe you can come up with more creative ways how to use them :).

HOW TO SURVIVE THE “X” GRADE

The idea of this activity is to work in pairs or small groups and  create a survival guide with different tips for next year students. If you are having a lesson with the 6th grade students e.g., they have to prepare a guide (a flyer/ a poster/a small book/etc.)  for the  6th grade students of the following school year.

The students can illustrate their “guide books”. I’m going to save and have them on the desks for next year’s new students.

To tell the truth, my students were quite narrow - minded or lazy  about writing the ideas for this task. Most of them have simply put on the paper the traditional good behaviour rules:

  • you should study a lot;
  • you should wear a uniform;
  • you sometimes need to relax;
  • do not talk; if you talk, you’ll not survive;
  • listen to the teachers;
The problem is that these ideas - rules -  mean nothing to them; they constantly break them (that’s what rules are for, you’d say :) ) and the survival guide should be based on how to really survive at school, having in mind “boring” lessons, “bad” teachers.

There were a few creative tips as well:

  • dont’ fall in love with your classmate;
  • be an optimist;
  • write only what’s important;
  • bring your own lunch, because school lunch is not tasty.
Maybe older students would be more imaginative???

ICE CREAM CONES

I had been  really looking forward for using this activity with my youngest students. However, there were some last minute changes in the school schedule. I haven’t used it yet.

I had searched for an ice cream cone printable in google and printed one copy for each student. I was going to hand them out and to ask them to share what they’ve learned throughout the school year.  On each scoop they were supposed to write something (thematic vocabulary, grammar contructions or simply what they liked/disliked/had to be  improved about the lessons)  they learned from the school year. Then the scoops had to be glued attaching them to the cone and coloured  with the favourite ice cream taste colour (strawberry - pink, chocolate - brown, lemon - yellow).

THE LAST BUT NOT LEAST, you might enjoy a personal teacher story (not mine, but I share similar feelings with her) about the school year which also has a lovely poem “I can do it” (it  can  be given as a present for every student).

Maybe will be continued :) Or … it would be so great if you share (as a

comment, below) your own last lesson ideas.

Rodyk draugams