Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Lesson Plan

Looking Back- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
30 minutes
Learning Outcome
3.8 Read and give the sequences of events in stories
Teaching Aids
Video, A4 papers, marker pens

Set Induction
(3 minutes)
  1. Teacher asks students to pay attention and shows ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ video (Appendix 1) without sound.
  2. Teacher asks: Do you want to know the full story?
(Students: Yes.)

Step 1
(5 minutes)
  1. Teacher shows the story again with sound.
  2. Teachers guide students to retell the story.

Step 2
(19 minutes)
  1. Students are divided into groups.
  2. Each group is provided with A4 papers and marker pens.
  3. Students have to discuss and write down the food eaten by the caterpillar in order.
  4. Discussion:
i)        Monday: one apple
ii)      Tuesday: two pears
iii)    Wednesday: three plums
iv)    Thursday: four strawberries
v)      Friday: five oranges
vi)  Saturday: one chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one Swiss cheese, one salami, one lollipop, one cheery pie, one sausage, one cupcake, one watermelon
vii)  Sunday: one green leaf

(3 minutes)
  1. Teacher guides students to state the life cycle of butterflies: eggs- caterpillar- cocoon/pupae -butterfly.
  2. Teacher gives praise and announced the winners.

Appendix 1:

I felt very nervous because this is the first time I carry out this activity in this way. Students watch the video twice, first time without sound and second time with sound. Teacher do not give much explains. I felt quite anxious and worry that my students might not understand the story. However, from the response of students, I found myself might underestimate on them. They did it! Although students cannot name all the food in order, but at least they can answer correctly more than half. I think this may be caused by students could not recognize some food name, such as pickle, salami and sausage. I felt satisfied with the achievement of students, I am proud of them!

I will show the actual food or pictures such as pickle, salami and sausage in the next lesson. So, students can have a clear concept and can strengthen their memory.