Curious George is a hit family movie about the relationship between a little monkey and an explorer. You can use this ESL movie lesson when you are teaching young children different colours. There are four different English activities and a few of these are craft-based lessons to teach colours. Your kids will love watching clips of Curious George and they'll know their colours better after this class. Curious George is suitable for all ages.

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Activity One
- this activity is extremely simple and ideal for teachers who have a lot of classes and little preparation time. Get some flashcards with colours on one side and the word on the other. Play some flashcard games and teach your young learners to read the colour words. Afterwards, hand out the Curious George balloon colouring sheet and see if they can colour it correctly. The other sheet can be done for homework and your kids should colour it with their parents’ help.
Activity Two – before class, pop down to the supermarket and pick up a large bag of different coloured balloons; the more colours the better! Make sure that you have at least two balloons per student, as some are bound to go pop! Help your students to blow them up and tie a knot in them and ask students what colours they can see. Each student should have a turn and then choose a balloon they like. Kids finish the activity by drawing a Curious George face on the balloons with a board pen and taking it home to show their parents!
Activity Three – this one can be a bit messy, so make sure you put down lots of paper and warn parents not to let their kids wear their best clothes! You will need poster paper, poster paint and some paper plates. Mix up some poster paper and put some on the plates. Kids have to plop their hands and fingers into the paint to design their own artwork. Maybe show Clip Three again or make one before class to give them ideas. This activity can be messy and is best with smaller classes. Get a helper if possible! Great fun for the kids!!
Activity Four – after your students are quite comfortable and confident with identifying lots of colours, it will be time for a game! Divide your students into two teams and put a row of chairs across your classroom to form a volleyball net. Spread each team to cover the space on each side of the ‘net’. Blow up a balloon to use as a ball. Students need to hit the balloon to each other over the net. However, before they hit the balloon over, they must say a colour. This is a high-energy game and a great way to re-enforce vocabulary.  

Lesson written by Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen
Published in Movie lessons
Funnyman Adam Sandler stars in Click, a bout an architect who is unhappy with life. He gets given a TV remote control which allows him to take better control of his life.

In this ESL movie lesson plan, you'll be showing clips of Click and have your students practicing wh questions and other question words. Wh questions are simply questions which begin with the letters wh: What, when, where, why, who, which...there are question cards to download in this free lesson plan.

Beginner level English students can sometimes find these questions confusing, that is, which question to use and when....there you go, more wh questions!

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What to Do in Class

Ask you’re your students some basic questions that they will understand i.e. what’s your name? Where do you live? How old are you? When do you wake up? Get a good range of question words.
After you have asked these simple questions, write up the same questions on the whiteboard. Underline the question word of the first sentence and tell your class that this word is a known as a question word.
Ask several students to walk up to the board to underline the question words on the other sentences. Be on hand to help them out if they underline the wrong word.
After they have done this, brainstorm with the class as many question words as they can. Jot them on the board yourself or get them to come to the front to write them on the board themselves.
Tell the class that you are going to watch a short piece of a movie where they will hear many question words. Give each group of 3-4 students the deck of question words and tell them to lay out the cards in the order that they hear a question words. Not all cards are used, so they have to listen carefully and be selective.
Following the movie, go through the order (what, how, can, why, which, was, do, when, is, where). 
Groups now sit in small circles on the floor with the question cards face down. Each student takes it in turn to pick up a card. They must say three questions using the question words on the card, if they can make three questions using the question word, then they get to keep the card. If a student can’t ask three questions, the card goes to the bottom of the deck. The game is over when all the cards are gone. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. This is a great way to practice making questions!

Lesson written by Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen
Published in Movie lessons
Teaching animals to Young Learners? Then this movie lesson plan for animals is right up your street! Use Barnyard to teach animals to your kids in English class.

Whether you are a TEFL teacher or a pre-school teacher in your home country, you're going to need to teach animals, the farm or the zoo at some point. Rather than just the same old Old McDonald song, why not give this excellent animals at the farm lesson plan and card game a try? Perfect for teaching young learners all the animals you can find on the farm.

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What to Do in Class

1. Print and cut out animal cards. Fold the prints lengthways so that the animal picture is showing one way and on the reverse is the Barnyard logo. Print out one set of cards per group of students (maximum of 4 to a group).
2. Laminate each individual card. You should have 20 Barnyard animal cards. Lamainting the cards will keep them in good condition from grubby paws and allow you or colleagues to use the cards for future animal/farmyard lessons.
3. Have each group of children sit on the floor in a small circle. Give each set of laminated cards to each group and shuffle well.
4. Students should lay the spread out the cards face down on the floor with the Barnyard logo facing upwards.
5. In a clockwise direction, children should take turns in trying to find pairs of animals. After two cards have been turned over, if they do not match, the cards are turned face down again and it is the next child’s turn.
6. When a pair is found, the student must call over the teacher and tell the teacher the name of the animal. If they are correct, the child can keep the pair. Teacher should be on-hand to lend support and help for students who can’t remember the animal names.
7. Eventually, there will be no more cards left. The student with the most pairs at the end is the winner.

Animal cards: Cat, Coyote, Chick, Bull, Cow, Dog, Donkey, Gopher, Hen, Horse, Farmer, Mouse, Kangeroo, Pig, Rabbit, Rat, Rooster, Sheep, Turkey, Barn 
ESL Activity 2 – Jigsaw Puzzle
1. Print out one of the following pictures in full-page colour per pair of students.
2. Print out one accompanying jigsaw template per pair of students.
3. Using a glue stick (dry glue is best), stick the jigsaw template back-to-back with the full-colour printout.
4. With scissors, cut-out each jigsaw piece and laminate.
Give one puzzle to each pair of students. Students must put the puzzle together to form the Barnyard picture. 
5. When students have finished, they should tell the teacher which animals they can see in the pcture.
Additional follow-up teaching activity ideas
“Old MacDonald had a Farm” song
Animal Flashcard activities
Animal mime games
Children draw and colour their favourite animal
Children go into small groups to make their own farm on large poster paper. Groups then show their farm to the class and their parents and display on the classroom wall.

Written by Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen
Published in Movie lessons
The Hokey Cokey is well-known in English speaking countries. Kids join hands in a circle chanting the words and dancing along. It is a very catchy song with an accompanying dance – a great song for young children to practice body parts.

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Activity 1 – Label a Body

Before the class, make and cut out copies of the body parts word sheet in the free PDF lesson plan for each group of 3 students. Follow these instructions:

- Review the names of body parts (arm, leg, hand, foot, head, ear, eye, nose, mouth) and left & right
- Hand out the cut up body parts to each group. You need to put double-sided tape on the back of each body part.
- Each group of three has to choose one student in their group and label his or her body using the body parts. This is why you need to put double-sided tape on the back of the strips of paper.
- It’s a race to see which group can finish first.
- Kids love this as it’s very interactive and a bit silly, and don’t
be surprised after they finish if they then try and label you!

Note: bring your camera along for this class as you will capture some great photos!
Activity 2 – Song and Dance
You’ll need to learn the song first and the dance movements that go with it. In the lesson plan in the link below you’ll find the dance moves and words courtesy of
Tips for teaching this to kids!

For young kids they tend to learn songs better if there are movements to accompany it; that’s why songs & dance work so well.
- Teach kids the movements first. Sing the song to them and demonstrate the movements (see youtube video if you don’t know them). You can just do one verse to start, and add in extra verses (and body parts) as kids get more confident. Sing a few times in the first class to them, but don’t expect them to sing. Just make sure they are trying to dance with you.

In subsequent classes you can spend a few minutes reviewing the song. This works well at waking students up at any time during the class. Eventually, students out of fun and natural spontaneity will try and join in with the singing themselves. So, don’t sing it too fast to begin with. Sing it slow enough so they can hear the words (the main ones at least).

After they have started to sing it themselves, then you can teach them the words, as they will then be more receptive to learning them. Basically, don’t rush it and keep it fun. Finally, as they’ve mastered the song and all the movements, you can then start to get them to sing it quicker and quicker. It will then become manic, but boisterous fun.

by Phil Senior

Phil Senior is a British teacher living and working in Xi'an. Phil is an ESL materials specialist having written course materials for EF Education First in China, Russia and Indonesia. Some of his work will be used for the Brazil 2016 Olympics. He is also a former IELTS examiner for The British Council.
Published in Song lessons

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