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Lesley Ito's WE CAN!Teaching Tips
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Originally from Florida, Lesley Ito has been involved with ELT in Japan for 18 years. She is the owner of BIG BOW English Lab in Nagoya, the author of the WE CAN! Teacher's Guides and has made numerous teacher training presentations all over Japan, from Hokkaido to Kyushu. She has also written numerous articles on teaching young learners and is active in teaching organizations in Japan. Currently she is the Program Director of JALT Junior and the Program Chair of the TC SIG.
Fun with the WE CAN!
【No.10】Add simple props to your lessons to motivate your students.
Children love to recreate what they see. They love to play “house” or recreate scenes from movies or TV shows. When my son was small, he became fascinated by the dry ice machine at the supermarket and made a replica with wire hangers and a cardboard box! This type of play is very important to children and is crucial to the learning process.

Yoko Takano, a teacher who owns Okidoki Eigo School in Nagoya, used this in a lesson very effectively. She was teaching Starter Unit 33 Position Words (Prepositions) and her students said they thought the scene of the spiders all over the room, hanging from the ceiling was cool. They decided to make some of these hanging spiders out of paper and yarn and practice the questions and answers. (For example, “Where’s the spider? It’s over the table”.)
One of her students, a boy who was reluctant to speak English in class, surprised her by going home and making enough spiders to recreate the whole scene. He then came to the next class, put his spiders into different positions without any prompting from the teacher, and started saying sentences about where the spiders were in the room! She was amazed that this simple activity could inspire a student so much.

There are many lessons in WE CAN! where you could easily recreate the scene. Use some modeling clay to turn Starter Unit 14 Shapes and Sizes into a lesson where students could make the different shapes or make monsters that are big, huge, medium sized, small, or tiny. The scene from Starter Unit 36 Time could also be recreated. After learning how to tell time in English, have the students make these simple clocks. You’ll need:
Construction paper
A paper plate
A paper fastener

1. Give each student a paper plate. Ask the students to write the numbers on the clock face in the following manner, so the numbers line up properly: Have them write “12” at the top and then “6” on the bottom, directly across from the “12”. Next have them write “3” on the right and then “9” on the left, directly across from the “3”. Finally, students can fill in the rest of the numbers to complete the clock face.

2. Ask the students to draw a small dot in the center of the plate. Then they can draw a “big hand” from the dot to the number “12”.

3. Give the students construction paper and scissors and have them cut out a “small hand” for the clock.

4. Poke a small hole where the dot in the center of the clock is using the scissors. Use the paper fastener to secure the “small hand” to the clock. Finally, ask them to write their name on the back of the clock.

Once students have made their clocks, they can set them to different times, arrange them around the room and ask each other “What time is it?”

Flashcards can be used to recreate the nature walk depicted in WE CAN! Level 2, Unit 4 (Beautiful Nature pages 30 and 31). Review the following adjectives: beautiful, ugly, cool, scary, cute, long, short, big, and small. Review the flashcards from WE CAN!
Level 1 “Animals and Insects” and then put the ones you would commonly find on a nature hike (for example: beetle, butterfly, bat, mouse, etc.) around the room. Then ask the students to stand up and start walking slowly around the room in a group. Stop at one of the flashcards, gasp, and say, “Look! It’s a __________. It’s ____________.” (As the children do in the illustration on page 31.) Then ask another student to be next. Keep walking around that room until the student stops at another flashcard, gasps, and makes a new sentence about it. Continue until all students have had a chance to choose and make a sentence about an animal.

Children have wonderful imaginations and one of the most effective ways to teach them is to create activities that inspire them to use their imaginations in class!
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