Thursday, March 26, 2015

#32: Competition for Teacher Generated Materials: Professions / Grade 6

Overall Objective:  Students will be able to work in pairs to find main ideas, details and discuss job business

Language Objective: Students will be able to identify appropriate vocabulary to understand the text

Civic Education Objective: Students will be able to practice pre-reading, while reading and post-reading activities on a text

Curriculum connection: B VI.7.  VI.10.  VI. 15

Class context and needs: beginners

Sequencing: students can develop important reading skills

Materials: Attached

Activities: warm up, , matching new words with their definitions, pre-reading, while-reading and post-reading activities

Assessment: self- assessment


Overall Objective Students will be able to speak about professions, read the text and analyze it, work in pairs to find main ideas, details and discuss job business

Language Objective:  Students will be able to identify appropriate vocabulary to understand the text

Civic Education Objective:  Students will be able to practice pre-reading, while reading and post-reading activities on a text

Stage of Lesson/ time
Stage aim
Teacher activity
Student activity
Warm up/
4 min
 To revise profession vocabulary
Teacher distributes sheets of papers to the students and asks them to write one kind of profession word. Then come to the board and stick this paper on the board around the main word “professions” that is written on the board. Finally she makes the class repeat all the words together
Each student writes one profession word, then goes to the board and sticks it on the board. So they create “Mind Map”. When all words are on the board the whole class repeats and names them.
Sheets of paper, board
Activity 1/
3 min
To improve speaking skills
Teacher distributes handouts 1 and asks students to speak in pairs and discuss their favorite profession:

Students use the questions that are given on handouts1 and speak in pairs
·         What’s your favorite profession and why?
·         My favorite profession is….. because….
Handouts 1
Activity 2
5 min
Pre-reading activity.           To have an idea about “a milkman” and “a lollipop person” professions.
Teacher distributes handouts2 (pictures of milkman and lollipop person), handouts3 (the names “milkman” “lollipop person”) and handouts4
(explanations of these professions) and asks Students guess in the groups what profession the people in the pictures  have  and then match the professions with the correct pictures and also with definitions. she asks:
·         How can you guess that he is a milkman?
·         What does a milkman do?
Then she shows the pictures of a lollipop and a sign “stop” and asks:

·         Is there  any similarity between them.
·         How can you guess that this man is a lollipop person?
·         What do you think why this person is called a lollipop person?
·         What does a lollipop person do?

Students match the pictures of a milkman and a lollipop person with their names and their definitions as well. After that they answer teacher’s questions. possible answers:

·         He is holding a bottle of milk
·         He delivers milk, juice, cram, yogurt to his customers’ house

·         They look like each other
·         He is holding Sign “stop”
·         He is holding sign  stop” that looks like a lollipop
·         He helps schoolchildren to cross the road while they are going to school
Activity 3/
5 min
To introduce new words
Teacher distributes several pictures of unknown words, (e.g. sign, cram, yogurt, truck, traffic, customer ) she also gives the words and asks students to match the words with their images in groups. then asks them to name each word and show its image
Students try to guess the meanings of each word and match the pictures with words.
Pictures, words
Activity 4/
5 min+10 min
While-reading  activity. To improve silent reading, scanning, skimming skills, to identify specific information in the text
Teacher shows the students handouts5 (the text) and says to them to read it silently, after that she shows handouts 6 ( the chart) and explains that while reading they should pay attention and underline the facts that are given in the chart ( names, professions, working hours, duties likes and dislikes). After giving instructions she delivers handouts 5 and 6. She also tells them to fill in the chart in pairs after finishing reading the text.
Students read the texts silently individually, underline the main facts and then they fill in the charts in pairs
Activity 5/
10 min
To check up students’ understanding of the text
After filling in the chart teacher asks comprehension questions to find out how well the students understand the text. Then she asks if there are the same kinds of professions in Georgia and if there are the similar kinds of professions.
Students answer the questions and then discuss the similar kinds of professions.
Possible answers are: policeman, babysitters, mandatories, milkmen, “matsoni”man, people selling clothes, fruit, vegetable, sweets, ice-cream and so on.

Assessment /
3 min
3 min
Teacher delivers self-assessment schemes and asks the students to fill in them
Students fill in self-assessment schemes and realize their strengths and weaknesses about reading skills

 Handout 1

  Student A
  -          What is your favorite profession and why?
  -          My favorite profession is…… because……

  Student B
  -          My favorite profession is………  because …….
  -          What’s your favorite profession and why? 

  Handout 2

  Handout 3


  Lollipop person

  Handout 4

   This person helps schoolchildren to cross the road while they are going to school. He has got the sign “STOP” and when drivers see this sign, they stop the cars

   This person brings milk and other items such as juice, cram, yoghurt, bread and potatoes to his customers’ house.

   Handout 5

  Read the text about Ernie Wilkins and Penny Wilcox. They have specific jobs in  England.

  Ernie Wilkins, Milkman

  Ernie Wilkins has been a milkman for 20 years. He loves his job, but not everybody can understand why. For a start, he has to get up early every day. He gets up at one o’clock in the morning and starts working at two o’clock. Then he puts all the mild onto his electric milk truck or lorry. And nowadays milkmen don’t just bring you milk. They often sell juice, cram, yogurt, bread and potatoes. It usually takes him three quarters of an hour to prepare his truck or lorry. Then he drives round the streets in his town and leaves bottles of milk and other items at his customer’s doors. When they wake up, everything is waiting there.

 Ernie loves the peace and quiet of the early morning. He loves being outdoors, but he doesn’t like when it’s very cold in the winter. Watching the sun come up is always a special moment for him. Ernie is very caring. He loves the fact that everybody knows him and old people often ask him for help. When Ernie finishes work at 9am, he is tired but happy.

   Penny Wilcox, Lollipop person

   Penny Wilcox is 55 years old. She doesn’t want to work long hours and so the job she started last year is perfect for her. She just works for half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the afternoon. The official name for her job is a School Crossing Guide. She works outside the school at the times when students arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon. When there is a group of students waiting, she walks into the middle of the road and stops the traffic. She wears bright yellow jacket and carries a sign which say STOP. The sign looks like a lollipop that’s why everybody calls    Penny and her colleagues “lollipop people”. When drivers see her and her sign, they must stop and let the children cross. Penny is a very sociable person and she loves talking to the children each morning. The only thing she doesn’t like is that some drivers get angry and shout when they have to stop. Penny thinks that in the past drivers were friendlier. She's unhappy that there have been some serious accidents and lollipop people have been hurt. But Penny knows a lot of children and won’t stop working if they need her.

     Handout 6

                  Fill in the chart according to the text

     Working  hours
     Duties- what do  they do every day?
      Likes-what  do  they like about  their job?
     Dislikes- what  do they dislike about their job?

  New words:
    sign    “STOP”
    Electric milk truck or lorry

     Handout 7

      Fill in a self -assessment test about yourself. 

       I understood the main idea easily    when I first read the text

        I found the main facts and           necessary information easily

           I knew the most words in the text