Paper plates pedagogy

English for Adults - Entry level learners

Word focus work

This session just ran itself….



I provided paper plates, scissors, paper and glue.



The paper plate was the starting point – what could you use it for?



There were some great ideas and lots of vocabulary.



· Frisbee



· A fan



· Make a funnel



· A mask



· Picnic, barbeque, party



Great for discussion skills – getting everyone involved and thinking outside the box.



We then thought about the shape of the plate and started to look for circles in everyday life.



I showed images on the screen – a busy London street, images from the natural world, a classroom.



The students identified circles, cylinders - and we created a plate for each theme.



They started to see the letter O in words



moon



woodpecker hole



underground



The students did the work – cutting circles of different sizes, sticking, using dictionaries to check spellings. This was a WORD focus lesson. I shall develop it into a creative writing activity to write in SENTENCES about circles, spheres. There are adjectives to introduce – smooth, curved, round, circular, spherical, continuous….



All from a pack of paper plates!