Meet my 2013 grade 5 learners!
For the first graded assignment in my English class I had the learners make “Who Am I?” books — an idea I borrowed from my City Year partner teacher from last year. Each of the learners got to decorate the front and the inside pages.
Each page had a different subject:
- All About Me: Their names, age, date of birth, what their names mean in English, etc.
- Friends: A “descriptive” paragraph about their best friend using adjectives to say what he or she looks like and what they like to do. I had to use sentence starters for this one because writing a real paragraph at this point would be far too hard for many learners.
- Home: Write about their home and draw a map of how they get home from school
- Favourites: Food and music they like and dislike
- School: Favourite subjects, what their school looks like, what they do after school, whatever they decided to write about school
- Goals: What they want to be when they grow up
This project took far longer than expected (I’m running on African time over here), but it helped me associate names with faces and learn the age/home life of my students. After they were done I had them present the book to me as a speaking task and I asked them simple questions about their books. I was able to knock out two of the “curriculum” examination standards for the first term with this assignment!
Some were pretty funny, like this one:
Now, meet my grade 5 2013 English learners! Favourite thing they’ve asked me so far? “Miss, do you have a mom and dad?” “Miss, do you have a baby?”