Now, that you have reviewed the Forest Adventure learning module summary on the previous page (click here), you can use Watch Play Learn© framework to create lesson plans and guide students through the learning process.
This page offers a sample lesson plan using the Forest Adventure as an example. You may download this sample lesson plan for your own use at the bottom of this page.
The first step in each Adventure module is the Learning Video. The goal of this section is to introduce students to the learning theme and to begins to familiarize them with new vocabulary.
Lesson 1: Students watch the entire Forest Adventure learning video. Mishka and Frog will introduce and guide the instruction throughout the video. Allow students to listen and absorb the vocabulary in the videos! Remember, for many students this is going to be their first encounter with authentically rich, interactive language learning video content.
After watching the whole video, teacher and students start to work through each chapter of the video. This is where the teacher begins to break down the learning video to focus on specific concepts and vocabulary. Advanced students should focus on literacy aspect of the video by paying close attention to the subtitles. They may pause the video and take notes to help them remember the vocabulary as work on written exercises later on. Each Little Sponges® video is separated into chapters that are embedded into the video’s timeline. These allow teachers to easily access the specific content they wish to cover that day.
Lesson 2: Students watch the first video segment of the learning video and the teacher expands on targeted vocabulary and concepts. The teacher should encourage students to repeat the vocabulary after Mishka and Frog as they watch the video.
In the Forest Adventure, the first video segment is In the Forest, (image right) where we see various shots of things that are unique to the forest such as trails, trees, frogs, pine cones and a creek. After watching this segment, the teacher can ask questions such as “How do we know that we are in a forest?” to review this section’s vocabulary. The teacher can also utilize the vocabulary cards and hand puppets (images below) to reinforce the vocabulary.
Step 3: Follow the same routine for the 2nd video segment, Forest Food.
To review the vocabulary, one activity is to bring the forest foods into your classroom. Being able to see these foods in real life will help students connect the vocabulary to their everyday lives. You can take this one step further by allowing the students too taste each food, allergies permitting. This is also a good opportunity to review past vocabulary from the Little Sponges® program, such as colors and taste.
Step 4: Follow the same routine for the 3rd video segment, Few vs. Many.
When teaching few vs. many, it is important to tie examples to real life. You can begin by showing the few and many segments of the Forest Adventure side-by-side, and asking students “What do we mean when we say there are a few dragonflies.” “Why are there many ants?” This allows students to understand the definitions of the words first. Then, you can bring the words into the classroom. Put a pile of crayons on a table and ask students to separate them into a group of “a few crayons” and a group of “many crayons.”
Lesson 5: Follow the same routine for the 4th video segment, Small Animals.
A fun activity to do with this segment is to bring in small, plastic toys of the animals represented in the videos. After students watch the video segment and understand what each animal looks like, place the animal toys into an opaque container, to where the students cannot see which animal it is. Have each student place their hand into the container to feel the toy, and guess which animal it is, using vocabulary in both languages. After every student has had a turn, reveal the animal inside and review the vocabulary.
Lesson 6: Follow the same routine for the 5th video segment, Big Animals.
Th big animals segment is the perfect opportunity for a pretend play game. Call out names of the big animals, alternating between languages, and have students pretend to be that animal. For the wolves, have them howl. For the moose, have then put their hands on their head to mimic antlers. For the bears, have them roar. The repetition of the word plus the kinetic activity will enable students to learn the vocabulary faster.
Lesson 7: Follow the same routine for the 6th video segment, Birds.
The birds featured in the Forest Adventure each have very unique qualities. You can build upon each type of bird with different activities to reinforce the vocabulary.
For example, you can have students trace their hands on a piece of paper to create a peacock, or have students reenact the sound that a woodpecker make
Lesson 8: Follow the same routine for the 7th video segment, Itsy Bitsy Spider Song.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider song is often a favorite within the Forest Adventure. Bring out the Mishka and Frog hand puppets and have students sing along with the video, utilizing Frog for the English part of the song, and Mishka for the second language part of the song. After a few times, have students sing the song without the video. You may still use the hand puppets to guide them along.
Lesson 9: Follow the same routine for the 8th video segment, Insects.
Children are fascinated by bugs and insects, so this is the perfect time to bring in toys of the insects in the forest. By adding these to your play area, children can play with them and utilize their new acquired vocabulary with each other. You can also reenact the Itsy Bitsy Spider song with a spider toy and a paper towel tube to drive home vocabulary.
If you want to really excite your students, taking care of an ant farm is a great way to learn about ants and their ecosystems.
Lesson 10: Follow the same routine for the 9th and final video segment, My Favorite Insect.
Because this segment is the last one in the Forest Adventure, it is the perfect opportunity for the students to reflect on their favorite moments from the video while utilizing the sentence “My favorite ________ is ________.” Have students draw pictures that reflect themselves with their favorite forest animal, bird, insect, or food and hang them around your classroom. Students should label their pictures using vocabulary in the target language and describe their picture to the class to practice oral communication skills.
Lesson 11:. At this stage students should have pretty good grasp of the vocabulary and concepts. Therefore, they should move on to the vocabulary videos in each language. These videos will give them additional modes of representation for new words and phrases helping them deepen their understanding and improve recall and retention. Students can now immerse in each language separately as the videos are divided by language. Teacher may also want to reinforce key concepts and vocabulary using vocabulary cards, hand puppets, and other materials. During this day, we encourage you to enable interactions that promote oracy, literacy, and graphia skills.
After having multiple opportunities to Watch and Learn students engage in Play. In this phase of the adventure, students apply their new skills to create their own Forest scene and demonstrate how much they’ve learned. While we focus on “play” in this section specifically, it is recommended that teachers incorporate elements of play into all areas of instruction to keep children engaged in the material.
The Watch-Play-Learn model is intended to be a continuous circle of instruction to help students achieve the greatest retention possible.
Lesson 12: Students play interactive comprehension games as a class using the Smartboard or projector. While playing the games, focus on the day’s vocabulary. Also consider playing other games like Around the World with the vocabulary cards, or with toys that represent the vocabulary in the Forest Adventure.
Lesson 13: Students play interactive comprehension games individually or small groups. Teacher reviews students’ scores at the end of the game to determine whether they have mastered the vocabulary in this learning module. Students who struggle to get all 10 stars in the game may go back and review the learning videos and replay the game multiple times.
Comprehension Games - Practice Recall
Lesson 14: Students watch the review video on their own and answer questions independently. We recommend having students use their headphones to eliminate distractions.
Lesson 15: Teacher guides the discussion about the Forest Adventure asking students to describe what happened in the story and answer various questions. Teacher should provide support, positive reinforcement and corrective feedback as needed. If students are able to answer questions correctly, move on to the next step. If not, go back to the previous activities and review.
Lesson 16: Students play literacy games independently. Teacher reviews their scores to determine whether they have mastered the content and sight words in this learning module.
Lesson 17: Students select from all of the activities and review the material independently.
Review Video - Practice Speaking
Literacy Games - Practice Reading
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