Teachers and EFL bloggers are invited to share their information and ideas on Project based learning or PBL. My own experience with this way of teaching and organizing lessons was very interesting. Students were engaged, busy and motivated as basically there was less involvement from me the teacher.
I was teaching the subject of clothes and the weather and, climate within a general topic of travel to a 5th grade EFL class in elementary school and created a PBL lesson to include reading, writing, comprehension arts and drama. The lesson involved three teachers at three different stations or classrooms. Station 1:I opened the lesson with an airport setting with some old suitcases. The skills and objectives are to recognize, choose, locate, classify, and select items necessary to pack and take with you in a suitcase on (a) A hot holiday (b) A cold holiday. The various items names were printed and displayed on two tables with a sign that said New York (it was winter) on one table and Eilat Red sea on the other. You can download a set of these flashcards here. Print and cut the items and place them on the two tables. Project based learning is co-operative learning. The class was divided into groups of five and each student was given a number from 1-5. To make the activity more interesting, the students won a holiday. The first task is to read the winning ticket and its instructions.
1= student reads the winning ticket instructions
2= goes to recover the item from the New York or Eilat table.
3= student writes it down in a sentence why I need to take this.
4= student reads the sentence allowed to the group
5= student needs to write a mail for someone to meet them at the other side.
Task student 1 Reads the ticket Winning ticket 1 You have won a holiday to New York on American Airlines. Your flight will leave at 11.45 am Monday 17th March 2014. What to bring The weather in New York will be very cold, maybe it will rain or even snow. You need to take with you
A woolly hat, a coat, a scarf, some boots, An umbrella, A cell phone, Some pants, camera, sweatshirts, shoes, socks, __________________________________________________________________ Winning ticket 2 : You have won a holiday to Eilat on British Airways. Your flight will leave at 11.45 am Monday 17th March 2014. What to bring The weather in Eilat will be very hot and sunny. You need to take with you
A dress, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sandals, a towel, some shorts, some T shirts, a swimsuit, a skirt, a camera, a cell-phone
Task 2: Student goes to the table to recover the item
Task 3: Task student 3 You need to pack your suitcase, what do you need to bring? Write or say sentences saying why you need to bring these things. Examples, “I need my camera to take pictures;” “I need my sweater to stay warm.” 1:_____________________________________________ 2:_____________________________________________ 3:_____________________________________________ 4:_____________________________________________ 5:_____________________________________________ 6:_____________________________________________ 7:_____________________________________________ 8:_____________________________________________
Task 4: Student reads the sentences to the group
Task 5: student 5 writes a mail
Dear Aunt _________ I won a free trip to New York. I am coming on __________ My flight arrives in New York at ________ o’clock Can you meet me at the airport? I am very excited I know the weather will be cold in (Season) so I am bringing ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Love ____________________________________________
At the end of this session the students were given their airline tickets and continued to a 2nd station in a different room where they would complete a questionnaire about the information on the ticket in the form of a passport.
http://omatic.musicairport.com/ (personalize, print your free tickets at this link)
My name is: ______________________________
Look at your ticket
You are going on a holiday to a (hot/cold) climate.
Where are you going to? __________
When are you going? (date) _________
What is the name of the airline? __________
What time does the flight depart? (leave)__________
What time do you arrive there? _________
What gate are you leaving from? __________
What does delayed mean? ______________
What does on time mean?_____________
What is the lost and found office? ______________
Station 3: Drama
After the students have completed these two stations the third section is drama. Travel dialogues about going through security with their suitcases with all their items and passports filled up.
Divide into groups of 4 or 5. Have one student act it out as the security guy at the airport and another checking the passports, the other students are the passengers. Improvise the dialogue text or use what I have written. A great resource for this section is found at http://englishwilleasy.com/english-through-pictures/airport/
A: What do you have in your bag madam/sir?
B: I have ……(list the items)
A: Where are you flying to?
B: Say destination
A: It must be cold/hot there now, Can I see your tickets and passports?
B: Yes of course, here they are.
A: You can to board your plane at gate _____ go through the doors and look for the signs.
Have a nice trip!
B: Thank you very much.