Just realised I hadn’t put the Christmas spot the difference games on the main Christmas Lesson Plans page.

You can catch them here:

snowmanspot

And of course all the other Christmas games & ideas are here!

 

 


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Just had to share this from Karen! :)

Hi Richard,

I’ve just finished a lesson this minute with my three favourtie little girls.

Must be honest, I was a bit short of ideas – we’ve been doing baby dinosaur over the past couple of weeks and I wanted to do How many days till Christmas?

Well, we rewrote the song! Used baby dinosaur karaoke and how many days till Xmas vocab (past tense) So we got

Hey baby Santa Claus what did you do ?

I wrote my letters
I made some toys
I wrapped my presents
I baked some cookies
mmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmm delicious!

I hung my stocking
I bought some gifts
I fed the reindeer
I climbed the chimney
Shhhh Shhhhh

and after the last chorus we all shouted Merry Xmas

They loved it and sang it for the parents at the end

Any chance of a real version for next Xmas? ;)


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santapicbooksoftware

Wow I wasn’t expecting either the What does Santa do? lesson nor the Christmas Avatars to be quite so popular –  thank you for all your great messages!

Great feedback always gets me extra genki, so due to popular demand I’ve just made up a picture book for the Santa lesson!

The updated (talking!) software is here, complete with the picture book, talking words & computer game. (Right click and select “save as”)

http://genkienglish.net/clipart/SANTA.SWF

And VIP members can download the  printable What does Santa do? Picture Book pdf here.

This time I didn’t include a funny ending, I just wanted to keep the Christmas Eve feeling.

But you never know, I might just add one in the future! :)

If you’re not a VIP member yet, then what are waiting for, get your Teacher’s Set and join us now, you are going to *LOVE* it! :)

Menu Update.

And speaking of VIP membershere is a brand new menu update that has options for the What does Santa Do? lesson.

As it’s still in Beta Testing it won’t work with the personalised Homework Programme menus, but if you want to try it in class you are most welcome.

newsoftwaremenu

Always back up your Teacher’s Set first (because you know *something* will go wrong!) then Right Click on the two files below and select “save as” to put it them your Teacher’s Set.

Software Menu Update 1

Software Menu Update Part 2 

Ninja Bonus:  As well as making sure you’ve downloaded the What does Santa do? lesson, you might also want to download the latest version of the How many days till Christmas? software too - it’s now got the computer game and talking words!   You can tell I haven’t been having much sleep recently! :)

Thank you VIPs!

As always,  as you are all so great in giving me feedback on how the new lessons go in the class the new songs and software are free to VIP members whilst we’re testing them.  Once they’re finished they’ll be a paid for update for everyone to enjoy,  but if you’ve got them already you’ll have nothing else to pay.  So get them while they’re hot!

OK, I must be crazy launching so many new things just before Christmas,  but I know you all like bright shiny new things, so hope it’s a nice Christmas present for you!

Take care and enjoy!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.  If you have any problems with the updates – or indeed just like what you see! – then do pop them up on the comments and I’ll try and get back to you as soon as I can!

P.P.S.  Some of you might have seen a “Ninja Surprise” version of this on email.  Yeah, that didn’t work! :)   I’ll try it again next year!


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goldsnowmanHave you ever wondered how those online games get the kids so addicted?

You know, the ones they (not you of course) can never stop playing?

Well a large part of it is just general addiction rules, but a huge, HUGE part of it are what are called “avatars.”

Your “avatar” is just the picture of you in the game.

And the kids go crazy  ( CRAZY!)  to get their avatar to the next level.

Seriously it’s almost like a class A drug the way some kids become so desperate to level up.

 

Can you you use it in the classroom?  Absolutely!

And recently even the Khan Academy has started giving avatars to motivate kids to learn.

So ….. of course we had to add some to Genki English!

We’ve still not quite got the full “cool” factor yet according to our 7 year old testers, but they are all ready for you to try!

You start from the little baby and work your way up.

santaavatar snowmanavatar

Scarcity, Scarcity, Scarcity!

And the reason they work?  Because you have to work to get them.

You all clicked on the images above didn’t you?

Thinking it would be easy to get them, yeah?

But that would be *too* easy.

And you wouldn’t value them!

See how much more you want them now? :)

How to use …..  The short way 

This is a great way to use them as basic counters if you only see your class once more before Christmas …

1) Split the class into two teams,  the Santa team and Snowman team, both start at the baby level.

2) Ask questions based on today’s English.

3) Quickest team to answer gets to level up their avatar!

Ninja Tip:  Really act it up as you do the level up,  drum rolls, sound effects, the works! :)

This one isn’t quite as good as the kids don’t have as much work to do to get each one, hence the “I WANT IT!” feeling is slightly reduced!

But it still works crazy good!

How to use them? – The long run

The real magic is if you have a few more lessons before Christmas ….

1) Split the kids into two semi-permanent teams, the Snowman team and Santa team, each team starts on the first baby avatar.

2) After each lesson decide which team did the best.

3) And this team *only* gets to level up to the next level.

See who can get to Gold before Christmas.

Queue lots of cheers and eagerness from the other team in the next lesson!

Ninja Tip: This works amazingly well at keeping the class under control if they know they’ll get leveled down for bad behaviour! 

Where are they???????

And how do you get hold of these amazing avatars?

Well seeing as it’s Christmas, and you’ve been so good as to read down so far,  these links are clickable!

santaavatar snowmanavatar

And do let us   know what you think comments  and it will help us make up the non-seasonal ones next year!

Be genki

Richard

P.S.  The last three are Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, just like Pokemon.  Try giving them powers if you like!

P.P.S.  Next year we’ll be developing some non-seasonal ones for all year round use.  So please do give us your kids’  feedback on these ones to help us make the next ones even better!


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whatdoessantado

Lots of people have been asking for a “3rd person s” song i.e. going from “I eat” to “She/He eats.”

And thanks to everyone’s help last year – thank you! –  this year we’ve got a brilliant way to teach it with Santa,  just what does he do?

Well, he …..s  and ……s  and  …….s

Check it out in the song!

I just finished the animation for you now, so it’s still very much in the testing stage.

And as always with the songs that we’re still testing, VIP members can download it free of charge in return for giving me a little feedback in the comments  on how it goes!

So right click on the link below, select “save as” and off you go! :)

http://genkienglish.net/clipart/SANTA.SWF

Lesson Plan & Recommended Game

1. You can teach nearly all the vocab in the How many days till Christmas? lesson first, then here we’re making it really simple and just introduce the He ….s   form.

2. Go through the song as usual, get the kids to come up with some funky cool gestures.

3.  For the game, do a presentation activity where the kids think of what Santa does (maybe adding some daily routines??) and then they present their Santa Day to the class!

Let me know what you think!

It’s taken me quite a while to get this far, so do let me know what you think in the comments and I might be able to work a bit more on it for you.

And would any of you like the mini cards or other printables?  Again let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do!

Enjoy!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.  I’ve also got A4 cards for you if you want to do it a bit old school!

P.P.S.  Some other very cool Christmas things coming very soon!

UPDATE:   Just added Words & Words 2 sounds,  computer and karaoke version!

UPDATE 2:  And mini cards!

whatdoessantadomini

UPDATE 3:  And the picture book has been added to the software!

santapicbooksoftware

 

PDF Version is here too!

 


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After the post the other day  a few people have asked about doing Christmas plays but figured it would take too many lessons to get ready.

Most plays do take a while,  but if you’ve already done What’s your name?,  How are you? & What do you want to do? and you’ve only got 2 (or even just one at a push!) lesson to prepare then definitely go for the Gingerbread Man.

Just like with the How many days to Christmas? lesson, although there is quite a bit of vocab in there, the kids seem to pick it up really quickly, even after just a few runs through.   ( I really have no idea why!)

And of course it really impresses the parents. :)

So just make sure you’ve done the previous lessons already this year and you’ll be fine!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.  VIP Members might want to check out the VIP forum to see what else we’ve been up to! :)

 


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