Assessment for Learning Resource Bank

Web-based Learning and Teaching Support

Learning and Teaching Activity – Super Word Kid

 

Module: Happy Days

Suggested Level: Key Stage 2

 

Learning Targets for Key Stage 2

To develop an ever-improving capability to use English

        To obtain and provide objects and information in simple classroom situations and through activities such as interactive games and role-play (ISe)

        To provide or find out and present simple information on familiar topics (KSa)

        To state opinions using information and ideas in simple spoken and written texts (KSc)

        To recognize and solve simple problems in given situations (KSd)

        To give expression to imaginative ideas through oral, written and performative means (ESc)

 

Learning Objectives

 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Text Types

- Biographies

- News Reports

- Dictionaries

 

- Cartoons and Comics

- Biographies

- News Reports

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Building Skills

Understanding word association:

-          Synonyms

-          Homonyms

Vocabulary Items

 

Productive

Adjectives to describe people’s appearance and abilities

 

Receptive

Synonyms

e.g. the synonyms of ‘great’ – spacious, large, roomy, gigantic, vast

 

Language Items and Communicative Functions

Use simple past tense to talk about past activities or events and personal background

e.g. Jack left his home planet when he was young.

 

Use adjectives to describe people

e.g. Jack is a great kid.

 

Use connectives 'when' to express time.

e.g. Jack left his home planet when he was young.

Language Skills

Reading

- Scanning for specific information

- Looking up synonyms of words in thesauruses and dictionaries

Writing

- Writing short biography about an imaginary superhero or villain

- Using appropriate synonyms to make writing more interesting

 

 

Relevant Basic Competency Descriptors

L3-R-5-P6BC

 

L3-R-6-P6BC

L3-W-3-P6BC

 

 

L3-S-3-P6BC

Using a range of reading strategies to understand the meaning of simple texts with the help of cues

Applying simple reference skills with the help of cues

Writing and / or responding to simple texts with relevant information and ideas (including personal experiences, imaginative ideas and evaluative remarks) with the help of cues

Providing and / or exchanging (asking and answering) simple information and ideas (including personal experiences, imaginative ideas and evaluative remarks), and attempting to provide some elaboration with the help of cues

 


Activity

Description

Suggested Duration

(minutes)

Available for Self Learning

Part 1

 

Teachers' Notes

 

Activity Plan

 

PowerPoint Presentation

 

Classroom Activity I: A Superhero was Born

Who is Super Word Kid? By learning more about this comic hero from his biography in the newspaper, learners are able to learn why and how to use synonyms. They can also acquire the skills of looking up synonyms in thesaurus and dictionaries on the Internet.

 

Activities involved:

- Using online thesaurus and dictionary to look up synonyms

- Rewriting short paragraphs

- Extended outdoor activity

 

30

Part 2

 

Activity Plan

 

PowerPoint Presentation

 

 

Writing Activity: Your Superhero

Learners need to write and design a simple biography about a hero / a villain using their creativity and the language pattern learnt from the previous parts.

 

Activity Involved:

- Show-and-tell: share their superhero with the class.

40

minus

Part 3

3

Interactive Activity: Robot Boy and His Cheesy Plan

The city is in danger! Robot Boy has taken over the central library and threatened to turn the students and all the books into cheese with his latest invention – the cheesy gun!

 

Learners need to finish two mini games with the vocabulary building skills they learned.

15

2

 

Useful Online Resources:

 

Resource Package on Enhancing English Vocabulary Learning and Teaching at Primary Level

http://cd1.edb.hkedcity.net/cd/eng/vocab09/index.htm

 

Dictionaries and Thesauruses:

Wordsmyth Children's Dictionary and Thesaurus

http://www.wordsmyth.net/

 

Thesaurus.com

http://thesaurus.com/

 

Merriam-Webster's Word Central

http://www.wordcentral.com/home.html

 

 

Comics and Cartoons:

GoComics.com

http://www.gocomics.com/

 

Comics.com

http://comics.com/

 

Lesson Ideas, Quizzes, Worksheets and Other Resources

Synonyms and Antonyms

http://www.firstschoolyears.com/literacy/word/other/synonyms/synonyms.htm

 

Synonyms & Antonyms

Links to Language Arts

http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject-index/20-language-arts/422-synonyms-a-antonyms.html

 

BrainPop.com

Background Information, Movies & Activities for Teacher and Family (subscription required for movie viewing)

http://www.brainpopjr.com/writing/word/synonymsandantonyms/grownups.weml

 

Primary Resources.co.uk

Homonyms & Antonyms – Worksheets and Activities

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/englishA8b.htm

 

Thesaurus.com

Fun and Games – Learning Vocabulary through Games

http://thesaurus.com/fun/

 

Word Frog

Provide practice in matching antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms.

http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/games/frog/frog.html