To understand and act out episode 1 of the story "My Birthday"
To provide clarification and review of birthday words in the context of birthday celebration
Procedure (43-55 minutes)
Show a picture of a birthday party. Ask the students what the kids in the picture are doing? "What is it?" "What are the children doing?" "Do you like birthday parties?" "When's you birthday?
Introduce the characters in the story. Put the cards on the board and also introduce the new words in the stroy such as footprints, treasure, rainbow. Tell them to look at the pictures of the story and ask whose bithday is it and what is in the cake.
Tell them to listen to the story and find out. Explain to them that they will hear a beep noise on the CD to tell tehm when to move to the next picture in the story. Play the CD and tell them to listen and read the story. Ask the students again the same questions that you asked about the story in the beginning of the class such as "Whose birthday is it?" "What is it in the cake?" Then stop the CD and have them repeat whay they have heard.
Ask questions about each picture as follows 1) Where are Alex and Katie? (in Fairyland) 2) What do they follow? (the footprints) 3) Who do Alex and Katie meet? (Pip and Squeak) 4) Whose birthday is it? (Squeak's) 5) How old is Squeak? (seven) 6) Who falls in the cake?(Pip) 7) What's in the cake? (a treasure clue)
Assign a role to each group. Read the story speech bubbles on the Pupil's Book page. Point to each group and join in miming and sayin their parts. The children act out their parts either with or without their books, depending on how confident and familiar they are with this episode.
Read the words at the top of the activity. Say "Here's a.... for you" for each picture and the children say the missing word. Then they write the missing words as in the example. Then ask them again how old they are. Say draw as many candles as your age and color your birthday cake.