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Lesson #5 Book E New Bridges Curriculum - Regarding Weather
Book E - Level 3 level


This is a conversational curriculum that will focus on the topic of weather.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of weather.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about Mark Twain in the context of quotes about weather


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Tell Sts we will be talking about the weather today. Write the word on the board. Ask about the weather today, and for the past few days. Pg. 30 - open books and have students point to the correct pic based on what the teacher says. A. rain, rainy, rainstorm B. snow, snowy C. hail, icy, ice storm D. freeze E. blow, windy F. sunshine G. rainy / sunny H. cloudy / clear I. humid / dry (Basra, Istanbul - humid, Mardin, Diyarbakur - dry) J. windy / calm K. hot / cold L. warm / cool M. storm / stormy N. earthquake O. thunder and lightning (when you see lightning you will hear the thunder). P. dry season (no rain) Q. rainy season R. spring S. summer T. fall U. winter

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Pg. 32 Section B - Read and then explain the proverb/saying to the class. Have them repeat the proverb after this. "Its raining cats and dogs." "Its pouring outside." "Its raining buckets." Section C. Part 1 - give each student a section of vocabulary to read. After reading rhe vocab, ask the students the question below - "What is your favorite season?" Why? "So you like stormy weather?" Why? Pg. 33 Section C Part 2 - Listen and fill in the blanks. Listening Script and Answer Key 1. When is Carlos’s birthday? His birthday is in January. 2. When is it hot? It is hot in the summer. 3. When does it snow? It snows in the winter. 4. When is Mia’s birthday? Her birthday is in July. 5. When did you marry? We married in August. 6. When do you graduate? I graduate in May. 7. When is it rainy? It is rainy in the fall. 8. What month has 28 days? February only has 28 days.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Pg. 33 Section C. Part 3 - Spelling and pronunciation. Write the word "you" on the board and inquire about it. Agter this explain the sound of 'you' is spelled different ways. (u) unit - Study unit 2. (u) computer - Do you have a computer? (use) value - We value virtue in our culture. (use) continue - Continue your lesson. (ue) virtue - Virtue is a value. (ue) statue - You have nice statues in Europe. (eau) beauty - We love beauty. (eau) beautiful - She is very beautiful. (ew) few - I have a few students. (ew) nephew - I have three nephews. (iew) view - The view from your house is beautiful. (iew) review - Please review your vocabulary for the spelling quiz. Read these words and sentences: who - [knock on the door] Who is it? you - Oh, it’s you! soon - Will you come soon? unit - We will study Lesson 8 next in the book. booty - How much booty is there? beauty - She is a rare beauty. food - I love Middle Eastern food. few - [hold up 3 markers] I have a few markers. boo hoo - [pretend to cry] Boo hoo! I’m so sad! nephew - My nephew has red hair. moot - moot point commute - [pretend to drive] How long is your commute? afternoon - 3:00 in the afternoon continue - Continue to study English – study Book D! achoo - [pretend to sneeze] Achoo! virtue - He has many

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Pg. 34 Section E Part 1 - Tell the Sts that we use the words "It is..." to talk about the weather. Read through the examples and make sure everyone understands what they mean. Have students complete this task individually. Group feedback: Possible answers... 1. cold / icy / winter 2. windy / March / fall 3. sunny / hot / August 4. hot / summer / July 5. snowy / cold / January 6. rainy / April / spring Section E Part 2 - Explain that the "ing" means it is happening right now. Present Continuous. Read through the chart and have the students repeat. Have students do the exercise individually. Answer Key 1. It is raining. 4. It is snowing. 2. The sun is shining. 5. It is hailing. 3. The wind is blowing. 6. It is freezing. Group feedback. GAME - Scatagories Weather Game 10-60 minutes Set up some weather-related clothes or L5SecG magazine pictures or pics of seasons around the room to help students think of weather-related words. This is a variation of the “Scattergories” game produced by Hasbro through the Milton Bradley Company and published in 1988. Model the game, using the word “school” as an example. Brainstorm with the students and write down on the board all the words they can think of that relate to “school.” Tell students that they’ll do the same thing in this game, using the topics of “the calendar” and “weather.” After they write down all the words they can think of within the time limit, they will compare their list with their competitors’ lists. Each pair must cross out the words that they have in common. Whoever has different, relevant words gets one point for each word. Divide students into groups of 4. Students work alone and compete with the rest of the group members. Put the L5SecG game cards 09 in a shuffled pile on your desk. Draw a card and call out the word to the students. Start the stopwatch or timer. Each pair of students has 1 minute to write down all the words they can think of that relate to the word. Tell students to work quietly so that they don’t give away their ideas to their opponents!  Write these questions on the board. "I have _______." "Do you have _____?" After 1 minute is up, tell students to stop. Have opponents compare lists by asking the questions in the gray box. They should cross out the words and phrases they have in common. Then they give themselves one point for each remaining relevant word.

Homework (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Pg. 33 Section D

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