Today I am sharing an activity that worked really well with my students at the AAETC, AL Azhar University.
Main aim: To practice the past simple tense through a song that is written by the teacher
Timing: 1 hour
Tell your students that you are going to share with them a song about a fairy tale.
In pairs: ask students" what are the fairy tale you know?"
Write this song on the board
Once upon a time, there was an ugly ogre
This ogre was a really kind one
Yet one day he saw a beautiful girl
To far away land he followed her
Funny at night, she also was an ogre
But the ugly ogre fell in love
And happy ever after was an end
Pre-teach:( ogre, happy ever after, once upon a time)
In groups of three:
-ask your students to first underline (the verbs, then the nouns, then the main expressions)
-Now ask your students to turn around and give their back to the board
-With their notes only, ask students to reconstruct the song.
Start singing the song together as many time as they like.
First :with you leading and them repeating
Then :With you leading , them repeating and using as many body gestures to mimic the events
Finally: when they feel confident, invite one of the students to lead the group.