School supplies are very important vocabulary for young learners of English (ESL, EFL). It makes it much easier for a student to get a pencil from their bag, if they know what it is! So I have made a new, and a bit silly, video to introduce the vocabulary:
The video introduces the question, “What’s in your bag?” and an answer, “It’s my pencil, ” and other items like notebook, ruler, and eraser.
Tips for watching a video with students
This might go without saying, but I always watch the video with my students, do all of the actions and sing all the way through. Students will model after you, so even if you are putting on a video, it is not a time to sit and relax in class. (sorry!) These videos are designed with a second half that increases the speed of the song. This is great for fluency practice, and really getting your students to internalize the vocabulary!
What’s in your bag? Game
Materials: Bags (either students, or supply some kind of paper, or cloth bag). Students school supplies (pencil, eraser, ruler, etc.)
Ask the students to put one item in their bag, and make a partner. The students take turns asking and answering, like this:
Student 1: What’s in your bag?
Student 2: It’s my pencil. What’s in your bag?
Student 1: It’s my eraser.
Then, the students can play Rock, Scissors, Paper and move onto a new pair. Simple, but fun.
These are just a few ideas of my own. I encourage you to be a creative teacher, and try out new game and classroom ideas to get the best out of your students!