With many schools closed because of Covid-19, we are providing ‘ready-to-go’ Mini Picturebook e-Lessons. These are lessons for children to complete with teachers and/or parents (carers) at home. They can also be used by teachers of key worker children learning in a classroom context.
The lessons provide simple guidelines for children to watch and listen to a picturebook being read aloud by the author/illustrator themselves. The lessons are suitable for primary English language learners (ESL, EFL, EAL) and children will be able to:
- engage with picturebooks
- develop their English language and especially their listening skills
- find out and research interesting facts and information
- enjoy meeting and listening to the creator of the picturebook
Easy to follow action verbs such as ‘predict, act out, think, personalise’ make learning comprehensible and explicit.
The mini e-lessons contain suggested activities to pick and choose from depending on the age, language level and interests of the children and time available. The lessons can be easily adapted to suit their needs.
Children are encouraged to share their work with their classmates and teacher to make learning motivating and collaborative and to create a virtual community of learners.
We hope children will enjoy and learn and that these lessons offer some support for primary English teachers trying their very best to teach English online. Gail & Tatia for PEPELT
- Share the e-lesson link or QR-Code.
- Inform children they will follow 3 steps:
- Look at the cover to predict, research information and check key words.
- Listen and watch the picturebook creator reading aloud for general understanding. Tell children they are not expected to understand every word.
- Listen and watch the picturebook creator reading aloud to develop observation, listening and comprehension skills.
- Add their voice to make personal, cross-curricular, and intercultural connections.
- Support children through each step and activity as necessary.
- Invite children to share their work.
Please note … Activities can be selected according to the age, language level and interests of the child. They do not have do do every activity. Adapt the lessons to suit the needs of your learners.
And finally … The author read-alouds can be listened to and watched purely for pleasure and enjoyment ! They will give children plenty of exposure to rich, authentic English. However, we do suggest you complete some of the Look at the cover activities to encourage children to make predictions about the story from the title and cover illustration, and to appreciate the picturebook’s different features.
Available mini picturebook e-lessons
Here is an overview of all the lessons we have already created – we are adding new ones every week.
|Mini Lesson 1||Amazing by Steve Antony|
|Mini Lesson 2||Wild by Emily Hughes|
|Mini Lesson 3||Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere|
|Mini Lesson 4||The very hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle|
|Mini Lesson 5||We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury|
|Mini Lesson 6||I Am Bat by Morag Hood|
|Mini Lesson 7||There’s a Monster IN YOUR BOOK by Tom Fletcher|
|Mini Lesson 8||Shark in the Park on a Windy Day! by Nick Sharratt|
|Mini Lesson 9||Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony|
|Mini Lesson 10||The Cave by Rob Hodgson|
|Mini Lesson 11||The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett|
|Mini Lesson 12||Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen|
|Mini Lesson 13||Hundred Feet Tall by Benjamin Scheuer & Jemima Williams|
|Mini Lesson 14||Look Up! by Nathan Bryon & by Dapo Adeola|
|Mini Lesson 15||Max the Brave by Ed Vere|
|Mini Lesson 16||Beegu by Alexis Deacon|
|Mini Lesson 17||The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony|
|Mini Lesson 18||Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon|
|Mini Lesson 19||I Am A Tiger by Karl Newson & Ross Collins|
|Mini Lesson 20||How to be a Lion by Ed Vere|
|Mini Lesson 21||The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros|
|Mini Lesson 22||You Matter by Christian Robinson|