Mini Picturebook e-Lessons: Notes

Background

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

How-To

  • Share the e-lesson link or QR-Code.
  • Inform children they will follow 3 steps:
  1. Look at the cover to predict, research information and check key words.
  2. Listen and watch the picturebook creator reading aloud for general understanding.  Tell children they are not expected to understand every word.
  3. Listen and watch the picturebook creator reading aloud to develop observation, listening and comprehension skills.
  4. 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.

PEPELT resources by PEPELT are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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 1Amazing by Steve Antony 
Mini Lesson 2Wild by Emily Hughes
Mini Lesson 3Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere
Mini Lesson 4The very hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Mini Lesson 5We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
Mini Lesson 6 I Am Bat by Morag Hood
Mini Lesson 7There’s a Monster IN YOUR BOOK by Tom Fletcher
Mini Lesson 8Shark in the Park on a Windy Day! by Nick Sharratt
Mini Lesson 9Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
Mini Lesson 10The Cave by Rob Hodgson
Mini Lesson 11The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Mini Lesson 12Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen
Mini Lesson 13Hundred Feet Tall by Benjamin Scheuer & Jemima Williams
Mini Lesson 14Look Up! by Nathan Bryon & by Dapo Adeola
Mini Lesson 15Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Mini Lesson 16Beegu by Alexis Deacon
Mini Lesson 17The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony
Mini Lesson 18Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon
Mini Lesson 19I Am A Tiger by Karl Newson & Ross Collins
Mini Lesson 20How to be a Lion by Ed Vere
Mini Lesson 21The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
Mini Lesson 22You Matter by Christian Robinson