Day one Teacher's Guide for Year 1 English activities

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Topic: Cyclone

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Children will be able to read and learn how cyclone can affect their lives and how to prepare for such natural disaster.


News Time:

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Children will be able to converse and talk about personal experiences and also listen and respond to others

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1. Gather children in front of the classroom.

2. Allow children to share their news

3. Now because this is the first day for children to learn about weather; this lesson is to introduce the word ‘weather’ by brainstorming. letter ‘C’.

2. Practice the letter ‘C’ sound by reading this poem.

Cats cats cats Cats climb cars Cats climb couches Cats catch rats and climb coconuts too Cats cats cats

3. Children to practice writing letter ‘C’ in the air with their pencils or fingers

4. Children to practice several times writing the letter ‘C’ on the slate board.

5. Write up this handwriting activity on the board, and then ask children to copy it on their slates.


6. Teacher checks each child to see they do it correctly and help those who need help. Resources: Chalkboard, chalk, slates, pencils, cut out letter ‘C’}}


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Children will be able to learn, spell and recognise three high frequency words and two words from the text use for shared reading. They can be able to use these words in correct sentences and also during their other writing activities.

Shared Reading

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Children will be able to listen and respond to text, recall the main ideas and relate them to personal experiences (Listening and reading functions, L1/2)

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1. Teacher copy the story from the book ‘Cyclone Warning’ on a large chart before the lesson

2. Gather the children and revise ‘what is weather?’

3. Ask children what they know about cyclones. Write the word ‘cyclone’ on the blackboard and note children’s responses.

4. Ask children to talk about any of their experience with cyclones

5. Introduce the story by talking about the title ‘ Cyclone Warning’ and children’s prediction of the story

6. Read the story

7. Talk about the story

'Follow up activity

1. Write up a two weeks weather chart. This is for the children to fill in each day’s weather during the two weeks that they are learning about weather.

2. Ask children to help you to write the days of the week on the chart. Put the weather chart on the wall and start the weather for today with the children.

3. Ask the children to talk about what they want to do on weather like that.}}

Resources: ‘Cyclone Warning’. A Story from the Nguzu Nguzu series of stories for Lower Primary Schools, pg. 64 – 65, (Solomon Islands, curriculum). Chalkboard, chalk, chart, markers

Reading to Talk With

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For children to listen with enjoyment, familiarise with book language, respond to texts and relate them to personal experiences. (Listening Functions L1).

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1. Read page 22 of the ‘Storm’ book or any related book.

2. Ask what they think about the story

Resources: ‘Storm’ by Andrew Collins, L26, Emerald

Guided Reading

Purpose: Respond to language and meanings in text

Organisation: 1. After doing RTTW teacher explain each group’s task then send them out while teacher do guided reading with one group.

Task Board Management

Purpose: for children to do task in groups independently.

Grouping must be in their reading abilities. While the teacher is busy with one group the rest can work independently on their first task then after 10 minutes or so (depend on the teacher) the groups can move on to their second task. The teacher will still with the guided reading group. Task for each day should be written and display for the class before lesson begins.

For example;

Red Guided reading with the teacher

Yellow Learning alphabet, then after reading Big books & Poems

Blue Independent reading & Spelling activity

Gold Free writing & Independent reading from boxes

Guided Reading


1. Red Group – ‘The Weather Chart Book’

- Ask children to talk about today’s weather and think about what their family members what to do on weather like this.

- Introduce the book by talking about the cover and prediction the story.

- Talk and read each page as you go.

- After reading ask children to draw their favourite weather from the story and explain to a friend why.

2. Yellow Group First task – Children practicing their spelling words by using the cut out alphabetical letters. Second task – Children read big books and poems written on cards or chart

3. Blue Group First task – Do independent reading using the books from the boxes. These books will be selected from the library. Purpose: To enable children to select and read independently for enjoyment.

Second task – Children practicing their spelling words in pairs or as the whole group by using the cut out alphabetical letters.

4. Gold Group First task – Each child to draw an important thing to take when a cyclone comes, for example match to lit fire. Second task – Do independent reading using the books from the boxes

Resources: The Weather Chart’ by Ann Wilson (Magenta), Cut out alphabetical letters, Flash cards, coloured pencils, crayons, Reading books

Independent Reading Purpose: To enable children to select and read independently for enjoyment (Reading Functions, L1).

Organisation: 1. Tell children that when they completed any class activity early they can go to the class library corner; choose any book or poem cards to do independent reading. Resources: Reading books, poem cards