On Friday, June 2nd, we went to a beautiful private school called Colegio Universitario Inglés. I was placed in a third-grade classroom that had 32 students in it. From the second I walked in, all of the students had so much energy. It was such a warm and welcoming environment, and I was ready to be a part of this classroom. Lucky enough, I was able to actually teach one of the lessons I brought with me to Chile. My research has been focused on read alouds and how (or even if) a teacher in a Chilean school uses them. On this particular day, I brought the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. This book focuses on the English Alphabet and really gets students engaged by repeating a phrase throughout the book. I taught the phrase " Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room? prior to reading the book because I wanted the students to say it with me whenever it was said in the story. To start off my lesson, I used the book to go through the alphabet. I said the letters in order and then had the students repeat them after me. To my surprise, the students did an amazing job with this and some of them already knew the alphabet. This was such a fun way to get the students hooked into the lesson and ready to go! While reading the book, I had comprehension questions that I asked on certain pages. This allowed for not only even more student engagement, but it allowed me to make sure the students were understanding what was being read to them. Right after the book, I had the students take part in a fun activity. What third grader doesn't love coloring!? I used that to my advantage and had the students color a cut out of a coconut tree and then write their names using the alphabet where ever they wanted in the tree. This connected to the book because the letters of the alphabet climbed to the very top of the tree before all of them fell out. Writing their name using the English alphabet posed for a little challenge for some of the students. They were not shy in asking for my help though, and that I absolutely loved. It was amazing to be able to implement one of my own lessons in a Chilean classroom because I was really able to work with such a diverse group of learners. In the pictures below are some examples of student's work as well as some pictures a few children drew for me! :)
With only one week left, I am excited to see how much more I can do and how much further I can push myself!