Fall Unit's play-based lessons plan

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! مَرْحَباً

In this blog-post, I am glad to suggest you a Fall-themed Unit plan based on:

  • our resources from the Fall Unit (mentioned in the post in orange)
  • playful, creative and enjoyable activities,
  • meaningful context and repetitions, 
  • activities suitable for all kinds of learners: kinesthetic (physical), auditory, oral and visual.
  • and the practice of the 4 skills of the language: reading, writing, listening, speaking.

I already wrote about this approach in this post and used it personally to teach Arabic to a small group of kids. They were preschool-aged children but I think this approach can be used with older children, depending on their Arabic level (if they are beginners) and interests in the following activities.

This unit can also be used by a parent/teacher with one child. (note that I chose to write “kids” and “children” in the explanations below but you can adapt them to one child doing the activities with you)

 

1) Organisation of the Fall-themed Arabic Unit:

This unit is composed of an optional field trip (at the park or in the forest if you can) and 3 progressive lessons.

Each lesson lasts around 45 min but it depends on the number of children, their age and their level.

The lessons have the same plan of short activities (routine is important). I also alternate quiet activities and more active activities according to children’s needs. Here is the plan of each lesson:

  1. Hello Rhyme from the Greeting & Introducing UNIT
  2. Story Time (“Fall’s treasures” story)
  3. Let’s play in Arabic! (“Fall colors & Elements” Flashcards’ Game)
  4. Let’s write and read in Arabic! ( Fall worksheets + Fall reading Puzzles)
  5. Let’s move in Arabic!
  6. Craft
  7.  Goodbye Rhyme from the Greeting & Introducing UNIT
I will describe each activity below.

2) Before or After Unit Field Trip (optional):

fall treasure hunt list in Arabic by Arabic Seeds - Arabic for kids, children, beginners

Option 1: Field Trip before the 3 lessons:

One of the best way to talk about Fall is to go out to the park or the forest and to look for relevant natural elements. We designed a “Fall’s treasures” Hunt List (included in the Fall’s Treasures Story’s file), so you can introduce some basic vocabulary about Autumn.

If the kids didn’t find every items on the list or if you don’t have a relevant place to go, we included in the same file an illustration of a forest with the same items to find.

NOTE: during the trip, take the opportunity to pick up some natural items. You will need them for the unit’s crafts.

Option 2: Field trip After the 3 lessons:

If you prefer, you can organize this field trip at the end of the Unit so that kids practice what they learnt throughout the 3 lessons and even use a basic sentence with the verb “I found…” from the “Fall’s Treasures” story accompanying the Hunt List.

 

3) Fall-themed Arabic Lesson 1:

1.Hello Rhyme

Rhymes are great to teach new vocabulary in an enjoyable and simple way. Make a circle, turn around and greet the children with our “Hello my friends!” Arabic Rhyme (shown on the left in the picture below). You can simply invent a tune for it or use one that you already know.

2. Story time

Read aloud the “Fall’s Treasures” short story to the kids while showing them the illustrations. To make the story “alive”, add voice intonations and gestures as much as you can.

Fall Arabic Story for kids - Arabic Seeds - Copie

3. Let’s play in Arabic!

We play a listening & speaking game with the flashcards of the Fall elements. For this lesson 1, only take the nine cards representing the elements included in the story (the other flashcards will be added in the next lessons so we keep the unit progressive), as shown in the following picture:

Let's play in Arabic! Listening & speaking games with flashcards - Arabic Seeds

 

Vocabulary introduction before playing the game:

Show each flashcards and tell their name. Make the children repeat after you.

TIP: if children are beginners, the goal of the speaking part of the game is to make them feel comfortable in speaking Arabic. Don’t expect they pronounce perfectly well. Let them enjoy Arabic and they will improve with practice.

If you have real items  representing the elements of the flashcards (from your field trip for example), make the children associate each real element with the relevant flashcard. Instructions of the game – Vocabulary Hunt:

Hide the flashcards in the room (or an outside delimited area). Children have to find them as you tell their name in Arabic, one by one. If you see they need help (especially since this is the first lesson), show them real items or the same flashcard printed a second time as you tell the name in Arabic. Make them repeat the word when they find the card.

NOTE: you can also do the opposite: hide real items and ask the children to find them as you show the flashcards.

4. Let’s write and read in Arabic!

For this quiet activity, we need the Fall worksheets and the Fall reading Puzzles. During this lesson, make the kids practice writing, letters recognition and reading by completing the first 2 worksheets and the first 2 reading puzzles (the “mushroom” and the “chestnut”, both have 3 letters).

                                                        Fall Arabic worksheets

 

Help the children according to their level and development:

  • For the worksheets: it’s normal if the little ones (3 year old aged particularly) scribble instead of writing the words. They are exposed to the Arabic script, this is the essential. Congratulates them for their efforts. You may want to re-print these worksheets for them later.

For older beginners children, it’s normal that they don’t write perfectly. Congratulate them for their efforts too!

  • For the puzzles, you have various ways to cut and use them according to the reading level of the children:
1. Easier level:  cut on the dots  vertically only so each part of the illustration go with a letter. 2. More challenging, cut vertically AND horizontally on the lines so the parts of the illustration are separated from the letters as well as each letters of the word.

5. Let’s move in Arabic!

After the writing and reading tasks, nothing is better than a short and fun activity to practice Arabic through movements! This is a great way to enhance the listening skill!

Instructions:

Tell the kids that you are now imitating squirrels (like the little squirrel at the end of the story)!

Say the following basic sentences in Arabic as you act the movements of a squirrel (NOTE: if you have enough space, you can do the movements while moving around the room or your outside area). Ask the children to do them with you.

! أَنا سِنْجابٌ

I am a squirrel!

! أَقْفِزُ أَقْفِزُ أَقْفِزُ

I jump I jump I jump!

! أَجْري

I run!

! أَقْفِزُ أَقْفِزُ أَقْفِزُ

I jump I jump I jump!

! أَتَسَلَّقُ الْأَشْجارَ

I climb on the trees!

 ! أَجْري

I run!

…آكُلُ جَوْزاً مممم

I eat a chestnut! yumm…

! شَبِعْتُ وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ

I am full, thanks God!

… حانَ وَقْتُ النَّوْمِ

It’s time to sleep…

6. Fall-themed craft:

A craft is good to enhance vocabulary learning while being creative!

 

7. Goodbye Rhyme:

Same instructions than for the “Hello” rhyme (see above). This simple rhyme is good to close your lesson!

4) Fall-themed Arabic Lesson 2:

For the next 2 lessons, we use the same plan with some variations. I won’t re-explain everything since you have the instructions above. I will just add the explanations for activities that change.

1.Hello Rhyme

see lesson 1

2. Story time

Firstly distribute to the kids the nine Fall elements flashcards included in the story.

Read aloud the “Fall’s Treasures” short Story but this time don’t show the illustrations. Instead, ask the kids to show you the relevant flashcard as you read its name in the story. Help them if they need it. It’s a nice way to make them review the vocabulary of the lesson 1!

3. Let’s play in Arabic!

This time, we need all the thirteen Fall elements flashcards and their black silhouettes (from the 2 sheets included in the “Fall colors and elements” resource), as shown below: Let's play in Arabic! Listening & speaking games with flashcards - matching game - Arabic Seeds - Arabic for kids  

Instructions of the game – Matching Elements/Silhouettes:

Cut the black silhouettes and display the flashcards in front of the kids.

Distribute the silhouettes and ask them to match each silhouette with the relevant flashcard.

Make them name the words in Arabic as they match the cards/silhouettes.

4. Let’s write and read in Arabic!

For this second lesson, make kids complete the third and fourth Fall worksheets and Fall reading Puzzles (the “leaf” and the “boot”, both have 4 letters). Help the children according to their level as explained in the lesson 1.

5. Let’s move in Arabic!

See lesson 1.

6. Fall-themed craft:

To make a craft highlighting the new vocabulary introduced during this lesson (apple and pumpkin particularly), I suggest you these cute crafts from TJ Homeschooling:

Paper Strip Pumpkin

Pom Pom Apple  Tree

Popsicle Stick Apple Core Craft

7. Goodbye Rhyme:

See lesson 1

5) Fall-themed Arabic Lesson 3:

1.Hello Rhyme

See lesson 1 above.

2. Story time

See lesson 2 above.

3. Let’s play in Arabic!

For this final lesson, we need all the thirteen Fall elements flashcards and the 4 colored circles ( included in the “Fall colors and elements” resource), as shown below: Let's play in Arabic! Listening & speaking games with flashcards - colors in Arabic - Arabic Seeds - Arabic for kids

Instructions of the game – Matching elements-colors Game:

Once children are comfortable with the new Fall-elements vocabulary, you can add the 4 colored circles to play a matching game by associating each Fall-element with the relevant colored circle. Make them tell the name of each element and its color in Arabic according to its gender. Help them according to their level, you can simply make them repeat after you.

Example of Questions/Answers you can use:

4. Let’s write and read in Arabic!

For this second lesson, make kids complete the 2 lasts Fall worksheets and Fall reading Puzzles (the “umbrella” with 4 letters and the “pumpkin” with 5 letters, ). Help the children according to their level as explained in the lesson 1.

For the more advanced children, you can cut all the illustrations and letters, mix them and tell them to find all the words and relevant illustrations:

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5. Let’s move in Arabic!

See lesson 1.

6. Fall-themed craft:

  • I suggest you make a “painting with leaves” with the four colors of the flashcards games, so children review the colors in Arabic while doing the craft.
  • You can also choose a craft from the links mentioned in the lessons 1 and 2.
 

7. Goodbye Rhyme:

See lesson 1

I hope this suggestion of unit and lessons plans will help you to teach Arabic to your kids/students! I suggest you copy-paste this post and print it for easier use! Feel free to leave a reply and to ask questions in the comments section below!

Especially if you are a parent, reinforce the learning by practicing in the daily life what kids learnt during the lessons! Keep the story in your bookshelf so that you can read it again from time to time. Keep also the flashcards and silhouettes and the reading puzzles so that your kids can play again! (NOTE: lamination of these resources is highly recommended if you want to keep them for a long time and several siblings)

Enjoy, discover, learn!

_ Emilie, founder of Arabic Seeds.

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