Preliterate TCI/TPRS Activities

Pre-Story Activities

Listen & Draw

  •  Chinese whispers with words or sentences
  • Mewarnai – students have a sheet of pics related to story about to be covered and teacher gives instructions like mewarnai dua topi merah (colour 2 hats red)
  • Tracing words on a partners back – letter by letter
  • Charades – student does an action/gesture and class has to guess what they are doing
  • Raja Monyet -Student A leaves the room/closes their eyes. Teacher appoints a student and they become monyet/buaya/kancil (whatever target structure you are targeting). Student A is then invited to approach 3 different students seated in the circle guessing which one is the buya, moonyet etc. Student A asks 3 students, “Siapa nama?” (Whats your name?) one by one. If they are not buaya/kancil/pohon they answer with “Nama saya and their name (My name is …..) If they ask the buaya/monyet/kancil’ they will answer with, “Nama saya kancil” or Nama saya buaya etc.
  • Guess the gesture – student comes sout the front and the class does a gesture and student has to give the Indonesian for it.
  • Flyswatter Game – on the floor in the middle of a circle of students, are pics of the target structures. In groups of 3, students take it in turns to stand up with a flswatter. Teacher says a structure and students try to be the first to swat the corresponding pic.
  • Picture Bingo
  • Reverse Bingo
  • Pictionary – in pairs one student is the artist and one is the guesser. The artist chooses one of a bank of given target structures and the writer has to work out which one it is. If students are literate, make it silent pictionary and the the guesser can only write down their guesses.
  • Silly sentences – Teacher writes on board a sentence including the target structure and students have to complete it using cognates eg if the target structure is ‘makan’ (eat), the silly sentence could be ____________ makan krabby patty. They then illustrate the sentence.
  • Teacher holds up 2 pictures from the story and holds them apart widely. Teacher then says, buaya?  Students point to the crocodile, teacher says kancil and students point to the mouse deer. Etc could be extended with 4 children standing in different corners!
  • PQA using soft teddies.
  • Picadilly Circus (credit Play is the Way) students standing in a circle. One has a soft ball or teddy and stands in the  middle. Student randomly chooses a student standing in the circle and approaches them to ask a question (whats your name?) or half of a target structure (don’t). As they ask the chosen student, the hand over the ball and the student replies appropriately (my name is) or (get too close). The first student then steps back into the circle replacing  the other student, who is off now repeating the question/phrase to another student, and sits down. Game continues until everyone is seated. This game can be timed with older students to encourage automaticitiy and also another object can be introduced and students can not sit down until they have held both objects!
  • Hatchi Patchi/Detective – one student leaves the room and a leader is chosen. This leader leads the actions which the rest must follow without giving away who the leader is. The actions would be gestures that the students know. See here for extension ideas.
  • Siapa Monyet? – Hangman style game for students. Teacher writes dashes on the board for a word/sentence. Students guess a letter one  by one and if correct add to dashes and if incorrect begin drawing the monyet.  One body part per incorrect answer. If the students lose, they have to act out like a monkey and if the teacher loses, she/he  has to act out like a monkey.fullsizerender

 

 

Post Story Activities

  • Listen & Draw
  • Cloze
  • Unjumble sentences or words
  • Simple wordle
  • Catharina’s Duplo activity – teacher reads the story  sentence by sentence while students are seated in a circle and in the middle of the circle is a pile of duplo. If the sentence that the teacher readss out is correct, students can take a piece of duplo. If the sentence is incorrect, students can not take any duplo. This is an excellent lilstening activity and fun too. Students can play with their duplo while listening!
  • Sequence pictures from a story
  • Pick a sentence and illustrate
  • Match pictures and sentences
  • Feltboard retelling
  • Oral cloze retell
  • Choral reading
  • Echo reading
  • All the worlds a Stage – in partners, students reenact the story as the teacher retells it.
  • Flyswatter Game – Keith Toda
  • Picture or statue – K.C. Kless 
  • Para! – Mrs Spanish & Keith Toda