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Grade 3 Speaking and Listening Activities
1. Interview your classmate
This works best with a fresh set of students, but it can be fun and educational at any time of the year.
Get students to sit in pairs. Each student has to ask a few questions to his partner. The teacher can give a few questions as a guide, but the students can come up with their own questions.
Some examples of questions are:
What is your full name?
Where do you live?
How many siblings do you have?
What are your hobbies?
Do you have pet? What is it?
What is your favourite book/television show/computer game?
It is best that each student writes the answers down. At the end of the interview, each student introduces his/her partner in front of the class. The answers that are written down can be used as a guide for the presentation. Teachers should encourage students not to read the answers, but present it in their own words.
Remember to appreciate each student after his/her presentation.
2. Listen and draw
Ask students to sit in pairs. Each student should have a piece of A4 size paper, a pencil and colour pencils. Each of the students should be given a simple picture, for example, the picture of bus. Each student has to look at his/her picture and explain to the other what the picture is. For example, if it is a bus, the student can say,
This is the picture of a bus. It has 6 windows. The bus is red, with four black tyres. There are no passengers or driver in the bus.
The teacher should encourage the use of adjectives in the description. For example, the student can say,
This is the picture of a big and tall bus. It has 6 large windows. The bus is bright red, with four medium-size black tyres. There are no passengers or driver in the bus.
The other student has to draw and colour according to the description that he/she hears.
At the end of the activity, students compare the original picture with the one drawn and coloured by the student. The activity is repeated with the other student.
3. Story construction
This activity includes the whole class, in speaking and listening.
The teacher gives the first sentence of a story. It could be, for example,
Once there was a baby elephant named Sam.
The students will have to continue the story, each giving a sentence each to continue the story. The teacher will call out the name of the student who has to provide the next sentence.
With a big class, there can be more than one stories in one lesson, since the first story may be completed after nine or ten students.
The teacher should support and encourage the use of dialogues and descriptive words in the story.
The teacher may assign one student to write down the story as it is being constructed. As a show of appreciation for the class, the completed stories can be displayed on the class noticeboard with names of the contributing students written below the story.
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