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August 9, 2010

Estafet Story Telling

Estafet Story Telling
-(Nature Game, Language Game)-

This is a game we can use to learn about language, especially when we try to encourage children to tell a story. I give some modification so we also can use it to learn about environment a little. Thanks for Mr Paul, my English teacher from TBI-The British Institute, Bogor who show this method to me in his English Club yesterday.

Needs
Paper and questions

First , give instructions to children to write down these questions into one page of paper. I think 10 questions is enough plus you always can modify these questions into another topic...

Mention that everybody can answer the questions freely.

QUESTIONS

1. Who is this man (name, work?)
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2. If he likes to grow / plant something, what kind of vegetables he likes to grow?
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3. From which country did these vegetables come originally?
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4. Which seasoning is better to make this vegetable taste better?
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5. What animal eat this vegetable?
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6. Mention the use of this vegetable for human health?
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7. Today scientist found new varian of this vegetable that looks interesting. Why this varian is interesting for them?
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8. The man tries to cultivate the vegetable. Is he failed or not - why?
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9. Scientist said something related with this vegetable. What did they say?
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10. Is the vegetable available in the market now? Why?
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This is a fun game. My teacher used it and everybody laugh in the class. Although in Indonesia we use this game to practice English (story telling) but I hope the fun atmosphere also work when we use it to learn environment. And the bonus is that we can learn English and environment in one packet.

The idea is very simple. Write all this questions in one page. Give some space so they can write the answer below each question.

First kid answer question number one, than they fold the paper so number one question and answer is hidden. Then the kid assists / gives the paper into the one who sit beside him/her. The second kid answer the number two question and fold the paper again. He / she give it to the other and so on.

Basically it likes make a story composed many sources (by answering the questions) - without know every previous answer. So yes, the story sometimes become silly and funny.

Read the paper after all question has been answered. To learn about conversation, it will train the kids to make a story by read and relate all answer into one interesting story (try to make a good story with all this mess ^_^ ).

To relate it into environment issues, tell children that after all this activity to find the right story about these vegetables (the vegetables species in question number two is as main idea, and they may check all answer (right or wrong) by using internet and other sources. Don't worry - maybe they cannot find all answer but by doing this they will know about species diversity and adaptation...

Searching activity can be used as homework if you have limited time to learn.

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