"Silly Stories" are my creation, akin to Mad Libs but set up in a format that is easy for students to follow and learn from, moving from vocabulary brainstorming to listening dictation to story creation.
UFO Visitors is one end of a telephone conversation of a man talking to the police about a UFO landing in his backyard; you can hear the police and aliens speaking, but they're not the focus of the activity. The silliness involves aliens being named after students, and how they're described; this is all completely random, depending on what words the students choose.
The lesson begins with filling in the words for their Silly Story without knowing the topic of the story. This is an excellent chance to give students a chance to explore and show off what they know; for students who's English level is low, it's a great chance for them to learn new words of their own choosing.
The lesson then moves into a simple listening dictation exercise, wherein they listen to a story and fill in the blanks on the worksheet. This allows them to focus on listening and, when they repeat what they heard, to sharpen their pronunciation skills. This is also where they learn the meaning of the original story, on which the Silly Story is based.
Finally, the students return to their word lists and complete their Silly Story. Since they already understand the story structure, the wackiness of the Silly Story is hilarious instead of confusing.
The students want to read and share so much that, after class, they don't want to leave! Pure success.
"UFO Visitors" is a Silly Story activity. The focus of learning is the grammar pattern "What color is it?" "It's [color]," "He/She is [adjective]," "His/Her name is [Name]," and vocabulary related to colors and physical descriptions.
This product includes an audio file (speaking and special effects); a worksheet with a fill-in-the-blank dictation, a table for writing Silly Story vocabulary, a fill-in-the-blank Silly Story; a file with explanations and examples for teaching; and a board layout for beginning the lesson. The dictation and Silly Story are directly related, allowing for easy transition and understanding. There are two audio files to choose from, one with slightly more effects (UFO doors opening); teachers with lower-quality sound in their classrooms may prefer the file with fewer effects.
Keywords: UFO, alien, colors, green, red, yellow, black, white, boy, girl, short, tall, thin, strong, mean, heavy, name, police
Store: Daniel Jenne