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Student Showcase: Changing Seasons Challenge

June 1, 2022

This post is part of our monthly Student Showcase series where we highlight teacher creativity and show off the amazing work students are doing around the world!

Since June 21 is officially the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, we’re challenging English language teachers around the world to do one of these seasonal activities with their students in class.

June's Student Showcase challenge: Changing seasons

The beginning of a new season is always exciting, isn’t it? There are so many fun seasonal activities that we can only do at a certain time of year. What are you looking forward to this June?

To answer this question, we’ve come up with some activities that you can do in class with your students to celebrate the changing season.

Start by completing one of the activity challenges below. Then upload your students’ work through the video above or send it to hello@ellii.com with a brief description for a chance to be featured in our follow-up Student Showcase blog post!

We want to see how different teachers around the world are adapting the same activity to other class and community realities.

Activity 1: Vocabulary builder for young & beginner learners

If you're teaching young learners, we have great vocabulary-building resource activities you can use in class for both summer and winter!

For this activity, get your students to color in the picture and label it with the related vocabulary words.

Summer Vocabulary: sand, crab, waves, sandcastle, sunglasses, sun, starfish, seagull, towel, beach ball

Winter Vocabulary: scarf, snowflake, mitten, snowball, beanie, snowman, snowshoes, ice skates, sled, snowboard

Summer Scene Coloring Picture

Summer scene coloring activity page: Three people building sandcastles on a sandy beach by the ocean.

Winter Scene Coloring Picture 

Winter scene coloring activity page: Girl throwing snowballs to boy on skates, child sledding, boy building snowman holding a snowboard, old man snowshoeing.

Activity 2: Adverbs of frequency for intermediate learners

Take advantage of the theme of changing seasons to teach your intermediate students about adverbs of frequency.

Use our Adverbs of Frequency lesson and then try this activity to learn more about how your students spend their time during the winter and summer seasons!

This activity can be done in class or online. Get started by following these three simple steps:

Step 1

In class: Distribute five slips of paper to each student and have them write an action on each slip. Provide them with examples such as “sleep under the stars,” “play ice hockey,” “plant flowers in the garden,” etc.

Online: Have your students write five actions on a piece of paper or in a private document on their computer or device. Provide them with examples such as “sleep under the stars,” “play ice hockey,” “plant flowers in the garden,” etc.

Step 2

In class: Collect the slips of paper and mix them up. Divide your students into groups of four or five. Then divide up the slips and hand them out to the groups.

Online: Divide your students into groups of four or five and send them into breakout rooms. If this isn't possible, you can always do this activity together as an entire class.

Step 3

In class: Have your students take turns picking up a card and forming a question using “how often” and “in the winter/summer.” Each group member should then answer using an adverb of frequency.

Online: Have your students take turns using the actions they wrote down to form a question using “how often” and “in the winter/summer.” Each group member should then answer using an adverb of frequency.

Example

Student 1: How often do you go swimming in the summer?
Student 2: I often go swimming in the summer at my cottage.
Student 3: I never go swimming in the summer because I don’t know how to swim!
Student 4: I usually go swimming in my backyard pool when the weather is nice.

Check out this blog post to learn more about adverbs of frequency and how to teach them to your students.

Submit your students’ work and get featured

Complete one of the activity challenges listed above, and then send over your students’ amazing projects to hello@ellii.com by June 28, 2022. Don’t forget to give us a brief description of your students’ work!

We’ll select a few submissions at random and feature them at the end of the month in our follow-up Student Showcase blog post. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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