CALL Teaching Instructions for
“Animals Around the World”
Level: Middle School or Young Adult
Low intermediate/Intermediate/High Intermediate
Time: 40-50 minutes
Objective: Talking about animals from around the world. Reinforcing the “wh” questions. Practice “how” questions. Talking about sounds; words used to describe sounds.
This CALL lesson should follow the classroom lesson “Danger” from Shine, Book 2, Unit 7
Activity 1- Learn About Endangered Animals Around the World
a) Begin the lesson with a brief discussion: Did you know that there are about 9,900 different kinds of birds? Did you know that about 1,200 of those kinds of birds are in danger of extinction? That’s about 12% of all birds. What does extinct mean? What does species mean? Let’s find out. [Teachers may wish to use more examples. For good background information, and a list of endangered animals, go to the website: http://www.redlist.org/info/tables/table1.html
b) Review (or teach) relevant vocabulary found on the Student’s Page. For this activity teachers may wish to have the students use the computer dictionary to look up the words as they learn about the animals. There are too many “incidental” words to include them all on the vocabulary list.(Note: It is helpful if students have the English/Korean dictionary open at all times.)
From the textbook, review “The Panda” on page 87. These questions will be used in this activity. [Optional]
Teachers log on to: http://www.epatrol.org/ep-endangered.html
Click on the “Asia” link below the map. Then click on the icon.
Model the dialogue:
What is it? It’s a humpback whale.
Where does it live? It lives in the oceans and seas of Asia.
How does it live? The humpback whale is a graceful creature known for it’s underwater song.
What about young ones? Babies are 15 feet long and will be nursed by their mothers for almost a year.
How big is it? The humpback whale is over 50 feet in length.
Why is it in danger? It is endangered because they were over hunted by man. Pollution in the Earth’s oceans may be the cause of their population’s slow recovery.
[Teachers should point out that sometimes there may be no information for some of the questions above.]
e) Pair Work or Small Group Work. Assign pairs or small groups one of the seven continents. Have them work together to answer the questions above for at least two of the animals listed under their assigned section. Offer support as needed. This will be a challenging (but interesting) task for some students, however, in groups they will likely perform better.
f) Have the pairs or groups tell the rest of the class about the endangered animals they looked at. Teachers may want to bring the animals up on the front screen as students talk about them.
g) End with a discussion. Did you know the names of any of these animals? Have you seen their pictures before? Which one was your favorite? Why? What is the reason (why are) these animals are all endangered?
Activity 2 – Learn Animal Sounds on an Animal Safari
a) This is an activity that can be played as a game. The objective of this game, aside from simply being fun, is learning words we use to describe sounds. This game could be played in pairs, but because it is a game which requires students to listen to animal sounds with their earsets, it might be more simple to play it together as a class, with the teacher contrilling the sounds and directing the game.
b) Go over the new vocabulary words for this game, as found on the students’ page. Teachers may wish to actually take the students through the sounds on the website as they go over these animals and sounds.
Teachers log onto: http://www.wildsanctuary.com/safari.html
c) Go over the animals and their sounds with the students. Have students pick out the words used to describe the sounds. [Teachers may wish to allow students a few minutes to listen to the sounds on their own over the headsets.
d) Teachers should turn off the projector (press button marked on/off once, wait a moment, then press it a second time). Chose and animal and play the sound over the speakers. Allow the students to look at the pictures and names of the animals on their own computers (but not listen to the sounds). Have them try and guess which animal it is.
Ask: What is this animal? Where does it come from? What is the sound like? (Students should be able to answer by reading the sound description on the animal’s page). Repeat until finished all the animals.
Teachers May want to visit Kids Planet. It has a more extensive list of endangered animals than the site above, although the description are considerably longer. This site would be better suited to higher level students (Intermediate/ High Intermediate). Activity one could be tailored to this website.