Whole Class Participation Mini Whiteboard Reading Game (2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This particular activity applies the use of the invaluable mini whiteboards which, in my humble opinion are one of the most simple, effective and versatile educational tools an EFL teacher has for very young learners.

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The basic goal of this exercise is to find and write the page number of the passage being read out. Time is of the essence so the children have to skim read the text by memorising and retrieving certain key words they hear.

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The children in ep1 red are only 5, 6 and 7 years of age and for many of them it is their first real exposure to the English language in an academic context.

They have been in ep1 red for only 13 weeks now.

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For this activity to be helpful the children must already be familiar with the text they are asked to read.

There are a multitude of skills which are being utilised and enhanced in this particular activity. Such as skim reading, reading, working memory, listening, writing, numeral writing to mention but a few.

As you can see ALL of the children are ACTIVE participants and enjoy this exercise immensely.

I hope you enjoy the YouTube video!

Thank you…Teacher Chaz






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Mini Whiteboard and Cardboard Die Addition Activity (2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This is week 10 for the pupils of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

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This simple Mathematics addition activity relies on the partner to roll the dice and randomly generate a number which can then be written down by the other partner and in turn the sum is figured out.

The partner with the dice must shout out the numbers and also check to see if their partner’s answer is correct. This way both children are actually solving the same sum.

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As we all know in Maths there is no single approach to working out calculations. Some children are able to figure out the sums in their minds, some use their fingers others use a number line and some use counting the taps they make on their tables.

Once a partner has worked out 5 sums their roles are then swapped.

This is a great little activity which uses a multitude of skills, for example writing, reading, counting, visualising numbers, speaking, pier assistance to mention just a few.

In the coming weeks this activity can be made more challenging by allowing the children to add more than 2 numbers together by rolling the dice more than two times.

In this game the children whom were more comfortable with adding bigger numbers together were given different die with larger numbers.

 This activity was also scaffolded by pairing intermediate level children with children who needed extra assistance, for example those children who used a number line.

I am extremely happy and immensely proud of the progress every single one of my pupils is making in my class.

Finally I would just like to say that I am a huge advocate and promoter of the humble mini-whiteboard, I guess it is the slightly more modern equivalent of the slate and chalk.

The mini whiteboard’s applications are extremely varied, versatile and only limited by a teacher’s own imagination!

I hope you enjoy the YouTube video!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.



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Introductory Integrated Maths and Science Class on Shapes (October 2016)


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Dear VCIS ep1 Red parents and guardians,

Next week the ep1 children here at Varee Chiangmai International School will start to learn about shapes in Maths.

Today the children had an introductory lesson on shapes by using tangrams to create various animals.

A tangram is essentially a puzzle consisting of 7 shapes.

These shapes can then be used to create a multitude of animals and objects.

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tangram animals

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1. Firstly the children were given a tangram template to colour in.

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2. They then cut out the 7 shapes a tangram consists of.

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Coloured in tangram.



3. The children watched various mini videos on how to create different animals and composed them using the mini-whiteboards as a ‘canvas’.

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A tangram bird.

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A tangram crab.

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Tangram crab on mini-whiteboard.

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A tangram camel.

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A tangram dog.

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A tangram whale.

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Tangram whale on mini-whiteboard.

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A tangram elephant.

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A tangram rabbit.

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A tangram whale.



4. The children then chose one animal they liked and stuck them onto their worksheets.

5. Finally the children wrote simple informative sentences about their animals relating to whether it was a mammal or a bird.

This is an example of integrated learning in the classroom.

The children are applying what they learned in Science (mammals and birds) and indeed Health (body parts) last term, to complement their learning in an entirely different subject this term. In this case Mathematics.

Thank you…teacher Chaz.

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Jumping fox

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Chicken in a field

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EP1 Red Whole Class Skim Reading Mini Whiteboard Game (July 2016)


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Dear VCIS ep1 Red parents and guardians,

This is week 12 for all of the EP1 children here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

This particular game applies the use of the invaluable mini whiteboards which, in my humble opinion are one of the most simple, effective and versatile educational tools a lower primary esl teacher has.

The basic goal of this exercise is to determine and write the page number of the passage being read out aloud.

Time is of the essence so the children have to skim read the text by memorising certain key words they hear.

As you can see ALL of the children are active participants and enjoy this activity immensely.

I hope you enjoy the video as much as the children enjoyed playing this game!

Kind regards…teacher Chaz.



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 Capital Letters Dance

The children love to dance to this song and it is one of many great ways for them to learn the formation of the capital letters/upper case letters.

I hope you enjoy the video as much as the children enjoyed singing and dancing to it!





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EP1 Red Whole Class Skim Reading Mini Whiteboard Game (2015)


Chaz Teacher

Dear VCIS EP1 Red parents and guardians,

This particular game applies the use of the invaluable mini whiteboards which, in my humble opinion are one of the most simple, effective and versatile educational tools a teacher and indeed pupil has, here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

The basic goal of this exercise is to determine and write the page number of the passage being read out aloud.

Time is of the essence so the children have to skim read the text by memorising certain key words they hear.

This is an invaluable ability which will serve and benefit the children in a number of ways throughout their lives.

As you can see ALL of the children are active participants and enjoy this exercise immensely.

I hope you enjoy the video as much as the children enjoyed playing this game.

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.




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