Using crafts to talk about the water cycle

What could be more cross curricular than a lesson where pupils use English to learn about science by doing simple crafts? Marcelino Palacios and Paco Santos Juanes suggest a highly creative way of learning about the water cycle or even the food pyramid.

Author: Marcelino Palacios & Paco Santos Juanes

One successful way to stimulate an interest in learning a foreign language is to involve pupils in hands-on activities which provide an opportunity to practise listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a meaningful context. Arts and crafts can really help us to achieve this goal, as well as all the other numerous advantages they bring to the English language classroom. In a mixed-level class they can give pupils who have difficulties understanding the language a visual reference. Also, language is recycled through the repetition of the words and structures when giving instructions (Take a piece of paper, Fold it in half, Be careful with your scissors, etc). And of course, children love arts and crafts. Their self-esteem soars with a little praise and they’re proud to take their creations home to show their parents. Let’s look at an example where the use of art and crafts will help in the process of teaching science through English.

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