Yesterday I taught students how to ask basic information questions with the help of my classroom mannequin, Jacques. Before class began, I dressed Jacques up to look like an alien from outer space & covered him up. When students arrived, I told them to get ready for a surprise.
I used a fog machine to create extra excitement. I told students to imagine that Jacques was an alien from outer space today. Then I unveiled him.
|Jacques the Alien from Outer Space!|
I projected a photograph of outer space on the screen as I told the story of how Jacques the alien came to Earth. Then I interviewed him. Obviously, I have to act out the part of the interviewer and also the voice of Jacques (students really enjoy this)! He traveled by flying saucer, which I made out of a paper plate and tin foil, and suspended from the ceiling.
|Jacques' flying saucer|
I think this was a good way to model asking information questions to my students, and a great way to get them interested in the lesson. I did have to warn my colleagues not to be alarmed if they saw smoke coming out of the French room today :)!