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LESSON PLAN of a Thematic Project----- WATER

Leila Wang

 Exploratory Activities (Introductory/Focus) 

WATER is an integrated curriculum presenting English as a foreign language in an interactive way. 

My students are a class of EFL(English as a Foreign Language) children of 12 years old. Their present English level is low intermediate. 
Water is a fun and exciting subject to explore with kids. Since they are affected by the water every, students will love learning and experimenting with all aspects of water. 
Integrating natural science topic with foreign language learning is challenging and fresh to L2 learners. Bearing the authentic purpose to contact the real world, language learning is meaningful. In fact, some of the subtopics involved in the WATER topic may have already been covered in the Natural Science class in L1. So it might be wonderful if a L2 class could arouse students' internalization of that specific knowledge. 


  • Arouse students' interest and motivate them to be active learners. 

1. Provide a wide variety of activities: role-play, scientific experiments, chants,  songs,  and multimedia communications. 
2. Enrich learning environment by using Internet, pictures, slide shows, movies and tapes. 

  • Develop listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies.
  • Understand the relation between water and Human life.

 Concept Development Activities (Procedures/Activities) 
 The concept of water is subcategorized into nine mini topics: Water Pressure, Weight & Volume, Floating & Sinking, Surface Tension & Bubbles, Water & Animals, Water & Power, The Water Cycle, Water & Weather, and Water & Pollution. 
The first lesson doesn't belong to none of the above. In stead, it's the general introduction of the WATER concept: Water All Around Us. It is the brainstorming the use of water. 
 Guided Practice 
Water Pressure: Make two little holes in a plastic bottle of different height. Watch which hole jets farther water? 
Weight & Volume: Archimedes and the crown. 
Floating & Sinking: Make your own boats. 
Surface Tension & Bubbles: Make your won bubbles. 
Water & Animals: Can whales live in the water?  What else mammals live in the water? 
Water and Power: Talk about the reservoir. 
Water Cycle: Where does the water come and go? 
Water and Weather: Making rain by boiling the water in a teapot and let the steam meet ice cube. 
Water & Pollution: Project working--draw a picture of water pollution. 
Independent Practice 

 Students will be encouraged to raise fish when the topic is Water & Animal. They can make their own water wheel when the topic is Water & Power.  They can use paper, wood to make any boat they like. 
They are required to think about what are the reasons underlining these interesting phenomena. 



 Their thinking takes the form of discussion in a group, or do some supplementary reading, and searching the relevant information on the Internet. 





 On the first class, students start to make up an initial web with their concerned questions about Water. Keep developing day by day the initial web. Hold a complete and object of view of the concept of water when the whole unit of WATER is over. 

 Materials, Resources, Software 

 Web/Internet is the major information source in the class. In addition, videos, music, tapes, and multimedia ESL software  are also assistant tools. 

 Originality and Creativity 

Student Products/Evaluation 
 Students are supposed to make up a web which shows their own understanding of the concept of WATER and do the presentation.
The web can either focus on  characteristics of the water or relation between the water and human's life.  The whole project will be evaluated on the basis of originality and creativity. 

The web will be evaluated according to the scientific and logical thinking, the consistency and grammatical correctness. Students are encouraged to give detail examples of their viewpoint. 
 Courseware tools are be encouraged to use for students' presentation. However, the way of expression, choice of words, language sense, gestures and vocal influence will all be considered as factors . 
A  lot of scientific activities and experiments are designed for the whole unit according to different subcategories. Notes will be taken in teachers' grade book based on students' participation,  practice ability, quality and final results from the experiments.  
By using technology, students are encouraged to arrange attractive visual effects. Webs should also be evaluated according to the readability . 


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