Teaching Body Parts: A Cool Idea

Imagine this scenario: you’ve been asked to teach body parts to little children, but, after a few lessons, you’re not quite sure how to test their understanding. They aren’t really reading yet, they can’t write, and their understanding of English is certainly limited. Well, here’s an idea: have them draw body parts as you say them!

First, give each of them this handout: blank-body-parts. Make sure they have color crayons or pencils to work with as well. Then, simply say: “Draw 2 arms.” At this point, it may be a good idea to hang a larger version of the attached handout in front of the class, and draw 2 arms so that they know what you are asking of them. In my experience, when you model the expected behavior, they understand rather quickly and can continue with the activity.

Continue to name body parts, with the expectation that they will draw them. Give them at least 3-5 minutes to finish drawing what you are asking of them and make sure to walk around and check on student progress. That way, you can give them hints (for example: “2 arms” and then flap your arms) and assess whether or not they are really understanding the activity.

This activity probably shouldn’t last longer than 10 to 15 minutes, as the faster students will get restless. Once everyone is done, have them write their names on the back of the paper (if they can) or do it for them. Then, pick up their papers so that you can have an idea of whether or not they fully grasp the concept of English body parts.

***If you want to add a level of difficulty, and if students already know colors, ask them to draw their body parts in certain colors (for example: “Draw 2 green arms.”). This reminds students of their colors, while still teaching them body parts.***

 

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