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The Last Day Ever -- what to do?
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:17:37 pm »
I ran a few searches, but I didn't come up with any relevant ideas for elementary, so I'm risking starting a new thread.  If I missed something obvious, please point out my oversight in the most delicate manner possible.  :)

I have three teaching days left.  After that, I have camp, and then I never teach in Korea again.  (Ever. Again.  :'( People keep cheering like this is a happy thing.)  The big test was today, so we can finally stop reviewing.  What should I do with my students?  I'd like to do something fun but interactive (not just popping in half a movie), and about half the classes I will see go insane in a dangerous way if I permit them to move around.  Any ideas?  I'll be seeing third, fifth, and sixth grades. 

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K-pop Game - fun for the end of the semester!
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 03:05:40 pm »
I've seen games using the English in K-pop songs for middle school and high school, but I haven't seen any so far for elementary school students. I made this for my grade 5 students, and I tried to play the clips where they would be most likely to tell me what they heard. Click the blue play button on each slide to hear the music. You can repeat the clip as many times as you want, just keep clicking it.

I also made sure to clear up any grammar/spelling mistakes that might exist in these songs. For example "Ma Boy" (my boy) or "Can't nobody hold us down" (nobody can hold us down).

Save this folder on your desktop or else the music clips won't play properly.

1. Hello by Shinee
2. Good Girl, Bad Girl by Miss A
3. Somebody to Love by Big Bang
4. Ma Boy by Sistar19
5. Can't Nobody by 2NE1
6. Hot Summer by F(X)
7. Nobody by Wonder Girls
8. Hands Up by 2PM
9. Good Day by IU (This is really hard - extra points for the students if they can tell you what she sings)
10. I'll Be Back by 2PM

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Re: K-pop Game - fun for the end of the semester!
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 09:26:00 pm »
I like the simple format and lack of pictures!  I'm teaching a very mixed special needs class and think this will be fun to try.  My really low level kids will at least be able to name the song and artist, and I think my highest kids might be able to repeat the words.  Thanks for making this and sharing it with us. ^^

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Re: The Last Day Ever -- what to do?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 06:43:37 am »
Get your kids to draw you! get an assistant teacher to bind them together, and you have an awesome keepsake for years to come!

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Re: The Last Day Ever -- what to do?
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 07:06:07 am »
Teacher_Del -  Good luck with whatever you're doing after Korea.  Hopefully you'll still have time to hop on Waygook and post awesome comments.  :)

For the last day of class there's this thread:,4440.0.html

Since the 3rd and 4th grade book (Bora, Bandi) never touches the sentence "How Old Are You?" I'm teaching that for the last class. 

For 5th and 6th grade, I'm teaching games that I played as a child.  Heads Up, Seven Up is the perfect game for wild classes.  I almost think teachers created that game for students to be quiet...

I would suggest Red Rover, but it's raining. 
You can also make paper airplanes and have a little competition of who's can fly the farthest.
If you're willing to risk a bit of noise, there's the Who's Missing game.  It requires students to change seats.

Re: The Last Day Ever -- what to do?
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 01:53:26 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!  My grade 6s turned out to have plans of their own.  One class had even sketched out a program and designated emcees and performers for a surprise talent show!  I've been brought almost to tears several times today.

I did use a variation on the K-pop game posted above with one of my classes, though.  My students LOVED it.  The PPT posted in this thread didn't work for me, presumably because PowerPoint has a thing against any audio format but WMA (SUCH A RIDICULOUSLY HUGE FORMAT).  I converted the clips to WMA, changed a couple of the songs, and redid the links so the presentation called on the compatible WMA instead of the incompatible MP3.  I also copied the audio links and added them to the answer slides, too,  so the students could listen to the song as they read the lyrics.   Should anyone want me to post my tweaked version, let me know and I'll add it (and multiple ZIP folders to fit all the ridiculously large WMA files.  I HATE WMA).

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Re: The Last Day Ever -- what to do?
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2011, 02:16:24 pm »
It's sounds like you had a great day teacher_del.

I think I'm having the same problem as you had, and I would appreciate it if you re-posted your fixed version of the .ppt

thanks and good luck with the future.

Re: The Last Day Ever -- what to do?
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2012, 02:13:08 pm »

This was the theme I chose for my last classes with the 6th graders.  If you look at it purely as a lesson, the materials can be a little expensive (postcards are cheap, but mailing is 350 won a pop).  However, when I saw it as a way to thank family and close friends back home for their support, the expense was worth it.

I went to S-Dot for the postcards, available both in books and individual cards in a variety of styles.  That part of the store is on the bottom floor - hang a left at the bottom of the stairs and go to the wall.  Then I went to the downtown post office (Samsung building, 2nd floor - above Banwoldang #14) and pre-purchased the stamps.  If your school has a budget for innovative projects, I'm sure this could be worked out so you don't have to pay.

Spent one afternoon applying the stamps and addresses (using label paper my co-teacher provided).  Had a few extra cards ready just in case I miscounted for specific classes.  Didn't tell the kids about the real postcards until the end of the lesson and made sure they all finished their sample postcard on the attached sheet below. 

Then, I showed them the real cards and made it clear I was going to the post office right after to send them, at which point they got excited and really put effort into it.  Encouraged low-level students to simply write the simplest sentences ("Hello.", "My name is _____", "I like _____.") and add a picture or two to the card.

The payoff is really when the people back home receive the cards.  One close friend had a birthday coming up and was in tears to have 24 surprise birthday greetings from kids half-way across the world.  My family really enjoyed their sets too.  Highly recommend this one for anyone willing to invest a little cash and time.

Otherwise, I recommend placing a picture of the person they're writing to in the last slide of the PPT behind the mystery box.  I also recommend using the board to write good ideas students have for the benefit of other students and/or classes.  Hope this helps. : )