Suggestions for use in class
For learners of English as a second or foreign language:
Play the title page and first two scenes and ask pupils what they think the poem is about. Can they recognise any words from prior learning or spot any cognates that might help understanding?
Scenes 3 and 4 introduce the pencil case and contents. Try turning off the text using the T button on each page before you play the scene so that the focus is on listening skills. Can the pupils recognise any of the vocabulary? Can they repeat any of the words or phrases? Replay the scenes with the text - use the pause button and ask pupils to supply the next word or phrase.
The What's Missing activity could be cut up into 8 sections for pupils to try in pairs, then a larger group could work together to check the answers using the Comparing Languages sheet.
Could they recite the whole poem with expression? The last scene has the text of the whole poem with each verse highlighted as it’s read – turn down the sound and let the pupils supply the narration!
The 3 sets of Playing Cards can be used for memory and matching games to practise the classroom items vocabulary with I need a ... or I need a new ...