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Writing skills - do you know to play the accordion? :)

Do you know how to make an accordion or a fan by folding paper? You do? Great! :)Writing an essay can be a whole class project!1. Take a piece of paper and give it to a student. He writes a sentence and passes the paper to the student next to him.2. That student continues the "story" writing another sentence under the first one.3. Then he folds the paper to hide the previous sentence and passes the paper on.4. Each student sees only the last sentence that has been written, writes the next one, folds the paper and passes on.5. It goes around until the whole paper is folded into an accordion.6. You unfold it and read it! It is usually hilarious! Not seeing the beginning makes the stories go in all kinds of directions and they become veeeeery interesting. It triggers their imagination! ;) Just the other day I got a green-eyed monster living in the school attic which teaches Music and eats homework.... :)Usually they ask to take them home and show them to others. :) TIPS: To make it easier for them you can write the first sentence.         You should send few papers so pupils don´t sit and wait for the paper for too long.

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lemanulas

Hi,I can play accordian and I have one:)It's real..Not professional but just for fun;) Thanks for your post...It's nice;) I like it...I gonna try it!!!!!!I also want to share this link:Writing activity and comments are nice!ıf you read may be you can visit! waiting your comments,too.Because you come across one activity that similar to yours;) Have fun!!!!!http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/lemanulas/writing-activity

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oztrkozge

Dear Singerina,Thanks for another good activity from you, well we can try this also with drawing. If you fold the paper into 5 parts, the first part could be for the head and then arms then.....etc. Sometimes, we get really interesting people or creatures for the final work, 3-eye-monster, 5- arm- person etc..It is great fun with students :)

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babakartal

good and interesting writing activity. If I do it, I'll also learn to play accordion.. thanks  :-)

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babakartal

I visited your "writing-activity" blog. It's enjoyable...   I'll tell you a "real" story about me and my son.   When my son was three or four years old we used to have conversation together .  "sometimes while I was talking to my friends He was listening to conversation. "I always call my friends abi. And my son memorized this word.  One day we started having conversation.I started first,"abi, my son is very cheeky,  he-"my son is too,  I-How about your wife and children? My son- "They are good" after several questions he confused, and instead of abi, he said "dad"" It was very funny " he couldn't know how he would behave Icouldn't tell completely in English but I mean--  your "once upon a time there was....."sentence reminded me this memory. I'm sorry for this mess of words..thanks...

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singerina

lemanulas what can I say, you can actually play the accordion, therefore I love you! :) My father played it and I have warm memories about the instrument.I am glad you liked the game, kids enjoy it a lot!Gonna check out your link! :*

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singerina

Oh yes oztrkozge, this I can use! Drawing strange monsters. When I teach children body parts I always do it using monsters - 3 legs, 5 heads... they love it because it is fun, so I am going to include this.They will draw a monster in this way and what the monter looks like in the end they have to describe him using "He has got..."LIKE! ;)

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singerina

babakartal, lamenulas and me are going to have a duet! :) If you try reeeeealy hard and learn the accordion maybe you could be part of our trio? :) And I love the story with you and your son! Feel free to write whatever comes to mind no matter the mess :)

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lemanulas

Amazing group;) It gonna be great duet....:)Meanwhile ,,,in my family my dad plays all the instruments that's the reason why I admire music;) the same history of yours;;) We are lucky singerina;) Because as I have always said...Music is my life and I LOVE IT.. SO the same for you ;) Cool! ;)[quote=singerina]babakartal, lamenulas and me are going to have a duet! :) If you try reeeeealy hard and learn the accordion maybe you could be part of our trio? :) And I love the story with you and your son! Feel free to write whatever comes to mind no matter the mess :)[/quote]

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singerina

Your father plays everything? So does mine! That is so incredible! We are trully blessed my dear and I am so happy to have found someone who is like me! MUSIC is LIFE! And my boyfriend is a drummer, haha :)

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