I've been waiting all year to get to my opposite unit, just so I could read this book for the kids. QUIET LOUD by Leslie Patricelli is the perfect read-aloud for preschool aged ESL learners. The text is simple, but fun. The illustrations are clear, but fun. And reading it aloud is fast and FUN! Kids get the giggles on the very first page when I "scream" at the top of my lungs. Soon, they're joining in, which is always my favorite part of sharing a book with kids.
Did I mention how fun this book is?
After reading the book, I introduced the words "quiet", "loud", "fast" and "slow". To practice the words, we used shakey eggs (like egg-shaped maracas). We shook them "quiet", "loud", "fast" and "slow".
This is the perfect lesson to sing the YouTube sensation, "Open, Shut Them".
Next, we used my colorful tent and shook it gently for "quiet", very hard to make a "loud" noise, and we moved it "fast" and "slow". After a bit of practice, students took turns calling out the words.
For the table activity, I used this free quiet and loud sorting activity from the Teachers Pay Teachers website.
In addition to being a writer, I have about the best job in the world. I teach 3-6 year olds English in an Italian preschool. I LOVE using picture books in my ESL lessons as introductions to my daily topics, and just because kids love books.