I love props. Even as a child, I didn’t want to pretend. If I was going to have a tea party, there had better be tea. Because of this, I use props every chance I get. If you aren’t sure where to start, I thought I’d provide a few options for different props that you might want to use during your “My Feelings” demo class. You do not need to use all of these ideas, of course! You should have at least two different types of props that you use, but choose based on what suits your style and helps you communicate your lesson!
It’s important to remember that the props are not the most important part of the lesson here. Be sure you are familiar with the Teacher Applicant Performance Indicator. There are 24 distinct areas in which you are measured, and supplementary tools is only one of them. Props can also help affect rapport and energy level, but if you focus TOO much on the props, it can adversely affect your efficient pacing and timing or pull you off track from your lesson objectives.
Pick props that help you teach. Pick props that you can have fun with, and that you think a child will like. And then enjoy!
Slide One: Welcome Page
This is the page I would have up during the interview; it’s not a part of the lesson. No props needed.
Slide Two: Objectives
No props needed here. You should not review this slide with your student. Use the page number navigation box at the bottom of the page to skip straight to slide four.
Slide Three: My Feelings
I don’t think this counts as a prop, but I would suggest having your name “Teacher Amelia” displayed somewhere prominently on your wall. It could be
- Drawn on a whiteboard
- Printed on paper
- Spelled out in toy blocks
Slide Four: Reward System
You definitely want to have your reward system present physically in the room. Here are a few options:
- Print out the actual “Reward System” slide and:
- Draw bananas in the squares as rewards
- Print copies of the little monkey holding the banana over his head and tape them in the squares
- Print other copies of bananas and tape them in the squares
- Print a picture of a monkey and pictures of bananas, and tape the bananas around the monkey
- Use a monkey stuffed animal and tape or velcro bananas to him
- Use a bunch of real bananas and pull one off the bunch each time there’s a reward
Slide Five: Warm Up
Since this is a poem, not a song, I probably wouldn’t use any props here. What’s most important in this slide is using TPR, so you don’t want your hands tied up with something else.
Slide 6: Find the Sound
I would start with having the letter “M.” This could be:
- A magnetic letter you hold up to the camera
- “M” written on a small whiteboard
- “M” on a building block
- “M” drawn on a piece of paper or printed from the internet
You could also have physical items for the monkey and mouse (the correct answers.) I might only use these if the student struggled, which they shouldn’t since it’s a review. If you want to have them handy, you can print these pictures from the powerpoint and:
- Simply hold them up
- Laminate them
- Laminate them and attach them to a stick/toothpick
If you happen to have mouse or monkey toys around, you could use those (but I wouldn’t go and buy them.)
Slide 7: Blending Sound
For this, I would have a prop available. This might include:
- A small whiteboard where you can write the phonics blends
- Magnetic letters (my favorite!)
- Printed/laminated page with phonics and/or blanks to fill in
Slide 8: I have many feelings.
This slide is ripe for props. Options include:
- Printed emojis (I opted for the style that’s on most phones since they are easily recognizable.)
- Smiley/frowney faces on sticks/toothpicks
- Puppets or dolls (only if they have clear expressions that align with the emotions.)
- A face that you can draw on (on a whiteboard or laminated page) to draw different emotions
- Printed photographs that clearly show the different emotions
Slide 9: Meet Dino and Lily
I personally probably wouldn’t use props with this slide, but you could if you wanted to.
- If you happen to have a stuffed Dino lying around (ha!) that would be fun to use.
- You could print pictures of Dino and Lily and put them on sticks/toothpicks (or just hold them up) in the camera for their speaking parts.
- You can keep your props from the last slide handy so if your “student” struggles with the word “angry” or “happy” you can remind them with the same prop.
Slide 10: Shoot the Ball
Because this is an activity, I would recommend having some kind of goofy prop available. You want to get the kid excited that it’s “Activity Time!!”
Use your creativity here! Ideas I’ve seen include:
- Funny hats
- Headbands with crazy things on them
- Musical instruments
- A stuffed animal or puppet with a crazy voice
- Lighting – wouldn’t it be fun to turn on a disco ball in your classroom?
- A basketball, either real or a small one, that you can “whoosh” when they draw a correct line to the basketball goal
Really, the only point here is to amp up the energy for the activity.
Slide 11 – Goodbye
You’re done! No need for props here!
Props are as individual as we are. I hope these ideas have served to inspire you, but I encourage you to use what makes you comfortable in the classroom.
If you have ideas for other props, leave them in the comments here! If you would like feedback on your own props and are looking for someone to help you through the process, I would be honored to be your mentor. My referral link is here!
If you’re not sure what to expect with a mentor, you can get a little more information in my blog post and video What’s a VIPKid referral anyway?
Good luck with your demo, and happy teaching!