'Top 5' seem to be very popular. So, today let me share my TOP 5 PLAYS. In general theses are stories (or picture books) arranged to ESL plays.
1. The Gingerbread Man
In the version below the kids chose to use the topic and characters from FROZEN, and did a great job remembering the song in the final.
It has a very simple repetitive pattern.
It is easily arranged into an original story, the students can create themselves.
It includes useful language.
And, the variations of this story are hilarious (of course with kids), but also with adult classes.
2. Pete the Cat
The books of Pete the Cat have a wonderful positive energizing philosophy.
They have rhythm.
Easy to understand and play even for little kids.
3. The very hungry caterpillar
Every kid knows and understands the story.
You can use many approaches, crafts, activities, songs to practice the story.
You can add all the language kids have learned so far. Greetings, Emotions, Likes, Dislikes, Movements, Fruits and Foods, Weekdays, Time
but you don't have to/ You can also limit it all to just what the kids have learned so far.
It is colorful and cute
4. Little Red Riding Hood
Everyone knows the story.
Something for boys and girls.
Lots of every day language.
Challenges acting skills.
And number 5:
This is my new favorite, and the video won't be up till my show this year is over:
Little Blue and Little Yellow
You can use it for the youngest and go into depth with older kids.
You can add many activities, songs and games.
During the input you will find yourself teaching science without even realizing.
Hope you enjoyed it and let me know if there are any other TOP 5s you would like to read about in the comments.