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Here's a cup, (Cup one hand.)
And here's a cup, (Cup other hand.)
And here's a pot of tea. (Hold hand up for teapot--three middle fingers bent over, the thumb stuck out for the spout and the little finger curled for the handle.)
Pour a cup (Make pouring motion.)
And pour a cup (Repeat motion.)
And have a drink with me. (Make drinking motion.)
- Bring actual objects to class. Show students a cup, and a teapot. Let them drink tea.
- If possible, make tea in class. Make enough for each student to have a small cup. CAUTION: To avoid burns, allow tea to cool before giving it to very young students.
- Show students how to make both a pot and a cup with their hands. After most students are comfortable, play a short game, calling either "cup" or "pot" at random. Students must then form the object you've called with their hands. As students improve, you may turn it into a competition, eliminating the last person to create the object called, until only one student remains.
- Show the students how to pretend they are drinking and pouring. Repeat activity above. When all students demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, use all four words in a final review.
- Teach fingerplay with actions one line at a time. Have students repeat each line after you a couple of times, then say the line with the students. Demonstrate the action, and call on various students to tell you what you are doing.
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