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The Thirsty Crow

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The Thirsty Crow


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     enjoy the story and learn something interesting

Target Language:

Narrative linking and sequencing

Time needed for preparation:

5 minutes

Time needed in class:

20 minutes


Year 2

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Group Work
Whole Class

Which learning institute:



story board/ picture cards, a jar, an origami crow, pebbles, water, flashcards for the key words

Procedure before class:

1.       Print the picture cards, enlarge and laminate them.

2.      Choose the key words from the story and make them into flashcards.


Procedure in class:

1.       Introduce the key words by using flashcards to elicit words such as, crow, pebbles and jar.
2.       Teacher shows the picture cards / story boards one by one and tells the story.
3.       Teacher uses relia to demonstrate and elicit the key parts of the story.

  • How the crow picks up the pebbles and drops them into the jar.
  • What happens to the water level after putting in some pebbles.
  • How the crow finally manages to drink the water.

4.       The teacher asks “WH-“ questions to guide the pupils to retell the story.


Follow Up:

a.       After the story, the teacher can divide pupils into small groups and ask them to rearrange the jumbled story into the correct sequence.
b.       Pupils can do hands-on activities such as make an origami crow, make crow masks or a crow book mark.
c.       Pupils also can do a role play.




For step 1,the teacher can ask pupils to help to paste the picture cards on the blackboard, get the pupils involved and take part during the lesson.

For step 2, the teacher can let the pupils  touch,  hold and  feel the relia items besides demonstrating them.

For more advanced pupils:

The teacher can ask pupils what other materials can be used to replace the pebbles in the story.

At the end of the story, the teacher can guide them to talk about the moral of the story or what lesson they have learnt from the story.



Teacher can make the story more interesting and attractive by creating different sounds effects and body gestures when presenting the story.