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Classroom Language Boardgame - 01Abr2012 02:38:09

I've made this boardgame, but I hadn't time to use it yet. ;) So any suggestions or comments about the game and how it goes with your students are more than welcome!


My idea is:

Place the tokens on the coloured houses at the bottom of the boardgame (red school, green school, etc.). Throw a coin (head - 1 space; tails - 2 spaces) and move in any direction towards the school with the corresponding colour. Each time you land on a picture, you have to say the command (and don't forget to say "please"! - you can even make a rule if the students forget to say "please". They can, for example, loose a turn or get back one house...).


The first student to reach the corresponding school is the winner.




The Very Hungry Caterpillar - sequence (1st/2nd Grade) - 19Out2011 20:48:56

I've created this activity for my 1st and 2nd Grades. This activity is done after listening to the story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".


You may decide if you let your students make the caterpillar on their own (and here you see if they can remember the order of the food in the story), or you can make a listening activity, where students cut the food (2nd page) and you say the day of the week and the food they should stick on the caterpillar.


In my first experience with this activity, I tried the listening activity and it was a bit confusing, because they simply didn't listen to me and almost everyone knew the sequence and wanted to glue everything even before I said anything... so, by experience, I think it's better to let them make the caterpillar on their own. If someone has questions about a day/food you can always do the listening activity.



Note: Personally I don't find some of the food the caterpillar eat on Saturday very interesting and important to teach, so I changed this food for "piece of chocolate cake, lollipop, ice-cream, piece of pie and cheese".








How to ensure your teachers are proficient in the latest software developments - 19Out2011 20:07:39

The Government have claimed that they are committed to spending £1billion on improving IT teaching within schools. However, it has been suggested that not a high enough percentage of this is actually being allocated to teacher training therefore leaving teachers lacking in the knowledge and understanding to confidently use the latest technology in an effective way.


6 out of 10 pupils, between the ages of 16-18, surveyed by Microsoft believe that they have better knowledge of IT than their IT teachers. It is also perceived that a large proportion of a students? IT knowledge is acquired externally to the school environment. However there is some controversy as to whether this self-taught understanding of IT would be useful in the working environment as it is mainly geared around the understanding of social media sites and forum type IT.


Due to the generally aged equipment and out-dated teaching methods, students find IT lessons boring and un-stimulating. This is not helped by the fact that many students have more advanced computers and software sitting at home than what they have to use in the classroom.

With this in mind, teachers now have to become far more interesting in their teaching styles in order to engage with their students and prepare them for their imminent working life.


By encouraging group learning methods and incorporating hands on, practical IT tasks relevant to real life business situations, teachers can now engage in a far more positive and successful way. By doing this, students are having fun interacting with their friends and actually being part of the class but at the same time also learning valuable IT skills for the future.


But it is not just as simple as creating a fun environment. According to Ofsted, pupils are to be able to show independence in IT whilst having the ability to work jointly within a group scenario and possess confidence when carrying out IT related investigations.


The IT giant Microsoft supports the notion that there is an inconsistency between the requirements within a company and what is taught within schools.


An easy and cost effective way to combat this issue is to have available effective training programs for teachers. This is vital so that students can achieve the best quality of learning but also so that teachers are not out-witted by more knowledgeable students within the classroom environment.


There are many free training products available for teachers such as Adobe CS5 Student and Teacher Edition. Included in this training package is 24 hours? worth of FREE training videos to aid with learning. With savings of up to 90% on genuine Adobe and Microsoft Software for teachers, it is easy to become a more capable and confident IT teacher, thus creating more capable and confident IT students.


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Body memory cards - 17Jun2011 16:22:31

These are some cards I've designed about the body to play "Memory". You put all the cards face down on a table and the students should turn over two of them. If they match (i.e. they have both the picture and the corresponding word) they keep the cards, if not they put the cards back where they were. Try to encourage your students to say the words as they turn the cards.


 To make the cards: You should cut each card with the front cover and fold it in the middle, then stick both sides and laminate. 






Body parts included in the game: head, shoulders, knees, legs, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, hands, fingers, arms, hair, toes, feet and face.



Classroom objects - 08Jan2011 22:12:26

Hello everybody!


I'm dealing with some lack of time and, for that reason, the blog is not updated as often as I would like. :(


But here it is another worksheet.


The students can practice some classroom objects and colours in the same worksheet.




Mailing List - 27Out2010 03:05:34




I have been asked by some of you how to subscribe to a mailing list to let you know when something new is posted here. Unfortunately, this blog platform doesn't have that option. But since I see that some of you would like to be informed when something new is posted, I've decided to make a mailing list myself.


So, I will make a list with e-mails of people who would like the information and I will personally send an e-mail to you to let you know that I posted something new.


If you would like to be on my mailing list, just leave me a comment/message with your e-mail or send me an e-mail telling me you would like to be in my mailing list.


Thanks a lot to all of you who always give so good feedback of my ressources. :D It's really motivating to know that this blog is useful!






UK and USA game - 11Out2010 14:13:49

After presenting the two PowerPoints about the flags of some English Speaking Countries and some attractions in the UK and the USA, I've decided to test my students about the 2nd presentation, i.e., the attractions in the UK and the USA. So, I've made these cards.


You can use them in several ways. You can make a memory game with pictures and words, only pictures (you have to print the cards twice) or you can make a class activity in the blackboard (like I did).


I stick the UK and the USA flag on the blackboard, spread the pictures on a table and ask students, one at a time, to come to the table, choose a picture and decide whether it belongs to the USA or the UK. This is easier, mainly for younger students, because they don't have to know the name of what the picture represents (you can tell it out loud to the class). The classmates then decide if the picture is under the right picture or not.


If you want to test if they know what the picture represents, you can also ask students to stick the card with the word under the right picture.



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Some English Speaking Countries - Flags - 11Out2010 13:18:23

With this Power-Point Presentation you can present some English Speaking Countries to your students with the flag of each country. It includes the following countries: Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, UK, Ireland, Wales, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.


This PowerPoint is good to explain how the flag of the UK is formed (it has a slide which explains the union of the flags) and at the end of the presentation I included a world map showing the most spoken languages of the world and the corresponding countries. With this the students can become aware of the importance of English in the world.


After showing this PowerPoint, I show this one, to show them some of the attractions in the UK and the USA. 



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Cover for the English Portfolio 4 - 13Set2010 14:48:35

One more cover you can use for the English Portfolio. Give it to your students to colour as they like.


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Playground Activities Mini-books - 24Jun2010 21:28:47

Two minibooks with some playground activities. One has the sentences, the other has only the pictures and the name of the playground activity.




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Spring Flower Vocabulary - 12Abr2010 03:04:38

With this activity you can practice some Spring vocabulary in a funny way. The students have a flower with only half petals with pictures you have previously taught. At the bottom of the page, they have the words. The aim is to cut the halves and stick them above next to the corresponding picture. This way, they will have a complete flower with pictures and words.


Idea: When the students finish their flowers, you can stick them on the classroom's walls.





My Easter Colours Mini-Book - 24Mar2010 04:05:00

This mini-book revises colours using the topic "Easter". The students have to colour the Easter Eggs according to the sentence under them.


How to make your mini-book: Instructions





I Love Dad - Father's Day Craft - 28Fev2010 21:05:06

I've designed this craft for kids to make in class to give their father on Father's Day. It's a simple pen to cut and paste. There are two versions, one with "I love Dad", the other one with "Happy Father's Day".


You can give the students some cardboard to glue the final pen, to make it stronger. This craft can also be done to be used as a bookmark.


There are two crafts per page to save paper.



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Toys Flashcards - 20Fev2010 20:09:01

Some flashcards to teach toys. These flashcards match the Power-Point game I posted earliear. You can download it here.



Toys included: clown, teddy bear, car, doll, kite, aeroplane, ball, boat, drum, blocks, train, robbot.


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Winter - Solve the code - 07Fev2010 22:38:24

A worksheet where students have to solve the code to find the words. There are two similar worksheets. In the first one, the students must solve a code with numbers and in the second, a code with pictures. 








Body game - I can wash... - 31Jan2010 21:01:46

This schoolyear I taught body parts to a class using "The Bath Song", from Super Simple Songs. They listened to the song, sang and acted it out in the classroom. It was funny!

Then I wondered how I could practice the body parts and the language in the song. That's how this game was born!


There are 2 A4 pages, which glued under each other, make a relatively large board game (near A3 size). I put it on the blackboard and made teams with 4 or 5 students (it depends on the size of your class, of course). Then a member of each team comes to the front, throws a big dice I have brought to the classroom, says the number shown (in English, of course!) and I move the counter on the board. Then the student must say "I can wash my..." + the body part he/she landed on. If the answer is correct, the team can move one space forward, if not, they must return one space.


Of course you can change the rules as you want. You can have a rule where the student can ask the team for help, for example, but the final sentence must be his/hers, even if it's just the repetition of someone else's sentence. That way every student says a sentence.


For younger students, you can also help or ask only the body part.



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Christmas Mini-Book - 15Dez2009 16:32:30

A Christmas mini-book for working with Christmas vocabulary and colours. The students have to colour the pictures according to what is written under them.


How to make your mini-book: instructions.





"How are you?" - Game cards - 22Nov2009 19:51:07

This is a set of cards to practice some answers to the question "How are you?". The answers follow the "Hello song". You can watch and listen to the song here.

I played a memory game on the board with the whole class divided in two teams. But you can also play other games. Another example is to give a card to each student, asking him/her not to show it to anyone and have all the students going around the classroom, asking "How are you?" to the schoolmates. The students must find their pair. For example, the student with the picture representing "I'm happy", must find the person who has the "I'm happy" card (with the words).


The cards have a back side.



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My Halloween Mini-book - 10Nov2009 18:52:13

Halloween has already gone this year, but you can use this mini-book next year!

My students loved it!

You have to cut the sheet of paper above and down and follow the instructions.


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Thanksgiving mini-book - 08Nov2009 15:31:57

The idea behind the mini-books is from Alenka, a member of ESLprintables. I made my own mini-books based on hers.


This one is about Thanksgiving. It tells the story in a very simple way (it was NOT easy to simplify it so much! This was the best I was able to do.)The second file has no story, just some images, thinking in the 1st and the 2nd Grades.


The mini-book can be used for students to have a summary of a topic you are dealing with (or that you have just taught). You can try to have the students reading the mini-book after they have done it. Then, they just have fun colouring it.


You can have a mini-book with only one A4 page! Isn't that great?


How to make your mini-book? Just check the link on Alenka's webpage, where you can also find lots of mini-books made by her. Just go through the links on the left and you will find lots of great stuff! If you click on "Funny English", there are many more things to find!



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Coloring pages 24 - 02Out2009 12:28:46

I've just discovered a fabulous website for colouring pages. If you are looking for  nice colouring pages, sorted by topic, just click on the image and you will get lots of them for free:



Weather Chart - 24Set2009 10:35:46

The idea behind this weather chart is not mine, I saw it somewhere on the Internet and made my own.

At the beginning of each class, one student comes to the front and says the month we are in, the day it was yesterday, the day it is today and the day it will be tomorrow, glueing the month and the days of the week on the corresponding place.

The student(s) should also answer the teacher's question "What's the weather like today?", glueing the corresponding picture on the circle.

With this chart, the students can practice the months of the year, the days of the week and the weather.







Cover for the English Portfolio 3 - 14Set2009 17:00:15

This is a cover for the English Portfolio to give students at the beginning of the school year. They colour it as they want, write their name and draw themselves in the box under the name. (They can alternatively draw anything they want to illustrate their cover).





Seasons Wall-display - 11Set2009 00:33:59

With this wall-display, you can teach the seasons and some vocabulary related to them. When a season comes, you make a part of your final window. Just glue name of the season on top of the corresponding rectangle and the tree in the centre of it and give each student a leaf (for Autumn), a raindrop (for Winter), a butterfly or a flower (for Spring) - I prefer the butterfly - and an apple (for Summer).


The students colour the picture, cut it, and one at a time, they glue it on the seasons wall-display. It's a good idea to ask the students to say the word before gluing the picture. If a student doesn't remember the word, I ask him/her to go back to his/her place and try to remember it (usually the classmates tell him/her the word and the student tries hard to memorize it to be able to glue it on the wall-display!).


If you want to make your seasons wall-display to last longer and be reusable, just laminate the window after gluing the trees and ask your students to glue the pictures with blue-tack instead of glue. That way you can easily remove the pictures after the schoolyear and use it again.


Seasons Wall-display


 Spring Wall-display



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Winter Wall-display

 (The tree is the same as the one I used for Autumn, that's why it doesn't come in this file.)


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Here you can download a pdf document with all the seasons.




Bingo Cards - Fruits, Colours, Numbers - 26Ago2009 20:26:52

These are 12 different cards to play "Bingo". Your students can practice 3 topics at the same time: fruits, colours and numbers. You call a fruit, a colour or a number each time and the students who have what you say in their card should mark it.


You can also choose just one topic and leave the others out. There are more fruits than colours or numbers in each card, because this was the main topic I was dealing with when making the cards. But you can change the cards to suit your needs (the .doc file is editable). 


If you want the pictures to teach the fruits, I have them as flashcards. Just click here.

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