Hello again! Hope your spring break was awesome! And relaxing! And sunny!: )
It’s back to school here tomorrow and to help you prepare, especially if you’re teaching VYLs, my teacher friend (and my VYL go-to expert) Eugenia has come up with four lovely weather flashcards to help keep the little kids engaged while talking about the atmospheric conditions: ).
So if you’re thinking of teaching “windy”, “rainy”, “sunny” and “snowy”, these cute cards may be of help. Also, the kids can name the character in the flashcards, and they can describe his clothes and other extra features (what he is holding or where he is or how he’s feeling or how he looks like).
This is an adaptable freer practice activity which I have used when teaching various grammar structures. In this example we’re looking at ‘I wish…’ with the past simple.
I have Jane-Maria Harding da Rosa to thank for this activity. She adapted an idea from teaching grammar creatively. Students use pictures and personalised sentences to produce memorable examples of the target language. I’ve written a brief lesson plan to set up the activity.
“I wish I was a celebrity.”
Lesson plan / set up
For the lead in I wrote a few wishes of my own on the board with gaps and told the class “These sentences are about me. What words are missing?”:
My computer’s broken. I ______ I ______ a new laptop.
I loved visiting Berlin. I ______ I ______ still on holiday.
I’m not very musical. I ______ I ______ play the guitar. I want to go…
So how was your Easter? Did you go on an egg hunt? Was the weather nice? Did you make any new friends? Did you travel abroad? Hope you answered yes to all those questions; ).
Spring break will be over soon here in Romania so here’s a handout (editable) with mini-cards to help your kids chat about their Easter holiday. You can use it with your Movers and Flyers: SpringBrkQs. Feel free to change some of the questions if they don’t suit your learners. And let me know if you think of new questions that I could add to the template.
Another cool idea for a post spring break chat is this Find Someone Who activity. It’s free and seems guaranteed to make the kids walk and talk. It’s also a great way to practise past forms.
That’s it for now. Enjoy your spring wherever you are! 🌼🌼🌼
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To get kids more familiar with the characters, use this handout: EggScapadeCharacters. It’s a simple matching exercise and it helps them remember/learn the names of the animals in the story. Then you can have them guess the order in which certain events happen using this handout: OrderEvents. You can cut the stripes of paper beforehand or have them cut them in class. After they watch the short film, they check to see if they guessed the right order.
I also came up with some questions especially for my KET students (they’re quite strong learners). You can find them below:
Who’s your favourite Ice Age character? Why?
Imagine you lived in the Ice Age. What would you wear? What would you eat? Where would you live?
Would you rather be more like Manny or more like Diego? Why?
Have you ever seen an egg hatching?
Have you ever been on an egg hunt? How many eggs did you find?
I hope you’ll find all this useful. I’d love to get any feedback on the handouts.
Hello! Since we’re going to celebrate Easter this weekend here in Romania and the kids (and the teachers!) are a couple of days away from a two-week spring break (oh-god-yes), I thought I’d make an Easter-related board game that involves more movement and is hopefully more fun. Also, this time it’s in Word, so you can edit it if you want.
So without further ado, here it is: Easter Board Game final. I plan on using it with my stronger Movers. Hope they’ll have fun with it.
Well, that’s it. Don’t forget to like and share and if you have any suggestions, I’d be more than happy to read them.
Here’s a template that you can use to revise some of the vocabulary taught so far. Works well with Starters and Movers. So you can use this printable to play a version of Stop the Bus. Students work in pairs. The teacher announces the vocabulary topic to be revised (animals, vegetables, fruit, places in a city etc.) and a number of words (5 or 7 or 10) and the students write the words related to the respective category in one of the boxes on the page. The first pair to finish writing the word shouts “Stop the bus!” and everybody has to… well, stop. Students count their words, check whether they actually belong to that category: ) and whether the spelling is okay. Students get 1 point per each word they got right. Then the teacher announces another topic and the bus starts moving again: ).