Conversation Mini-Cards – Scary version

Here’s a set of mini-cards you can use with students that have learned the Present Perfect Simple recently and need a bit of practice using it while talking about (scary) life experiences. I’ve focused on vocabulary related to mysteries and spooky experiences.

Scary Present Perfect Mini-Cards

There is a set of black&white mini-cards and a coloured set. It’s best if you print them on white card and then have the students cut them out.

Even if students answer ‘no’ to most questions on the card, they can be encouraged to further explore their answer:

‘Have you ever been to a psychic?’

‘No, I haven’t. But I think I would like to try it once. I would like to find out if… / what…’

‘Have you ever met a palm reader?’

‘No, I haven’t. And anyway I don’t believe in palm readers because…’

Hope you and your students will enjoy using these cards.

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Work-related phrases and idioms – printable mini-cards

Here’s a handout that you can use to supplement work-related vocabulary in your lessons. It can be used with intermediate students, but I think it might work at the pre-intermediate level as well.

Basically, all you need to do is print this sheet on card, cut the mini-cards and use them to play vocabulary games.

Download the handout here:

Gap-fill – Chances – Backstreet Boys

ChancesDunno about you, but I’ve been listening to the new Backstreet Boys hit – Chances – on repeat these last few days. And this is how I realised this is a great song to help students notice third conditional past perfect forms! Amazing, I know: ).
I’ve made a gap-fill that you can use in class for a (fun) listening activity. Check it out!
Download here: Chances.
Have fun teaching!

Should / Shouldn’t (giving advice)

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photo: pixabay.com

Here’s a prescription template that you can print and use in the classroom. If you’re teaching primary students, this might come in handy in a lesson on how to give advice using SHOULD and SHOULDN’T.

Pair up students and have them role play a doctor-patient dialogue using this prescription template to guide them.

Download printable here: Prescription.

Happy teaching!

Make Giant Dice

Make Giant DiceToday I’m hosting an activity shared by education.com. It looks great for kindergarten kids who are learning to count and read numbers. Take a look. Have you tried it already?

Why Dice?

Dice are the main feature of lots of “grownup” games, but guess what? They’re a big part of kindergarten, too, and they can be great for learning. In early grades, kids often use dice as they learn both to count and to read number words. The dots on each side of the die give a clear visual picture of what each number represents, and kids can easily see the “one to one correspondence” between abstract numbers and the concrete things they show. At the same time, kids also need to match numbers to words, so that if they see “one,” or “two,” they can instantly recognize what they’re seeing. Here’s a great activity to put it all together—and create a marvelous game piece for outdoor play while you’re at it.

What You Need:
Clean, empty ½ gallon milk cartons
Hobby knife, such as an X-Acto knife
Tape
Round white stickers (available at office supply stores)
Black permanent marker
Craft glue
Clear contact paper
Construction paper

What You Do:
1. First, use the knife to cut off the bottom of your milk carton to create a cube that is exactly as high as it is wide.
2. Cut the slanted top off the remaining part of the milk carton, and cut a slit in one corner of the four-sided column that remains. Flatten the sides, and cut a long strip.
3. Wrap the strip around the open top of your milk carton, and tape it securely on all exposed sides.
4. Now measure and cut your construction paper into two strips that are three “squares” long and one square high.
5. Glue the strips onto the cubes.
6. Now, you have a blank die. Have your kindergartner help you write the word for each number along a corresponding side of the die, from “one” to “six.” Then have her paste on the corresponding number of stickers.
7. Cover the whole cube with clear contact paper, and make sure you reinforce all seams. You will have an all-weather, all-fun die that you can use for all sorts of games, and all sorts of math and reading, too.

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Thanks again to education.com for sharing this activity. For more reading activities, take a look here: https://www.education.com/games/ela/reading.

Happy learning!

Weather flashcards (VYLs)

rainyHello 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: ).

Click below to download (.pdf version):
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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).

As usual, any feedback is more than welcome!:)

Have fun teaching! 🏫✍🏼 ☕️✏️📚

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*Vectors source: http://www.freepik.com/