Sunday, May 8, 2016

Draw in English

Draw in English

Have some of your student finished a task way before the others?
Ask them to draw in English!
The only rule is: "You can only draw what you already know how to say in English". I don't ask them to write the words, but eventually they all end up doing that to prove to the teacher they DO know what they're drawing (even if they misspell it...Oops).

On the other hand, there might be a "Bruno" on a class somewhere who decides to draw a shark, because he's mad about sharks and he can really say the word SHARK with all his teeth ;). However, Bruno accidentally draws some seaweed on the bottom of the ocean as well...Oh, Oh... Well, he's just given you a great opportunity for some vocabulary work ;) Grab it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Snakes and ladders - revision lesson


I love games! And so do my students. Before Carnival short holidays I've decided to let them play a bit. However, in order to play they had to "make" the game (yeah, no work, no fun... they know that, already ;) )
Each number on the snake corresponded to a question or command that the students had selected before playing. 
In each class I had different questions coming up. This is a great way to set up a revision lesson. 
Here's how it looked like in one of my classes:

Keep up the Teaching-frenzy ;)

Monday, November 9, 2015

6 Greetings around the world

Greetings can be fascinating, fun and a wonderful way of arousing curiosity on other cultures . 
Sandie Morão called my attention to this topic, and here I am sharing it :)
Here are some examples of how people greet each other around the world, but there are many more... If you are interested in finding out just check the link I'm leaving at the end of this post:

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  1.  press foreheads and noses together, with eyes closed. This is called hongi. - New Zealand
  2. merge hands in what is colloquially known as a "handshake". - USA
  3. stick your tongue out just a bit. - Tibet
  4. press the hands together, hold them in prayer fashion, and slightly bow to your acquaintance. This is called the wai. - Thailand
  5. warriors form 
  6. a circle and compete to see who can jump the highest - Kenya
  7. kiss cheeks - France






Original source: http://guff.com/15-ways-people-greet-each-other-from-countries-around-the-world

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Meditation for de-stress - Great for students (and their teachers)

Stress can be really harmful in the classroom. Meditation is a great resource to deal with this problem, plus it can be used as an English teaching resource as well specially when teaching topics like "The body".
This practice can have the double effect of calming both students and teachers before a lesson which is being foreseen as "difficult".
It can become part of the routine our it can simply pop up from the teacher's sleeve when the time is right.

Enjoy, and relax...




Got the video from this page: http://news.health.com/2015/10/12/7-everyday-habits-that-improve-mood-according-to-science/?xid=bustle

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Winnie the Witch Story, video and song

Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul is a great and funny story to teach topics like:
  • Colours
  • The house
  • Furniture
  • (and maybe) Pets
Because it stars a witch as the main character, it is also perfect to be used in class around Halloween time.

Here you can find:


The Story: 




 The video:


  

  And the song:




Keep up the teaching Frenzy :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Super Powerful Spiderweb - Halloween Craft



Look at the skillful work of art that this spider has crafted in my mother's garden. Impressive, isn't it ?

Spiders and spiderwebs may not be "our thing" but they certainly play an irreplaceable role in Halloween!

Today I'll show you how your students can make an awesome, sparkling, "super powerful" spiderweb!

I've learned it from a very special teacher (Stefy) at Pilgrims some years ago...

It's an easy craft and it can also become a great trap to catch all the Halloween monsters that fly around during this time of year.

Here we go:

You'll need these materials:
a sheet of paper, markers, a transparent punch pocket, white glue and glitter (lots of glitter!!) 
Steps:
  1. Draw a spiderweb on a sheet of paper;
  2. Put the paper inside the transparent punch pocket;
  3. Cover the lines with white glue;
  4. Sprinkle some glitter on the glue;
  5. Let it dry for, at least, 24 hours.



 And voilà!



It looks splendid on the windows!


Happy Halloween
Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy! :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Daisy Chain - Animated Film narrated by Kate Winslet

Because bullying is all but fun and glee
Here's a video for you to see
I hope, in time, this cloud will fade
and we'll see children playing, not afraid...

  

Keep up the teaching frenzy :)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

November - Binder / notebook divider

The harvesting month is coming! 
This time I've also added a "curiosity" section.
Have you got any other suggestions? Please comment below, let me know what your students like. Thanks.


Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy :)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

November 2015 calendar

Sweet November is Coming!


Keep up the Teaching- Frenzy :)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Describe a celebrity - CR7

Describing celebrities is fun! This time I've chosen -the mega famous- Cristiano Ronaldo.
This is a guided writing task.
Students are asked to write some personal info about the celebrity as well as the complete physical description. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

My collection of playing cards - Countries and nationalities

"Countries and Nationalities" is one of the topics for 3rd grade. 

Here is my 3rd set of playing cards:


The images used in this set of cards were taken from : www.crayola.com
Keep up the teaching-frenzy :)

Oops, It seems that this file had a mistake before. Instead of "Spanish" it was written "Spannish". I would like to thank Raquel Gonçalves for letting me know. I've just corrected it. Please make sure you've got the right file. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. "Poop happens"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My collection of playing cards - Colours

Here's my second set of playing cards on the topic: COLOURS.
   

After finished, they might look something like this:


Keep up the teaching-Frenzy :) 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My Collection of playing cards - Greetings

Here's my first set of playing cards on the topic: Greetings.

These cards can be used as mini-flashcards to help learning new vocabulary/ structures, or as normal playing cards to revise words.
It's important that each student has it's own set. They can add their initials at the top corner so that they can organize and keep their own materials after playing.
The big HIT you can let your students play with these card is "peixinho" I don't know the equivalent name in English but this game consists on: shuffling the cards on the table, each student picks 4 random cards and the objective is to get groups of 4 equal cards by asking other players for the cards in need. 
I believe that students should take an active part in what comes to making some of the teaching/learning materials that's why these playing cards (and the following ones) aren't "ready-to-use". They need to be coloured, cut, and the words need to be traced before students can use them to play.


   
Have fun! and Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy :)