Tuesday, December 29, 2009

AFS English books is stealing teacher's work.

As a teacher I must stand for this cause and tell you all what's going on.
I've written about the site www.Eslprintables.com quite many times here. It's a wonderful, site where teacher's from all over the world share their work with no other compensation then that "sharing".
What happens is that many of the worksheets published on the site were stolen and published on some books from AFS.
I'm sure no teacher in ESLprintables worries when he sees his/her work being used at schools by another teacher. That’s what sharing is all about, but it's not fair that someone is making money out of someone else's sweat.
I’d like to warn all English teachers not to buy these books.
You can read more information about this on:
http://afsyayincilik-thieves.blogspot.com or

English test - daily routine - 6th grade

The last days of the first term were quite troubling for me. Suddenly I was surrounded by papers I’d never seen before and asked to do tasks I hardly knew how. Luckily it went out well. I did all the paper work and now I know how to deal with all that. Evaluations, reports… Well, by the time I would get home I’d be so tired that the last thing I wanted was to sit by the computer again…

I had some days to rest. I spent Christmas with my family (as I think it’s supposed to be) and now I’m back home again.

I came to the conclusion that I forgot to post my last 6th grade test. I’ll post it now.
It’s about daily routine, adverbs of frequency, prepositions of time and telling time.
I had very good results on this test. I was actually surprised because I thought it was a bit demanding. My students went really well in general.
Here it is:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Santa's daily routine

Next week I’ll be giving a test on daily routine to my 6th grade students.
In order to prepare them better for the test I’ve created this worksheet about Santa’s daily routine.

I must admit that this text was a bit complicated for them, but that was my point. I wanted them to feel some difficulties so that they are more alert when they study for the test.
The worksheet has got some questions about the text, one exercise on adverbs of frequency and another one about telling the time.

The last part is a chart with time prepositions which I hope they’ll study. (The chart is not mine; I took it from (http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/preposition_time.htm )

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Dear readers,

Today I want to tell you about a wonderful website called: “Explore”
It has got many resources which can be used in class to show our students the real world we are living in.
Explore is not only good for language lessons but also for Science, History, Geography, but most of all, this site is about Philanthropy …

“explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the
world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and
inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing
the selfless acts of others”.

A day before I found “Explore”, I was talking to someone about how rare it is to find people who actually care about helping others, and the environment just for the sake of helping.
The society we’re living in is becoming more and more selfish, more and more “me centered”. Explore has shown me a new bean of hope, there are still people who care, there are still people who want to give regardless what they’ll get. For all this, I want to share it with you:
There are many videos, photos and articles. Check it out by clicking the image bellow.

Ps. Don't forget to tell me what you think!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wishing a great December... and careful evaluations!

Hi everybody,

Today is the first of December. This is usually a month of great emotions and even greater frenzy.
Here in Portugal it's also the last month of the first term of lessons. Which means... evaluations are at the corner.
I already feel a bit uneasy about this.
It's so hard to turn a person into a number.
I believe this is the most difficult part of being a teacher. We all know that it's not only the tests that count. But how do you evaluate the rest. Students are human, some days they are full of energy and optimistic, and other days they wake up like if they want to eat the entire world.
There's no measure to evaluate personalities or reactions, interest or dedication.
No matter how many grids we create we'll always be unfair. It's helpless. We cannot know a student enough to be able to evaluate what he/she knows or what he/she doesn't know.
I'll do my best and hope that I don't miss judge any of my kids... It's all I can do.

Chat box removal

Dear followers,
I’d like to tell you all that Teaching-Frenzy will no longer have a chat box.
I've removed it some days ago and it's not coming back to the blog.

I’d like you all to write me using TF’s e-mail: (teaching.frenzy@gmail.com) or the comment boxes under my posts.

5th grade Test 2 - 2009

This was the second test I’ve given to my 5th graders. The topics which are tested here are the verb to be; personal pronouns; This/these; and the numbers from 1 to 20.

It took me a long time to put this all together but I guess the result was pretty pleasant.
The book I’m working with in the 5th grade is “The English Train” by Oxford University Press.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sheppard Software - educational site

I was told about this site during a workshop and I decided to pay a visit. It is really interesting and the resources are very useful! Check it out!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tongue twisters

I’ve recently found this wonderful site about Tongue Twisters. It’s worth taking a look at!
Tongue Twisters are a great way to teach new sounds and to practice reading with the students. It is usually great fun for the students and once you give them some Tongue twister to practice, they’ll ask you for more!

Check it out:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thanksgiving - 26th Nov 2009

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, presently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. It did not become a federal holiday until 1941. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God, and is still celebrated as such by many families, but it is now also considered a secular holiday as well.

Most Americans celebrate by gathering at home with family or friends for a holiday feast. Though the holiday's origins can be traced to harvest festivals which have been celebrated in many cultures since ancient times, the American holiday is tied to the deliverance of the English settlers by Native Americans after the harsh winter at Plymouth, Massachusetts and that event has become the pre-eminent foundation story for English North America.

The First Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God and the Native Americans for helping the pilgrims survive the brutal winter. Although half of the pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower had already died, many more would have had it not been for the Native Americans teaching the pilgrims to harvest foods. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three whole days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Indians. The traditional Thanksgiving menu often features turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Americans may eat these foods on modern day Thanksgiving, but the first feast did not consist of these items. On the first feast turkey was any type of fowl that the pilgrims hunted. Pumpkin pie wasn't on the menu because there were no ovens for baking, but they did have boiled pumpkin. Cranberries weren't introduced at this time. Due to the diminishing supply of flour there was no bread of any kind. The foods included in the first feast included duck, geese, venison, fish, lobster, clams, swan, berries, dried fruit, pumpkin, squash, and many more vegetables.

in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)

Test- 6th grade

I’ve given this test to my 6th grade students (11 year olds) last week.
The test is based on one test of the course book “Magic Riddle”. I added some exercises of my own and changed the text a bit.

The vocabulary topics explored were the parts of the body, school facilities and school objects.
As for grammar topics: It focuses on the verb to be, the verb to have got and the article a/an.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween - Exhibition

This is a bit of what we did at our school! The group of English teachers set up a special Halloween corner with spooky creatures, scary music and lots of spider webs.

The students made beautiful arts and crafts which were exhibited on the walls.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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English test - 1st unit - 5th grade

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This was the first test I've made for my 5th graders (this year). It's about the first topics we teach here in Portugal - meeting people, school objects, numbers and colours.

I've used a witch picture to test the colours because Halloween at the corner ;)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Describing people's character

Hi everyone.

I started this school year teaching at primaries but on the 23rd of September I was unexpectedly placed on a 2nd cycle school which means I’m teaching 5th and 6th grade students now.

I know that these grades are considered primary school in most countries but here in Portugal It’s not. The kids move to a different school by the time they complete the 4th grade.

I was quite lost at the beginning but now I’m finally settled and enjoying the new challenge.

I’m posting here a mini test I’ve handed to my 6th grades about the topic “describing people’s character”. It focuses mostly on adjectives.
I hope it’s useful.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Images and cards for Halloween (list of sites)

A very kind teacher from ESLprintables listed these sites so we can easily find materials for our Halloween activities.

I decided to post it here as well.

I hope it's useful!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Autumn Poem

I've created this worksheet for my older students.

I'll work on the poem by adding gestures (miming) to what is being said. It will be an active listening activity. I'll associate certain words to gestures and when I read the poem, the students are expected to make the correct gestures as they listen to the words.

Confusing? Mmm maybe not. Just use your imagination. This can be a very activity for Kinesthetic learners.

Friday, September 4, 2009

New school year 2009-2010

It's time to put our summer holidays on a very sweet drawer of our memories and get back to the TEACHING-FRENZY!!

It's time to put all our troubles away and concentrate on what really matters for us teachers.

This year I'll be teaching 7 classes at primary school. I'm very curious to see all those faces and hear all that they have to say.
I'm happy with my schedule and also because I´ll be teaching at the same school. It's great when it's possible to continue the work we've done the previous year.

Right now I'm on the planning stage. Any good ideas for projects?
In England I've learnt many great techniques, I wonder when I'll be able to use them.

Well, I wish you all a great new year and... we'll keep in touch
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Friday, August 7, 2009

Pilgrims course - Canterbury

As I've written before, I spent the last two weeks of July in England taking a course called : "Methodologies and Language for primary teachers" well, it couldn't be more appropriated to my needs!

The course was very intense and my trainer was very demanding. She's made those two weeks look like a month of work.. if not more..

In the following days I'll be writing some reports on the things I felt were more interesting such as the approaches to multiple intelligences in language learning, the CLIL Process when teaching; Brain Gym, VAKOG...

It may all sound like Chinese right now but I'll try to make a nice and easy summary of some of these very interesting aspects of Language learning/teaching.

I'm glad to be back to "teaching frenzy"!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"English Tea Break"

Last June 1st was a very special day at school! Besides being the world's children day, I took the chance to develop a special activity with my students. It was called "The english tea break" . With the help of 2 other teachers, I took the students to the canteen and they baked some scones. While the scones were cooking in the oven and the water was warming up for the tea, I talked about the 5 o'clock tea tradition. The students learned some curiosities such as that it was a Portuguese Princess (Catarina de Bragança) who started this tradition in England.
At 5 o'clock, the tea was served! A bit later came the scones right from the oven. We put some jam on them and then it was the most delicious part of the activity!!! EATING!!!

Ps. It was a hell of a job.. but very worth doing!! Specially when I got back to the classroom and read a message the students' had left for me on the board : "Thank you for today's lesson!" I guess that my stress went all way when I read that!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

It's been a while...

Hello dear readers,

It's been a while since I've posted new messages or goodies for your lessons. I must apologize for that and meantime explain my reasons.

The year is almost over so we're all in the evaluation frenzy around here. It's been taking some of my time and it's preventing me from developing new materials.
I hope this phase will quickly go away because this is not what teaching is all about...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cheer up people!!

This message is for my course mates!! Today was the L.A.S.T. session! Be Happy!!! No more assignments! No more worries... At least not for now...

glitters cheer up

It smells like holidays doesn't it?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Responsible student award!

As my pen-paling project develops, I felt the need to create a special award to those students who had been very responsible and were able to meet all the deadlines established during the project.

I think that it is very important to motivate good behavior and responsibility! The students who didn't receive the award felt jealous and I liked that reaction! It means that next time they'll probably do better in order to get an award themselves!

Playground activities - Worksheet 2

This is the second worksheet on the theme "playground activities". It is very similar to the first one but this time I ask students to draw their favourite playground activity. The drawing is the starting point for another activity which I will explain later.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Playground activities - Worksheet

The last month of lessons has arrived and I must confess that I'm quite happy about it!

For this last month I've planed talking about playground activities and holidays.

Here you may see an example of what I've done with my 1st graders. It was not only a worksheet but also a pair work activity. After exploring the words and sentences, the kids had to ask their partners the questions and write "yes" or "no".

I hope it's useful!

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hoola Hoop - New book for primary english! (in Portugal)

Yesterday I was as the presentation of this new book in Albufeira. It is a new project for primary English  The books were developed according to the "Estudo do Meio" (social studies) program. I thought that was really positive because this way students can consolidate their knowledge and learn new things in English rather than the traditional topics we've been teaching!
The project includes cds, cd-roms, posters, flashcards.. etc.
I thought I should write about it so that more teachers can be aware of what's new...

Now, one question. Do you use books in your classes?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lyrics - worksheet

On this worksheet, you have the lyrics of the song of the previous video. It is a gap filling exercise. It's not difficult although the song is long. My3rd grade students succeeded on doing this!

Wind is blowing clothes away... - Video

I hope you'll enjoy this song! I've found it on YouTube and used it already in class! It is very repetitive and although it's a bit long, it doesn't get the kids bored!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Clothes game.

Hi there!

During my last unit - Clothes - I've used a very nice game in class which I've forgotten to post here. It's an easy game.
You make a circle with the entire class to explain the game, and then keep them that way to play.

You ask a small group of students to get out of the classroom (but stay by the door), until you call them back. While they hide, some of the student's in the circle change clothes (jackets or jumpers basically)

When the hidden group of students comes in, they have to say in english, who has swapped clothes with whom and which clothes have been swapped. The studdent who guesses right and says it better wins the game.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Good news - IT'S SATURDAY!!!

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I wish you all a great day! It's been busy around here. School year is ending but it seems work is not!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New patches for old - Story

Hello everyone!

I'm here to tell you about a story.
I've used this story with my 3rd graders! They loved it!They were curious all the time, wanting to know what was hidden in the next pages.
It is a great story to tell when we are teaching clothes. The main character is Hasan he bought new trousers for a special celebration but the trousers are too long. He asks his wife, daughter and mum for help. What happened??
You must read the story ;)
It is funny!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Mrs. Pickaboo needs new shoes - Story

Here is another PowerPoint with a great story to tell while teaching clothes.
It's a 4 page story about a ladybug who wants to go to a party but has got no shoes. She goes to the shoemaker and tries many different shoes...
The rest you have to read for yourselves :D
This story is also from the magazine: "The teacher's magazine"
It worked well with my first graders.
There are plenty of follow up activities we can develop after this story...
Please tell me what you think!

Poster about clothes.

Hi there everybody!
My students have built this poster about clothes. They coloured and cut the clothes. Now this poster is hanging on the wall and the students can change the doll's clothes every time they want, the way they wish. There's only one rule. All clothes must be placed above their "word" labels  This way the kids can play and still associate the words with the pictures even without knowing they are "studying".
I prefer this kind of "pro-active" posters to the "static" ones.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Clothes' patterns - 4th grade

Here you have one more WS about clothes. This time, the purpose is to make students practice clothes' descriptions.
The image was taken from "The teacher's magazine" (-as most of the times:) )
I hope it is usefull. I'll be waiting for your comments.
I see there's a lot of people downloading my materials, I'm happy about that but I'd be even more happy if I got some more feedback. Did you use them with your students? Did it work? Did you find any incorrections?... Please let me know.
You can use the "bla,bla,bla" chat box or simple comment under this post :)
Have a nice FRIDAY

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nice Image

I just wanted to share this lovelly picture that I've received by e-mail. I don't know why but I really like it... :D

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Clothes worksheet for 1st grade

With this Worksheet it is possible to make a revision about "colours" and "family" vocabulary.
It requires reading. I used it with my first graders but we did it step by step. I'd read the instructions and they'd answer what colour they had to use and where.
I hope It's a good resource...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Clothes worksheet for 4th grade

Hey there!
Although it is sunday, and I should be resting, or having fun, I've decided to come here and make one more worksheet for my pupils!
This one is about clothes. That's the topic I've been teaching since last week.
I'm going to give this one to my 4th graders after I teach them more vocabulary about clothes. Such as "dotted", "checked", "striped"...
With this worksheet I'm making also a revision about body characteristics...
Well, I guess it's all for now!
Ps. I just want to wish a happy mother's day to all my brazilian readers ;)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

It's still Spring time!! - Ainda é Primavera

Hello everybody!
Here is a nice Idea to decorate a classroom wall for spring time!
This is the wall of one of my first grade classes. They did this wonderful work with their "main" teacher - Teacher Teresa. I liked the final result so much that I asked her to take pictures and publish it.
I hope it brings up ideas ;)

Olá a todos!
Aqui está uma boa ideia para decorar a parede de uma sala para a Primavera!
Esta é a parede de uma das minhas turmas de primeiro ano. Os alunos fizeram este trabalho maravilhoso com a ajuda da professora titular - Professora Teresa. Eu gostei tanto do resultado que lhe pedi para tirar fotos e publicar.
Espero que vos dê ideias ;)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Clothes - activity

Here is a new activity which I used with my students today:
First, there were a boy and a girl on the board.
Then, I told the kids that we should dress them according to the weather...
I put the clothes on the board and as I did so, I asked the kids: "What's this?.."
After we've been through all the clothes, I asked some kids - one by one - to come to the board and follow my instructions. For example:
"Put the red skirt on the girl".. they had to look for the red skirt and stick it on the girl...
With this activity I explored vocabulary about the clothes, about colours and about the weather.
It was very nice to see all the kids wanting to participate and to help the ones who were having some doubts.
Notes: The pictures (boys and clothes) were taken from "THE TEACHER'S MAGAZINE"
The frames I've used here were taken from the great blog: http://rocha2goretty.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Clothes - Video

This video is from youtube. I've used it to introduce the topic "clothes".

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Farm-Jungle Animals. Animals to colour

Here you may see my blackboard again!
Today, as a final activity about the unit " Animals" my students had to fill these boards with animals from the farm and from the jungle.
Each student had a different animal. They were asked to colour and cut out the animal. After that, they would present themselves as if they were the animal they were holding. For example: "I'm a snake. I live in the Jungle."
I'll leave you here some of those animals as well. I got them by searching on Google.