Tuesday, November 19, 2013

English Test 5th grade (Christmas time) Teste de Inglês 5º ano (Natal)

Hi every one!

Here you have your Christmas treat from Teaching Frenzy :) 

It's a 5th grade test that focuses on these topics.


  • Family
  • Colours
  • Numbers
  • Animals
  • Verb to be
  • Verb Have Got
  • Can / Can't
  • Personal Pronouns

(C) Info:

Pictures were taken from: www.morguefile.com
Clip arts are Philip Martin's.
The text and questions are "Teaching Frenzy originals".

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Teaching means of transport?

Hi every one!

For those who have planed teaching means of transports, I hope these materials come in handy.

Much like my recent post on materials for teaching colours, here you'll find a PPT presentation featuring the following means of transport: ship, train, plane, helicopter, balloon, bus, bicycle and motorcycle 

For the PPT version click here:

For the PDF version click here:

Note: all the images were taken from: www.morguefile.com 

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Colours flashcards and PPT

The topic "Colours" is  absolutely a MUST in the English Language Classroom!

Here is a set of flashcards prepared to help teaching the names of colours.

On each flashcard there's a picture that can be used to explore a bit more than just the colours themselves.
It's getting more and more common to find 1st graders who already know all the names of the colours in English therefore, with these flashcards it's possible to go a little further and talk about "What's blue?", "What's pink?" or "What colour are the flowers?" ...

I'm uploading a PDF and a PPT version (with animations) each of them with 10 cards referring to these colours: red, yellow, blue, pink, green white, orange, purple, brown and grey

Don't forget to comment :)

For the PPT version click here:

For the PDF version click here:

Note: all the images were taken from: www.morguefile.com 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Learn English Kids - British Council

Hi everyone!

Last Saturday I went to Lisbon to participate in the encounter "APPInep Sharing Good Practice" which was dedicated to English Teaching at Primary school and promoted by APPI (the Portuguese Association of English Teachers).  

One of the workshops I attended was held by Christina Phelps who is a British Council representative.

Christina talked about "How innovative online resources can support English Teachers".

There is an entire planet Jupiter of resources online nowadays, so the question is no longer where to get materials, but actually how to filter them and select the ones which serve us best and - if possible - as quickly as a thought.

British council has developed a set of 4 websites which try to answer this - no time to select - problem. 

  • And finally one for Kids: 


On this website it is possible to filter the contents easily either by age, type of content or skill we want to develop with our students.

It has many games, songs, videos, printable worksheets, stories and even lesson plans.

Have FUN exploring :)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Halloween worksheet 2013

October is the month of Halloween.

It isn't a Portuguese tradition but it's becoming more and more popular as we tend to contemplate it in our English lessons.

Here are some topics which can be easily associated with Halloween:

  • Parts of the body (skeletons, monsters, witches)
  • Parts of the House ( haunted houses)
  • Animals (day and night animals for example)
  • Colours
  • Feelings (scared, happy, sad...)
  • Food ( trick or treat ... candy, sweet :) )
  • International traditions
  • ...

This worksheet is mostly a speaking activity. It is thought to be a support for a repetition activity using simple expressions which should be said with different intonations in order to help the students identify the correct picture.

Please leave your comments bellow.

The pictures used in this worksheet were taken from:

here , here , here , here , here , here 

and the boarder was taken from:

Monday, September 30, 2013

Good news!!

Dear readers,

I'm proud to present to you the younger brother of Teaching-frenzy! It's called Teaching-Frenzy Primary and it was created specially for those who are teaching English at Primary Schools. (From 5/6 to 9/11 years old) ( Inglês no 1º ciclo)

For now it's basically a copy of  TF having only the posts that might be of interest to those teaching English at primary. I cleaned up some tags and made it all look more organized.
There's still a lot of work to do because I need to check if the links are working fine so please be patient. Meanwhile I'd appreciate if you would send me some feedback on what's not working.

For the future I intend to Keep Teaching-Frenzy "alive" as my "base blog" where I'll keep posting general messages about teaching or whatever projects I'll be working on.

I thought it would be better to have a separate place for Primary issues because right now, in Portugal, many teachers are struggling to find "an easy way" to switch from being secondary school teachers into primary teachers as it was - in many cases - imposed by the government.

Being a primary school teacher myself and having some years of experience / research in this area, it is also a pleasure for me to be able to help my colleagues getting into this wonderful world.

Teaching children might look like a nightmare for those who are used to working with young adults or teens, but as soon as some tricks are learned it becomes a "piece of cake".

For all this I invite you to follow the new TF and to give me suggestions to make it better.

I had some bad experiences with "chat boxes" in the past (mostly because of unwanted advertising) even so there is one on the new TF in order to make communication among teachers faster. Let's see how it goes.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Book reviews

Story books and Picture Books are, by far,  one of the best tools we have as English Language Teachers.

I have decided to take some of my time to read more English - authentic- books and to write a short review or ideas that may come to my mind on how to use them in class.

Soon I'll be receiving this book by mail. It will be one of many that I'll be writing about here on TF.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 2013

September has finally arrived!

I wish you all a great school year! 

I'll be posting new activities and ideas soon!

Keep up the "teaching-frenzy"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Easter project in 5 steps

Here is my suggestion for this Easter:
Marbled eggs!

It consists on painting eggs with a marbling effect technique.

This is a project that precedes the egg hunt my students are going go on with me and their PE teacher at the end of this week.

Step 1:

Glue a wooden skewer on (empty) egg using a hot glue gun.

Step 2:

Fill a plastic bowl with water. (make sure it's an old bowl that you can dye with paint)

Step 3:

Drop some glass paint drops into the water. 

Step 4:

Mix the colours softly and slowly with the tip of a wooden skewer.

Step 5:

Finally, immerse the eggs in the water (making sure the children don't touch the paint), and pull them out slowly.

And Voila! 

PS. I must thank my student Mariana, who, after painting her egg, was the super professional photographer documenting the entire process! So, Thank you Mariana!

Easter colouring WS

Enjoy this little Easter treat :)
The picture was taken from: http://www.reading-with-kids.com/color-by-number-coloring-pages.html

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Water Cycle Lesson for Kids | How Does The Water Cycle Work

Here is a wonderful link about the water cycle:

The Water Cycle Lesson for Kids | How Does The Water Cycle Work

Valentine's day heart cards

These small hearts were the secret valentine cards made by my students last week... It is a simple activity you only need a heart shape, an old card box, glue, scissors and lots of colours!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Dead Links

Dear all,

I've been receiving some messages here and there about links on this blog which are not working.

I'd appreciate that if you happen to come across any problem like this, please write a comment under this post explaining which link/links you found dead.

I'll try to fix them as soon as possible!

Thanks for your cooperation.