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: 

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/



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:
here