Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Reading Comprehension WS. 5th grade

Hi again!
This one has just come out of the oven :)
It's a Halloween reading comprehension worksheet dedicated to 5th graders.

It focuses:
  • Identity (name/ age / birthday / nationality)
  • Colours
  • Seasons
  • The verb To Be
  • The verb To Have got
  • Expressing favourite things...
  • Vocabulary on Halloween
I hope you like it :) Please post some comments bellow. 

Halloween 2014

Halloween is coming! Kids usually love this celebration because they are allowed to play, disguise themselves and enter a magic and fantastic world. There are some old but interesting posts about Halloween here on Teaching-Frenzy. You can Check them here: 

Friday, September 5, 2014

September 2014

It's time to go back to school. Teaching-Frenzy wishes you a great school year!   

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer test - 6th/ 7th grade (One Direction theme)

Summer time should also include a bit of "English time" :) This (4 pages) worksheet  is basically a reading comprehension work.
The theme I've chosen is "One Direction" because many of my students (specially girls) are crazy about them.

There's one exercise on vocabulary about camping and a writing task based on physical/ psychological description.

I'm now uploading all my worksheets on PDF format. Should you need to edit them please send me an email so I can send them to you in another format. 

Here's the email: teaching.frenzy@gmail.com

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Parts of YOUR body

Forget the glamorous celebrity posters to label the parts of the body!
Why not using your own students as human/ 3D posters? It's much more fun and they certainly get to participate more and have a laugh in the process. 

Advice: Don't use strong tape... 

Splat frog fun - teaching physical appearance

How much fun can a splat ball (in this case a splat frog)  bring to the classroom?

Well, see it for yourself:

While teaching "Physical appearance" the kids had to make a small poster with a picture from a magazine. After that, they had to hit the right image with the sticky frog according to the description that they had listened to.
It's really a fun and great activity to practice listening.

This is the famous splat frog. He looks quite bored doesn't he? :)

I first heard about this "toy" from Chris Roland. He's a wonderful teacher whose talk I had the pleasure to attend on the last APPI conference. You can check more about him and his work here: http://chrisroland.net

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Art museum in the English classroom

Why not bringing some real art to the English classroom?
Well, here's how I did it: 

1st - I set up an art museum in the classroom. Flash cards with copies of  paintings by the most famous painters were displayed on the walls all over.

2nd - Kids went on a tour and asked each other: "Do you like this painting?" / "What's your favorite?" 
            Expressions like "Oh, that's beautiful!"; "I really like it"; "so, so"and "not so much"                   were practiced before. 

3rd - In small groups kids chose one of their favourite paintings to copy themselves with brushes and paint. 

The surprising choices were:  The persistence of memory by Salvador Dalí 
And The son of man by René Magritte

Magritte TheSonOfMan.jpg

4th - While painting, there were speaking activities happening. 
           My "language plan" for that lesson included talking about school material, colours and              the use of the present continuous. For that reason, structures like, "What are you        using", "What are you doing", "Do you need more yellow paint?"... were used on purpose.

5th - And the paintings were displayed in the classroom.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Elementary Matters: Team Building Activities

Hi There!

I'm just about to start a new project. A Summer English course for children.
While searching for some fun group bounding games as well as presentation games I came across this wonderful blog where you can find lot's of interesting links. 


Elementary Matters: Team Building Activities: I use a whole lot of games in my classroom to practice skills. In order for game playing to be successful in the classroom, children need to...

Have fun :) I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Make or Do ? Mind-map

I must admit that I'm an unconditional fan of mind-maps. They help organizing thought and make great posters.
Here the latest one I found on engames

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Simple Present - Study paper (Simple Present - apontamentos/resumo)

Hello there!

Just like the Simple Past study paper here is one dedicated to the Simple Present.

Keep up the Teaching Frenzy!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's day 2014 - colouring pages

Hello there!

Here is my Valentine's day "Google selection" for 2014!
It's a collection of images which can be used in many different ways in class. Postcards, posters, arts&crafts projects...
Just use your imagination and Happy Valentine's day :)

You may also like to check this wonderful Website: http://www.reading-with-kids.com/valentinesday.html

Simple Past - Study paper (Simple Past - apontamentos/resumo)

Hi there!

This time I'm posting a different thing.
As I've been noticing through the years, students have some difficulties in systematizing knowledge, so here is my little help.

This is a "Study Paper" about the rules of the Simple Past.

I hope it's useful.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Reading comprehension 6th grade St. Patrick's Day

Here is one more reading and comprehension worksheet (Re&Co) for 6th grade.

It has two pages with 3 different exercises.

1 - True or False.
2 - Answering according to the text.
3 - Sentence building/ Word order. 

The themes explored are:

  • Personal identification
  • Daily Routine
  • Frequency adverbs
  • Simple present

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Eye Idioms - Poster

I just found this awesome poster about Idioms on ESLLibrary. I hope it's useful. I'll Keep an eye on that site :)

To feast one's eyes on: To look at something beautiful/amazing.
"Now turn around and feast your eyes on that view".

One's  eyes pop out of one's head: To be shocked or amazed.
"When I told him I was leaving the company, his eyes nearly popped out of his head."

Keep one's eyes peeled: To look for intently.
"Keep your eyes peeled for a parking space."

Out of the corner of one's eye: To catch/see something without really looking for it.
"Out of the corner of my eye I saw something move, I turned to look and saw a little mouse run across the floor."

The apple of one's eye: A person you have great affection for.
"His son is the apple of his eye."

In the blink of an eye: Very quickly.
"The holidays will be over in a blink of an eye."

Eye candy: Someone who is very attractive.
"My friend likes sitting at the bar looking for eye candy."

Red eye: An overnight flight.
"Red eye flights are usually cheaper."

Get some shut eye: To get some sleep.
"I have to get some shut eye, I'm exhausted."

Monday, January 27, 2014

FREE App for android by British council

LearnEnglish KIDs  is a FREE App for android by British council.

If you are an android fan and like using it in class here is a very nice app with videos for the English Lessons.
It's designed for young learners and it can be a way to add some more FUN to your lessons! Enjoy!    

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Prepositions of place: in, on, at (mind map)

Just like the previous post, here is one more great mind map taken from http://www.engames.eu/

Prepositions of time - in, on, at (mind map)

This topic always causes doubts.
I've just found this wonderful mind map on  http://www.engames.eu/ and couldn't resist sharing it. 
I'll be posting some more because they are really great especially for visual students whose memories rely mostly on images!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Reading Comprehension Worksheet - 5th grade (5ºano)

Here is a Reading and comprehension worksheet (Re&Co) for beginners - 5th grade.

It has two pages with 3 different exercises.

1 - True or False.
2 - Answering according to the text.
3 - Answering according to the student's personal information. 

The themes explored are:

  • Personal identification
  • Sports
  • Numbers
  • Family
  • Verb to be
  • Verb to have got.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Reading Corner in 4 steps

It's very important to create a good reading environment for the class. And it is even more important to let the students take an active role in the creation of such environment. 

Here is a suggestion of something -really nice- I did with my students some years ago.

As for the process, here it goes:

1 - Select an inspirational image, project it onto a large fabric and let your students draw it on pencil.

2 - Prepare a space at your classroom which you won't need too much for the next month or so (remember, it's a large picture)

3 - Use fabric paint and let your students be creative :) I would usually let the "fast finishers" to go paint first.

4 - Hang their Master Piece at the reading corner. Get a nice carpet and some cute pillows to go along :)

Enjoy the "story times"!     


ps. This "curtain" was also hiding a - quite boring - archive. Let's say it as a beautiful 2 in 1 :) 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 2014

Wishing my readers the best year of all!