Thursday, 17 July 2014

A calendar with lots of activities (4 seasons) to practise speaking/writing

Here are some ideas on how to use this calendar:
  1. As you can see, each month has three identical weeks and one different, which can be used for practising Present Simple/Continuous (e.g. I usually go to the swimming pool on Friday, but today I'm going to the skating rink.), Present Perfect (e.g. I have been to the cinema three times this month.), Past Simple/Continuous ( e.g. I called you yesterday but you weren't at home. - Oh yes, I was having a karate lesson then.)
  2. Practise saying the date, review days of the week
  3. Learn/review lots of action verbs/places
  4. Practise using "going to", "have to", "must"
  5. Revise the prepositions of place and time (in February, in winter, on Monday, on the 1st of August, at the weekend, at the beginning/end/in the middle of the month/week, at the cinema, to the theatre)
The calendar is editable, so you can change anything you want once you download it.

A calendar with activities (to practise speaking) -

Friday, 28 February 2014

Boys and girls - a speaking game/activity for young students

   I made this game to help my first and second graders learn to talk about people's names, age and mood (sad/happy). It's also a good way to revise colours and numbers (1-14), as well as practise making affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences using to be (am, is are) and different pronouns
   There are 14 boys, 14 girls and 7 sets of tockens. Here's an example of how to play:

 Spread the boy cards on the table and hide 7 pots with gold and 7 ghosts underneath. Your partner looks away so that he doesn't see where you place the tockens. He turns back when you're ready and describes one of the boys (He is red and happy. What's his name? How old is he?) You answer the questions, pick up the card and put it away. Your partner gets the tocken hidden under it.  Then he chooses 6 more boys and you both follow the same pattern again. The aim of the game is to get as many pots with gold as possible. Once your partner has chosen 7 boys, then it's your turn to guess. In the end, you compare the number of pots with gold you've got and find out who the winner is.

This is only one of many possible variations. You can use other tockens as well, or only one of them (put it under one of the boys/girls cards and let your partner guess the card you've chosen - asking questions, of course). The Easter eggs could be used for Egg Hunting game. Children can also practise spelling the names on the cards, thus revising the alphabet. You can practise using have got/has got, possessive pronouns (my/her/his/their etc.) Just use your imagination :-)

Boys and girls speaking game/activity for young students -

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The verb TO BE and Fairytale characters - Four In a Row game

 It's a game for 2 students. One of them chooses an empty square and makes a dot inside. Then he rolls a die and depending on the number he's got makes a sentence (1,4 - affirmative, 2,5 - negative, 3,6 - interrogative).
 For example: I am a princess/ He isn't a king/ Are we clowns?
If the sentence is correct, he draws something inside the chosen square (we use snowflakes and hearts or flowers). If he makes a mistake, his opponent has a chance to correct it and draw his own sign instead. The first one to make a row of four signs (either in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal position) is the winner.

There are 2 different sets to play with.

to be + Fairytale characters - 4 in a row game -

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Talking about people - 2 more sets of cards

You can find the first set and some suggestions on how to use it here.
 Now students can choose a boy, a girl or a pair to talk about (there are 8 of them in each set)