sábado, 31 de janeiro de 2009

Granny's House

My youngest students made these little houses. It was an activity that I found on ESLprintables and it worked wonderfully with the kids!

The butterflies are protecting the identity of the children!

My dream house

Some of the drawings that my students made when I asked them to draw their dream house!

domingo, 25 de janeiro de 2009

PenPal Project - Words Fly

In December 2008, me and a nice teacher from Canada decided to develop a pen pal project with our classes.

We named our project: "Words Fly"

This week I started with this project in class by showing some of my own pen-pals'  letters. The students were very curious specially about the stamps. They wanted to know where did they come from.

Later on I gave the a handout (made by Manon= the Canadian Teacher). The hand out was a guide on how to write a letter. There is a sample of a letter which they can follow step by step to write their own. The letters will focus on presentation, talking about the family, the house where they live and likes and dislikes.

terça-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2009

Where's the lost butterfly?

If you've been following my blog, you'll certainly recognize this house. (Or another very similar to this one)
Today, as my students had already learnt some vocabulary, I decided to create a story about a butterfly who was always getting lost.
I took a magnetic butterfly to class and asked the kids to close their eyes. While they did that, I would put the butterfly either in the bedroom or in the toilet or on the roof of the house.
Each time I would ask :"Where's the lost butterfly?" The students would quickly point and say: "toilet", "kitchen". Then I would help them say the whole sentence: "The lost butterfly is in the kitchen."
This activity had a magical effect on my kids specially the girls who were almost "in love" with the butterfly.
You can do the same activity using a different animal or a member of a family like a father or a mother...

Last Christmas...

Last Christmas I've made this tree with my 1st grade class. Each ball has got one word about Christmas  The kids had fun doing it and it stood at one of the school's walls to embellish it a bit more on Christmas time..

I'm sorry I didn't post it before, It may seem useless because Christmas time is gone..but well, it will stay here, maybe next year it will be a help for someone!!

domingo, 18 de janeiro de 2009

Video - House

I found this video on youtube! I hope you like it. I'll use it in my next lessons! It's cute!

sábado, 17 de janeiro de 2009

Builing a house in class - Result

As I've promised before, here you can see how the House became much better. The kids have done a great work!

sexta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2009

Vocabulary about the house

Here you have one more WS about the house!

Builing a house in class

This was the way the I found to teach the parts of the house and some furniture to my youngest students (1st grade):
When the students got in class, this empty house was already there on the blackboard. This has caused curiosity right from the start which was my main aim.
First of all I've shown a PowerPoint presentation where I've introduced some vocabulary about the parts of the house and furniture correspondent to each of those parts.
Then I told them that our new house also needed some furniture so we had to go shopping and fill the house with wonderful things.
I've handed out some BW copies with pictures of all the furniture they needed for the house. They've coloured and cut them. The house soon began to look much cosier.
Soon you'll be able to see the result here! ;)

quinta-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2009

House - WS

"Everybody in a house, a very big house in the country" ;D!
Here is one worksheet about the house.

terça-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2009

Story 2 - What do we say when...

This story is more like a question.

What would you do if you were teaching a 9 year old sweet girl on the exact same day when her father died?

I knew he was very ill since the beginning of the year. But I guess no one is ever prepared for such news..

The girl waited for all her colleges to leave the classroom for the break and came to talk to me..

"Did you know teacher, my father died this morning.."

Facing this, I was almost speechless even though I knew I had to say something because she was looking for my comfort.. I talked to her and hugged her.. but still I don't know if I've chosen the right words..

These situations make me so uncomfortable, sad...

A teacher should be prepared for this, but honestly I don't think I'll ever learn how to talk right when life seems so wrong...

Story 1 - The pharmacy ticket

Some months ago, there was a very nice episode during one of my classes that I would like to share.

I've always encouraged my students to bring to class anything that has to do with the English lessons. There's this particular class that has taken this activity very seriously and they have new things to show and talk about every lesson.

Some of them have brought all kinds of books; dictionaries, old English course books, picture dictionaries...other students have brought English coins, post cards, a small statue of liberty, games, teddy bears who sing songs in English . Well you see, everything they can relate to the English lesson, they'll bring. When they can't find anything, they'll write their own papers with vocabulary they've learnt or they'll copy a song and they'll bring it.

One day, there was this kid that really made my lesson unforgettable  He wanted so bad to bring something to class..but he didn't have anything. So he brought me an old pharmacy ticket with a note in English write on its back. He said to me: " I'm sorry for the paper teacher, but my mother didn't have any other in the car to give me and I wanted to bring something to the lesson too".

That day I felt that I was really making English count to those kids. I still have the paper and I'll keep it as a memory. The kids are thinking about my lessons when they are at home and when they are on their way to school. Isn't this special?

segunda-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2009

Frankeinstein family - WS

Here is my last worksheet about the family. I'll probably not be doing any other on this theme because I'm starting a new topic with my classes.

domingo, 11 de janeiro de 2009

terça-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2009

sábado, 3 de janeiro de 2009

Useful sites when building a worksheet

Useful sites when building a worksheet:

For Clipart or other Images:

(These last 8 links were given by Urpillar from ESLp)

Tools to make crosswords, Wordsearches etc.:

ps. I'll keep updating this post as I get to know some more sites!

sexta-feira, 2 de janeiro de 2009

Family worksheet - reading

One more WS. This time it's a reading comprehension about the family. The text was written by me, so be free to correct any possible mistakes. Don't forget to give me feedback on my work!I've noticed that many people have downloaded my worksheets. I'm happy about that but I really would like to know what you think about them.

Mice digital design by Lauri Furnell