domingo, 31 de maio de 2009

Hoola Hoop - New book for primary english! (in Portugal)

Yesterday I was as the presentation of this new book in Albufeira. It is a new project for primary english. The books were developed according to the "Estudo do Meio" (social studies) program. I thought that was really positive because this way students can consolidate their knowledge and learn new things in English rather than the traditional topics we've been teaching!
The project includes cds, cd-roms, posters, flashcards.. etc.
I thought I should write about it so that more teachers can be aware of what's new...
Now, one question. Do you use books in your classes?

quarta-feira, 27 de maio de 2009

Lyrics - worksheet

On this worksheet, you have the lyrics of the song of the previous video. It is a gap filling exercise. It's not difficult although the song is long. My 3rd grade students succeeded on doing this!

Wind is blowing clothes away... - Video

I hope you'll enjoy this song! I've found it on YouTube and used it already in class! It is very repetitive and although it's a bit long, it doesn't get the kids bored!

domingo, 24 de maio de 2009

Clothes game.

Hi there!

During my last unit - Clothes - I've used a very nice game in class which I've forgotten to post here. It's an easy game.
You make a circle with the entire class to explain the game, and then keep them that way to play.

You ask a small group of students to get out of the classroom (but stay by the door), until you call them back. While they hide, some of the student's in the circle change clothes (jackets or jumpers basically)

When the hidden group of students comes in, they have to say in english, who has swapped clothes with whom and which clothes have been swapped. The studdent who guesses right and says it better wins the game.

Glitter Graphics - Topglittergraphics

quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2009

New patches for old - Story

Hello everyone!

I'm here to tell you about a story.
I've used this story with my 3rd graders! They loved it!They were curious all the time, wanting to know what was hidden in the next pages.
It is a great story to tell when we are teaching clothes. The main character is Hasan he bought new trousers for a special celebration but the trousers are too long. He asks his wife, daughter and mum for help. What happened??
You must read the story ;)
It is funny!!

segunda-feira, 18 de maio de 2009

Mrs. Pickaboo needs new shoes - Story

Here is another PowerPoint with a great story to tell while teaching clothes.
It's a 4 page story about a ladybug who wants to go to a party but has got no shoes. She goes to the shoemaker and tries many different shoes...
The rest you have to read for yourselves :D
This story is also from the magazine: "The teacher's magazine"
It worked well with my first graders.
There are plenty of follow up activities we can develop after this story...
Please tell me what you think!

Poster about clothes.

Hi there everybody!
My students have built this poster about clothes. They coloured and cut the clothes. Now this poster is hanging on the wall and the students can change the doll's clothes every time they want, the way they wish. There's only one rule. All clothes must be placed above their "word" labels  This way the kids can play and still associate the words with the pictures even without knowing they are "studying".
I prefer this kind of "pro-active" posters to the "static" ones.

sexta-feira, 15 de maio de 2009

Clothes' patterns - 4th grade

Here you have one more WS about clothes. This time, the purpose is to make students practice clothes' descriptions.
The image was taken from "The teacher's magazine" (-as most of the times:) )
I hope it is useful. I'll be waiting for your comments.
I see there's a lot of people downloading my materials, I'm happy about that but I'd be even more happy if I got some more feedback. Did you use them with your students? Did it work? Did you find any incorrections?... Please let me know.
You can use the "bla,bla,bla" chat box or simple comment under this post :)
Have a nice FRIDAY

quinta-feira, 14 de maio de 2009

Nice Image

I just wanted to share this lovelly picture that I've received by e-mail. I don't know why but I really like it... :D

terça-feira, 12 de maio de 2009

Clothes worksheet for 1st grade

With this Worksheet it is possible to make a revision about "colours" and "family" vocabulary.
It requires reading. I used it with my first graders but we did it step by step. I'd read the instructions and they'd answer what colour they had to use and where.
I hope It's a good resource...

domingo, 10 de maio de 2009

Clothes worksheet for 4th grade

Hey there!
Although it is Sunday  and I should be resting, or having fun, I've decided to come here and make one more worksheet for my pupils!
This one is about clothes. That's the topic I've been teaching since last week.
I'm going to give this one to my 4th graders after I teach them more vocabulary about clothes. Such as "dotted", "checked", "striped"...
With this worksheet I'm making also a revision about body characteristics...
Well, I guess it's all for now!

Ps. I just want to wish a happy mother's day to all my brazilian readers ;)

sábado, 9 de maio de 2009

It's still Spring time!! - Ainda é Primavera

Hello everybody!
Here is a nice Idea to decorate a classroom wall for spring time!
This is the wall of one of my first grade classes. They did this wonderful work with their "main" teacher - Teacher Teresa. I liked the final result so much that I asked her to take pictures and publish it.
I hope it brings up ideas ;)

Olá a todos!
Aqui está uma boa ideia para decorar a parede de uma sala para a Primavera!
Esta é a parede de uma das minhas turmas de primeiro ano. Os alunos fizeram este trabalho maravilhoso com a ajuda da professora titular - Professora Teresa. Eu gostei tanto do resultado que lhe pedi para tirar fotos e publicar.
Espero que vos dê ideias ;)

sexta-feira, 8 de maio de 2009

Clothes - activity

Here is a new activity which I used with my students today:
First, there were a boy and a girl on the board.
Then, I told the kids that we should dress them according to the weather...
I put the clothes on the board and as I did so, I asked the kids: "What's this?.."
After we've been through all the clothes, I asked some kids - one by one - to come to the board and follow my instructions. For example:
"Put the red skirt on the girl".. they had to look for the red skirt and stick it on the girl...
With this activity I explored vocabulary about the clothes, about colours and about the weather.
It was very nice to see all the kids wanting to participate and to help the ones who were having some doubts.
Notes: The pictures (boys and clothes) were taken from "THE TEACHER'S MAGAZINE"
The frames I've used here were taken from the great blog:

terça-feira, 5 de maio de 2009

Clothes - Video

This video is from youtube. I've used it to introduce the topic "clothes".

Mice digital design by Lauri Furnell