domingo, 28 de novembro de 2010

Frosty - fill in the gaps

This is a very sweet christmas song. I decided to used it to make a "fill in the gaps exercise". You can easily find the song on youtube ;)
I wonder why I didn't post it here before... I've made this worksheet two years ago... Well, better late than never ;)

Christmas Flashcards

Click on the picture to download these 8 Christmas flashcards.

Christmas is coming. Santa's colouring pages

domingo, 21 de novembro de 2010


Thanksgiving is on November 25th. I prepared this worksheet which can be used with young students. They just have to write 5 things which they are thankful for. Those things may be as simple as the sun, the beach, the trees, "my cat", "my family"... easy words....

domingo, 7 de novembro de 2010

Magic School Bus - A carrinha mágica

I've been looking for this for a long time, the collection of DVD's - in Portuguese - of this wonderful TV series. I've learnt a lot with it as a child and I would like to show some episodes to my students as well. If you happen to know where I can buy it, please give me a hint :)

domingo, 31 de outubro de 2010

Happy Halloween :D

Pumpkin art :D

It all started like this:Then the kids gave it some colour:
It was fun!! The pumpkin is finnished and hanging on the wall of my new classroom. (I forgot to take a picture.. ;( sorry... )
Anyways, I'm teaching primary now... (not english...) only Portuguese, maths and Science. Even so, we had to celebrate Halloween :D
Kids love it and so do I :D

quinta-feira, 30 de setembro de 2010

Halloween - Playing cards

We all know how some of our kids love playing cards. I was thinking about this and I decided to create a card game to celebrate Halloween. (It can also be used as mini flashcards)
I got inspired by a game that already exists in the market: “the magic cards". Those cards have amazing images on them. I think that's what makes boys love them so much. There are horrible monsters, aliens with special powers, creatures that could only exist in a magic world like themselves.
Sometimes I think about my own work and I realize I don’t pay too much attention to what boys really like.
Since I’m a woman, I prepare my activities quite much oriented to the female taste.
This time, I bet the card game will not make a big success around girls, because it was mostly meant to meet boys’ taste.

How to play?
1 – The cards can be used to play a simple memory game. The kids can sit in pairs or small groups and try to find two matching pictures. (For this game you must print the pictures twice for each group of students)

2 – The second game you can play is “fishing” I’m not sure if the name of the game is the same in English, but my Portuguese colleagues will certainly know what I mean. :D The point of the game is getting four equal cards. Each student gets four cards at the beginning and the rest of them is randomly spread on the table. The students must ask their friends: “Have you got –witch-?” If the other player has one, he must give it, if he doesn’t, the one who asked must go “fishing” – he gets one card from the ones in the table. The game goes one until there are no cards left on the table. The winner is the player who got more sets of four equal cards.

Confusing? - Please write your questions on the comments section. Sometimes when we explain something we know very well, we tend to forget many important details.
ps. I had to upload the picture again because it wasn't opening correctly.
- All images in the cards were taken from : -

quarta-feira, 29 de setembro de 2010

October 2010 Calendar

October is almost here. I've created this calendar which can be used by teachers to plan work, or as a handout for the students.
The Kids can paste it on their notebooks and mark their behaviour, their achievements and their friends' birthdays :)

All the best, and don't forget to comment :D

quarta-feira, 15 de setembro de 2010

One more interesting site for teachers

Hi everybody, this is just a quick note for you to check out this site
It's full of useful materials. You can also follow the site's updates on facebook:!/busyteacher

terça-feira, 3 de agosto de 2010

Jobs criss cross - Quick activity 2

As promised, here you have one more activity for holidays!
Here in Portugal school will only start again in September. What about in other coutries? Leave me a comment saying if you're back to school already. ;)

quarta-feira, 28 de julho de 2010

Wild Animals wordsearch - Quick activity

This is the first activity of set that I'm developing. They are especially designed to be quick and easy in order to work as holiday activities. The aim of these short worksheets / word games is that the students practice the vocabulary they learned during the year.

sexta-feira, 9 de julho de 2010

Summer Time - Happy holidays!

I'd like to wish all my dear Teachin-Frenzy readers a great Summer!!
It's finally holiday time for me here in Portugal. It was a nice year and I'm already looking forward to the next.
Well, if you are on the other side of the word (which is possible) I wish you a nice warm Winter time :)
All the best,

sábado, 29 de maio de 2010

Brain Gym

Dear everybody,

I've added a new link today to my list of "Sites I follow".
It's a link to the official "Brain gym" site.
I don't know if you're familiar with this term. I was first introduced to Brain gym during my course at Pilgrims last year.
Since then I've been using it in class and it really has a positive benefit on motivation and concentration.
Students find it strange at first, but fun when they're used to it!
As you can read at the official site:

Mission Goals: We utilize the Brain Gym (R) educational model to:

  • promote play and the joy of learning
  • draw out and honor innate intelligence
  • build awareness regarding the value of movement in daily life
  • emphasize the ability to notice and respond to movement-based needs
  • encourage self-responsibility
  • leave each participant appreciated and valued
  • empower each participant to better take charge of his own learning
  • encourage creativity and self expression
  • inspire an appreciation of music, physical education and the fine arts

segunda-feira, 10 de maio de 2010

Appi conference

Last 1st of May I've been at the 24th APPI (Portuguese association of English Teachers) conference. I had the chance to listen to great speakers and I came back home with a handful of new ideas.

Some of the speakers I had the pleasure to learn from were: “Carol Read” – “to praise or not to praise?” ; Andy Cowle – “See, play, learn!” ; Chaz Pugliese – “Creating flow: Ideas for teaching fluency” ; Steve Lever – “ The magic of creating thinking” ; David Crystal – “Internet linguistics” and Lucy Bravo – “ TKT: CLIL – The Future of Language Learning.

It’s wonderful to go back to the “university environment” where I was sitting in a chair, in a room full of people taking notes and participating in the sessions. It’s wonderful to switch back to the “student mode”.
Learning new things now feels like chewing on a candy, it leaves that sweet taste and a comforting sense of fulfillment  It’s like finding out that the world can still surprise me and that I’m still developing.
Most of all, I came out of there “Hopeful”.
Teaching is becoming more and more difficult, as the students tend to be more and more challenging. It was nice to feel that I’m not the only one who thinks like this, but it was even nicer to learn how to make Teaching easier for the teachers and more appealing/ interesting for the students.

At the end of the conference I bought this book by Carol Read – one of the speakers – which I really recommend to all primary teachers. (Until the 6th grade in Portugal). It’s called “500 Activities for the primary classroom”. I guess the title speaks for itself.

In conclusion, I invite all of you to participate on next year’s APPI conference. It really is inspiring!

quarta-feira, 21 de abril de 2010

Lesson Plans from

Dear Readers,

I recently received a new e-mail from

I'm sharing their massage with you:

"Dear Hannie,

Hope all is well.I wanted to let you know about a new feature of – exploreeducation! We have recently launched a new set of lesson plans writtenfor the K-12 classroom. They fulfill grade level national standards,and the plans accompany explore's films. The films document people whohave made a difference around the world, and you can watch them here:'d love it if you could share the plans with your readers and felloweducators. And, please share the link with us if you do!Thanks very much, and feel free to shoot me an email with any questions.
Jon Kolker"

I've written about this site quite many times already, and I intend to keep on sharing with you what they are up to. It is a site which I'm very proud to support since its main objective is helping others in any way they can. Their materials are excellent. They have great quality pictures and videos which you can use in your lessons. Better than that, you now have the lesson plans ready as well.

Explore and Enjoy!

quinta-feira, 11 de março de 2010

Message from

Dear readers, I'd like to share with you a message I received from the amazing site

I hope some of you will be able to participate and, who knows, win!

Please let me know if you participated.

Here is the original message:

"The explore/Hatch Award will be presented to the filmmaker whose short film shows a group or individual hero striving for a better world through selfless acts. If you or anyone you know has created a film highlighting a cause that inspires others to make a difference, submissions are now open .The winner will receive a full expense paid trip to HATCHFest in Asheville, North Carolina (April 15th - 18th) where they will have the chance to meet with prominent mentors as well as receive a prize from the co-founder, Charles Annenberg Weingarten! Submissions are due on March 25th. We would love it if you could share this information with your readers, as we’d like to get as many submissions as possible. Please be aware that the due date is creeping up! View full contest guidelines and submissions info at the following link: "

Good luck!

sexta-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2010

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