terça-feira, 19 de novembro de 2013

ESL/ EFL Preschool Teachers ( great blog! )

Hi every one!

A few days ago I received a very nice message from a teacher (Rosa Amelia Oropeza) inviting me to check out her blog. After doing that I felt I needed to share it here because it is a wonderful place full of great resources especially for very young learners.
Please pay her a visit!

terça-feira, 5 de novembro de 2013

Teaching means of transport?

Hi every one!

For those who have planed teaching means of transports, I hope these materials come in handy.

Much like my recent post on materials for teaching colours, here you'll find a PPT presentation featuring the following means of transport: ship, train, plane, helicopter, balloon, bus, bicycle and motorcycle 

For the PPT version click here:

For the PDF version click here:

Note: all the images were taken from: www.morguefile.com 

quarta-feira, 16 de outubro de 2013

Colours flashcards and PPT

The topic "Colours" is  absolutely a MUST in the English Language Classroom!

Here is a set of flashcards prepared to help teaching the names of colours.

On each flashcard there's a picture that can be used to explore a bit more than just the colours themselves.
It's getting more and more common to find 1st graders who already know all the names of the colours in English therefore, with these flashcards it's possible to go a little further and talk about "What's blue?", "What's pink?" or "What colour are the flowers?" ...

I'm uploading a PDF and a PPT version (with animations) each of them with 10 cards referring to these colours: red, yellow, blue, pink, green white, orange, purple, brown and grey . 

Don't forget to comment :)

For the PPT version click here:

For the PDF version click here:

Note: all the images were taken from: www.morguefile.com 

quarta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2013

Halloween worksheet 2013

October is the month of Halloween.

It isn't a Portuguese tradition but it's becoming more and more popular as we tend to contemplate it in our English lessons.

Here are some topics which can be easily associated with Halloween:

  • Parts of the body (skeletons, monsters, witches)
  • Parts of the House ( haunted houses)
  • Animals (day and night animals for example)
  • Colours
  • Feelings (scared, happy, sad...)
  • Food ( trick or treat ... candy, sweet :) )
  • International traditions
  • ...

This worksheet is mostly a speaking activity. It is thought to be a support for a repetition activity using simple expressions which should be said with different intonations in order to help the students identify the correct picture.

Please leave your comments bellow.

The pictures used in this worksheet were taken from:

here , here , here , here , here , here 

and the boarder was taken from:

segunda-feira, 30 de setembro de 2013

Learn English Kids - British Council

Hi everyone!

Last Saturday I went to Lisbon to participate in the encounter "APPInep Sharing Good Practice" which was dedicated to English Teaching at Primary school and promoted by APPI (the Portuguese Association of English Teachers).  

One of the workshops I attended was held by Christina Phelps who is a British Council representative.

Christina talked about "How innovative online resources can support English Teachers".

There is an entire planet Jupiter of resources online nowadays, so the question is no longer where to get materials, but actually how to filter them and select the ones which serve us best and - if possible - as quickly as a thought.

British council has developed a set of 4 websites which try to answer this - no time to select - problem. 

  • And finally one for Kids: 


On this website it is possible to filter the contents easily either by age, type of content or skill we want to develop with our students.

It has many games, songs, videos, printable worksheets, stories and even lesson plans.

Have FUN exploring :)

domingo, 1 de setembro de 2013

September 2013

September has finally arrived!

I wish you all a great school year! 

I'll be posting new activities and ideas soon!

Keep up the "teaching-frenzy"

quinta-feira, 14 de março de 2013

Michael Rosen - We're Going On A Bear Hunt (or an Egg hunt, who knows? )

Before "going on an egg hunt" my students saw this wonderful video by Michael Rosen, the author of many gorgeous picture books - which I'll talk more about later - they copied the choreography and, of course, the words. It was a wonderful way to get them energized and "in the mood for the hunt" while the PE teacher was hiding the eggs in the school's garden and play ground.

terça-feira, 12 de março de 2013

Easter project in 5 steps

Here is my suggestion for this Easter:
Marbled eggs!

It consists on painting eggs with a marbling effect technique.

This is a project that precedes the egg hunt my students are going go on with me and their PE teacher at the end of this week.

Step 1:

Glue a wooden skewer on (empty) egg using a hot glue gun.

Step 2:

Fill a plastic bowl with water. (make sure it's an old bowl that you can dye with paint)

Step 3:

Drop some glass paint drops into the water. 

Step 4:

Mix the colours softly and slowly with the tip of a wooden skewer.

Step 5:

Finally, immerse the eggs in the water (making sure the children don't touch the paint), and pull them out slowly.

And Voila! 

PS. I must thank my student Mariana, who, after painting her egg, was the super professional photographer documenting the entire process! So, Thank you Mariana!

Easter colouring WS

Enjoy this little Easter treat :)
The picture was taken from: http://www.reading-with-kids.com/color-by-number-coloring-pages.html

terça-feira, 19 de fevereiro de 2013

Valentine's day heart cards

These small hearts were the secret valentine cards made by my students last week... It is a simple activity you only need a heart shape, an old card box, glue, scissors and lots of colours!!!

Heart template taken from: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6taNHtvQmbU/T8JfVRC2RAI/AAAAAAAADr8/_lYRf5hs790/s1600/swirl_heart.png
Mice digital design by Lauri Furnell