quinta-feira, 26 de novembro de 2015

Snowman - Craft

Here's a craft suggestion for Christmas :)
I found this video on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and I immediately decided to save it to share with you here :D
It's very simple and easy to do. You won't need more than:

  • a pair of (old) white socks
  • some rice
  • white thread
  • glue
  • buttons
  • and some extra props 

Go for it!

Çorap, makas, yapıştırıcı, ip, pirinç. Malzemeler hazır. Hadi çocuklarla birlikte kardan adam yapalım.
Posted by Engelsiz Zihinler on Segunda-feira, 2 de Fevereiro de 2015
Keep up the teaching frenzy ;) 

segunda-feira, 9 de novembro de 2015

6 Greetings around the world

Greetings can be fascinating, fun and a wonderful way of arousing curiosity on other cultures . 
Sandie Morão called my attention to this topic, and here I am sharing it :)
Here are some examples of how people greet each other around the world, but there are many more... If you are interested in finding out just check the link I'm leaving at the end of this post:







  1.  press foreheads and noses together, with eyes closed. This is called hongi. - New Zealand
  2. merge hands in what is colloquially known as a "handshake". - USA
  3. stick your tongue out just a bit. - Tibet
  4. press the hands together, hold them in prayer fashion, and slightly bow to your acquaintance. This is called the wai. - Thailand
  5. warriors form 
  6. a circle and compete to see who can jump the highest - Kenya
  7. kiss cheeks - France

Original source: http://guff.com/15-ways-people-greet-each-other-from-countries-around-the-world

sexta-feira, 6 de novembro de 2015

Hooray for fish!

I've just found this lovely video on facebook.
It's a great, simple story to use when you're teaching colours or adjectives.

Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

Keep up the teaching-frenzy

quinta-feira, 22 de outubro de 2015

Meditation for de-stress - Great for students (and their teachers)

Stress can be really harmful in the classroom. Meditation is a great resource to deal with this problem, plus it can be used as an English teaching resource as well specially when teaching topics like "The body".
This practice can have the double effect of calming both students and teachers before a lesson which is being foreseen as "difficult".
It can become part of the routine our it can simply pop up from the teacher's sleeve when the time is right.

Enjoy, and relax...

Got the video from this page: http://news.health.com/2015/10/12/7-everyday-habits-that-improve-mood-according-to-science/?xid=bustle

quarta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2015

Winnie the Witch Story, video and song

Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul is a great and funny story to teach topics like:

  • Colours
  • The house
  • Furniture
  • (and maybe) Pets
Because it stars a witch as the main character, it is also perfect to be used in class around Halloween time.

Here you can find:

The Story:

 The video:


  And the song:

Keep up the teaching Frenzy :)

terça-feira, 20 de outubro de 2015

Super Powerful Spiderweb - Halloween Craft

Look at the skillful work of art that this spider has crafted in my mother's garden. Impressive, isn't it ?

Spiders and spiderwebs may not be "our thing" but they certainly play an irreplaceable role in Halloween!

Today I'll show you how your students can make an awesome, sparkling, "super powerful" spiderweb!

I've learned it from a very special teacher (Stefy) at Pilgrims some years ago...

It's an easy craft and it can also become a great trap to catch all the Halloween monsters that fly around during this time of year.

Here we go:

You'll need these materials:
a sheet of paper, markers, a transparent punch pocket, white glue and glitter (lots of glitter!!) 
  1. Draw a spiderweb on a sheet of paper;
  2. Put the paper inside the transparent punch pocket;
  3. Cover the lines with white glue;
  4. Sprinkle some glitter on the glue;
  5. Let it dry for, at least, 24 hours.

 And voilà!

It looks splendid on windows!

Happy Halloween
Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy! :)

Ps.If you are looking for some extra activities on Spiders (CLIL) please take a look here: 


segunda-feira, 19 de outubro de 2015

Daisy Chain - Animated Film narrated by Kate Winslet

Because bullying is all but fun and glee
Here's a video for you to see
I hope, in time, this cloud will fade
and we'll see children playing, not afraid...


Keep up the teaching frenzy :)

sábado, 17 de outubro de 2015

November - Binder / notebook divider

The harvesting month is coming! 
This time I've also added a "curiosity" section.
Have you got any other suggestions? Please comment below, let me know what your students like. Thanks.

Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy :)

quinta-feira, 15 de outubro de 2015

quinta-feira, 8 de outubro de 2015

My collection of playing cards - Countries and nationalities

"Countries and Nationalities" is one of the topics for 3rd grade. 

Here is my 3rd set of playing cards:

The images used in this set of cards were taken from : www.crayola.com
Keep up the teaching-frenzy :)

Oops, It seems that this file had a mistake before. Instead of "Spanish" it was written "Spannish". I would like to thank Raquel Gonçalves for letting me know. I've just corrected it. Please make sure you've got the right file. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. "Poop happens"

terça-feira, 29 de setembro de 2015

My collection of playing cards - Colours

Here's my second set of playing cards on the topic: COLOURS.

After finished, they might look something like this:

Keep up the teaching-Frenzy :) 

quarta-feira, 23 de setembro de 2015

My Collection of playing cards - Greetings

Here's my first set of playing cards on the topic: Greetings.

These cards can be used as mini-flashcards to help learning new vocabulary/ structures, or as normal playing cards to revise words.
It's important that each student has it's own set. They can add their initials at the top corner so that they can organize and keep their own materials after playing.
The big HIT you can let your students play with these card is "peixinho" I don't know the equivalent name in English but this game consists on: shuffling the cards on the table, each student picks 4 random cards and the objective is to get groups of 4 equal cards by asking other players for the cards in need. 
I believe that students should take an active part in what comes to making some of the teaching/learning materials that's why these playing cards (and the following ones) aren't "ready-to-use". They need to be coloured, cut, and the words need to be traced before students can use them to play.

Have fun! and Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy :)

First day of Autumn 2015 - Awesome Mobiles

Today is the first day of Autumn. This is my favourite season of the year. Its yellows, reds, oranges and browns bring me a warm peaceful feeling. When Autumn comes Nature allows itself to rest after a super demanding Spring and an ultra busy Summer!

Many years ago I made this leaf mobile with my students. It's a simple idea and it brings Nature into the classroom.
Today, I've decided to do a bit of research on mobiles and I found so many wonderful ones that I even felt ashamed of my poor little one here:

Here are some of the examples I'm talking about with the corresponding links to the blogs and websites I took them from:

1 - http://calgary.isgreen.ca/living/crafts/15-fabulous-green-fall-family-crafts/attachment/autumn-mobile/

Autumn Mobile

2 - http://www.tinyandlittle.com/autumn-is-hanging-in-the-air/

autumn is hanging in the air

3 - http://paintcutpaste.com/tag/thanksgiving/

4 - http://indulgy.com/post/LdXhWcLdh2/september-autumn-equinox-balance-nature-mobil

September ~ Autumn Equinox ~ Balance ~ Nature Mobile ~ items from a fall walk by isabelcristina.monteiro

Let me finish off with my favourite one! This is marvelous! I can imagine how much fun it would bring the kids searching for leaves and finally making the mobile :D

5 - http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/art-music-outdoors/autumn-memory-mobile/

Post image for Autumn Memory Mobile

Keep up the Teaching Frenzy and have an awesome Autumn!

domingo, 20 de setembro de 2015

Action Cards (Part 1)

Last month, I wrote about laminating flashcards. By that time, I was doing some experiments with these new cards. They are action cards (18 in part 1) which I used to help my students notice how many different activities they were doing in  class. Because I wanted the cards to be as flexible as possible, I added two sentences at the bottom of each one; one in the present continuous and one in the simple past, this way, I can use the same cards with older students for different purposes.

Here's an example:
In Part 1 you'll find flashcards for the following activities:
  • Read / Copy
  • Sing / Count
  • Win / Listen to a story
  • Play / Send a letter
  • Play games / Watch a puppet show
  • Do experiments / Drink water
  • Observe the stars / Investigate
  • Colour / Do arts and crafts
  • Dance / Draw

Some of the activities might sound a bit strange, I chose them based on the activities I had planned for a summer course I taught.

I hope it's useful.

Part 2 will be posted ASAP!

Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy :)

quinta-feira, 17 de setembro de 2015

October - Binder / notebook divider

Here is the October divider!
This time I've decided to add a section with "Month facts" I'll repeat it in the following dividers.
Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy :)

terça-feira, 15 de setembro de 2015

October 2015 calendar

The Halloween month is coming :)
Prepare your treats, if you don't want to be tricked ;)
Here's October's calendar.  


Keep up the Teaching-Frenzy :)

sexta-feira, 11 de setembro de 2015

September - Binder / notebook divider

Some teachers, like myself, like organizing their students' work by months. Here's a little help:

I'm planning on posting a new one every month. Be free to nag me if I forget!
Keep up the Teaching Frenzy :)

segunda-feira, 7 de setembro de 2015

Here are some great tips from Carol Read ;)

 The new School year is right at the corner, so I guess these tips are coming right on time!


terça-feira, 18 de agosto de 2015


Yesterday, I had a very productive afternoon I cut and laminated 30 action cards.
They are my "new experiment"... (more on this topic later)

Yes, it's hard work, and it can take us hours to finish, but I really think it's worth it!
Laminated flashcards can last forever or, at least, for many teaching years.

After laminating, you can write on the flashcards with whiteboard pens and easily clean them afterwords. 

The kids can hold them, use them, and even play with them without your heart starting to scream "Oh my God, Oh my God, my dear cards won't survive this lesson!" :D 

If you don't have a laminating machine yet I advise you to buy it asap. Mine cost about 20 € (at Lidl) and it's still "rolling" after almost 10 years.

Keep up the teaching frenzy ;)

sábado, 15 de agosto de 2015

September 2015 calendar

A  bit too early? Well, it might be... but this way I know I won't forget posting it later :)

Keep up the teaching frenzy :)

domingo, 9 de agosto de 2015

Craft: Class Community Puzzle | Scholastic.com

This is a great idea for a first lesson when students are presenting themselves to the class and to the teacher.

It creates a first bond.

Check it out at scholastic.com (again) :

Craft: Class Community Puzzle | Scholastic.com

Keep up the teaching frenzy :)

sexta-feira, 7 de agosto de 2015

Goodbye rhymes

I saw this poster online and I just couldn't help sharing it here:)

It can be so much fun to introduce these rhymes in our class routines!

Keep up the teaching frenzy :)

domingo, 2 de agosto de 2015

Inglês 1º Ciclo 2015/2016 - English in Portuguese primary schools

It's soon going to be 10 years since the English language has entered Portuguese primary schools as an extra curricular activity/offer.

I've been involved in this "arrival" since the beginning, both as a teacher and as a student in multiple teacher training courses, because of this, I'm very happy to finally see English as a part of our national curriculum.

It feels like writing: "Now it's for real!"... ( I know that for most teachers it has always been for real in the classroom, but now I hope that everyone else will feel it too.)

It's more than obvious that the English language has now an undoubted value in the world of work but that's not the only reason why it so important. As technology has made communication easier, faster and global English is also the best way we have to make friends all over the world. I know this sounds silly and simple, however making friends can represent so much more than that... it leads to a better understanding of the world, of different cultures and, in the end, to creating better citizens, more informed, more tolerant and, above all, more Human.

Having it all said, I wish all the Portuguese English teachers a great new start  :)

Here's a link to our new teaching guide line: "Metas Curriculares de Inglês do Ensino Básico – 1º ciclo"

Keep up the teaching-frenzy ;)

terça-feira, 28 de julho de 2015

segunda-feira, 9 de março de 2015

Days of the week :)

The resource I’m sharing today is this song + video. I’ve learned about it last Saturday at the APPI seminar. It was shared by Sónia Ferreirinha, I belive most of you (Portuguese teachers) have heard about her smile
The theme of the seminar was "I'm going to try that one!" Well, I'm not only going to try it, but also share it here! :)
It’s a wonderful song with a funny video that we can use to teach the days of the week. We can also talk about daily routine if we have a 3rd or 4th grade class. She suggested that kids could make their own lyrics by adding nonsense activities to each day of the week. I think that this idea is SUPER! Kids just love nonsense at these ages.
Here it is:

Have fun and Keep up the Teaching frenzy ;)

segunda-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2015

Aliens Love Underpants - Story time

This story is great fun to introduce the topic "clothes".
I've used it while working on a project about the solar system.

Because it had this "imaginary" associated with aliens and it also had vocabulary about family and clothes, I thought it was a good option to take it to class.

Here's how I've made the plan to use it:


Before reading the story or showing the book cover the teacher should arouse students’ curiosity and lead them to the main topic by asking questions like:
“Do you like your t-shirt?”
“What are your favourite clothes?”
“What about aliens? Do they like t-shirts?” “Do they like jackets?”(…)

While Reading:

While reading the story the teacher should show the pictures, make complementary gestures and use different tones of voice to help the students understand the meaning.
The new vocabulary (about underpants) must be explored by getting the students to repeat the words or answer questions. 

Post Reading:

The activity of post-reading is a drawing of the different underpants that appeared in the story, labeling them with their correct names: (Knickers, bloomers and Long-johns) and associating them with the members of the family which were in the story as well.

domingo, 8 de fevereiro de 2015

Bug hunt (game)

I've never seen or read about this game anywhere, so I believe it's really my creation. Is it? 

It consists on using chopsticks to pick some bugs from the centre of a table while music is playing or during a determined amount of time (10 sec.). 
After each round, kids must name the insects they've picked. If they aren't able to name them, they have to put them back in the centre of the table. 

In order to prevent accidents some rules must be followed. For example, if a kid touches another one kid with his chopstick he gets disqualified in that round.

Adding trees or other obstacles is also an option if you want to increase the level of difficulty and fun :) 

Colour domino (game)

Hi everyone!

Cards are one of my favourite teaching resources!
These are a bit different because they are actually a domino. It's a fun way to learn and practice the colours in English.

Mice digital design by Lauri Furnell