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Simple phonics

I’m posting a very simple resource today, that I’ve used in many different classrooms, with both English language learners and native English speakers. I find that systematic, synthetic phonics activities are really useful in helping children to understand the connections between the symbols on the page and the sounds they represent. I don’t teach phonics … Continue reading

Literacy on the tube

The London Underground is 150 years old this year! You don’t have to be London-based to take advantage of all the learning opportunities a tube topic has to offer. Overseas students will be able to experience a little bit of life in London, and students anywhere will be able to compare London transportation with modes … Continue reading

All Aboard! A game to encourage positive behavior

I’ve used variations of this game in several different classrooms. The students really enjoy it, and it definitely helps to modify their behavior. Throughout the school day, students can move their team’s boat forward along a game track by showing agreed-upon desired behaviors. As the boats pass markers along the river, the students receive rewards … Continue reading

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

This beautiful classic story is ideal for English language learners as both the book and the animated adaptation are completely wordless, allowing students of different language levels of enjoy the story equally. The lesson plan covers several activities which you’ll probably want to split up over a few days of teaching. If, like me, you … Continue reading

All about vowels – activities and a song for young learners

Metalinguistic knowledge (knowledge about language) is important for all children, but especially for children learning English as an additional language. I use these activities to introduce very young children to the basic alphabetic categories they will encounter throughout their schooling. I’ve used the song and activities with children aged 3 – 7. They all seem … Continue reading

Literacy with leaves: activities to accompany ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert

I just tried out this lesson with a class of 2nd and 3rd graders who come from very linguistically diverse backgrounds. It went really well! The students were really enthusiastic and they produced and shared a lot of great leaf vocabulary. You could do these activities with students who have hardly any English knowledge and … Continue reading

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This book by Eric Carle is truly a classic. I’ve never taught a class who didn’t love it! It’s really a teacher’s dream as it can be used to teach food vocabulary, days of the week and numbers, as well introducing caterpillar life-cycles. The lesson plan focusses on enabling comprehension and retelling of the story. … Continue reading

Use Angry Birds to teach adjective and noun use

My Korean kindergarten students LOVE Angry Birds! Each day they bring in Angry Birds backpacks, badges, lunchboxes, pencils, toys… They hardly had any prior English knowledge but they could all recognize and say Angry Birds! One day I was cleaning the board, narrating what I was doing, when one student heard the word ‘board’ and … Continue reading

Picture dictation

This activity can be used to reinforce almost any vocabulary set. If students can draw it, they can use it in this game! Once students are familiar with the format of the activity, it can be adapted and used again and again. Picture dictation lesson plan

How many?

This quick and simple game uses basic counting and math skills. Requires minimal resources and no prep time! This activity can be adjusted in difficulty for students of different levels. How many? Lesson plan

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