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Computer Science with First Graders part 2: Kodable and Fuzzes

Last week, my first graders and I learned that anyone can code, and we proved it by programming our ‘robots’ to perform all kinds of useful, and sometimes hilarious, tasks for us. This week, we continued to develop our coding skills using Kodable for iPad, our ever-reliable paper and pencil, and a colorful selection of … 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

How can I support my students and their families?

Recently, this poster has been popped up several times on my Pinterest feed. First, I want to make it clear that I think it gives good, sensible advice and I’m sure it was written with the very best of intentions by a caring teacher. If all parents followed the advice on the poster, our children … 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

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

Build an elephant

This game gives students an opportunity to practice their body part and number vocabulary, while also requiring them to use teamwork and follow instructions. It is suitable for any age, provided that students are able to confidently use dice and draw basic animal shapes. It is a good follow-up lesson to use after Thirsty Elephant, … Continue reading

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