It’s almost October, and that means getting ready for the Halloween season. Making Jack-o-lanterns is always high on the list of Halloweeny activities, but getting the pumpkins and cutting them up can be expensive, time consuming, messy, and even dangerous when done at school. Why not try this color, cut, and paste Jack-o-Lantern worksheet instead? Not only is it simple and fun, it provides an opportunity to review vocabulary for shapes, colors, craft supplies, and even giving simple instructions. When they’re finished, hang them in the classroom for a colorful Halloween display that won’t draw flies or scare small children!
Here’s the worksheet and some color and cut shapes to get you started!
Now available on the Worksheets page is the Simple Questions Board Game. It is a fun and effective review for low level learners, as well as an enjoyable change of pace for more advanced students. It can be played using a 6 sided die (for a quicker game), or with the accompanying spinner (for a slower game or for two players). To use the spinner, place a pen or pencil on the spinner center and give it a spin. Move the number of spaces indicated by the point of the pen or pencil. Give it a try!
A new worksheet is available now on the Worksheets page. The Three Truths and One Lie worksheet is a good communicative exercise for practicing some basic grammatical structures in a fun and responsive way.
Students prepare their answers to the questions on the worksheet and write them down. There should be one untrue statement and three true ones.
Students then work with a partner, asking the questions on the sheet and listening to their partner’s answers. They then guess which statement is untrue using the structure at the bottom of the worksheet.
The student writes the partner’s name in the long box, then record the number of guesses their partner needs to find the lie. Then they switch roles and repeat, then find a new partner and do it again.
Encourage students to have fun with their initial statements, and higher level students can use follow-up questions and extend their conversations past simple ask and answer practice.
Now available on the Vocabulary Flashcards page are a set of flashcards I made to accompany a simple version of the children’s song “The Ants Go Marching”. They work well as simple activities vocabulary, and they can also be handy when teaching “I can..” as well as “to + …” infinitives of intent.
School Subject Flashcards are now available from the Vocabulary Flashcards page. They go well with the Weekly Class Schedule worksheet which can be found on the Worksheets page.
A good way to use them in the classroom is to drill vocabulary using the flashcards, incorporating the phrase “I have ____ class on ____days and ____days” i.e. “I have science class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
The worksheet can be used for a group activity wherein students take on the role of teachers and plan out the weekly schedule for their ideal school. Each group then presents the schedule they have made to the class.
This activity incorporates group work, active learning, and presentation skills, and is fun as well!
A good way to introduce prepositions is to use a ball and a basket, and let students get comfortable with spatial relationships. A quick game using the ball and basket in concert with the flashcards involves one student choosing a flashcard and shouting out the preposition, while another student places the ball in the described position in relation to the basket.
Another fun way to review prepositions is to ask students “Where are you?” and have them use the target vocab to explain where they are sitting in relation to other students or things in the classroom. For example, “I am in front of Jenny” or “I am next to the window”.
The preposition worksheet is pretty straightforward. Students make several sentences describing the location of some objects in the illustration, then make three questions using “Where is the … ” to ask other students as a communication activity.
Non-phonics vocabulary flashcards, organized by theme, are now available on the Vocabulary Flashcards page. The first set to be made available is the Clothing Vocab set. Use them together with the clothing worksheet for a fun lesson for young learners!