viernes, 13 de mayo de 2016

Community Helpers, Jobs and Occupations


I´ve gathered a lot of old clip art to make this big collection. There are 315 flashcards from old jobs and occupations to the present. I searched all the vocabulary from the book series and came up with this list. I guess that you can use them with all the levels even adults.  I will receive requests to change names on any or to include some more. Notice that some jobs have different ways to write it. For example, Steelworker and Steel worker. If you google the word, both versions will show.

Flashcards Games and Activities

Link to the 315 flashcards of jobs from the present and the past.

1.       Ask Questions. Hold up a flashcards and ask a question.
Teacher: What is he ?
Students: He´s a puppeteer.
Teacher: Where does he work ?
Students: He works at a Theater.
Students can also answer the questions on their notebooks.




2. Write a sentence.
Hand in a flashcards to a student. Ask him/her to write as many sentences as possible. Student: He is a Professor. He works in a University. He is a Math Professor. He is funny. He is playing with a yo-yo.

3. Story Group. Set a group of students together and hand each one a flashcard. Have them write a story all together that relates the people in the flashcards.


Story: The Scientist has a wife, she is a Manicurist. They love going to the Theater. The Mail carrier gave them the theater invitation to a play. They saw a Knight there.


4-    Alphabetical order. Challenge the students to write the jobs in alphabetical order on their notebooks. Make it a race. The first to do it correctly wins.



5. Descriptions. Students write only words to describe all the flashcard.


6. Class Bingo. Place all the flashcards that you are working with on the board.  If you are using 24 flashcards, then have the students select 8 or 12  to write on their notebooks. Write your 24 flashcards selection on separate piece of paper and put them in a bag. Call on each word to play BINGO!!


7. Make Venn Diagram.  Instruct how to make a Venn Diagram. Pair the students. Hand in 2 flashcards. Students make sentences with similarities and differences.


8. Word Association. Show a flashcard and have the students write as many words in an allotted time related to the job. Award appoints.


Pirate: boat, sword, mean, parrot, sea, money, treasure, island.

9. What am I ?  Have a volunteer student come to the front and sit. Hand him/her a flashcard without showing it to the class. Students ask Yes/No questions. The first student to find out the job on the flashcard will take the chair.
Questions: Do you work in a school ? NO. 
                    Do you wear a helmet ? No.
Do you wear a uniform ? Yes, a white jacket.
Do you use any materials ? yes, chemical items.

10. Analogy. Display the flashcards and have the students find the analogies in writing.

Most of these jobs end with ER.

11. Show the numbers on the board and elicit the job on each one as you say the number.

Teacher: What´s number 10 ?
Students: He´s an ice cream man.
Teacher: What does he do ?
Students: He sells ice cream

12. Distribute one card to each child in class. Students have to stand up as they hear their card called.

13. Position the cards around the classroom. Name a job and have students point to the flashcard.

14.True or False. Show a card.  Say a sentence related to the card. Students show the Yes Puppet or the No Puppet. I put the file in the store... check it... it might be free.
Teacher: He is a car dealer. He works in a supermarket.

15. Mime. Select a card and show it to a volunteer student. That student mimes the job and the class has to guess what the job is.

 16. Dictionary. Hand in a flashcard to each student. Have them find that word in the dictionary and copy a sentence. Than at your signal, have the students hand in their card to another student and  continue looking up the job on the dictionary.


17.        Listen and do. Call volunteer students to come to the board. Give instructions.

Ann. Touch the Pharmacist.
Samuel. Swap the diver with the tire repairer.
José. Bring me the witch.
Gabriel. Get the Veteran and give it to Mary.
Kay. Point to the table tennis player.
Lily. Circle the shopkeeper.
Peter. Show me the dentist.
Ory. Find the Paleontologist.
Ian. Check the Engineer.


      18. Who ?  Place the flashcards on the board and describe one, only saying a word. The children point to it and guess which one is it.


Teacher: green dress.
Students: The Heroine!


19. Write several jobs  on the board. Have the students place the flashcards under each one.

 20.Cover a flashcard with a handkerchief, if it is white the better and ask Who is this ? Then proceed to remove the handkerchief and see if the class guessed correctly.

21. The Alphabet: Place plastic letters in a bag. Have a student draw a letter from the bag and all the students have to find all the flashcards associated with that letter. In this case , letter M.


22.Hold it up: hand in all the flashcards among all the students. Place the students in a straight line, if possible.  Say the job word in random order and each student must hold up their flashcard


Teacher:  Cleaner. Orchestra conductor, figure skater, mechanic, coast guard, policeman, producer, chemist, pilot, fortune teller, cleaner.

23. Questions. Place the flashcards on the board and ask questions.  The student  that answers correctly wins the card.  Award the students with the most flashcards at the end.
Teacher: Who has an Harp ?
Student: The Harpist.
Teacher: Who sells fish ?
Student: The Fishmonger.


24. A Hint. Have a flashcard in your hand and don´t show it to the class. Give some hints. 
Teacher:  I love colors. I work in houses. I use  big brushes

25. Slap. Place the flashcards on the board. Have two students slap the flashcard with a flyswatter as you name them.

Teacher: Cellist !


Here are all the other flashcards.








lunes, 22 de febrero de 2016

Birthday Theme, a little more.

To continue the Birthday theme, just a few resources. 
Past Birthday Blog post and this one in a single product:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Birthday-Theme-Resources-for-Elementary-ELL-2101105

When you say Birthday, the months come to your mind. I am adding the Months cards.
Review the months by handing in the 12 cards to 12 students. Have them arrange themselves according to their birthdays by asking questions.
Student: When is your birthday ?

Tell the students that you are going to present your family´s birthday.
Teacher: This is my sister. Her birthday is in August.
         This is my father. His birthday is in February.
This is my grandma. Her birthday is in May.
This is my mom. Her birthday is in May.
Then have the students do their own family members´ birthday on their notebooks and present to the class.


Place all the months cards on the board. Ask each student: When is your Birthday? and write the student´s name under each month.
Then, have the students say which month has the most Birthday students or which has the least.
Teacher: When is Rose´s birthday?
Student: It is in May.
Teacher: August!
Students: Sue´s birthday! 


And with birthdays comes balloons, presents, cake!
Place all the cards on the board. I wrote random numbers just to practice.
Teacher: Look at number 38! What does he have?
Students: He has a party hat, two yellow ballons and two presents.
Have them guess who are talking about.
Teacher: She has a party hat and a present.
Students: Number 37!



Use the cupcake letter tiles to build the theme´s vocabulary words and review the ones from previous units. Each student of group of students can have a set of letters.
    Children can line up the tiles in alphabetical order. Make it a contest. Place the flashcards in a visible place and have students build the words. Have children build new words in an allotted time. See which group has built the more correct words.

Creating their own books will develop a positive attitude towards reading. In the doing, it will involve that children will be motivated as they will own a book that they will be able to read at home. It will enhance their narrative skill by telling the story to their parents.


I designed the worksheets to make the activity fun and engaging as there many more things to do than just complete them. 
Some skills need to be review or your lesson planning is too short. Worksheets can be done at the students pace at their desks or in groups.
Worksheet 1. after it is done, have the children cut it amd make a puzzle for another student to put together on an extra sheet of paper.Worksheet 2.Dictate the colors of the cakes and the numbers. Then shave the students place the numbers where indicated. After students cut all the cakes and make a mobile placing all the cakes in order.
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martes, 16 de febrero de 2016

Brunch (breakfast and Lunch) Theme

More food related blogging! 
It is a good idea to complete all your worksheets and bring in a model of the activity. Students will know what is expected from them to do.

Ws elementary 1:  Students read and color as indicated.
Grab some bottle caps and have children place them where you tell them.
Teacher: red bottle cap on the sandwich.
Finish the indications.
Teacher: Where is the blue bottle cap?
Students: On the milk.
Teacher: Where is the juice ?
Students: Under the green bottle cap.
Have them cut apart the cards and make up their own game, it can be memory, match, board game, etc.

Worksheet elementary 2:

And a worksheet can be turned into anything. I made a mobile!

Worksheet elementary 3: pizza shapes. More activities to do with a worksheet. Tell the children that they are going to complete the complete the pizza slice with some shapes (give them the shape template or have them make the shapes), But there are some rules.

Place the cards on a pocket chart or the board.  They can only color the shapes in the colors on the cards( red, blue, yellow, green, orange), they can only use the shapes on the worksheet and that there shouldn´t be more than 5 of each shape in the same color. 
 Have the children complete the worksheet. When finished, play BINGO!
Have the children get a marker or crayon in black, instruct them that when you name the shape with number and color , if they have it , it should be crossed out.
Teacher: Four green circles. (Use the cards to call out Bingo!)

Found a different kind of graph making on the newsletter of the www.Mailbox.com.
 I placed the graph paper horizontally inside a sheet protector. I tied yarn to each hole, so each child can place their own clothespin in their choice. The file will be free, the link is above.

Sort countable and uncountable food flashcards on the board. Students can do the same on their notebooks using the flashcard worksheet or from magazine cutouts.


Use the flashcards to introduce how to ask questions with countable and uncountable nouns.


 Draw a grid on the board and assign a number to each flashcard.

Have students write a sentence on their notebooks for each number. 
Review countable and uncountable nouns in a sentence.

Number 1: It´s a hot dog.
Number 2: It´s pizza.
Number 7: They´re hot dogs.

Teacher: Number 8 !
Students: It´s soup.
Teacher: Number 10!
Students: They´re sandwiches.


A book !





More resources, ideas and activities!