viernes, 19 de mayo de 2017

A book to share

If you love to introduce creative activities, this book is for you. It comes with easy to follow instructions, a list of materials and some ideas to make your own creation. It will liven up your class and you will have an activity to meet your student´s needs.

I am selling the book for $ 1 + shipping. But I have a digital version for free. Make your request:

jueves, 6 de abril de 2017

Easter Craft

 In a hurry I made these Easter Gifts for some teachers. I recycled Nescafé Coffee jars. I went to Breick Chocolate store ( La Paz, Bolivia) and bought the bunny and the smallest eggs they had. The store clerck was nice enough to give me the white grass to put in the bottom and set the bunny and eggs.

Here the materials. I painted the lid of the jar with acrilic pink paint. I created the stickers. I can send them to you for free. (
If you  make a similar craft I´d love to see.
 I would like to publish a collection .

viernes, 31 de marzo de 2017

Routine Verbs for ESL/EFL learners


For this blog entry I checked several books from many publishing companies. The most common routine verbs were these:

With games make the lesson an engaging learning experience. Children will practice the verbs and you can listen how much they know. They might get creative as they make up their rules for the games. Teams will be formed and they will have to communicate in English.

Game 1: Place action verbs  flashcards in selected locations in the classroom. Make them multiple of 6 ( for example, 6,12,18, 24,30 ).  Place a number flashcard next to each verb flashcard.  

Place around the classroom. Have the children stand next to a selected card.Throw your big dice and call out the number.

The children standing under that number must say the verb word and make a line in a previously designated place in the classroom. Repeat until there is one or less than six children standing.
Have the children in line call out the remaining flashcards so their classmates can come to the line.

Game 2: Spelling Verb Bingo
Place all the verb flashcards on the board. Have the children select only 6 and write them down on their paper. Call out a word and place a tick on the flashcard. Use the small cards for calling the verbs.
Children cross the words as they have it on their spelling bingo grid.

Game 3: Slap Use the small flash cards to spread out on the floor or a table face up. One student can be the caller, give him /her the slap caller badge and the other players  will be the slappers, who will slap  the correct card. The one that does it first keeps the slapped card. Continue until all the cards have been called. The winner is the one with most cards.
For the game I made these slap caller necklace. I cut and glued them onto fun foam, punched a hole and thread yarn into the hoop. I use them to have the group respect the caller and be more organized at playing the game. You can play with any set of word and use the necklace but change the caller every time. You can even write on the back of the necklace the caller´s  name so you choose a different child every time.

Game 4: Mime. Show a flashcard and do the corresponding action as you say it. Have the student mime and repeat the action.
Teacher: wake up,wake up !
student: wake up,wake up !
Get realia or use the cutouts for some routine verbs. Put them in a small bag or box. Grab one and do the action.
Teacher: (Pretending to brush her hair) I brush my hair with my brush.
Give the brush to another student and have him or her do the same.

Call several students to the front. Give a cutout or realia to each student and show the action flashcard and have the students do the action at your signal.. Have the rest of the class find out who is doing the action.

Teacher: Ready! Go ! read a book.
Students: David !
Teacher: David reads a book.
Students: David reads a book.

Place all the cutouts on the desk or around the classroom. Mime and say an action, but without the corresponding realia or cutout.

Teacher: I eat lunch.

Students run to find  the corresponding realia or cutout to hand it in to you.

Student: Here. ( gives the fork to the teacher)
Teacher: I eat lunch with my fork.

Game 5: Play I want to.  Continue with  all the cutouts in different places around the classroom.

Teacher: I want to brush my teeth.

The students run and the first one to get the toothbrush and hand it in to you wins a point.
Continue with more.

Game 6: Match card to cutout.I made small cards to go with the cutouts. Make some examples on the board and have the students arrange all of them using masking tape on the board. Then have them write sentences using the visuals as reference.

Teacher: go to bed. I go to bed at 11 o´clock every night.

Game 7: Print a camera for yourself in a bright construction paper. Have several more printed as well.

Teachers of all ages like the camera. Use  the camera to have the children name each verb as you pass the picture, you can make the strip as long as you want.  
I also included the photo clip art, children either draw the verb, look them up in magazines and cut them or simply cut them from the small cards here. They can also write the verb or write complete sentences. 
They can make a photo album using their own pictures and write sentences under each photo.

Game 8: Who is ? Have six children come to the front. Hand in a routine verb card to each one and the corresponding realia or cutout to act it out. They have to look at it and mime the action at your call.

Teacher: Ready ! Action !
Teacher: drink !
Students: Laura !
Teacher: study !
Students: Jorge !
Then do it backwards.
Teacher: Ready ! Action !
Teacher: Patricia !
Students: watch TV !
Teacher: Tomas !
Teacher:  Have dinner!

Game 9: Verbs in a bag. Place the routine flashcards in a bag. Sit the children in a circle if you have a small group. For large groups, it might be good to have several sets and do the activity in groups.
The first child of the circle gets a card from the bag and without showing it mimes the actions. The children have to guess and shout out the verb. Then make a sentence with the verb.

Children: play soccer !
Children: Henry is playing soccer./ Henry plays soccer/ Henry can play soccer.

Game 10. Questions. Place 6 flashcards on the board. Write a question word under each one: Who ?, Why ?, Where ?, When ?, What ?, How many ? . Divide the class into pairs and have them write questions with each question word. When all the questions are ready, have them exchange  the questions sheets with other pairs to answer them.

game 11. Pocket charts. Have the students make pocket chart phrases. If you  have a pocket chart, place it  in a visible location in your classroom. If not , children can make a similar one with poster board.

Write the list of the verbs or place the flashcard and have them make as many phrases as possible. They can either draw or cut out a matching illustration for their phrases. Make your own model. This is mine, I was planning on putting it on the pocket chart, but I couldn´t find it. Instead I grabbed a poster board and glued it like this. Children can make their own version, maybe a verb for each group and see what they come up with. Play it as a game by assigning a winner to the group that has the most phrases.

Routine Charts: make small groups and have the students fill out the chart template with the routine verbs. 
.The chart is for groups of 4 students and 5 verbs. Give them the template. They have to ask each other questions in order to complete the chart and give a final tally.

Student 1: Oriana, Do you jump rope at school ?
Oriana: Yes, I do.

Small cards.

Game 12. Small Cards. Lay all the cards face down on a table.  A student turns a card around, reads it and makes a complete sentence.

Student.:    clean. I clean the house with my mother every Saturday.     

If it is right the student keeps the card.  If the sentence is wrong, the student puts the card back.

Then I made two versions with the cards, one is glue the missing picture and the other is glue the missing word. It can be done by groups.

Game 13. BINGO! And I added a BINGO Grid. The grid is for 9 spaces. But you can give out only 3 spaces to each student. He/she can write the routine verb on each space or glue a routine verb from the small cards.

lunes, 30 de enero de 2017

Clothes Resources for the ELementary ELL

It´s been a while since my last post here. I´ve been busy creating worksheets for my other  blog
( , many of them are still free. And when I started working on this theme it took me a while getting all the clipart to come up with the resources. I´ll be adding more ideas and activities often, so be sure to come back again.

Link to the resources:

How many?  Give each group of student clothes small flashcards in different colors and have them sort all the pieces.
Teacher: How many dresses ?
Students: six. Six dresses.

Then ask them to sort the clothes by color.

Teacher: How many red ?
Students: four.

Teacher: Which color has more clothes ?
Students: green and blue.
Teacher: Which color has less clothes ?
Students: white and black.

Then ask them to make patterns.
Teacher: green shoe, brown shoe, green sock, brown sock.
Teacher: red cap, red dress, pink cap, pink dress.

Alphabet. Review the alphabet by having the students say the starting letter for each clothing item.
Teacher: letter  B!
Students: B is for blouse. B is for boots.
Continue with all the other letters. Students can write all the letters and make a chart as in the example.

Sort by season. Talk to the students that there´s appropriate clothes for each weather.  Have them sort all the cutouts. Then, write each season and all the clothes that are worn on each one.

Sort by family members.  Also have the students tell you the clothes that each family member wears. Also discuss which can be used by the same family members, make a Venn Diagram.
Teacher: Look at the dress.  Whose dress  is it ?
Students: It´s Mommy´s dress.

Sort by gender.

Sort by Singular and Plural. It is and They are.

What is he/she wearing ? I created 640 flashcards to use for this theme.

Show a flashcard and start asking questions:
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: A dress.
Teacher: What color is the dress ?
Students: green.
Teacher: She is wearing a green dress.
Continue with the rest of the clothes.

Ask more questions:
Teacher: Is she wearing pants?
Students: No, she isn´t.
Teacher: Is wearing brown sandals?
Students: Yes, she is.
Hand in flashcards to all the students and have them write a text relate to what the person is wearing.
He is wearing a black jacket, a red and blue t-shirt, blue jeans, brown belt and brown shoes.

Hand in another flashcard and have the students write questions that can be answer in a yes or no form.
Is she wearing a blouse ?
Is she wearing a pink dress ?
Are her shoes purple ?
Is she wearing a hat or a scarf on her head ?

Describing clothes using adjectives. Draw a t-shirt on the board. Draw some stripes with colored chalk or markers. Then write stripped. Continue with dots, floral, zebra, leopard, army, plaid and many more. Use the clothes flashcards to show the printed clothes. Ask questions.

Teacher: What pattern does his pants have ?
Students: His pants are camouflage.
Sort the flashcards using adjectives. Here are some examples.

    Hand in two flashcards to each student. Have them stand up as you ask questions.
Teacher: Who has a dress ?  ( all the students that have a flashcard with a dress will stand up.)
Teacher: Who has a pink dress ?  ( all the students that have a flashcard with a pink dress will continue standing up and the others will sit down.)

Display several flashcards on the board. Give them an allotted time to write sentences related to each one.  Ask a student to read their sentences, all the other students that have the exact same one, should tick the sentence. Ask more students to read their sentences. The student with more sentences ticked is the winner.

Use the flashcards to label the clothes. You can place them in a cover sheet and have the students use white board markers, or place them on the board and have the students label them.

I have a fashion catalog for free at my  store:
But I made a new and better version. It´s just a cut and paste from magazines and students can be able to write a short description for each.

And prepositions are always used related to clothes. I got four furniture clip art and several clothes cutouts.

Teacher: Who´s this ?
Students: It´s Daddy.
Teacher: This is Daddy´s closet. Look what is in Daddy´s closet.
Students: pants, sweater and a belt.
Teacher: There are pants, a sweater and a belt in Daddy´s closet.