Category: Elementary

Top 10 Guessing

This is a recipe for any kind of theme.  

1. Ask the students, what are the top 10 X (example. Cities in the world – see as youtube video below and here as a gif book)

2. Give students … Read More ....

Stop The Bus

This is a great game that is easy to start/finish.

1. Get students in small groups.

2. Select 3 categories. Ex. Food  / Country  /  Verb

3. Select a letter from the alphabet.   Ex. G

4. Students have to write … Read More ....

Mr. Has Been

I have used this recipe to hilarious effect over my teaching years. Always a winner!

It focuses on the present perfect continuous tense and gets students practicing this form/conjugations.

Come to class dressed up kind of looking like Mr. Bean. … Read More ....

New Year’s Resolutions

This is a great way to practice the future tense and learn about each other. Adapted from Jill Hadfield’s “Communication Games”.

1. Ask students about their resolutions. Put the target language on the board – “This year, I will / … Read More ....

Human Alphabet

Teaching the alphabet can be fun.

A great activity for YLs – learn the alphabet by making the letters with your body or hand signs. See how these YLs did it.

Use this ELT Buzz presentation.   View all the alphabet Read More ....

To Do List

A simple video that makes a powerful lesson for talking about the future, resolutions, making lists.

This video is a nice compliment.

Ask students to brainstorm a list of 10 things they want to prioritize. Then play the video and Read More ....

Using Video

If you have a screen and projector – using video in class brings amazing power – the power of context, into your teaching. The classroom no longer has 4 walls!  Here is one quick idea.

For example. Use the video  … Read More ....

How to do something

This is a real recipe!   Students use English for a real purpose, explaining to a partner or fellow group members, how to do something.

I usually start listing numbers on the board and writing a title – How to ……………..… Read More ....

Classroom labeling

This is a great idea for the start of the year. 

Give each group of students some card board strips of paper. Also some tape. 

Students brainstorm the names of all things in the classroom (in English!). 

Then, ask them … Read More ....

Body writing

This idea works well in pairs.  Model in front of the class first.

1. Write numbers or letters on the back of a student/classmate by using your finger.

2. The classmate guesses the number/letter.

3. Make it more advanced. Larger … Read More ....