Category: Elementary

Song & Dance

This is a fun way to not only to incorporate singing into the lesson, but get the class moving.

  1. Find a section of an unfamiliar song that the students have probably never heard.
  2. Teach lyrics to the class using a
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Extensive Reading: Voice Diary

Extensive Reading: Voice Diary

This recipe works best if you combine it with Extensive Reading. It builds confidence and teaches reading, speaking, and listening
Encourage your students to make a voice diary with their cell phones. Its listed under the … Read More ....

Pass the Chicken

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PASS THE CHICKEN!

The prop is the most important element to this game : ) To begin, all students sit in a circle. Select one person to be IT. That person holds the rubber chicken. The teacher or a “caller” … Read More ....

X-mas Cards

This is a simple idea. Why not have your students make and write nice Christmas cards for each other?

Simply use these templates or have them draw their own.

First, review how to write a card by doing one as … Read More ....

Is this yours? Possessives.

This is a standard lesson / activity for practicing possessives.

1. Put on the board

my ….. – mine.

your ….. – yours.

his ….. – his.

her ….. – hers.

its …… – its.

our … – ours

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Same Sounds Bingo

First, hand out a list of sixteen homophone pairs to your students, such as tale and tail, night and knight, etc…

These lists can be readily found online or you can make your own. You might need to take some … Read More ....

Sentence Stretching

This is an excellent writing exercise, getting students to increase the length of their sentences and beginning to use clauses.

Write a simple sentence on the board. Students copy it.

Ex. The dog ran. 

Ask the students questions and the … Read More ....

Alphabet Organizing

  This is a very simple way to brainstorm and practice    vocabulary. Alphabet organizing!

 

Simply use this handy organizer and get the students to list all the vocab for a certain topic (at the beach, at the restaurant, animals, … Read More ....

Torn Pictures…

This is a wonderfully simple communicative activity.

Get a pile of nice magazine pictures. Next, tear or cut them into twos. Enough halves for the number of students in your classroom.

Then, give each student half a picture. They have … Read More ....

Guided Writing

There are many ways to teach writing but one way that I really think provides enough structure for beginning and developing writers is guided writing.

Give students a text with words missing (usually nouns). In groups or pairs, they can … Read More ....