Category: Elementary

Simon Says!

   This is a classic TPR game (Total Physical   Response) and gets the students up and participating, as well as learning actively.

The teacher (or a student(s)) instructs other students to do certain actions.

Ex.  Simon says, “Touch your nose”! Read More ....

The Gumball Game (Prepositions of Motion)

“I dropped my gumball, and it went . . . . .”

Required items:

1) Index cards, or pieces of paper

2) A large drawing surface (whiteboard, blackboard, a big piece of paper)

This is a fun activity to help … Read More ....


   Foldables are a great way to make your lessons “active” and also more about fostering thinking skills.

They can be of all sorts. Just start with a piece (or pieces) of paper and get the students folding and labeling.  Like … Read More ....

Describing People from Memory Information Gap

Here’s a way to practice vocabulary and sentences related to describing facial and body features, but it can be modified to include clothing and colour vocabulary, too.

First, practice the vocabulary and language: Stand at the front with a whiteboard … Read More ....

Following Instructions from a Special Guest on Video

Here’s an activity that’s a fun way for students to practice listening to instructions and following them. All you need is a large TV in your classroom that can play videos, and a friend or family member from “back home” … Read More ....

Where the Hell is Matt?

These series of videos are amazingly effective for classroom instruction. They also give students a view of the world and are a great global issues primer. Matt “danced” his way around the world. Here are several ways to use these … Read More ....

Mr. X – Story book writing

Writing storybooks is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience.

There are several steps to making a storybook and … Read More ....

Drawing and Vocabulary

Kids love to draw! Use that interest to develop their English.

This lesson recipe is my “go to” lesson. An idea which you can use at the last minute for almost any children’s class. Also a good lesson when unprepared … Read More ....

A Visual Aids Project

For group work activities:

To discover students good at drawing/painting ask them to draw a man riding a horse,a school boy running to catch the bus,a family on a picnic…etc(it’s better to provide them with the materials needed)

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Talking about your family

This generates a lot of talk and students are always very interested in each other’s lives.

Write down on the board some of your own (the teacher) family names. Underneath write;

A. Who is …………………..?

B. …….. is ………..’s …………….… Read More ....