Monday, 29 June 2015

Power Rangers Themed Speaking Game!

Now, first of all - I do not claim to be the original maker of this powerpoint game. It is a fantastic idea that I found on Waygook.org . Thank you so much to the original owner of this template and fab idea!

I have spiced up the PPT a little, added music and some more gifs and changed the sentences around a bit, but ultimately, very happy to have stumbled on this when looking at the Waygook lesson plans section.

To download this PPT game for free visit my TeachersPayTeachers store. 

Anyway, this game is great for speaking and practicing sentence structure as it's common for ESL students to miss out key words and articles when making sentences. This particular lesson PPT is catered for grade 6 lesson 7 "Can You Come To My Party?" but it's easy to adjust it to any lesson you are on. Including the young ones - you could always change the tiles to the ABCs -which is what I plan to do next time I see my grade 1-2 after school club.

Here's the slides:

To download this PPT game for free visit my TeachersPayTeachers store. 

Title slides, has theme music and gifs move :


Next, the 'Let's practice' slide - review of the colours, they should know this if in 6 grade...

After that, we go over the key sentences and the method of the game. You can edit this for other topics easily.

And lastly, the game part! The tiles come up on screen with words that are from the lesson vocabulary. The student player must choose one tile and say the colour first, then the word and finally they must make a sentence with that tile.

For example:

Student: "red, 'pool' "
Teacher: "Okay, make a sentence."
Student: "Can you come to my pool party?"

Once they have correctly made the sentence the teacher clicks on the tile they picked and a point is revealed. In this game there are positive and negative points as well as "steals" and "switch points" hidden behind the tiles. It is a great team playing game and really gets them excited to read and make their correct sentences. 


Hope this can help you guys out for a great speaking and reading activity.

To download this PPT game for free visit my TeachersPayTeachers store. 

Happy Teaching!

Lesson "May I use your mirror?" Comic Books



We just finished our lesson that included asking for permission sentences such as "May I take a picture?", "May I watch TV?" etc. I thought a fun way to wrap up the lesson and do a bit of writing would be by use of comics. I've used  comic writing activities before and frequently use my trusty template that includes Batman, Pororo, Harry Potter and Spiderman. I made the template in Microsoft word, it's very easy to make.

Download here

Instead of boring white paper, I actually cut the panels out and asked the students to choose which ones they wanted and then we stuck them onto yellow paper.


If you'd like to view how I used comics in other lessons follow the links:


So, here are some of the comics my students made. I told them they could use the sentences from the textbook and also, they had to design a title page. I'm very happy with their work!
teaching time 20-30 minutes. 








Happy teaching!


Monday, 22 June 2015

Chef Brain - International Foods Lesson

For our last lesson on the topic of food, we finished up the "check up" part (a little end of topic test) and then I wanted to do something with the around the world that was a bit more extensive. So I used my trusty 'Chef Brain' who is a character I made for a few food related classes now - and we looked at school lunches across the world.

To see my past post on international foods for an after school lesson click here. (includes  PPT and worksheet).

So, I created this PowerPoint with Chef brain and a few new vocab words came up - although my students already knew most of these words:

To download the powerpoint for free, click here. 


The buzzfeed video is short and sweet. The kids find it really interesting and are constantly yelling out "맛있어요!" (Ma Sit Sso Yo) which means delicious in Korean. 

For a quick comprehension check I asked if they remembered the 4 courses of the French school lunch. I have them make guesses and explained what course means in terms of meals and some remembered the bread and cheese while others remembered only the chicken, etc. It was nice to see them being attentive and trying to remember.

For the end of lesson activity I asked them to think of their 'dream school lunch'


Now, because my students have taken to this lesson quite well, I told them to write their dream lunch in their books - using the format "This is a___________. It has _______ and __________." 
(The same as our previous lesson). I did this because I liked them practicing the writing as we don't always get to practice enough sometimes and they felt excited to tell me their dream ideas. 

To download the powerpoint for free, click here. 

Happy Teaching!


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Creating Class Menus! Lesson "Help Yourself!"

My grade 5 class was onto the project part of the lesson (part 5) in their textbooks. Rather than do the dull writing activity, I wanted to do something more fun and interactive. So, I decided, why not make our own Class Menus?

First, I found this great song called "Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream?" by Super Simple Songs.
 I've used it for grade 1 and 2 in the past and it's just such a cool and fun song to use when studying food. It's also perfect for this lesson because it uses the phrases "Yes, I do." / "No, I don't." and "Do you like _______?" - these phrases are all in the textbook, so the song is a brilliant find.

So I started off the project part by showing the song:


 Oh and I recently discovered they made a cute sequel! It's called "Do you like Spaghetti Yogurt?"
I am definitely going to show it to my grade 5's when I see them next.



Anyway, then I showed this PowerPoint I made:
Download it for free at my teachers pay teachers page.

The first slides summarize the foods in the song and practice the key sentences that the project requires them to write - "This is a/an _________." "It has ________ and ____________."

I left blanks so that students could come up and write on the board.


After I told them that they will make a Class Menu. So everyone in class must write about 1 food and also write what the food has. "This is a ___________. It has _____ and ________." We praticed with the menu items that were on the project page of the textbook first. I had students come to the board to write the sentences on the slide.


As you can see, the middle slide above has a picture of an apple pie, bibimbap and fruit salad. This was a good way to practice foods they know and what they have inside them (ingredients). 

"Teacher: What's this? 
Students: Apple pie!
Teacher: Good. This is an apple pie. It has, what?
Students: It has apples and jam. "
 (The ingredients are in the textbook, they should know by this part in the lesson)

So finally, I told them they must not copy each other and everyone should have an original food to add to their Class Menu. They had to write the 2 sentences in their English notebooks then bring it to me to check. I typed it all on a word document with their names. I plan to print and decorate them and hang them in the classroom. I've yet to finish this as I see my last grade 5 class on Monday - So I'll print and make the menus then.

Hope you can do this to spice up your project lesson. The students were really keen to get creative and I found that reading previous class menu ideas to the new classes made the students more excited to be even more creative and fun. And just like the "Do you like broccoli ice cream?" song, I told them they can make some not-so-delicious items - "crazy food" is ok! haha, it also means that they are using more vocabulary as they had a chance to name a few more food items outside the textbook vocabulary.

Here's some menu ideas that the students came up with:



Happy Teaching!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

English Festival Half-Time Show! Free PPT download.

This year English Festival was far less stressful as the homeroom teaches took care of most things and all we had to do was help with practicing and preparing a half-time quiz show to entertain the students on the big day. Last year I wrote my own scripts and did lots of prep, you can read about it and gather ideas by clicking here. 

First and foremost, you can use this powerpoint for your English Festival interval entertainment, etc and you can also use it for camp and/or after school English club. There's a bunch of challenges and it's silly but fun.  Also good for an end of year review game. 

We did a raffle which was a blast but sadly the 6th grade won the most prizes out of our lucky box... so next year, if I do the raffle again, I am going to make 2 separate boxes for each year group so that an even number of 5th and 6th graders are winners.
The raffle was easy to get going - just got every class to write their name, class and one English sentence on pieces of paper and then we put them all in a decorated box and pulled them out during the show and gave prizes. They had to run up on stage and read their English sentence. I was touched when I found this raffle ticket in the mix:


No. I did not have anything to do with it! She wrote it alone - promise.

So, now down to business, my half time show !

I created a fun PowerPoint that was called an 'English Olympic Games'. Now, I did use some slides from other Power points I found online but I added many of my own and changed the graphics - but none the less, I can't take full credit. I owe some of the rights to a few teachers on Waygook who gave me some great ideas. So I urge you to take a look at the original posters 'Olympic Games Comparatives PowerPoint that they made for Grade 6 - a lesson on comparatives. Click here.  It was posted by "welcomebackkotter'. Thanks to them!

Also, another waygook person I'd like to thank is Melonie0989 as they posted the 'Where is SpongeBob?" game on waygook and I added that to the end of the quiz show as well (not all, some slides only). Thanks!

Here are a few preview slides! Hope you can use this for your students, we had great fun! You can of course, download this PowerPoint game for free on my teachers pay teachers page. 


These are the first few slides. I ask for every activity that 3 contestants come up. I tried to get one from every class as the game went on, and tried also to get girls and boys, a mix each time. The winner gets the gold medal - a candy lol. But I gave all participants candy in the end.

So the first challenge you can see is who can write the alphabet the fastest. We had paper and sign pens and I said 1, 2, 3 Go! The first to finish - must be legible! - won.

Next, we did the shoot the hoops game. Just gave them rolled up trash paper balls and I made them WORK! I had one box and each player had one trash ball. I gave them each a turn separately , so one by one. I played the " 20 seconds" slide and they had to throw the ball in and if they got one in, they earned a point. They had to run and retrieve the ball at each time, so it was a work out for them! haha The classes were roaring with cheers and only one player managed to get a ball in!


Next the rock paper scissors challenge. This was easy and the gif was great on the slide. I had 6 students come up for this one and they first did rock paper scissors in three then we broke it down until we got one winner. It was great - especially good for the low level students. (It's a fun one more than English one I know, but it's ok).

Next, I got the idea from a Mr. Bean cartoon episode. It's the paper fish race. I gave my students a paper fish each (had 3 come up for this one) and one Korean style plastic fan. They waved the fan as fast they could to get their paper fish across the stage, the first to reach me and my imaginary finish line was the winner.




Next, we did a "who can count to 20 in English" challenge. Easy done, I would get 1 student up for this one.

And then after that, another 3 come up and they can guess the animal according to the clue sentences given. The first to say the correct answer is the winner. Have the students read the sentences aloud on the reveal slide. I got this from my Animal Guessing Game that is all guessing animal slides as seen, you can download and read more about it here.



Now, someone made this on Waygook also - a counting animal game - but I can't find the original poster. Sorry! and thanks again, contact me if it's you!
 The animations applied to the animal pictures make the animals jump on and off the screen quickly. The students have to watch carefully and guess how many appear. If they get it correct they are the winner. Very fun.


Lastly, this was the "Where is Spongebob?" game that works really well. The students practice saying - 'He's in the living room' etc. The first to say it out of 3 students is the winner.

Anyway, this was a fun time and I hope some others can use the PowerPoint for a fun lesson in their classroom!

Happy Teaching!

Guess The Animal PowerPoint Game?! Free Download :)

I recently made this game to encourage reading and learning - and it's fun to guess the animals!

Perfect for a playful after school class - and you could extend the lesson by asking them to make their own sentences - clues, and the class guess the animal , I would definitely do that for a middle school class.

I did this particular powerpoint with my after school English club but you can see how I applied the same guessing game idea to my Grade 5 Lesson where we are studying food in the textbook, check out my "Reading Hints Speed Game" post here.




Here are a few preview slides - it's really easy if you'd like to make it more your own and use it for a class that is learning about animals (- such as grade 5 Korean textbook , YMB, Lesson 6. What's in the Zoo)





Anyhoo, here are some preview slides:

You can download my Animal Guessing Game at my teachers pay teachers page for free. Click here!




Hope this can work for you!

You can download my Animal Guessing Game at my teachers pay teachers page for free. Click here!
Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Computer Games For ESL ~ Warm Ups and Closing Activities

Recently I was in the library/computer room at my small school. I decided to take advantage of the computers in my classroom and have the students play some online ESL games. However, after playing, I realized that you could use some of these in your own classrooms as warm ups or closing activities (mostly because they're short games).



A website I am currently in love with is ESL Games Plus! They have a range of ESL games, videos and more. If you don't have a textbook for whatever reason - you could easily follow this website. Great for private tutoring for the young ones, or even a recommendation for ESL at home for the kiddies.

Now, what I did...

For Grade 6 we are onto a topic about comparatives. The vocabulary includes "faster, heavier, bigger, stronger, lighter" etc. Before starting the lesson I reviewed these words and also their opposites. Lucky for me, they are quite a high level group so they already knew most of these. I also went over prettier, uglier, smarter, dumber...but explained also that these could be mean or rude sentences.

Also, we went over the differences between ER and EST.

So A couple sentences on the board.

"The giraffe is taller than the gorilla."
"The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world."

"The blue whale is bigger than the elephant."
"The blue what is the biggest animal in the world."

They quickly got the hang of this and I encouraged them to make their own sentences.

Students quickly came up with "The cheetah is the fastest animal in the world."
"The turtle is the oldest animal at the zoo." and other fun sentences.

Next, I got them logged on to the ESL Games Plus website and they all played "Zoo Animal Comparatives"

This game worked really well and took them only about 5 minutes. Once finished, I showed the game on the big screen and asked for the correct sentences. It was a great way to work on sentence structure as well.

If you're not in a computer classroom just do this as a warm up game and play as an entire class. The graphics are cute and the class are engaged about the topic.

For grade 5 we were reviewing animals - singular and plural. As a fun warm up I had the students play this computer game from the same site:

It's called Zoo Animals and it's a Pirate themed, interactive board game. The student will click on the red dice, it spins and then the ship will move to a spot according to the number rolled. Then a quiz question will pop up. They're all animal themed. I would also do this with an entire class playing, and I control at my computer, It's a great interactive activity, cool sounds and graphics and we learnt a little more vocab about new animals not in the textbook.


Overall, this website, ESL Games Plus is a great website. I discovered that they offer lots of puzzles, printables and PPTS for free also. You can easily navigate the site for the topic and or resource you're after. It will be used in my upcoming lessons for sure - especially summer camp coming up!

Topics: 





PPTs:




Happy Teaching! 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Do You Want Some More? Reading Hints Speed Game :)


We're currently studying food with our grade 5 and the phrases "Do you want some more?" , "Go ahead. Help yourself." and also sentences about foods like "It has vegetables" etc.



I thought, to push reading a bit as well as study about food, I'd make a guessing game where I give hints /clues about a food and then the students have 30 seconds to guess correctly.

I gave my students mini whiteboards and markers to write their answers on - you can have them write in their notebooks also, works just as well.


Now, if I had more time I would have separated the class into 2 teams. Each slide is for each team. So they take turns guessing and mustn't tell the other teams the answer if it's not their turn. In 30 seconds, if the team hasn't been able to guess correctly - the other team can try and earn the point instead.

Because I didn't have time, we just guessed as a class and I told them to award themselves points for correct answers, on their whiteboards as the game went on.

Now, the PowerPoint. On each slide I have a sentence or two giving hints about a certain food. The first slide is easy and then the levels go up and I tried to stick to some of the textbook foods.
Also, every slide has a 30 second timer once you click once after showing the clue.

Note: Try not to read the slide for the students for about 30 seconds, have the students read alone first. If you find that the class is ok without you reading the hints allow, play the game this way. This activity encourages student reading and thinking, independently or by peer work. I read aloud some of the slides if I saw the students had some issues (lower level in particular) but I wanted it a student led reading activity by the end. 

Here are some sample slides:

You can download my Reading Hints Speed Game for free at my Teachers Pay Teachers page.


You can download my Reading Hints Speed Game for free at my Teachers Pay Teachers page.

Happy Teaching! 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

We Played Our Games! "Whose is this?"


A few posts ago...I told you how I created a 'design your own game' template and I taught the lesson in class. To see the full post and to download the template and PPT please visit the first post here. 

We had been waiting quite a bit to actually play our board games in class, but with English Festival business and an Open class in-between we were delayed. But yesterday we finally got into it and it was fab!

I reviewed the lesson by asking the students to read every square and because we didn't have time in the first lesson, I also instructed them to draw 1 circle in any box they choose on the board game, and the same with one star.  (These instructions appear on the final slides of the PPT in the original post).

After, I got them in pairs and usually 1 group of 3 or I played with a student myself, handed out the die and got to it!

 It was really fun, the students (even the not usually enthusiastic) got really into it. I think the fact that they designed the game made them more excited. There was even one student who was so annoyed that his writing wasn't clear so he started re-writing any square he landed on!

The game is a simple board game, roll the dice, move to the appropriate square, read the sentence and then the next person's turn. If you land on a O then you move 1 box back, if you land on a star move 2 boxes forward. :) the first to finish wins. Many use their erasers as markers and so on...


LOL....we played for a good 10-15 minutes and then I told them to stick the games into their English notebooks and said to play again for homework. (Not sure if they'll do that, but why not?)




If I do this again, which I think I'll definitely do in my other school - I will after, they finish -and hopefully with time to colour and decorate better - I will laminate them and buy cheap dice for them to keep. So it's not only an English lesson but a bit of a gift to the students and like a memento. I'm a sentimental sap like that, at times :) 






Happy Teaching! And Happy Playing!

Monday, 1 June 2015

The Sock and/or Pencil Game !

Hey all, first things first - I can't take credit for this idea, as my Co-teacher came up with it for her open class and I just love it! So props to her.

Anyway, it's a simple game that works like this:

Ask your students to bring in CLEAN socks, then separate them into 2 teams . (Our classes range between 20-25) 

Next, have a box for each team. We had two brown boxes with the labels "green team" and "yellow team" on them and a post-it of each colour to match, stuck on top.

After, collect one sock per team member and put into their team box. So you should have two boxes , 1 for each team, filled with socks.


Now the game part

Tell your students beforehand the following phrases they'll need to know for the game:

A:"Whose sock is this?"
      " It has a ____________."  (It has a ribbon? Pororo face? flower? stripe? etc.)
      " It is __________."           (It's red? blue? big? small? etc.)
      "Is it yours?"

B: "No, it's not mine."  /  "Yes, It's mine."

Now, my tip is that you demonstrate yourself by hiding a big sock in a box at the start of the lesson and then pulling it out and asking the questions by the 'A' speaker as seen above. Then have the students say "no, it's not mine."

So, the objective of the game is to guess the correct owner of the sock pulled out of the box.
We asked one team rep from one team at a time, to come up and pick a sock out of the box. They would then have to say "Whose sock is this?" and describe as much as they could (for lower level, colour was fine.) 

Then they had only three guesses , asking "Is this yours?" to the other team's members and if they guessed correctly "Yes, it's mine." then that team would keep the sock - the team with the most socks collected by the end, wins!

Now, you can also easily play this with pencils, pencil cases...hats...you name it. As long as their names aren't on the items you're fine.

I hope this can work in your class and let me know how it goes! Sorry, classroom photos, maybe later.


Happy Teaching!


Designing Our Own Boardgames! Whose is this?

Grade 5 is currently on the topic: 'Whose cap is this?' - all about possessives, etc.

To spice things up a bit I wanted to try something different and more importantly, I've noticed that my grade 5s are a bit slower in the writing activities and need to be practicing more. So I wanted to create a worksheet that would get them writing, reading and being creative.


 So I designed a board game template that could get them writing and then as a reward for their work, we would actually play their designed games afterwards.

Here's my demo game, completed:


 It may be a 2 part class or if you have enough time (I suggest about 30 mins at least) you can design and play all in one lesson.

Download the PowerPoint for this lesson here.
Download my Board Game Design Worksheet here.

Here's a sample of my board game worksheet:
 (I illustrated the worksheet entirely).


What I did...

I gave every student a worksheet and then told them to fill in their name and date. Next, I showed them my PowerPoint slide which has all the different sentences the students need to complete their board game worksheets.

However, some slides include blanks and I tell them that they need to come up with their own idea - whether it be someone's name or a new object. This was a chance to get them to be more creative.

The lower level students were also really into it because it was an easy exercise for writing and reading. We moved at quite a good pace and I told them I would reward them for good handwriting.

Sample slides:
As seen in the last slide here ^ I have the students make their own idea for what Tracy owns.

Also, at the end of the slides they have to put a red dot and yellow star to make "move back" and "move forward" boxes for their game. They can put more on other boxes if you like, but I thought a limit to 1 each would do fine as it's a short game.



Here's some student samples: We have yet to add our yellow star and red dot...










 I'll update you on our next lesson, part 2 - playing our games!

Happy Teaching!