08 September 2020

Present continuous: spelling, negative statements, yes/no questions

Hello!

Here's a present continuous worksheet that you can use for self-learning as answers are included. Or you can use it in the classroom if you're looking for a review of the present simple. There are four activities in total:

         A: spell present continuous form of 20 verbs
         B: rewrite 10 sentences using new subjects
         C: change 10 sentences to negative statements
         D: change 10 sentences to yes/no questions
        >> Answers for all activities are included.<<

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04 September 2020

Present simple: PowerPoints

I've been working on writing a grammar workbook and making worksheets. Along the way, I've made some PowerPoints as well, which I've been able to upload to Instagram by saving the PPTs as jpgs. In fact, I've found PowerPoint quite useful for IG posts and IG stories, which I've posted about before.

Here, enjoy some PPTs about the present simple. You could use them to introduce concepts and have a bit of class practice before moving on to more substantive work. 

As always, feel free to drop me note and let me know what you think. 

Present simple: verb to be 


Present simple:3rd person spelling rules


Present simple: Functions

02 September 2020

Present simple: verb to be

Hello!

Here's another present simple worksheet that you can use for self-learning as answers are included. Or you can use it in the classroom if you're looking for a review of the present simple verb to be. There are five activities in total:

        A: complete 20 sentences using the verb to be and then rewrite them as negative sentences
        B: write 12 questions using the verb to be for 12 sentences
        C: answer 12 questions about yourself using the verb to be
        D: correct 12 sentences with errors related to the verb to be
        E: use the verb to be to write about yourself, your family, and your friends
        >> Answers for all activities are included. <<

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Present simple: 3rd person, negative statements, yes/no questions

Hello!

Here's a present simple worksheet that you can use for self-learning as answers are included. Or you can use it in the classroom if you're looking for a review of the present simple. There are four activities in total:

        A: spell verbs in the 3rd person by adding -s, -es, -ies to 20 verbs
        B: rewrite 10 sentences from or into the 3rd person
        C: change 10 sentences to negative statements
        D: change 10 sentences to yes/no questions
        >> Answers for all activities are included. <<

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21 August 2020

Animal body parts

This activity is designed to stretch students' vocabulary related to animals. I've used it with Primary 3 and 4 students and they're enjoyed it. The materials were designed for an 80-minute class, so if your classes are shorter, you drop steps or spread them over two class periods. Enjoy!

Procedure

Presentation
1. Introduce animal parts
(pp.1–3)
- project words on screen from PC or visualizer
- use Total Physical Response (TPR) for fun and memory connections
- I usually do 5 items at a time and drill memory and pronunciation as I go

(Use the file at the bottom or click Animal Body Parts to open an editable Word document)

Practice
2. Spell & write 
(p.4)
- ss write animals body parts and names of animals with those body parts 

- ss won't know some animals in English or how to spell their names
- make them use their English, e.g. This fish is dangerous. (shark) This animal has a long neck. (giraffe) It has a shell. It is small. We eat it. (snail / shrimp)
- make ss ask for spelling, e.g. How do you spell [giraffe]? — and I always make them start and spell as much as they can
            

3. Check results
- write animal body parts on board / or project p.4 on board
- have ss share animals for each body part and write those animals on the board; 2 or 3 animals per

4. Check understanding
- clear or cover board

- use TPR to check body parts
- ask 
Does [a bear] have fur / spots / stripes? Does [an elephant] have a tail / fins / tusks? 
- You can do this as a class to start and then set them up to do in groups.

Check
5. Crossword 
(p.5)
- have ss do in pairs or groups
- to level down, fill in some letters in the crossword, esp for BONUS words
project on board and have ss fill in answers

6. Odd one out (p.6)
- have ss circle the one animal that doesn't belong in each set
- check answers and have ss given reasons, e.g. A bear doesn't have scales. A snake doesn't have claws. 

Write & speak
7. Draw and write
- have ss draw one real animal and/or one imaginary animal (choose only one if time is limited)
- tell ss to give each animal a name and to write 3 or 4 sentences about them, e.g. Hello. I am … / My name is … I’ve got … two blue horns and gills and I can swim underwater.
- ss can write about age, family, hobbies, likes, etc.; brainstorm ideas and board with ss if you like

8. Act
- put ss into pairs and have act out/role-play their real or imaginary animal

                Hello, I’m Altman and I’m a shark. 


                                Hi, Altman. It's nice to me you. I'm a ...