Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sea Animals- Ocean Theme


Puppets: Make your own puppets and display them on the chalk ledge and let the children greet them by saying: Hello, Hi, How are you ?
Distribute the template and materials to the students so they can make their own sea animals puppets. Name the puppets and have the students hold up the correct one.
Teacher: Fish! Students: fish!
Then, hold up the seal Puppet and have it speak to the group.
I´m a seal.
Have the class hold up their puppet and do the same. Continue with all the other puppets.
Attach all the sea animals cutouts on the board and identify them using your pointer.

 I included words to extend the prewriting and pre reading skills.
Teacher: It´s a shell. (write the word shell underneath the cutout)
Point to the cutouts and the words for students to identify.
Teacher: Point to the shell. It´s a shell.   Point to the word shell. 

Patterns: Using the cutouts to make a pattern: seal-turtle-seal-turtle. 
Introduce the concept of pattern. Start the pattern with puppets and ask them what will come next.Have them independently create a pattern with their puppets.
Counting: use the cutouts to count. Write the numbers 1 to 5 on the board with colored chalk or markers. Point to each number and name them for the children to repeat each one.
Invite a student with a crab puppet to the front and count one crab.
Teacher: one crab.
Invite another student with a frog puppet to the front and count.
Teacher: one crab, two crabs, three crabs, four crabs, five crabs.
Continue until five or more and use any sea animal.
  Plurals: Make extra copies of the cutouts. Put them up on the board. Point to a set of same sea animals and help the class name them.

Teacher: Sharks. They are sharks.
Fish. It´s a fish.
You can also use the counting cards.

Run to the board Game:  Place all the cutouts on the board. Name two students and a sea animal. Have them quickly stand up , run to the board and remove the cutout naming the sea animal. Continue with more sea animal words.

Or play the same game  as I spy. Say I spy a whale

Review colors using the cutouts. Have the students identify the color of the jellyfish.
Teacher: What color is the jellyfish?
Students: It´s pink.

Make sea headbands.Have the students color and cutout the sea animals. Use stickers to complete the headband.Fit the construction paper strips around the child´s head. Staple the ends.

Tracing cards:                 Free LInk!!!!!!

  Hand out the tracing cards.  Name the sea animal for the students to color if you are using the black and white version. Ask children to trace each word.
Teacher: Point to the fish. Color the fish red. Trace the word fish.

You can laminate the cards or cover with contact paper. The sheet pockets are good as well. Have some white board markers ready and a book ring to put them all can be easily erased with a napkin or paper towel.
These cards can be used as coloring pages. Coloring pages give children time to calm down and focus. It can also be used as a backup activity for those minutes until the session is over.

 Math : It´s important to include a focused math activity in which math is the major goal, giving the children the chance to practice math in an engaging context.
Write the numbers 1 to 12 in order on the board. Point to each number and have students repeat each one. Then point to a number in a random order and have students clap that number of times.

You can make a math book stapling together all the pages. Let the students take the book home to practice.
 Have the children count the sea animals on each card.
Teacher: let´s count the dolphins. One, two, three. Three dolphins.
Students: three dolphins!
Use the numeral cards for this activity. Have them match the numeral cards with the numeral word.

Paper bag puppets: these are easy to make and fun to  make. Write to me if you need the templates. It would be nice to have any sea animal puppet as a class mascot for the unit. You could give it a special place to live in, maybe a nice decorated box as an ocean.
Coloring page: This can be used as a closing activity to reinforce the theme. 
It would be nice to play some ocean sound music.

Point to the different sea animals on the page for the students to identify.  You could make a larger copy to put up on the board. Have students color as they wish and have them come up to the front and show it to the class describing the sea scene.
Student: This is the fish. It is red.

Another option is to prepare a color key, or dictate the color that each sea animals should be colored.

Sea Animals Graphing: children will enjoy taking part in the graph by actively participating, they can color in the picture and glue it in place. I made the black and white version
1   Flashcards: children can learn to read words on individual flashcards faster .They can match the sea animal words to the flashcards.
Show the children the colored flashcard and have them show you their puppet discussing the animal´s characteristic.

Games: play BINGO!! I provided the blank template to make copies for each child to draw their  4 favorite sea animals. The cards are for you to name the sea animals.

Pockets Charts: they are not used enough in the EFL class.It will help to develop word recognition skill using predictable texts.  The color words are in black and white and colored version.  This pocket chart can be used for fingerpoint reading, using a small pointer, which is easier to control and isolate the words.If you don´t have the pocket chart use your blackboard or table.

 Sea Book: using the cutouts I created this graduated book. I got an excellent explanation at on how to assemble it
       The link is
I created this other book, it can be used as tracers.

   Snorkelings: Go to :  and get the clip art. I made my set out of fun foam.
You can also use them to read books.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Food Theme

Vocabulary: Sandwich, yogurt, chicken, cheese, ice cream, egg, cereal, water, milk, juice, fish, meat, bread, pasta, rice, chocolate, soda, cake, popcorn, hot dog, pizza, hamburger, soup, fries.

The teacher is the model and the provider of language.

11.   Hold up the Food and Drink cutouts one at a time. Name them and have students repeat.
Teacher: Ice cream (pretend to eat the ice cream and rub your stomach) and say I like ice cream.
Continue with the all the other cutouts.

-Hold up a cutout and place it on the chalk board saying: I like chicken. Continue with the rest. Then have several students come to the front and take off the board the food or drink cutout they like and say: I like cheese.

- Send several kids to the board where the food cutouts are attached.
Teacher: Give me the chicken.

Student: Chicken ( gets the corresponding cutout and hands it to you )

With the cutouts you can make patterns just by printing two of each.

22.   Graphing. Have students draw their favorite food on the square paper given. Put up the graphing title and frame. Have students put their pictures on the corresponding food and describe it. (I like yogurt.) Then count, with the class, the number of students who like each food. Yogurt. Who likes yogurt? One, two, three, four. Four students like yogurt.

13.       Worksheet.  Give out a copy of the worksheet. Name a food item and students should point to each one and say the name. Then have them identify the color related to each food item.
Teacher: pear Students: green.
Teacher: chicken Students: brown.
Distribute the crayon and have the children color each food object.
There’s a great debate on whether or not to use worksheets in class. Just don´t a give big emphasis on them on your lesson plan.


Tracing the word: Besides tracing the word have students become reading detectives using the magnifying glass. I made mine out of fun foam. The templates are provided.

Or, cut out all the words and pictures, place them on the pocket chart.
 Have students read the words using the magnifying glass.

4.       Food pocket: Print onto construction paper or cardboard the food pockets templates provided. Cut one complete face and cut the other half face. Staple the half face to the bottom of the complete face to make the pockets. Make the happy-Like pocket and the don´t like sad face pocket. Distribute the pockets and show thw students the happy and the sad face faces representing the I like and the don´t like food.
Next, distribute some recycled magazines and scissors so children can cut out the food they like and the ones that they don´t like. Have the students describe
 what´s in their pockets.

55.       Shopping List: Make a shopping List on the board. Write the title shopping list and place the cutouts under the title and write the names next to the them. Explain to the children that you are going to buy some things at the supermarket and that is your list. Tell them that they are going to make their own list.  Distribute the template either in the lined form or the blank one. Have the students write and or draw five food items.
They can come up to the front and show their shopping list to the class naming all the food items on the list.

6.   Plates with real food. Hand in some plates with real food, I chose cereal, rice and pasta. Have the students paste the cereal onto real plates.

17.       Sorting the cutouts or magazine pictures 

9. Memory game: another memory game and turn it into a bingo game using the grid.Have students draw 4 food items and play with the same cards.


9. Book: I always make a book, since the ones that come with series book are notb that suitable for the class. Here´s the one for this theme and FREE!!

110.       Links:
Nice printables and games.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Father´s Day Cards

Father´s Day Cards
I made a set of free Father´s Day Cards.Get them at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

I placed the card on a toilet paper tube so it can stand and could be a nice display at home.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beach Theme

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  Camera Slides: I made this camera slide for reviewing vocabulary instead of the traditional flashcards by placing the words in a context. Say: I went to the beach and took some pictures.  A beach ball !
Have students name each word.

1.       Cutouts: Give the students opportunities to use the language.

Game Pass the cutout. Have the students sit in a circle depending on the size of your class. Pass a beach cutout to a student .
Teacher: a beach ball.
Student 1: Thank you. (This student passes the beach ball cutout)
                 A beach ball.
Student 2: Thank you. (This student passes the beach ball cutout)
                 A beach ball. Continue.
Game Step forward:
Stand several students in a line in front of the class. Distribute a cutout to each one. Name a beach item and have the student holding the cutout step forward and say the word.

1.       File Folder Game: make some file folder games for your class to cut
cost. Games are usually expensive and hard to get.
Children can do the activities as independent work time. I created the beach boys and girls as markers. I placed them into binder clips.

1.       Flashcards: use them to reinforce oral language and recognize words. Flashcards work well with visual learners.

Game: Cover the flashcard with a handkerchief, if it is white the better and ask what is it. Then proceed to remove the handkerchief and see if the class guessed the word.

Matching Memory game: this game is not intended to assess memory skills in our students.You can also use it as a matching game of identical beach ball cards or matching the ball to the color word. 
1.       Counting Beach items: guide your students´ mathematical understanding by making the utterance of a number word correspond to beach items. 

Using a clothesline and clothespin I had children hang up the beach balls.

Pocket Chart: many EFL Teachers don´t use them enough for teaching effectively for multisensory language acquisition. Place all the colored beach balls and then read the phrases to the children and place them in the pocket .Leave the chart up in the class during all your unit sessions, so you can read them again and again. Also, teach children how to place the beach balls and the phrases in the pocket chart slots so they can participate as your assistant

1.       Beach Scene: I created a beach scene to serve as a background for children to interact. They can draw the sun, decorate the towel with patterns, place more objects on the sand or at the water, the umbrella can be colored in a pattern as well. I also included a shell page from the Sprinkles book. With the shells, the children can color and cut them, and place them on the sand as a big-small pattern, as placing an assigned number of shells on the sand.          Free Link:

1.       Write and wipe cards: make this a reusable learning activity. Have the students write the words , then wipe clean and continue . I used different devices to add variety.
1.       Beach Bingo: use it to teach beach vocabulary words. I made it as a printable activity for students to identify and color beach related words. this activity creates interest and increases listening skill. Use bottle caps or m&m´s as markers. The bingo cards are for the children to color in so you can make copies for up to 10 children. I also included a blank bingo card so children can draw their pictures if you have bigger classes. Make 2 copies of the Teacher´s bingo board, one for placing the pieces that you name and another for you to show to the class.
1.       Book: having your class equipped with books is not easy  in foreign countries. Teach them to read according the age that is appropriate to your country. Have print all around the room in an informal manner. There is no need to make them read in the preschool years.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Insects - Bugs

1. Paper Bag Puppets: use them to animate your students. These are easy to make with paper bag and attaching the cut outs provided. Interact with the puppets by asking questions to the students, use them to read a story or sing a song/chant. Many students would like make their own bugs. To get the files, please write to my email.
2- Cutouts: Have the children identify the bugs and name/count the body parts.

Activity 1:Hold up each bug cutout:

Teacher: It´s a bee.
Students: It´s a bee.
Teacher: What color is the bee ?
Students: It´s black and yellow.
Teacher: Look! it has two antennae.( showing them)
Teacher: Look! it has two wings.( showing them)
                What color are the wings ?
Students: They are blue.

Activity 2: Use the cutouts as a memory aid for drilling vocabulary words.
Put all the bug cutouts in a bag. Invite a student to pull out a bug cutout and identify it. Have the class say YES! If the student is right or NO! if the student is wrong.

3. Super Bug Student Badge: I created this cute badge to enhance motivation in class, just print and put in the badge clear device.

Here´s a link to read more on Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in young learners.
4. Memory or Matching Game:  all these games help increase the short-term memory in your students. They are fun for those last minutes.
5. Draw the favorite bug. These activities help:
-develop prewriting skills 
-  develop hand coordination
-  develop vocabulary
6. Vocabulary Word Wall: Place the cards and words in a word wall in the classroom. Use your pointer to review the words.
Then have children play with another set of cards and words and matching them. Also the cards can be transformed into  wipe-off cards by using contact paper and white board markers so that the students can trace each bug word.
The bug crowns can be a follow up activity.The crown
can serve as a coloring page and as a confidence booster.
7. Graphing: use stickers, student´s name, bug drawings, ,m&m´s , cereal, beans, gummies, mini erasers, clothespins and much more. And always analyze the data.

8. Bug Book: This is a bug fact book. It reviews body words and actions. 12 bugs . It comes in color and a black and white version.

9. Flashcards: Bring some students up to the front and hand in a flashcard to the first one.

Teacher: a bee. (pass the flashcard to the first student)
Student: a bee ( passing  pass the flashcard to the next student)
Continue with all the flashcards
10. Math: Use these math flashcards to count the bugs up and down to 10. Have the students respond to the spoken number using the cards or have them say a random number when shown the card.
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