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I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato: LESSON PLAN + FREE PRINTABLES

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My lesson plan and free printables I designed to use with this book!

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WHERE’S THE GREEN SHEEP – LESSON PLAN

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Here’s my Lesson plan for this fantastic book with a follow-up creative writing activity.

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What, No Domino?

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Implementing classic into your language lessons

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Getting creative with picture books

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I just love using books with my preschoolers! We read books every lesson. Sometimes just for pleasure and sometimes I prepare some activities for them to learn or to practice new structures or vocabulary.

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Checking Homework – Using The Time Wisely

A few ideas on checking homework with teenage students.

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Common Worlds (First Lesson Activity)

This Activity is designed to help break the ice at the beginning of a course and assess the level of your new students.

The idea is very simple. There are 3 different habitats (Land, Sea and Sky) and students are going to group themselves according to those habitats and devise a Habitat Charter together.

Preparation

Print and cut out the Habitat pictures
Print and cut out the Animal cards
Print the Habitat Charters
Procedure

Introduce the 3 Habitats by placing the 3 pictures in different areas of the room
Explain to the students that they are going to be grouped by Habitats
You may model the activity by creating your own charter for a 4th Habitat with a few aliens from Mars, Venus and Jupiter: The Space Habitat Charter
Students first need to find their habitats
Each student gets an animal card that they should keep secret
Students ask each other YES/NO questions to understand which animal they are and which habitat they should join
You may model this to help weaker students into using what they know
Can you …? questions
Do you have …? Have you got …? questions
Do you …? questions
Students then make a Habitat Charter in their little groups
Give them their Charter. Students decide on:
Their flag
Their favorite food
Their hobbies
A few rules for good coexistence
Students will remember these groups throughout the year. You may reference these groups whenever you have new projects for them
Possible Extension

Groups give presentations of their Habitat Charters
Groups vote for an ambassador to the other habitats
Groups make rules for visitors of other habitats
Groups negotitate trade agreements with other habitats (better for adults)

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Cool warming-up activities! (In the wake of 10-minute-talks”)

I’m going to give you a short description of my favourite warming-up activities. For me it’s the way to let kids energy out and concentrate it on the lesson, so most of them are active. The games can be adapted almost to every topic, so they are perfectly suitable to be in your “cool-games-bank”!

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Business Nightmares

Check out “Business Nightmares” from Tom’s 10-minute talk on ProEnglish!

Instructions

This activity is inspired by reality TV shows in which an expert comes to a business and gives feedback. Usually, there are big problems in the business and there is a lot of conflict between the show host and the business owner.
The situation: Students own a business (Card A). They have just been on the TV show, and the local newspaper wants to talk interview them about it (Card B). A tries to spin the story so that his/her business can survive!

Extension: Lawsuit

 In this extension, the business owner (A) tells the writer for the local newspaper (B) that he/she is going to sue! A tries to get money out of B based on what B wrote in the article.

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Angry Neighbors

Check out “Angry Neighbors” from Tom’s 10-minute talk on ProEnglish.

Instructions

Student(s) A and Student(s) B are neighbors.
 Student A (quiet neighbor) is trying to do something at home, but Student B (loud neighbor) is making a lot of noise.
 Student A takes a “Quiet Neighbor” card and Student B takes a “Loud Neighbor’ Card.
 Student A talks to Student B. They try to find a compromise so that both are happy!

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HOW CAN WE USE A CALL BELL IN THE CLASSROOM?

A call bell may be really useful in the classroom! Here are my ideas on using it.

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Spy Games – Fun Vocabulary Revision Activity

This is a great activity to revise vocabulary in a fun way.

This activity gives you flexibility in your vocabulary revision and distracts the students with a little spying fun.

In a nutshell, students are going to code and decode words, and maybe even messages if you feel they are strong enough.

There are a lot of variations for this activity to be adapted to various ages and levels.

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Shark in the Park – LESSON PLAN + VIDEO: There is/are Practice

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A lesson plan based on a book by Nick Sharratt “Shark in the Park’

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Crazy Food Cafe Project + free printables

Teaching English to very young learners through projects is a great way to involve them into the activities, build up their vocabulary and promote their speaking skills.

From my teaching experience projects and craft in English lessons help to speak out and involve in the lesson even those students who normally try to stay out of any activities and are not really willing to talk.

I’m glad to share one of my favorite projects that you can use with beginners or more advanced students aged 5 to 10.

The idea is very simple: we open our cafe, but it’s not an ordinary cafe. They serve only crazy food there. And here’s a step by step instruction that will guide you through the project.

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Watercolour Painting in the English Classroom

A magic technique that gives a great result

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How to make your textbook lexically-friendly?

This is a short summary of my speech for 10-minute talks.

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