31 May 2018

Learning kind words

Hi everyone! 
A new month is here and finally it seems that spring is definitely with us.
The weather warms, flowers blossom and students of all ages look forward to have their "colònies" and the summer break. 
For those reasons, they are sometimes excited. Working on poetry and values can help them to remind some rules for living all together and having good relationships.
Here you have an activity that I will introduce next week.

26 May 2018

Only for Alice's lovers

Alice in Wonderland may well be the most interpreted book in history, but there are always new depths to dive. The book below is one of those books that I highly recommend to you if you are an Alice follower. I am and I am very glad to read it. 

Here you have another link about Alice philosophy you cannot lose. Enjoy it!

23 May 2018

Reading on line

Hi there,
here you have an amazing webpage to read thousand books and lots of magazines. You can also recommend videos and quizzes.
The video below shows you how it works. It is free for educators. Hooray for Epic. 
Thanks to JJ for the information. Visit it.

14 May 2018

Happiness and frienship

Has anyone ever inspired you to change your life in a signifcant way that made you happier?  Study after study shows us that friendship boots our happiness and even our health. 
I have worked many times this issue in my English lessons but after going to a trip with some friends and their children this last weekend, I have a new book. This is "Be Happy!,a little book for a happy YOU". Surprisingly, I have found an excellent singer who turned it into a book song. Here you have. Enjoy it!

13 May 2018

Simple grammar: verbs

The verb is the king in any language, so in English too. The shortest sentence contains a verb. You can make a one-word sentence with a verb, for example: "Go!"

Verbs are sometimes described as "action words". This is partly true because many verbs give the idea of action, of "doing" something. For example, words like run, fight, do and work all convey action.
But some verbs do not give the idea of action; they give the idea of existence, of state, of "being". For example, verbs like be, exist, seem and belong all convey state.
A verb always has a subject. (In the sentence "Peter goes swimming", Peter is the subject and goes is the verb.) In simple terms, therefore, we can say that verbs are words that tell us what a subject does or is; they describe:
  • action (Paul plays basketball.)
  • state (Susan seems cheerful.)
There is something very special about verbs in English. Most other words (adjectives, adverbs, prepositions etc) do not change in form (although nouns can have singular and plural forms). But almost all verbs change in form. For example, the verb to work has six forms:
  • to go, go, goes, went, gone, going
Of course, this is still very few forms compared to some languages which may have thirty or more forms for a single verb. 

Activity to introduce verbs: 

First of all, introduce or review the concept of verbs.
Give students a few minutes to share examples of different action verb.
Allow them to work in groups or with partners to complete this activity. 
     Give students time to look through old newspapers and magazines to cut out pictures and words that are examples of action verbs.
     Allow each group to share an example of action verbs they were able to find.

    Material you need:
Felt pens/ markers/ crayons

7 May 2018

Question words

Invite your students to try this simple and funny game. It's a good way to review question words. I'm sure they will find it great. 

5 May 2018

Vocabulary game for young learners

Hi there, 
here you have an easy way to play with language. Tap on the image below and you will be able to answer questions related to different topics. 
Excellent for young learners.

2 May 2018

Writing skills

Hi there,
it's the first week of May and our year 6 students are ready to do the Basic Competences exams. They know that this year they will have an extra day to cope with science. This will be on May the 8th. After that, May 9th, they will have Spanish and Mathematics and finally, last day, May the 9th, our students will have Catalan and English language (two listenings, two readings and a writing activity). I disagree with that planning because English is the last day exercise and students will be exhausted  after three days trying their best. 
Anyway, in order to practise structures and connectors I gave an interesting homework to them last weekend. Students had to choose three important personal objects and they had to introduce them in a writing activity. 
I had the opportunity to listen to a group of 26 students this morning and the experience has been very cool. All the students have been engaged by homework and they said that they enjoyed doing it. Amazing, fantastic and wonderful. ;D

By the way, the current English curriculum at Catalonia establishes three competences that students must acquire during their primary stage related to writing. The competences relate to the planning and analysing of texts as well as the production. I think that my students produce and interpret their mates' texts in a properly way. The production of a text requires the application of higher order skills (HOTS), following Bloom's taxonomy and that is what we promote in our lessons through topics that engage and motivate them. That's the way that it works.
A long the school year, and always giving some language support, they have written about:
  1. Personal descriptions.
  2. Their best friend.
  3. Their school.
  4. Daily routines.
  5. Important women in their lifes.
  6. Mobile phones and teenagers.
  7. Three personal important objects.
For tips on encouraging children in creative writing, take a look at creative writing page. Worthy to visit it!