Prepositions have always been a headache to all learners of English. I’ve been searching – for a looong time -to find memory tricks to help students remember them. So, I started drawing pictures such as the one below:
In one picture, we can see all uses of the preposition “at”. We can present the picture to the learner either as a story or as a simple flashcard.
The card is divided in two parts:
- The one on the left, where things are happening during the day.
- and the one on the right, where things are happening during the night.
In the middle, there is a big clock, the masterpiece of this picture. It looks like Big Ben but the thing is that I wanted to make sure that the preposition “at” is mainly used with time: My train leaves at 10:00 p.m. But I chose the clock to strike 12:00 because I can use it later on to ask:
-What’s the time? -It’s 12 o’clock, right! Either at midday or at midnight.
It’s up to you how to use the picture. But it would really help to print and hand it out with the following notes.
- at 117 Baker Street
- at home
- at work
- at school, university, college
- at the bus stop, at the taxi stand
- at the bookshop, at the cinema, at the restaurant
- at the door, at the entrance, at the table,at the desk
- at the front/back of
- at the beginning/end of (the street)
- at 12 o’ clock, at 3 o’ clock…
- at the moment
- at present
- at bedtime
- at lunchtime
- at the same time
- at a young age
- at noon
- at midday
- at midnight
- at night
- at the beginning/end of the day, at the end of January
Did you notice the little girl entering the school? PAPADELI Language School? Did you see the red hat she is wearing? When do we wear hats like that?
- at Christmas
The little girl is at school. What is she thinking about? Maybe she needs to relax. But when can she do that?
- at the weekend (BrE) – *Note that in American English, on the weekend is the correct form.
What about the lady at the end of the street? At her age, she shouldn’t be out at midnight. But what is she trying to do? What is this little thing with the long ears next to the egg? Oh, a rabbit. Rabbit? Eggs? What time of the year could that be? When do we decorate our home with rabbits and eggs?
- at Easter
I”ve also used as a background at the back, the silhouettes of the buildings of a city, whereas at the front, the big clock.
You can also present “at” in 2 sections:
1. At as a preposition of time:
There is always the simple way to present each use on its own:
How to make Ss reproduce the AT phrases
You can print the following pages and cut out the shapes.
- S1 gives instructions to S2: There are many buildings at the back. There is also a big clock at the front…
- S2 follows the instructions and builds up the whole picture.
- You could also create a 3D CARD, which is much more impressive! You can find a tutorial here.
To practise writing, you can ask students to write down either the “at phrases” or the whole description of the picture. In case you choose the first option, use a stopwatch to make the activity more challenging! The winner is the one who writes the most phrases!
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You don’t need much to get ready for this game. Just the flashcards you used to teach the new vocabulary in your last lesson. Don’t you want it in context? Get some practice with it through grammar? Well, here it is!
Put four sets of cards on the table;
The 1st set consists of presonal pronouns, names, animals maybe.
The 2nd set consists of verbs. The ones you have just taught and want to revise.
The 3rd set has objects, adjectives, numbers…
The fourth one consists of a tick (positive form), a question mark (interrogative form) and an X (negative).
Each player gets 1 card from each pile. That makes it 4 cards in total. For example, “I haven’t got a pencil case”. The sentence makes sense and the player keeps the cards. But if the sentence doesn’t make sense, the player puts the cards back.
The winner is the one who gets the most cards.
You could also use cards of pronouns, verbs, adjectives or nouns -the way I present them:
In this case, the player gets 4 cards again and has to say:
If the player can’t form the sentence correctly, he has to put the cards back. The next player collects another set of 4 cards and the game goes on…
To sum up, this kind of flashcards is the way my Ss remember not only the meaning and spelling of the new words, but also their pronunciation. I think they are a great tool!
The game I presented above is simple and doesn’t require a lot of preparation. You can always use simple cards, which you prepare in 5 minutes if you don’t usually get pictures to teach. You only need a piece of paper and a pen to write the words you need.
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The Melting Snowman is a Christmas version of the classic game “Hangman” .
Children remove a snowman part, whenever they make a mistake, until the whole snowman has melted away! You can play it when you want to practise grammar οr vocabulary.
How to make the snowman:
- Use this link, if you want a simple printable.
- If you want to have a 3D snowman, use foam cups for the body -you can use more than two- and half a foam cup to make the head. If you don ´t like foam cups, paper plates are also great.
- You can also use a white pompom for the head.
- Pipe cleaners can be used for the arms.
- As a hat you can use a sock. Cut the toe off and roll up the cut end.
- Use an orange pompom for the nose. Cut it into a carrot shape, making one side a little pointy. Make a small hole at the foam cup and stick the pompom into it.
- Use tissue paper for the scarf.
- The feet shapes can be drawn on simple paper.
- The eyes and buttons can be made of pipe cleaners – you could either draw them on the cups.
A good idea would be to ask your students to make their own craft.
Decorate your class or room with them during Christmas.
You can play this game with one player or the whole class. Ask children to take turns to answer your questions or find the missing letters. If you divide the class into teams, the game will be more challenging. You can revise either vocabulary or grammar.
You can prepare as many flashcards as the parts of the snowman. Here’s a split flashcard you can use to revise tenses:
Another alternative of the melting snowman could be the Christmas tree:
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I’ve always been in trouble with my memory. Since I was little, I remember myself struggling to study and remember all these grammar rules, spelling, dates, names… When I started teaching kids, I realized that drawing made the same impression to them as it did to me. So, here I am, presenting my way of teaching: PICTOGRAMS
The alphabet has 26 weird symbols that 5-6 year olds have to remember. What if the letters were characters, with a life style, habits and friends?
H is the mother and h is the daughter. They both wear hats. Soft hats. That ´s because they live in a very hot country. They never wear shoes because they hate noise. They always whisper. Hhhhhhh… They are family. They do the same things. So, they are presented together. They have a surname. Mrs Hat is short but proud of her tall and thin daughter. That ´s why she ´s so happy…
I give them names as Helen, Hope… You could add bubbles to make them say their favourite words such as Hello, Hi…
They could also be presented as father and son and represent the pronoun he: The happy, short father
and the tall son:
They are sociable, like meeting people and they have best friends. They usually go out with c which is a cat. Because of the feathers you can see attached on H’s hat, the cat sneezes.. Aaaaaaa… ch!!! .
There are always fancy stories behind each drawing. The parent or teacher uses all kind of voices, movements and talents to make them look interesting and exciting. Let me show you this serious man. Actually, he’s a dad. A great dad. Who do you think he is?
Big stomach, straight back…. Reminds you of sth?
Letter d! It’s really unbelievable when you show him to the kids, dressed up, no transparent clothes and they are sure who he is! One picture is worth a thousand words…So true!
But how does drawing help pronunciation? How do we pronounce ball, tall, fall? And how can we help kids remember?
These two l letters are presented as apple trees. One of the apples falls and says “aw !” . So, remember: whenever you see an apple under these two apple trees, it says “aw” because it’s disappointed.
So, what about -all in words? Simple!
Letter T here is a beautiful, tall woman. She likes talking, too. She always says Ttttttttttt…
My memory tricks have helped students remember the pronunciation and spelling of a word. What about its meaning?
This is a difficult word. We write many letters but don’t pronounce all of them. Read this nice story:
Here’s Anne(a), the main character.
U has no hair. He’s a baby. His eyes are closed. He’s sleeping. He’s not talking.That’s why he’s not pronounced. Silent…
G -for girl- and H –for Hatboy. Letter g and letter h like each other. They spend time together. But they do funny things such as… blowing: ffffffffffffff Look at the baby’s hair. It’s moving. Isn’t that funny? Look at Anne. She’s laughing!
In this way Ss remember meaning, spelling and pronunciation at the same time. They also have a great time. The top secret is that there are 4 stages in this procedure .
1. They listen to the story while looking at the drawing
2. They have to repeat the story. We remember more when we say it. That ´s why teaching is the best way of learning.
3. They draw the story the way I do. Same characters, tricks.
4. They write the word. Then they have to find their mistakes on their own. But I have to say that they rarely make mistakes.
What about a verb in Simple Past? An irregular one?
A is for Anne. E is for Ed. He is sleeping. He ´s not talking. That ´s why he is not pronounced.
Look at T. She ´s surprised with open arms: “Oh, you ate all the popcorn! 8 of them!”
Let me finish with a drawing of my favourite story. This story consists of more than 50 drawings that help me teach Simple Past. The main character is SUPERGIRL. She’s a normal student but she has super powers. One day something happened to her best friend, Anne. Remember her? Letter a!
A is Anne. I is a thief who wears transparent clothes. This is because he doesn ´t want to be seen, discovered, get caught. So, he doesn ´t speak. He ´s silent. He ´s not pronounced at all.In this story, letter I had caught Anne and tried to get her in letter D, which is actually an open door. At that time, Anne was afraid. She was forced by the thief to get in the grey, dark house, through that door. So, she said HELP! (But don ´t worry about Anne. She was saved by her best friend, Supergirl.)
Grammar is presented by using the same tricks: drawings through words and stories.
I also use pictures not only to present
but also to practise the formation of the tenses in sentences:
How to practise Present Continuous: This game requires 3 decks of cards: the first includes the personal pronouns. The second includes VERBS, and the third includes the symbols (.) , X, ?, which represent the affirmative, negative and interrogative form of the sentence.
The learner must form the sentence correctly, according to the tense required, the personal pronoun and whether it’s affirmative, negative or a question. If the player forms the sentence correctly, he/she can get the verb flashcard. The winner is the person who gets the most cards.
These pictures are strongly recommended for learners of English with learning difficulties. Through these cards they can remember confusing words such as:
How to teach the word “left”:
Hold up your hands and stick out thumbs and index fingers as you say:
Which is my left? Which is my right?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
But when I stick my thumbs out straight,
My left will make an “L”.
Confusing words such as
get clear and solve many problems by presenting the cards.
To sum up, this is the way my Ss remember not only the meaning and spelling of the new words, but their pronunciation, as well. I think they are a great tool!
Stay at home but want to do something different? Are you having a school presentation but don’t know what the kids are going to wear and look outstanding? You are at the right place!
First of all, the only thing I’m going to use is paper. We don’t have to spend a lot of money to get pretty stuff. A printer, scissors, construction paper and glue is enough.
Let’s start with a huge, inpressive elf -or whatever you want to call it- hat. But remember: the colours of Christmas are mainly red, green and gold.
– Green tissue paper
– Construction paper
– Tape, glue
1. First measure your hat band width/length and cut the poster board to size
2. Once band is cut, unfold tissue paper.
3. Begin at top edge of tissue paper, and make pleats (about 5 at a time).
4. As you create about 5 pleats, tape the pleats in place along the edge length of the band. Continue to do this until the tissue has been pleated and ends to the halfway point of the band length
5. Next you need to pleat the opposite end of the tissue paper (taping the pleats together by themselves, not to band).
6. After the pleats are finished, overlap band and tape closed.
7. Fold tissue paper in half, so the unattached edge can be taped to inside of band.
8. You will need to pull the unattached edge inside the band and tape it along the band… it is ok if there are gaps open on each end – just do not overlap the pleats at the sides.
9. At each side, pleat and gather tissue from bottom of open end to the other bottom open end. Pinch the pleats together to create a little pleated tuck and pull inside the hat band.
10. Once the pleated tuck is pulled inside, tape it to the hat band so it closes the hat side. Repeat on opposite side. *Note, it helps to insert your hand underneath/inside the hat to gently fluff the tissue so it rounds out, while doing this step. You kind of need to fluff it into place.
It’s really impressive! Huge but comfortable.
What about a Christmas tie? There’s no work here. You just print and adjust the pieces.
You can see that all parts have been drawn by me. You can change whatever you want and adjust to the child or lucky adult who is going to wear it.
I’ll post pictures of kids wearing the hats and ties as soon as the rehearsals of our presentations start. For the time being, I’ll give one more idea. What about Chistmas glasses? Wouldn’t that be fun?
You can download the drawings of my glasses here.
Don’t hesitate to send me pictures of you or your children wearing them in case you want me to post them. The hat, tie and glasses could also be used as clever gift wrapping ideas.
Want more ideas?
I came across this idea for the Snowman Christmas Countdown and thought: Why not make a kid-friendly version printable? So, here it is!
First, you have to print and cut out all the pieces for the snowman.
The printable includes a top hat, a face, a nose and a scarf. It’s better to stick them all onto construction paper .You could also decorate the hat with buttons, feathers, and Christmas leaves.
Then, you can assemble the snowman by gluing the hat onto the face and attaching the nose with a brad. If you want to extend the idea, you could draw the body of the snowman. Two big white circles of paper will do.
To Χάλοουϊν (Halloween) είναι γιορτή του δυτικού κόσμου που γιορτάζεται την νύχτα της 31ης Οκτωβρίου, κατά την οποία τα μικρά παιδιά μεταμφιέζονται, κατά κανόνα σε κάτι “τρομαχτικό” και επισκέπτονται σπίτια μαζεύοντας γλυκά, ενέργεια γνωστή ως “trick or treat” (σκανταλιά ή κέρασμα). Η γιορτή αυτή μοιάζει με τις Απόκριες, όμως διαφέρει από αυτές καθώς το Halloween έχει περισσότερο μυστικιστική χροιά.
Η ρίζα της λέξης αυτής προέρχεται από το All-hallow-even και δηλώνει την παραμονή (eve) της γιορτής των Αγίων Πάντων (All Hallows Day – All Saints Day). Σήμα κατατεθέν επίσης της γιορτής αυτής είναι τα φαναράκια φτιαγμένα από πραγματικές κολοκύθες πάνω στις οποίες υπάρχουν χαραγμένα ανθρώπινα χαρακτηριστικά, άλλοτε πιο χιουμοριστικά και άλλοτε πιο τρομαχτικά.
Φανάρια από κολοκύθες, τα φανάρια για τον Jack
Από την αρχαία αυτή παράδοση προέρχεται μια από τις πιο διάσημες εικόνες της γιορτής: το φανάρι από κολοκύθα (Jack-o-lantern). Προέρχεται από ιρλανδικές παραδόσεις και η χρήση του ήταν να φωτίζει τη χαμένη ψυχή του Jack, ενός διαβόητου απατεώνα που είχε κολλήσει ανάμεσα στους δυο κόσμους. Λέγεται ότι ο Jack είχε ξεγελάσει το διάβολο και τον έπεισε να μπει στην κουφάλα ενός δέντρου και σκαλίζοντας την εικόνα ενός σταυρού στον κορμό του δέντρου τον παγίδευσε εκεί μέσα. Οι φάρσες του είχαν ως αποτέλεσμα να του αρνηθούν την είσοδο στον Παράδεισο και καθώς είχε νευριάσει επίσης τον Διάβολο που κυβερνούσε την Κόλαση, ο Jack απέμεινε μια χαμένη ψυχή παγιδευμένη ανάμεσα στους κόσμους. Ως παρηγοριά, ο Διάβολος του έδωσε λίγη χόβολη για να φωτίζει το δρόμο του στα σκοτάδια μεταξύ των δυο κόσμων.
Αρχικά στην Ιρλανδία έπαιρναν ρέβες και τις έσκαβαν βάζοντας στο εσωτερικό τους ένα κερί για να τις χρησιμοποιήσουν ως φανάρια, ώστε να βοηθήσουν να οδηγηθεί το χαμένο πνεύμα του Jack πίσω στο σπίτι του. Κι έτσι προέκυψε η ονομασία, Φανάρια του Jack. Αργότερα, όταν ήρθαν μετανάστες στο Νέο Κόσμο οι κολοκύθες ήταν πιο εύκολο να βρεθούν κι έτσι σκάλιζαν αυτές και έβαζαν μέσα κεριά για να τις κάνουν φανάρια.
Κάντε κλικ στις παρακάτω δραστηριότητες για να νιώσετε το πνεύμα του Halloween.
Scary interactive story: Τολμάτε να το δείτε;
Τhe haunted house Διάβασε τη διαδραστική ιστορία
Make a story : Φτιάξε τη δική σου ιστορία
Αbracadabra: Ένωσε τις λέξεις με τις εικόνες και άκου το τραγούδι
“This is Halloween” -prepositions gap fill: άκου το τραγούδι και συμπλήρωσε τα κενά με προθέσεις
Ι spy with my little eye : Διαδραστικό παιχνίδι
Halloween vocabulary : Mάθε λέξεις διαδραστικά
Α joke! Διάβασε το ανέκδοτο
Please! Διαδραστική ιστορία
Games! Διαδραστικά παιχνίδια
Hangman : Ξέρεις τις λέξεις; Παίξε κρεμάλα.
The History of Halloween Listening Comprehension
Halloween printables Mάσκες, κάρτες, προσκλήσεις, φύλλα εργασιών, παιχνίδια…
Kαταπλήξτε το κοινό σας με αυτό το τρικ!
- Μολύβι ή στυλό
Το τρικ:Τοποθέτησε 3 ίδια χαρτάκια πάνω σε ένα τραπέζι. Πες σε κάποιον : “Σκέψου κάποιου το όνομα , αλλά μην το πεις δυνατά. Θα διαβάσω το μυαλό σου και θα γράψω το όνομα που σκέφτηκες.”
Γράψτο σε ένα από τα 3 χαρτάκια και χωρίς να αφήσεις κανέναν να δει τι έγραψες, δίπλωσε το χαρτί και ζήτα από αυτόν που το σκέφτηκε να το πει δυνατά. Συνέχισε τη διαδικασία με έναν αριθμό— ένας από ατο κοινό σου σκέφτεται, εσύ γράφεις, αυτός που το σκέφτηκε λέει δυνατά τον αριθμό— και τελικά με ένα χρώμα, λέγοντας στον παίχτη να διαλέξει ένα από τα δύο χρώματα: πράσινο ή κόκκινο. Τώρα δώσε τα 3 χαρτάκια σε έναν από το κοινό σου για να τα διαβάσει φωναχτά. Οι φίλοι σου θα εντυπωσιαστούν από τις υπερφυσικές δυνάμεις σου!
Πώς γίνεται: Όταν πάρεις το πρώτο χαρτάκι, μη γράψεις το όνομα, αν και το κοινό σου αυτό θα νομίζει ότι κάνεις. Αντί γι αυτό, γράψε”κόκκινο” ή “πράσινο.” Όταν διαλέξεις το δεύτερο χαρτάκι, μη γράψεις τον αριθμό, γράψε το όνομα που είπε φωναχτά ο παίχτης. Τέλος, στο τρίτο χαρτάκι, γράψε τον αριθμό που αποκάλυψε ο παίχτης. Αν ακολουθήσεις αυτήν την τεχνική, θα πετύχεις 2 από τις 3 προβλέψεις ή -ακόμα καλύτερα- 3 πό τις 3 προβλέψεις, τις μισές φορές από τις φορές που θα επιχειρήσεις το τρικ. Ότι κι αν καταφέρεις, όλοι όσοι παρακολούθησαν το τρικ θα μείνουν άφωνοι…
- PIN THE SPIDER ON THE WEB
Draw a simple web on a large piece of paper. Create black spiders on small pieces of paper with a tape pillow attached to the back. Blindfold the children trying to “pin” their spiders on the web. Using a spider web for young children gives them many opportunities for success because there is not an exact place the spider has to be pinned.
- PIN THE BOW TIE ON THE SKELETON
Find this game HERE
Here’s something fun for your children’s teacher as a gift for Halloween. Very easy and inexpensive
Get the kids to help you make these awesome Halloween Masks. Get all the info HERE
- WITTY DECORATIONS
The Home and Garden Cafe has made it simple for you to get started with this list of 10 easy Halloween craft ideas that are sure to please the kids and the adults!
- Cheap Trash Bag Halloween Decorating
- Simple Wicked Painted Candles
- Wispy Ghosts
- Pottery Barn Knock Off Hanging Ghosts
- DIY Halloween Wreath
- Spooky Halloween Wreath
- 4×4 Jack-O-Lanterns & Ghosts
- DIY Pumpkin Prettiness
- DIY Halloween Luminary
- Cabinet Door Halloween Craft + Halloween Bottles
Click on the pictures and get the instructions:
Want more ideas? Here you are: http://www.pinterest.com/papadel1/esl-halloween-resources/
“Father”, “Dad”, “Papa”, “Daddy”… Treat your dad like a superhero !
- Special paper details on the breakfast table are the perfect way to surprise your dad.
- Make and wear these glasses !
- Necktie Napkins for Father’s Day
- Μy father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it !
- Shirt-Cuff Card for Dad
- Love around the world
- Love is in the air
- The Legend of St. Valentine
- The Science of Flirting
- “Valentine’s Day Facts of Love” infographic.
- Make a cake
- A kid’s heart
- Valentine’s Day themed interactive games, activities, and project ideas
SEND AN E-CARD
- Here is a free Valentine download for you if you dare…
- Heart key chain
- A Valentine’s Day Lei
- Sweet necklace
- Pencil toppers
- More printables
- Love note in a bottle.
Makes a great teacher or friend gift. Fill a washed out glass soda bottle with candy of your choice, then cut a long strip of fancy paper and have your child or you write what they love about the person receiving the gift. Roll the paper up like a message in a bottle and cap it. Add some paper flowers and there you have a super cute, fast gift.
- Here ´s another great idea!
It is a pencil bouquet. On the inside are regular pencils with a layer of Valentine ´s pencils on the outside. Tie a nice red ribbon around them with a heart-shaped note that says, “You ´re the ´write ´ teacher for me!”. Then put some nice fake flowers on the top to finish the bouquet.
- Eating donuts off of string
Happy, Happy New Year!
NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN !
1. Put a note inside each balloon and do what it says at that hour…wear glow necklaces, play a game, eat candy, have some noise makers and poppers in the midnight balloon… Have fun!
3. What about a cookie?
NEW YEAR TRADITIONS
- New Year around the world
- New Year Customs Worldwide
- New Year’s Lesson
- Interactive Map nad New Year’s Quiz
- Happy New Year 2013! – around the globe
CHINESE NEW YEAR