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How to Teach English Speaking Skills for ESL -- Ian
Although ESL deals with reading and writing, speaking is often the most important and difficult of the three aspects of learning the language. Because speaking deals with having the confidence to say ...

The Top 3 TEFL Games For ESL Teachers -- Ed Earl
When teaching English TEFL it is always beneficial to have some ESL games handy to reward the students when they behave well and work hard. In this article I will describe my three favourite ESL ...

Ways to Improve Your Child's Pronunciation - Tips For Parents -- Ed Earl
Some children find it difficult to speak clearly, especially if they are learning a second language. This article offers some tips to help them improve. What are the ways I can help my child improve ...

A Simple Teaching Strategy to Improve Comprehension and Spark Student Interest - Tips -- Adam Waxler
As a history teacher my students must deal with lots of opinions. As I tell my students, "There are not always right and wrong answers in social studies...what is important is how you back up, or ...

Teaching English Through Crafts (Art) -- Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
In any classroom, it is important to get students paying attention and listening. One way that I have found effective is to have students create simple, fun crafts. Children of all ages love to ...

Games - Remember Their Class Mates Names -- ws
I teach high school, but I think this could work in a smaller class of younger students too. The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name ...

Game Gingerbread Man Hunt -- ws
The teacher would cut out or make a gingerbread man with paper. and hide it somewhere in the school. and we went to each class asking them if they'd seen a gingerbread man walking around ...

Games Silent Ball (variation) -- teacher
Silent Ball. Students pass a koosh ball or nerf ball to each other, but the point of the game is they have to try to get the attention of the person with the ball silently (hints the name). Students ...

Classroom Game - Math -- teacher
u can play like this game like u give me a math problem and after that they have to walk around the room until they figure it out if they figure it out then they pretend that they shot them like say ...

Classroom Game with a Fluffy Ball -- teacher
u can buy a fluffy ball and they sit down on the ground like a group circle and then they have to toss the ball to a person and say there name quick and then if they don't say it quick or they ...

Classroom Game - Silent Ball -- teacher
students stand on chairs. They are absolutely silent. They throw the ball to each other. If someone drops it, they are out and sit down. If it is a bad throw, the thrower is out, not the catcher. If ...

Some Good ESL classroom Games - Running Dictation -- AU
Running Dictation (Suitable for active students up to about 15 years old.) 1.) Take your students to an open area or school hall. Place a paragraph of suitable English on the wall at one end. Sit the ...

Talka Lot - Lesson Test: Learning English -- lp
A)Sentence stress: write the content words from two starting sentences in the correct order (1, 2, 3, etc.): i) three start next unit week ii) exam move up Ali five speaking passes level B)Write the ...

Christmas School Activities Bring the Festive Season Into the Classroom -- Teresa Evans
Introduce a few Christmas school activities into your program and the children in your class will think you are wonderful. What they won't realize is that they are actually still doing school ...

Christmas Classroom Activities for Fun and Learning -- Teresa Evans
There are many different Christmas classroom activities that can be used with students in the lead up to Christmas. Many of these are both fun and also educational so that while the children enjoy ...

Christmas Classroom Games - Give Your Favorite Games a Christmas Twist! -- Teresa Evans
Christmas classroom games are a great way to bring the festive season into the classroom so that the students and the teacher can have some fun. Sometimes Christmas classroom games can be created ...

Christmas Games for Children -- Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Christmas games for children there many different games that you can choose from. There are Christmas games that can be played with large groups and there are other games that ...

Christmas Activities for Kids at Home or at School -- Teresa Evans
Whether you are looking for things to do at home or Christmas classroom activities, there are loads of different fun and educational Christmas activities for kids. As the holiday season approaches ...

Christmas Word Games -- Teresa Evans
Christmas word games are a great way to entertain kids in the lead up to Christmas. Not only are they great fun for the kids but they are also games that are educational too. There are many different ...

Christmas Activity Ideas -- Teresa Evans
As Christmas gets closer there are many different worthwhile Christmas Activity Ideas that you can use to get children in a festive mood and to keep them busy. Children can make decorations, make ...

ESL Classroom Activities for Any Level - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
For any new unit you start in your ESL class there will most likely be a group of words that students must memorize. This is an activity to get students out of their desks to practice the meaning of ...

Lesson Plans -- James Baker
Many people who have been teaching TEFL for awhile get tired of writing lesson plans. The benefit of writing them once is, you will not have to do them again. Make sure you always keep a copy of the ...

TEFL and ESL Board Games For the Classroom -- Adrian Allen
Classroom board games are probably one of the most effective teaching tools available. Here we see how to stimulate and motivate students, and provide a welcome change to more standard classroom ...

Teaching With Macaroni And Chick Peas - Lesson -- Adrian Allen
Some years ago I found myself teaching English in a summer school in England. The classes (20 students) were 4 hours long - all morning. It's hard to keep children's attention for this long ...

TEFL Lesson Planning - Warmers That Will Make Your Students Adore You - Part I -- Adrian Allen
Lesson planning with TEFL warmers: essential for effective teaching. Part I To ensure effective learning for a language class, the challenge is to secure the students’ attention, and prepare their ...

Children are Taught Through Visual Basics -- tchr
or-ange then show a pic of an orange etc and they slowly build up a vocabulary

Dictation - Short Lesson -- js
Say a sentence at natural speed and ask learners to write down what you said. You'll probably need to repeat several times. Don't slow down your speed unless it's absolutely necessary. ...

Flash Cards -- js
Flash cards can be used for simple vocabulary drills, numbers, or memory games. Avoid using cards that translate a native language word into English. Rather, choose or make cards that use pictures or ...

Short Composition - Short Lesson -- js
Unlike freewriting, learners need to edit their work. You should provide a topic or visual stimulus (full page magazine pictures work well) and circulate among the students as they write. By allowing ...

Freewriting - Short Lesson -- js
Give learners 5 minutes to just write their thoughts. You may guide them by providing a question or topic (beginners will probably need guidance), or give them complete freedom. Make sure they just ...

Reading: Oral vs. Silent - Short Lesson -- js
The skills used in oral reading are different from those used when reading silently. Use oral reading sparingly to work on verbal presentation (pronunciation, intonation) and be sure to allow time ...

Problem-Solving - Short Lesson -- js
This works best with small groups. Present a problem (a scenario, possibly) and give groups some time to discuss the best approaches or solutions and come to agreement on a course of action. The ...

Fill-In-The-Blank - Short Lesson -- js
Prepare a worksheet containing a text or song lyrics with key words blanked out. For beginners you can blank out alphabet letters and not whole words, choosing distinct sounds rather than silent ...

Questions and Answers Matching - Short Lesson -- js
You need to have an even number of participants, so you may need to join in yourself. Get enough 3x5 cards so that you have one per person. On half of the cards write questions, and on the other half ...

Sequencing - Short Lesson -- js
In sequencing activities, students must put jumbled pieces of information into a logical order. Unlike jigsaw activities, all students in the group are allowed to see all the pieces of information. ...

Information Gap (any level, pairs) - Short Lesson -- js
Each learner has limited information which the other needs. They must ask each other questions to get the information. To be more communicative, the answers should have some degree of ambiguity that ...

Role Plays (intermediate-advanced, pairs) - Short Lesson -- js
Role plays are far more communicative than pre-written dialogs, but they are often challenging for beginners or shy students because they must come up with their own language to fit a particular ...

Pre-Written Dialogs (any literate level, pairs) - Short Lesson -- js
Many textbooks include sample dialogs, or you may write your own. They can be useful to break the ice with shy learners, but they are not truly communicative because no original language is produced. ...

Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? - Lesson -- de
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? After defining “strongly agree,” “agree,” “disagree” and “strongly disagree,” the leader reads out different statements of opinion and the students ...

ESL English Listening Comprehension Activities for the Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
ESL English Listening Comprehension Activity for the Classroom An ESL teacher always needs to get his students speaking and listening to English. As we all know, our students many times don’t hear ...

7 Quick And Easy Halloween Decorations To Make For Your Classroom -- Renee Goodrich
Here are seven Halloween decorations you and your students can make quickly and easily. In most cases all you will need is some paper, glue and felt pens or paint. 1. Ghosts! Draw a large ghost on a ...

Grammar Activity for ESL Class - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
Grammar Practice Activity for an ESL Classroom When teaching English grammar your book will probably have several ESL worksheets to drill the concept. These are useful exercises, but you will also ...

Name Bingo - Game -- ritz
Hand out a blank grid with enough squares for the number of people in your class. The grid should have the same number of squares across and down. Give the students a few minutes to circulate through ...

Name Crossword - Short Lesson -- ritz
Write your name across or down on the board being sure not to crowd the letters. Students take turns coming to the board, saying their name, and writing it across or down, overlapping one letter that ...

Similarities - Short Lesson -- ritz
Give each person one or more colored shapes cut from construction paper. They need to find another person with a similar color, shape, or number of shapes and form pairs. Then they interview each ...

Pair Interviews - Short Lesson -- ritz
Pairs interview each other, using specified questions for intermediates and open format for advanced students. Then they take turns introducing their partner to the whole class. Be sensitive to ...

Mystery Identities (any literate level, group) - Short Lesson -- ritz
Write the names of famous people or places (or use animals or fruits for a simplified version) onto 3x5 cards. Attach a card to each learner's back. Give them time to mingle and ask each other ...

Word Association - Short Lesson -- ritz
The teacher starts the game by saying a word, such as "Hotel". For example: Teacher: Hotel Student A: Bed Student B: Room Student C: Service Student D: Food Student E: Restaurant Student F: Chinese ...

Twenty Questions - Short Lesson -- jp
Select an object in your mind and let the learners ask up to twenty questions to guess what it is. Trade places with the winner and let that learner select an object for the next round.

Find Someone Who - Short Lesson -- jp
Create a list of characteristics such as "likes chocolate," "has two children," or "can swim." There should be 10-15 items, and you can relate them to your lesson if you wish. Then let the learners ...

Storyline - Short Lesson -- jp
Divide into groups of 4-6 people. Give everyone a sheet of paper and ask them to write the first sentence of a story at the top of the page. It may begin "Once upon a time..." if they like. Then they ...

Telephone - Short Lesson -- jp
Divide the group into two teams and have them stand in single file lines. Whisper a somewhat complex sentence (according to their level) into the ear of the first person in each line. Make sure no ...

First Grade Lesson Plans - Seven Must Haves for Student Success -- Deanna M Schweitzer
Over the course of the school year, most students in first grade will develop the stamina to participate in more structured lessons for an increasingly longer period of time. It is amazing how much ...

ESL Classroom Activity for Vocabulary Practice - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
To get students to learn the many ESL vocabulary words that you will present in any given class you will need lots of different activities to change things up. This next activity has the students ...

YOU ARE THE TEACHER - Short Lesson -- re
Give each student a sentence to either correct or say that it is OK. Get each one to explain their sentence.

YES/NO 2 - Short Lesson -- re
One child thinks of an animal and the other children try to figure out what it is. The children take turns asking yes/no questions like, Do you have four legs? or Are you bigger than a dog? . If the ...

YES/NO 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Teachers ask students yes/no questions. In their answers, students must NOT use yes or no. Give a prize to the student who lasts the longest.

WORD SEARCH - Short Lesson -- re
Make a list of words and hide them in a grid of letters. Students must find the words. To make it more difficult, give the students the present tense and tell them to look for the past tense, for ...

WORDS AND PICTURES - Short Lesson -- re
Give each of the children one set of picture flashcards and one set of words which corresponds to the flashcards. Each child places a set of picture cards in a column in front of her. The written ...

WORD RACE - Short Lesson -- re
First student from each row comes to the board. Teacher calls out a letter. Students must write down all the words they can think of that begin with that letter. Teacher calls time s up after about ...

WORD INTO SENTENCE RACE - Short Lesson -- re
Each row is a team. Use words from the last few lessons and put them on cards. Give each row about 1 or 2 minutes. Show the first student of a row a card (e.g. write). That student has to say a ...

WHY? - Short Lesson -- re
Ask the students questions like: Why have you got ~~ in your bag? For example, the ~~ could be a monkey, an axe, Kocho-sensei. Students who come up with the best/most outrageous answers win a prize. ...

For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students - Lesson -- Joan Pougiales, Ph.D.
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order ...

WHO AM I? - Short Lesson -- re
A student stands at the front of the class facing the blackboard. A student in the class stands up and says, Good morning (name). Who am I? . The student at the front has to guess who said it. This ...

WHISTLE DICTATION - Short Lesson -- re
Select a passage that has a lot of whatever grammar point you want to focus on (e.g. adjectives). Dictate the passage. When you read, leave out the adjectives. Instead, whistle when there should be ...

WHICH PICTURE? - Short Lesson -- re
Give students a reading passage with 2 to 5 pictures on the bottom. Get them to read the passage then guess which picture goes with the passage.

WHAT S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? - Short Lesson -- re
Have two different copies of a picture. Label one picture as correct and one as incorrect. Arrange the students in pairs and give one student the correct version and the other the incorrect version. ...

What Is An Abstract Noun? - 7 Activities That Focus On Identifying Abstract Nouns -- Renee Goodrich
Abstract nouns refer to a state, concept or feeling and cannot be perceived by any of the five senses. If you want your students to be able to identify them then your students need to spend time ...

Halloween Theme Ideas - 20 Fun Halloween Activities For Your Students -- Renee Goodrich
Here are 20 Halloween activities to write on the board. They should keep your students very busy. Give them a few at a time or use them as activities to work through over a week. 1. Write 2 reasons ...

Preschool Alphabet Crafts - 40 Ways To Make Letters (Art) -- Renee Goodrich
Preschoolers can make temporary letters. Take a photo of these if you can. They can also make permanent letters which can be glued on to card. If the medium is heavier than paper use craft glue. Here ...

10 Handy Uses for Large Alphabet Letters in the Classroom -- Renee Goodrich
It is easy to find large alphabet stencils on the internet. That's good news because they are really useful in the classroom. Here are ten easy ideas. 1. GAME MARKERS Students gather where the ...

10 Lesson Ideas for Printable Alphabet Letters -- Renee Goodrich
It is easy to find printable alphabet letters on the internet. You can use fun or fancy alphabet letter styles for a range of alphabet focused activities. Here are 10 classroom uses for printable ...

Team Building Activities for Kids in the Classroom - Games, Activities, and Ideas for Classroom -- Takuya Hikichi
"Guide" (also known as Blind Obstacle Course) is played in small groups of 4 to 7 people. One child from each group is designated to be blindfolded and guided through an obstacle course by the rest ...

Halloween Classroom Activities -- Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Halloween classroom activities, you have wide choice of games and activities that you can use. You can incorporate Halloween activities into math lessons, writing lessons, art ...

ESL Reading Activity for Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
To check for understanding, after reading a story or a passage in an ESL class, students usually answer the questions that the textbook provides. This is not a bad thing, since the questions usually ...

Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love - Lesson -- Jennifer Dobson
Prompts are useful for many different kinds of writing exercises. You might choose to use a writing prompt as a daily warm-up activity. Writing prompts are also useful to have on hand for when ...

Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom - Activities -- Jennifer Dobson
If you celebrate each of your student's birthdays throughout the school year, you will likely run out of ideas before your students run out of birthdays. Here are some easy ways to help your ...

Back-to-School - Fun First Day Activities -- Jennifer Dobson
Sometimes it seems just as hard for teachers to head back to school at the end of the summer as it is for students. Ease into the school year by taking time to get to know each other before the work ...

WHAT S THIS? - Short Lesson -- re
Get an ordinary object, like a pen, and ask the students, What is this? The students will probably answer It s a pen. Then tell them that it s not, and mime what it really is. For example, pretend to ...

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? - Short Lesson -- re
This game is to be played in pairs. One person starts by saying an action: I m walking on stilts, what are you doing? The partner must then act out this action and at the same time, say another ...

WHAT AM I? - Short Lesson -- re
Students stand in a circle. Clip a picture to the back of each student they should not see their own picture. They must not tell each other what picture is on their backs. They must circulate and ask ...

WEATHER REPORTER - Short Lesson -- re
Make up map and weather possibilities, then do a weather report. Get the students to try.

VOTE - Short Lesson -- re
Rows of students work as a team. Each row is given three number cards (1,2,3). The teacher asks a question with three answers. Students guess which one is right as a group and place their group vote. ...

English ESL Classroom Grammar Activities - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
Learning English grammar can be a dry boring experience for ESL learners. Getting students to work together in interactive groups with a common goal will wake the class up on grammar teaching days. ...

TWENTY QUESTIONS - Short Lesson -- re
The teacher thinks of something and the students have 20 opportunities to ask the teacher a yes/no question to try to figure out what it is. The teacher can only say yes or no in response to the ...

TUMMY RUB, HEAD PAT - Game -- re
Try to pat your head with one hand while rubbing your stomach in circular motions with the other hand. [Edited by Administrator (admin) Sun, 26 Jun 2011, 10:30 AM]

TRUE OR FALSE - Short Lesson -- re
Make a quiz with true or false answers (or correct/incorrect) and test their grammar. Divide the class into groups and give each group a true card and a false card students vote for the answer.

TREASURE HUNT - Short Lesson -- re
Draw a treasure island map on a piece of paper then draw a grid (e.g. 4×4) on top of it. Reading and writing version: Hand out copies of the maps to each of the students, then dictate words or ...

TRANSLATION 4 - Short Lesson -- re
Prepare cards that have 5 English words on them or 5 Japanese (or the local language) words. In rows, students compete to finish the most translation cards. The first person in the row goes to the ...

TRANSLATION 3 - Short Lesson -- re
Keep a list of the new words and phrases that the students have learned so far in Japanese (or the local language) and English. Using each row as a team, I pit the first student of each row against ...

TRANSLATION 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Give students a page of something printed in Japanese (or the local language). Get them to translate any words that they can into English. Give them points for every word that they translate. TV ...

TRANSLATION 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Teacher says words in Japanese (or the local language) and students must translate them into English. Make it a race for points. 1 translation = one point.

TOUCH AND POINT - Short Lesson -- re
Call out an instruction, for example Touch this book . As you do so, touch or point to the object with the whole class until they get the idea. If there are not many objects which the children can ...

TIC TAC TOE - Short Lesson -- re
Divide the class into two teams and place some flashcards on the board in a square grid. The first child on one team points to any card and tries to say what it is, make a sentence about it, or ...

TANGLE - Short Lesson -- re
Everyone in a group stands in a circle with their eyes closed. Each person then extends an arm into the middle of the circle and grips whichever hand they come into contact with. When everyone has a ...

TAJIMA TOWN - Short Lesson -- re
Turn the classroom into a town with the desks representing different locations in the town. Make up signs to go on the desks. Get the students to direct other students around the room. Students can ...

Why Test Your Child's Letter Knowledge? -- Mary Bogin
Why Test Your Child's knowledge of the alphabet? Your child could be five years old or starting first grade. Maybe your child is in third grade, and hates his or her class and teachers are ...

Five First Steps for Teaching Art in the Classroom -- Mary Bogin
You now have your degree in teaching art, and you walk into the room of excited pre-teens, and have to get the job done in thirty minutes, maybe forty-five, if you are lucky. Here are five easy steps ...

Early Writing - Three Ways to Encourage Literacy Through Writing -- Mary Bogin
Early humans began writing with pictures of their lives on the walls of caves. We are visual. The human form seems to be stored in our minds from the memories of our ancestors. Universally, all ...

Teach Your Child to Read (Reading) -- Mary Bogin
Would you like to teach your child to read? You are very proud when your child begins to pick up books. You didn't get books at the baby shower, or did you? I have the methods to teach you how to ...

Interactive Reading Activity for ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
In your ESL class you will most likely have students reading out loud when you are covering a reading passage. One way to do this is to have students take turns reading one sentence or paragraph at a ...

SURVIVAL - Short Lesson -- re
This is a game to practise grammar structures. It is especially good to practise irregular verbs and tenses. Have all of the students practice the structure first. For example, if you want to review ...

SURVEY 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Bring in picture of famous people from Japan and around the world. Each student has one picture and a sheet with a space for the picture and a yes/no column. Students go around the room asking the ...

SURVEY 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Make a survey using what and who and when, and comparatives (bigger) and superlatives (biggest). Compile the results and make a graph for the class.

SUPERSTARS - Short Lesson -- re
Describe some person who all the children know (perhaps a singer, sports personality, or another student or teacher) using the pattern She s from I think she likes and . Then ask the child on your ...

STRIP STORY - Short Lesson -- re
Cut a passage into single sentence strips. Scramble the strips. Students work in pairs and try to put the sentences in the correct order. This game can also be played in teams. Make teams consisting ...

STORE - Short Lesson -- re
Open a pretend store in the classroom. If it is a restaurant, let the students place the orders etc.

STATUES - Short Lesson -- re
Play the traditional game of statues. All the children stand up and dance or move around to some lively music. When the music stops, they have to stand completely still or else they are eliminated ...

SPELLING SPRINT - Short Lesson -- re
Students come to the board, teacher calls out a word, first person to answer correctly scores a point for their team.

SPELLING GAME 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Each row is a team. Give each row a whole alphabet on cards, so each student gets about 3 or 4 cards. Shout out a word which does not have the same letter in it. Students spell out the word by ...

SPELLING GAME 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Each row is given all of the letters of the alphabet on cards. Teacher calls out a word (no double letters) and the students race to spell it. Can also be used with words and sentences.

SPELLING BEE - Short Lesson -- re
Students line up at the back and the front of the classroom. Each student is given a question. If they get it right, they go to the back of the line. If they get it wrong, they must sit down. The ...

SPEED READING - Short Lesson -- re
Students open their books to the reading and lay the books face down on their desks. The teacher asks a question 2 times. When everyone understands, the teacher says Go! and the students look at the ...

SPEECH CONTEST - Short Lesson -- re
Stage a pretend speech contest. Use two or three students as judges, and you or JTE as final judge. Have bronze, silver and gold prizes. For longer passages, have students work in teams to present a ...

SPACE RACE - Short Lesson -- re
Arrange flash cards on a table or on the floor in the shape of a race track. Insert cards to represent the sun and a black hole. Give each of the children a set of counters and one rocket (or ...

SONG: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - Short Lesson -- re
Students stand in a circle holding hands. The song goes like this: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (students walk seven steps in one direction) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (walk seven steps in the other direction) 2, 3 (clap ...

SNOWBALL - Short Lesson -- re
Hold a soft ball in front of you and say dramatically something like I want to go home! or I m going to eat a hamburger! . Throw the ball to one of the children, help her repeat what you say and ...

SIMON SAYS (SENSEI SAYS) - Short Lesson -- re
Students must follow the teacher s instructions. If the teacher says Sensei says before an instruction, the students must do whatever the sensei says. If the teacher doesn t say Sensei says first, ...

SHOW AND TELL - Short Lesson -- re
Students are asked to bring a photo or an object to class and describe it in front of the class. Good idea to say that they must use at least three sentences.

SHOUT - Short Lesson -- re
Introduce or review a set of flashcards by having students repeat them after you. Then divide the students into teams and ask the students to identify a card. The first person to identify the card ...

ESL Activities - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
Interactive Reading Activity for ESL Classroom In your ESL class you will most likely have students reading out loud when you are covering a reading passage. One way to do this is to have students ...

SHOPPING GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Divide the class into shopkeepers and shoppers. (You decide the balance.) Give shopkeepers a kind of shop (e.g. fishmonger) and a list of things to sell. They make up their own prices. Give shoppers ...

SHIRITORI - Short Lessons -- re
A student is given a word. The student must think of a word that begins with the same letter that the first word ended with i.e. hand > door > red > desk There is a time limit (e.g. 5 seconds). All ...

SENTENCE SCRAMBLE - Short Lesson -- re
Scramble up the words in a sentence. Students try to put the sentence back in the right order. Can be played as a whole class, in teams, or in pairs.

SENTENCE GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Each row is a team. Give each student in the row some cards that are a part of a sentence. Students have to make sentences. Award points according to the fastest. You may want to use sentences that ...

SENTENCE FORMATION - Short Lesson -- re
Write three words on the board (Masato/tall/family). Give the first person in each row a sheet of paper with the row s number on it. The first person writes one word, the next person writes the next ...

SECRET PEN FRIEND - Short Lesson -- re
Students are given the name of a classmate to whom they must write a letter. Students write the letter, describing themselves, but not signing their names. It will take at least one period to write ...

SECRET NUMBERS GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Students are assigned numbers randomly. The students say their numbers in front of the class and the other students try to remember everyone s numer. The students must try to keep their number a ...

SCISSORS, PAPER, ROCK - How to play tips and videos - Short Lesson -- re
(JANKENPON) Teach the students how to play this game in English. Finish with a prize. How to play: The players count aloud to three, or speak the name of the game (e.g. "Rock! Paper! Scissors!" or ...

ROW TAG - Short Lesson -- re
Two students form a row by holding hands. They run around a designated area where the student on one end of the row tries to tag another student. If tagged, that student joins onto the end of the row ...

ROW RELAY - Short Lesson -- re
Each row is given a sheet of paper. Teacher calls out a category and each student in the row must write one word that corresponds to the category (e.g. day of the week, animals, name in romaji). Can ...

ROW RACE 3 - Short Lesson -- re
All students remain seated. Place five picture cards (use any nouns covered so far) on the desk of the first student in each row. The first student picks up a card and asks a question about the card. ...

ROW RACE 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Show the first person in the first row a flash card. That student must say the word. Each student in her row must repeat the word. The last student gives the Japanese meaning as well. If any student ...

ROW RACE 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Students in front row stand up. Teacher asks them a question. If a student responds correctly, they get to sit down. When there is only one person left in the row, that person s column has to stand. ...

ROLL THE BLOCKS - Short Lesson -- re
Stick selected common nouns on the six sides of one block. On another block, stick verbs or pronouns, or articles. Each group has a set of these two blocks. Within a set time limit, they take turns ...

RINGO - Short Lesson -- re
Write a selection of about 15 random words or numbers on the board. Include difficult pairs, like 13 and 30. Have two students come to the board and stand facing it with chalk of a different colour. ...

RELAY GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Students are in six rows. Several reading cards are made up. Students have to read the card then pass it to the next person in the row. The person at the end of the row hands it across to the next ...

READING WORDS GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Two teams play against each other. Each team lines up in front of one of the teachers. The teams not in play should sit and watch the game being played. Each teacher holds ten cards. One of the ...

READ AND RUN - Short Lesson -- re
Practise sentence structure, question/answer drill and dialogue memorisation. Get students into pairs. Write on two separate sheets of paper, either questions on one and answers on another, all ...

READ AND DRAW - Short Lesson -- re
Read the passage and draw a picture. Or, read a passage and draw a comic strip to show the progression of the story. This can be the whole activity, or the final strip can be used to play further ...

RACE AGAINST TIME - Short Lesson -- re
Make a worksheet that has three types of problems. Divide the sheet into four parts. For example, if your three types of problems are Translation, Answer the Question, and Unscramble the Sentences, ...

QUIZ BOWL - Short Lesson -- re
Make up 60 or so questions based on material already covered. The questions can be comprehension questions, fill-in-the-blank, translation, etc. Divide the class into two teams. Give half of the ...

QUIZ - Short Lesson -- re
Give the students a pop quiz on contemporary culture, your country, the school, or vocabulary.

QUICKIE WORD GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Groups of students write down as many Christmas words as they can think of. Then, cross out words which the other groups have thought of. Group with the most words left wins. Other categories: ...

QUESTION WORDS - Short Lesson -- re
First, make sure the students know the meanings of basic question words: who, what when, where, and how. Then, make a sheet with 10 or so sentences that answer some of those questions. Below the ...

PSYCHIC - Short Lesson -- re
You must have two teachers for this game (which shouldn t be too hard to get). The first teacher is the psychic. That teacher leaves the room while the students give the other teacher a word for the ...

POSITIVE-NEGATIVE - Short Lesson -- re
RACE First student says I like X. I don t like Y. Next student says I like Y. I don t like Z. Go around the room. Time the whole class and race against the other classes, or time each row.

PLEASE - Short Lesson -- re
Give some instructions to the children (e.g. Please open your books. Please stand up. Please touch the door.). Mime or gesture to help them guess what to do. The children can then take turns giving ...

PICTURE ASSOCIATION - Short Lesson -- re
Draw various pictures that illustrate a Let s Read story. Review the story with the children. Then, divide the students into teams. Each team is given a copy of the pictures. The students must ...

PICTIONARY - Short Lesson -- re
To introduce this game, pick out a picture card that the students are familiar with. Don t show it to the students, but draw the object on the board and get the students to try to guess what it is. ...

PASS THE FLAG - Short Lesson -- re
Prepare a list of questions, give a flag to the first person in each row. The first person to raise his/her flag may answer the question. If the answer is correct, the student may pass the flag to ...

PAIR DICTATION - Short Lesson -- re
Post copies of a paragraph on the back wall. One member of each pair goes to a copy and remembers as much of it as possible. That student then dictates it to the partner. They continue as long as it ...

ONE UP ONE DOWN - Short Lesson -- re
The teacher starts by stating, One up, one down . Only the teacher knows that that refers to the position of the teacher s arms: one is holding his/her chin, the other is crossed against his/her ...

NUMBERS CHAIN - Short Lesson -- re
Assign every student a number. One student starts by saying her number and then says another number. For example, Three Twenty-seven . The Twenty-seven refers to one of the other students in the ...

NUMBERS 3 - Short Lesson -- re
Let the children make groups, the number of children in each group corresponding to the number card held by one child in the group. For example, a child holding an 8-card, must find seven other ...

NUMBERS 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Have the students make a circle, sitting down, and hand out cards with the numbers you want to teach the children. Every child need not necessarily have a number. Sit in the circle and call number 1, ...

NUMBERS 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Use flashcards to teach any group of numbers. Practise counting forwards, then backwards, then by 2s, or 4s, etc.

Icebreakers - Lifeline - - Short Lesson -- le
Provide each person with a large sheet of paper and a marker or pen. Have them write their name and create their "lifeline" on the sheet - drawing or writing significant events in their life from ...

Icebreakers - scavenger hunt with example - - Short Lesson -- le
Find someone who: - is left handed - plays a musical instrument - loves dogs - wears contacts

Learn your students' names - Play a name game - Tips -- jin
Ask students to tell you their names and one personal detail about themselves (e.g. “I have two cats” or “I play the flute and the cello”; as each person says his or her name, you as the ...

Learn your students' names - Take a picture of students as they are seated - Tips -- jin
(and ask them to keep these seats for the first few classes) and write in their names next to their images. (This should only be used with the express permission of ALL students in the class.)

Learn your students' names - Use a seating chart for the first few classes - Tips -- jin
Ask students to sit in the same place for a few classes o help you learn their names more quickly.

Learn your students' names - Use name tents - Tips -- jin
Ask students to write their names on a folded index card on their desks for the first few classes.

Icebreakers - Biography Bingo - Short Lesson -- choi
Create a bingo sheet based on discovering information about your classmates and information about the course material. Students must move around the room and ask questions of their classmates to ...

Icebreakers - What do you already know on the topic? - Short Lesson -- choi
Ask students (in groups or pairs) to jot down the most important thing they already know on the topic that the group will be exploring. Then each student will read out his or her idea, and each idea ...

Icebreakers - Pack your suitcase - Short Lesson -- choi
Ask students to make a list of 10 things they would pack up in the event of a disaster, or going off for a whole year to another country that is far away. ‘Things’ packed do not literally have to ...

Icebreakers - What's in a name? - Short Lesson -- choi
Ask everyone to say their (preferred) name, and ask them to give at least one piece of information on why they were called this name (or some interesting feature of their name, such as a different ...

Icebreakers - Interview your neighbour - Short Lesson -- choi
Have students work in pairs to interview each other for a few minutes. They can take notes about their interview partners that will be reported in a summary to the rest of the group. The interview ...

Perfect game to learn each other's names - Cross Circle - Short Lesson -- yi
Everyone in a circle. One person (A) starts by calling another person's name (B). At that point, A starts walking towards B. Before A gets to B, B needs to call another name (C), so B frees her ...

Icebreakers - THEM AGAINST YOU - Lesson -- yi
On the first day of school challenge the students to a competition. Who can remember the most about the other. 1) The students start, taking turns they each stand up and tell at least 5 facts about ...

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CLASSMATES - Short Lesson -- yi
Materials: two rolls of toilet paper (perforated, so it's easy to tear) 1.Have all the students sit at their desk, without talking. 2.Take out two rolls of TP and tell the students to "Take as ...

NUMBER GROUPS - Short Lesson -- re
The students walk around a designated area. The teacher calls out a number and students have to make a group according to the number called out. If a student cannot get into a group, then they stand ...

MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD - Short Lesson -- re
Prepare a tape with bits of songs from near and far. Get students to guess where the music is from, or what language a song is being sung in. Can be made into a quiz or team competition. Also, can be ...

MULTIPLE CHOICE - Short Lesson -- re
Make up a test with multiple choice answers. Test their understanding of the grammatical structure that you are working on. Offer several incorrect English sentences as options.

MIDNIGHT - Short Lesson -- re
The students stand in a circle and number off from 1 to 5. The teacher calls out a number. The students who are that number run around the circle and into the middle to touch something. The first ...

MEMORY GAME 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Each row is a team. Select a grammar point to practise. The first student in each row must make a sentence using this grammar point and a topic (e.g. I like and food ). The first student might say, I ...

MEMORY GAME 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Divide the class into 6 groups. Give each group a pattern to practise and get them to fill in their own answers. For example. Group 1 might have to practise and memorize I get up at Each member of ...

MADLIBS - Short Lesson -- re
This is a cloze activity where students must fill in the blanks of a storyline. The crazier the better. An example of this activity could be: This morning, I saw a _____________. It was __________. ...

LEARNING TO DANCE - Activities -- re
You need a large tarp or a large sheet of plastic, a tarp that you d take camping works best, and you d always have it for the day when there s 15 minutes left of the class and your teacher says OK, ...

LADDER - Short Lesson -- re
Students get in two lines facing each other. Both lines must contain the same number of people. The students then sit down, pairing up with the person who is in the same position in the other line. ...

KIMBERLY S GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Spread out a number of flashcards or real objects. Have students repeat after you as you name each one. Then, cover all the cards or objects. The students must write down what they saw. Or, take one ...

KENDO - Short Lesson -- re
Review the names of the parts of the body. Get a student to draw pictures of people with all of the parts studied. Using wrapping paper rolls, students must hit the drawing on the spot that you call ...

KATAKANA READING - Short Lesson -- re
Read a passage pronouncing some of the words as if they were written in katakana. Give students a copy of the passage and ask them to circle words that were pronounced incorrectly. Assign points for ...

KARUTA 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Spread some flashcards on the table or floor. The children put their hands on their heads. When you call out a card, they try to touch or slap their hands on it. The successful child says what the ...

KARUTA (SNAP) 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Most Japanese children already know this game. It s a great way to introduce new vocabulary, in that it only requires recognition or even partial recognition of the new material. First spread out ...

JANKEN SHOULDER RACE - Short Lesson -- re
Students get into pairs and stand up. When the teacher says start , each pair jankens. The loser must say something in English or ask a question. Then, the loser must hold onto the winner s shoulder. ...

JANKEN QUESTION GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Give each student five playing cards. Each playing card is a grid with five names down the side and five actions on the top (e.g. James, Hannah, Gail, Peter, Sanjit and wash the dishes, clear the ...

INTERVIEW 3 - Short Lesson -- re
Write the names of famous people or the names of countries on the backs of a set of cards. Shuffle these interview cards and place them on a pile face down on the table or floor. Each child takes ...

INTERVIEW 2 - Short Lesson -- re
JTE and ALT dress up and act out a TV interview. Students must listen and take notes. Quiz at the end.

INTERVIEW 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Can be used with any grammar point. Make up a list of questions that the students must ask each other. Leave a blank space after each question so the students can insert the name of the person who ...

INTERRUPTIONS - Short Lesson -- re
Give the students instructions like Clap when you hear a word that starts with S. Snap your fingers when you hear the EEE sound. Stand up when you hear the end of sentence. Then read through a ...

INSTRUCTIONS - Short Lesson -- re
One person stands at the blackboard with their back to the class. The other students can see a picture. The other students give instructions to the person at the blackboard. Compare the picture with ...

INDIANA JONES GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Draw 2 cliffs, and a river with two crocodiles. Name the crocodiles after the teachers. Draw Team A on one cliff and Team B on the other. They want to cross the river. It s too far to jump (show ...

HOW TO - Short Lesson -- re
Take the instructions for doing something simple (making toast, doing the dishes, etc.). Cut the instructions up. Students have to put the instructions in the right order. Don t forget to include ...

HOW MANY THINGS - Short Lesson -- re
Students have to write down as many things as they can that fit the description you give. For example, How many things can you think of that are bigger than you? Other categories: are round, are long ...

HIDDEN CARDS - Short Lesson -- re
Hide vocabulary flash cards around the room (the game can also be played outside), making sure that they are all clearly in, on, or under something. Tell the children how many cards have been hidden. ...

HALF AND HALF - Short Lesson -- re
Students are given half of a sentence and have to find the person with the other half. Can be used with boring dialogues. Students must go to front of class and arrange themselves in order. Then they ...

HANDS DOWN - Short Lesson -- re
This game can be played on the ground, on a table, anywhere that is flat and big enough to fit all of your buddies. Everyone intertwines their hands, palms facing downwards and you are all in a ...

GUESS THE COLUMN - Short Lesson -- re
Students play in pairs. Each student has a sheet of paper with a grid on it. The columns are labelled A, B, C, D, etc. The row contain various possibilities and some repetitions. For example, one row ...

GRAMMAR GAMBLE 2 - Short Lesson -- re
The teacher writes a sentence on the board. Students, in teams, decide whether the sentence is Correct (C) or Incorrect (I) and hold up the appropriate letter on a pre-made card. The teams who raised ...

GRAMMAR GAMBLE 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Make a list of sentence pairs. The sentences can be either correct or incorrect (grammatically). Students get into teams. Give each team voting cards. XX means both sentences are wrong. OO means both ...

GO TO SLEEP - Short Lesson -- re
Divide the class into groups. Let students decide their order within the group (1 to 6). The students in each group put their heads down except for the number ones. Think of a sentence and write one ...

GIVE ME - Short Lesson -- re
Like show me. Students must give you the objects that you ask for. Can be played as row race or by the whole class at once.

FRUIT BASKET - Short Lesson -- re
Make a big circle with chairs. Write 4 or 5 fruits on the blackboard. Practise pronunciation then give each student the name of a fruit. The teacher calls out a name (e.g. apple). All the apples must ...

FORTUNE TELLER - Short Lesson -- re
(in progress) Instructions:(make the origami fortune teller, then use it for whatever in class)

FIZZ BUZZ - Short Lesson -- re
The first student in a row starts counting with one , the next student says two , the next three , etc. The number seven is unlucky, so no one is allowed to say it. Whenever seven should be said, ...

FIND SOMEONE WHO - Short Lesson -- re
Make a list of qualities or actions, etc. Students must find someone who fits those qualities someone who likes natto. i.e. Find

FIND YOUR PARTNER - Short Lesson -- re
Prepare a set of cards with different names, occupations, friends names, and likes and dislikes. For example, one card might say My name is Yumi. My friend is Chikako. I work at a university. I like ...

FIND YOUR MATCH - Short Lesson -- re
Divide the class into two teams. Give one team Vocabulary cards and the other team Japanese Meaning cards so that one card goes to each student. When the teacher says start students from one team try ...

FIND YOUR GROUP - Short Lesson -- re
Every student is given a card with some information on it. Students have to ask each other questions to find out who belongs in the same group as they do. For example, if a card says, high school ...

FIND THE MISTAKES - Short Lesson -- re
Working in pairs, one student has a copy of a passage and the other student has a copy with factual errors. These copies are identifies as correct or not. The student with the correct version reads ...

FILL IN THE GRID - Short Lesson -- re
Draw a grid with the names of countries down one side and verbs across the top e.g. Canada, Italy, Japan, India, UK and play, speak, eat, study, use. Then fill in the middle with appropriate answers ...

FAMILY TREES - Short Lesson -- re
This activity can be used to introduce members of the family (Mike is my brother), review possessive adjectives (shoyuukaku), and the possessive s . Draw your own family tree and explain its history. ...

EXPLANARY - Short Lesson -- re
Show the students several flashcards that they are familiar with. Tell them to try to remember the cards. Then, shuffle the cards and start describing the top card without showing it to the students. ...

ERASE A SENTENCE - Short Lesson -- re
Write a target sentence on the board. Read the sentence and ask the students to repeat it. Have all of the students stand up. Erase one word from the sentence. Have a student from the first row try ...

ERASE A DIALOGUE - Short Lesson -- re
Model the dialogue or key sentence. Write it on the board. Read it line-by-line and have the students repeat it. Practise then erase a part of it. Have the students repeat replacing the erased bit. ...

DROP THE HANKY - Short Lesson -- re
Make a circle and sit down. One person is IT and has the hanky (handkerchief). She walks around the outside of the circle and drops the handkerchief behind someone. As soon as that person realizes ...

DICTIONARY ADVICE - Short Lesson -- re
Using one or more English dictionaries, present some common problems, such as: not enough money, relating to a difficult person, the future, etc. After the class picks a problem, you open the ...

DICE GAME - Short Lesson -- re
Make dice (saikoro) about 10cm x 10cm or larger. Go through the numbers with the students. I explain eleven (7-11) and twelve (difficult) for 5th and 6th graders. I play boys vs. girls in a line. The ...

COUNTING CARDS - Short Lesson -- re
Use about 20 flashcards. Have a student say a number between one and twenty. Then start reading the flashcards. If the number is 7? for example, stop and do something special on the seventh card and ...

CONCENTRATION 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Magnetic cards are put on the board with blank backs. The cards are arranged in pairs so that English words match Japanese words. Students must turn over the cards until they find a match. If they ...

CONCENTRATION 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Chant Concentration, concentration now begins! . Select a category. Students must say a member of that category within a time limit (usually within four handclaps).

COLOURS AND ALPHABET - Short Lesson -- re
Draw up an alphabet chart. Each letter is a different colour, but stick with about 5 colours. Review these colours, then say the alphabet. Then, tell them from now on, they must clap on the colour ...

COLLECTION - Short Lesson -- re
Collect one thing from every student and put it into a bag. Get students to close their eyes and take things out of the bag one by one. Students go one by one and ask each other Is this your ? They ...

CLOZE - Short Lesson -- re
Make two copies of a passage, each with (different) words missing. Blanks identify the missing words. The students read the passage aloud together to fill in the missing parts. Alternately, the ...

CIRCLE MIME - Short Lesson -- re
The children sit in a circle. One child stands in the centre and mimes an occupation/animal, etc. The other children try to guess what she is miming by asking, Are you ? The rules of the game are as ...

CHUNK READING - Short Lesson -- re
Good for all levels, but first years in particular really get into it. The AET reads the text at a certain pace. At various stages, the JTE raises his/her hand and the students mark with a pencil the ...

CHARADES - Short Lesson -- re
It s usually best to introduce this game after playing Pictionary a few times. This game works well for verbs. Students pick out a verb card then they act out the verb. The other students try to ...

CAR RACE - Short Lesson -- re
Place some flashcards end to end to resemble a race track. Include two or three brightly coloured blank cards in the track and place a starting and finishing line at a convenient part of the track. ...

CARD GAMES - Short Lesson -- re
Adapt any card games you know to a grammar point. E.g. Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Speed, etc. Also, these games can be taught to an English club.

BULLRUSH (BRITISH BULLDOG) - Short Lesson -- re
The students stand at one end of the gym. There are one or two students in the middle of the gym. A student in the middle calls out the name of one of the students at the end. That student has to run ...

BROKEN TELEPHONE - Short Lesson -- re
Someone whispers something to a student. Message must travel through the class. Last person says what s/he hears.

BOP, BOPPITY, BOP - Short Lesson -- re
Students sit in a circle. One student goes in the middle. The person in the middle must approach one of the people in the centre and say either bop or bop, bippity, bop, bop, bop . If the person in ...

BOGGLE 4X4 - Short Lesson -- re
BOGGLE 4X4 grid with letters. Students try to make words out of the connecting letters in any direction (as long as the letters are in fact touching one another).

BOARD GAMES - Short Lesson -- re
Make up a board game for any grammar point. Model the game after a well-known game, such as Snakes (chutes) and Ladders, or make your own. Have squares for missing a turn, getting an extra turn, ...

BLINDFOLD - Short Lesson -- re
One of the children is blindfolded and counts to ten. While she is counting, the other children can move around the room. The blindfolded child can also move. (If the room is large or the game is ...

BINGO WITH NAMES - Short Lesson -- re
Prepare a bingo grid with a question and YES/NO written in each square. For example, Do you like to swim? , Are you a good baseball player? , or whatever target sentence you are currently studying. ...

BINGO - Short Lesson -- re
The game board can be any size as long as it is square (3X3, 4X4, etc.). If you are teaching elementary school children the alphabet, use a 5 x 5 grid, which allows the children to fill in almost ...

BATTLESHIP - Short Lesson -- re
Students get into pairs facing one another. Each student gets a game sheet. The game sheet includes two grids. One grid is for the students to place his battleships on. The other grid is for the ...

BASEBALL 3 - Short Lesson -- re
Draw a baseball diamond on a piece of paper and place a pile of flashcards in the middle of it. Divide the children into two teams and give each team some counters. The team takes turns at bat. The ...

BASEBALL 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Draw a baseball diamond and a score board on the board. Students, in turn, are at bat and choose how difficult a question to attempt: a single, double, triple, or homerun. If a student answers ...

BASEBALL 1 - Short Lesson -- re
The class is divided into two teams. Four chairs are placed in the shape of a baseball diamond. The AET/JTE proceeds to ask each team member a question which must be answered in a complete sentence. ...

BACK WRITING 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Each row is a team. The last person in each row comes up to the teacher s desk and looks at a flash card. When all students have returned to their seats, the teacher says Start! and the game begins. ...

BACK WRITING 1 - Short Lesson -- re
After reading a text, each student selects about 5 new, difficult or unusual words. In pairs, they write the words one at a time (with their fingers) on their partners backs. The partner guesses the ...

BACK TO BACK - Short Lesson -- re
Teams of two stand back to back and hook their arms around each other s arms. Race to a marker and then back to the starting line giving both the chance to run forward and backwards once.

ANYTHING GOES - Short Lesson -- re
Students try to come up with as many different answers to one question as they can. The teacher asks something like, How many fingers do you have? . The first student will probably say, I have ten ...

ANAGRAMS (WORD SCRAMBLES) 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Mix up vocabulary words and get the students to unscramble them. Can be played in teams, in pairs, or with the whole class. The team who can unscramble the word (i.e. say it in English) and give its ...

ALT S APARTMENT - Short Lesson -- re
Draw an empty apartment on the board. Have students try to guess the contents. Draw them in as they name them. For example, the students could ask, Is there a chair?.

ALPHABET 4 - Short Lesson -- re
Make two sets of alphabet cards, each letter about half the size of B4. Divide the class into two. Distribute the two sets of cards amongst the students. Some of the students may get two cards. The ...

ALPHABET 3 - Short Lesson -- re
Use sets of alphabet cards. Make groups of 5 students. In the classroom, clear the desks to the side. The students must make an alphabet line, card to card, from A to Z. Can use to check recognition ...

ALPHABET 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Use chalk as a baton. Arrange teams behind a line before the blackboard. The first student writes A in her/her team s designated space, then passes the chalk to the next student. The fastest team ...

ALPHABET 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Use big cards. Go through the alphabet once in order then mix them up. Introduce the pronunciation of B and V, M and N, and L and R carefully.

ADJECTIVES 2 - Short Lesson -- re
Choose some advertisements with big print and not too much writing on them. Number them clearly. Black out two adjectives from each and make a list of the missing words. Before the lesson, post the ...

ADJECTIVES 1 - Short Lesson -- re
Write down three adjectives and ask pairs of students to write down as many things they can think of that all three adjectives apply to. For example, big, cold, beautiful might apply to snowman, ...

A-B PAIRWORK - Short Lesson -- re
Student A is given half of the information and Student B is given the other half. Students have to work together and ask each other questions to fill in the missing information on each of their ...

A and AN - Short Lesson -- re
Draw a large a and a large an on separate pieces of paper. It is best if these words are written inside amusing animal shapes. Divide the class into two teams. The first child from each team puts ...

Find It Fast - Short Lesson -- jin
Find It Fast is a review game that can be played by all students in the classroom. When the teacher or leader asks a question, students race to the board and write down the answer to the question. ...

Vocabulary Beat - Short Lesson -- jin
A way to teach students how to remember new words and meanings is by using them with beats and rhythms from popular songs and commercials. If you are playing this game for the first time, give ...

Scavenger Hunt - Short Lesson -- jin
A fun way to introduce a new vocabulary word is to turn the word into a mystery. Introduce the word to the students by writing it on the board or overhead, but do not give them the definition. ...

Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson -- jin
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters. ...

Unscrambling - Short Lesson -- jin
Play a game of "Unscrambling" to enrich vocabulary in particular categories, such as animals, transportation, fashion, sports, or media. For example, list four short, scrambled animal names, ...

The Prefix Relays - Short Lesson -- jin
Challenge students to a session of "The Prefix Relays." After presenting six prefixes, let students put the lesson to the test. Divide them into two relay teams. Provide each team with a pile of root ...

Grammar game - Short Lesson -- jin
Show students how English words often derive from other languages; explain that those words are called cognates. Play a guessing game by writing an assortment of foreign language words on the board ...

Synonym Standoff - Short Lesson -- jin
Play to increase vocabulary while learning to use a thesaurus. Have students draw pictures of simple objects like cats or houses. Then pair students and have them challenge each other to describe the ...

Disappearing Vowels - Short Lesson -- jin
A game that involves matching, spelling and increasing vocabulary. Make up a list of vocabulary words in one column, and leave out the vowels in each of these words. In the opposite list, and in a ...

Find Someone Who... - Short Lesson -- jin
"Find Someone Who..." helps ESL students practice asking and answering questions. Use this English game for high school students as an ice breaker on the first day of class, or as a regular lesson ...

Scattergories - Short Lesson -- jin
Scattergories is a game published by Milton Bradley. You do not need to buy this game to play it in your ESL classroom. This English game for high school students works well for large or small ...

Jeopardy - Short Lesson -- jin
This English game for high school students, based on the classic television show Jeopardy, helps them practice both listening and speaking. It's great for large or small classes, and dividing the ...

Email Game - Short Lesson -- jin
Emails play a vital role in today's business world. Most students feel more comfortable writing business English than speaking it, yet they still need pointers on how to clearly write emails. ...

News Game - Short Lesson -- jin
In the business world, keeping abreast on the most up-to-date business stories is very important. Print out several current news stories that relate to a particular business field appropriate for ...

Telephone Game - Short Lesson -- jin
Many ESL students have difficulty polishing their telephone skills. Even advanced ESL students have a hard time concentrating on their business English skills on the telephone. One way to practice ...

Computer Games - Short Lesson -- jin
Computer games may be made with English learning in mind, or may have features that play to that effect. Popcap Games produces Bookworm, a game in which a user must construct English words from ...

Board and Card Games - Short Lesson -- jin
There are board games and card games designed specifically for English language training. The most common feature of these games is that they require identification of an object and its associated ...

Vocabulary Games - Short Lesson -- jin
There are many options with vocabulary games. The most common form is the crossword puzzle. You can use the puzzle to help new English speakers figure out the meaning of words based on clues either ...

Spectacular Sound Bingo - Short Lesson -- jin
Spectacular Sound Bingo, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features the characters from the television show 'Super Why.' Students may choose from three difficulty levels, including ...

Elmo Rhymes - Short Lesson -- jin
Elmo Rhymes, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features Elmo and other colorful images. Users are shown one object and asked to select any additional object whose name rhymes with that word. ...

Alphabet Soup - Short Lesson -- jin
Alphabet Soup, a free online game provided by PBS Kids, features characters from the television show 'Between the Lions.' Users are provided a sample sentence with a missing word, and once ...

20 questions, the secret pick - Short Lesson -- jin
Line up objects in front of the children. Say, "One of these things is my secret thing! You can ask me questions, and I'll answer yes or no to help you figure out which thing is my secret thing." ...

Simon Says - Short Lesson -- jin
Simon Says can get high school and adult students giggling as they try to follow the commands, learning verbs and body parts. Simon may tell the students, "Touch your nose." He could also say, "Touch ...

What's Missing? - Short Lesson -- jin
Arrange several objects in a line in front of a group of children, naming each one as you place it in the row. Have the children repeat the name of each object. Then cover the objects with a cloth. ...

Acting Out Verbs - Short Lesson -- jin
Act out certain verbs every time you repeat them in class, or play "The Verb Game" by saying a list of verbs quickly while the students act out each one. How fast can everyone go?

The WHAT? game - Short Lesson -- jin
Sit in a circle with the students holding an object that you want the children to be able to identify by name. Hand the object to the child on your right (whom you have already prepared) or to ...

Grammar Games - Short Lesson -- jin
Play grammar games with ESL students to promote their own learning. Buck suggests playing whole group games, in which you take a ball and start with a verb in its full form, like To Be. Then, throw ...

English Coversation Games - Short Lesson -- jin
Play English conversation games to help students learn English at a faster rate. Assign students to a group, and give each of them a part to play. Then, give each student a goal, and ask them to ...

How Do You Structure an English Language Lesson? Tips -- Sarah Handsworth
There is no simple answer to this question but this article will describe a typical journey through a lesson that is often used. The journey is aimed to take the student through an introduction and ...

Blank Lesson Plan Templates - How to Make Your Own - Tips -- Renee Goodrich
Blank lesson plan templates help you quickly and easily create a lesson. You can take an idea for a lesson and transform it into a well planned activity when you place it in a template. The template ...

Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. - Tips -- Renee Goodrich
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. Identifying these mistakes and practicing ways to avoid them is a powerful way to prepare. What mistakes ...

Camping Themed Lesson Plans -- Renee Goodrich
Try these 20 camping theme activities with your students. 1) How many words can you make out of the word camping? (eg. pan, map) 2) Unscramble these three words: ihsfgni - mpfrieca - otcrh 3) Put ...

Reading Goals for First Graders - Tips -- Celia Webb
The reading goals for each grade level guide the teacher's efforts as they work with your child. If you know what those goals are, you can supplement the in-class instruction with home activities ...

Reading Goals for Third Graders - Tips -- Celia Webb
At the third grade level, teachers are shifting their emphasis from some of the mechanics of reading-related skills to the conceptual skills related to reading. Children are being stretched to think ...

Reading Goals for Second Graders - Tips -- Celia Webb
At the second grade level, readers are starting to become more able to work on their own. They are exploring the use of the written word and know where to find answers to questions they might have ...

Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom - Activities -- Jen Dobson
Let's admit it: the last place any kid wants to be on her birthday is at school. But there are ways to make the day fun for the birthday child - while getting some lessons done in the process. ...

Esl Teaching - Games For Successful Teachers - Short Lesson -- Dan Sarle
If you have ever experienced teaching English as a second language to children then you know how difficult it can be at times to hold their attention. A possible solution to the problem is to run a ...

How To Play Seven Up (Video) - Short Lesson -- yun
classroom games

Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson -- yi
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters. ...

Board and Card Games - Short Lesson -- yi
Board games and card games can be an ideal way to support English language-learners, especially when used as centers or stations. Set up games that require verbal questions and answers such as Guess ...

Concentration - Short Lesson -- yi
The game of concentration involves using focus to create sentences out of isolated words. This game is a wonderful way to take a break from tedious worksheets. You can have the students play in ...

Tic-Tac Toe - Short Lesson -- yi
Create a traditional tic-tac-toe table. You can create this table on the board where you conduct most of your teaching. You can also be creative by using materials like colored cloth to create a ...

Whisper Circle - Short Lesson -- yi
Whisper Circle is a fun game that will also depend on group compatibility. First, align your students into groups. Each group should have at least seven but no more than 10 people. Choose a leader ...

The Ball Relay Race For Kids - Short Lesson -- yi
Another relay game that is perfect for a party outdoors is the Ball Relay. For this game you are going to need a lot of balls. Get small, medium and large balls, golf, ping pong, soccer, softball, ...

Chopstick pass - Short Lesson -- yi
Sometimes at the dinner table, kids get anxious for things to start. This game is a simple game to make dinner table wait times go by fast and with fun. For this game each child needs a set of ...

Vocabulary Ball - Short Lesson -- gh
Instead of sitting inside and learning building vocabulary skills or memorizing facts, play a game of fact dodge ball. The kicker has to answer a question or spell out a vocabulary word before ...

Name that Tune Foreign Style - Short Lesson -- gh
Create a musical trip around the world to enjoy during English or foreign language class by playing Name that Tune Foreign Language Edition. Before playing with high school students, make a CD with ...

Game for students. Contact Points - Short Lesson -- gh
Divide up into groups of three or four. A low number is called and that is the exact number of body parts per group allowed to touch the ground. For example, in a group of three, if "Three" was ...

Game for students. Rock-Paper-Scissors Tag - Short Lesson -- gh
The group divides up in to two teams, one on each end of the playing area in their "safety zone." Each team takes 15 seconds to decide on rock, paper, or scissors for that round, then they meet at ...

Game for students. Shoe-Pile Relay Race - Short Lesson -- gh
Everyone takes off their shoes and puts them in a big pile, then forms two lines about 10 feet away. At "Go," the first persons in each line race to the shoe pile and must find their shoes and put ...

Game for students. Coin-Flip Relay - Short Lesson -- gh
Form two lines with everyone holding hands to either side of you. Flip a coin where the lead persons in each line can see the outcome. If it is "heads," the line-leaders must squeeze the next ...

Game for students. Tangle - Short Lesson -- gh
Use one large group or multiple smaller groups. Groups form a circle, facing in, and reach across to join right hands with another person. Then they all join left hands with a different person. The ...

5 Free Games to Entertain the Kids When Traveling by Car - Activities -- Mandy Ferry
When you are planning a big trip by car, you need to consider how you will entertain the kids. Sure a portion of the trip may be ruled out with sleeping (if you are lucky), your kids will no doubt be ...

Fun Games For Kids Birthday Parties (Party) -- Jillian Gallo
Fun games to use at your next kids birthday party are right here. Just choose some of these titles and twist them a little bit. Make them match your unique party theme. For example, Simon Says can ...

ESL game: Pass the parcel - Short Lesson -- jt
Pass the parcel is a popular British children's party game in which a parcel is passed from person to person around a circle, somewhat similar in its logistics to musical chairs. In preparation ...

ESL game: Word chain - Short Lesson -- jt
Word chain, also known as Grab on Behind, Last and First, and Alpha and Omega, is a word game in which players come up with words that begin with the letter or letters that the previous word ended ...

ESL game for children: What's the time, Mr Wolf? - Short Lesson -- jt
One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf (the name usually remains "Mr Wolf" irrespective of the gender of the player). Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players, ...

How to Make English Crossword Puzzles - Lesson -- Alexander Golishev
Hey teachers of English! Would you like to have a chance to keep your students busy at any given time during the class? Why not use thematic crossword puzzles which are both fun to do and extremely ...

Who's missing: classroom game - Short Lesson -- jt
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats ...

Spelling Games With Index Cards - Lesson -- Jessica Gerald
Whether you homeschool your children, or you just want a fun way to get them to practice their spelling words for the week, here are three games to make with index cards. They work best with ...

How to play the game 7up - Short Lesson -- jt
You get a group of people. Most sit down while a few stand up and are "it" I guess you would say. The ones standing tell the other players "Heads down, thumbs up" While the players who are sitting ...

Sudoku game - Short Lesson -- ye
The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the grid (also called "boxes", "blocks", "regions", or "sub-squares") ...

Classroom game: uno card game. How to play - Lesson -- ye
The deck consists of cards of 4 colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. The ranks in each color are 0-9. There are 3 "action" cards in each color, labeled "skip", "draw two", and "reverse". There are ...

Games that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names - Short Lesson -- jt
The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name (ex: Crazy Chris). They go around the room saying each person in front of them-the first ...

Weather Forecast - Lesson + quiz -- Elite Hussar
The Story While we were sailing, my friend tuned in to listen to the weather forecast on a local radio station. Over the airwaves, there was a pause and an audible shuffling of papers, followed by a ...

Vacuum Cleaner - Lesson + quiz -- Elite Hussar
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over ...

Book Sale - Lesson + quiz -- Elite Hussar
The Story "I may want to read it again one day" is the reason why my husband keeps every book he reads. Over 25 years most of them, never opened again after the first reading, have accumulated in our ...

Anniversary-birthday Card - Lesson + quiz -- Elite Hussar
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ...

Game for the class and prize - Short Lesson -- jt
Monopoly board game and prize, candy bars. Board games are a fun and interesting way to learn new material and review lessons in almost any subject.

Games which involves question and answers prize - Short Lesson -- jt
Do games that could get everyone involve in a single trial... ie try games as jeopardy!

How to follow directions lesson for kids - Short Lesson -- jt
There's a simple exercise I've used called "obstacles." I ask for two volunteers. One child is blindfolded and the other is not. The one with the blindfold stands at a starting place in the ...

Lesson to teach an English Class - Short Lesson -- jt
You could try making a short "jeopardy" type game, or a jigsaw type activity in which you hand out pieces of the text, or written questions and answers and they move around the room to match up. At ...

Lesson that will teach kids the difference between wet and dry - Short Lesson -- jt
We went through various items like sponges, toys, and even their hands. We showed that when the object is in liquid it is more slippery, and sometimes colder. To show dry we did the opposite.

Using polite expressions: class ideas for teachers - Short Lesson -- Ted
You could have the class brainstorm a list of polite words or expressions (please, may I, etc.). You could give the kids scenarios and they would have to act them out with each other as a way to ...

Lesson ideas, activities for ESL teachers -- Ted
You can do several things with parts of speech, you just have to modify it for the students' levels. Sorting activities are a good ESL activity, especially if you can pair a picture with the ...

Classroom Game: mine sweeper (2) - Short Lesson -- jt
Take 25 sheets of paper and arrange them in a 5 x 5 grid. On one side, write a risk like "expand into a new sector" or "take out a loan to improve cash flow" or "do nothing". On the other side, write ...

A vocabulary game - Short Lesson -- jt
Are you teaching a "definition" too? If so, write each word on a separate index card and each definition on a separate card. Pass them out, then the kids to could "walk around" and find their ...

Introduction game for students (1) - Short Lesson -- jt
While students are sitting on desktops or standing in a circle, the teacher tosses a ball to a student who then introduces himself and tells his favorite game or activity. He then tosses the ball to ...

Classroom Game: Scavenger hunt (variation) - Short Lesson -- sam
A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually ...

Game for students to know each other: Scavenger hunt - Short Lesson -- sam
Give everyone a list of items and make them ask other classmates if they have something that fits the list. The list could either be innocuous items, e.g. who has a student id or wearing a casio ...

Classroom game: Sparkle - Short Lesson -- tl
1. get in a circle 2. Start with first person 3. Each person says a letter of the word 4. when the word is finished the person says sparkle, and the guy next to him is out 5. ALso if you are wrong ...

classroom game (4) - Short Lesson -- sam
Split the class into two teams, divid the the white board or chalk board into 2 groups. then you put to people up at the board from each team and ask them a question. who ever writes the answer ...

classroom game (3) - Short Lesson -- sam
Got this idea from Hocus Focus- from the newspapers, usually near the Comics section: Get two or three students to go in front of the class. There will be a "before and after" comparison. For the ...

Classroom game (2) - Short Lesson -- jt
Have everyone write on a piece of paper something that describes them, then ball it up and wait until everyone is finished. When all are done, everyone throws their paper toward the middle of the ...

Game - Ultimate Frisbee - Short Lesson -- sam
For this, you need one decent frisbee and a relatively flat piece of land. There are two teams, and the least on each team you can have is two, unless you plan on catching what you throw. Each team ...

Elastics or French Skipping - Lesson -- sam
This was a real girl's game that left you with scuffed knees and sorted the men from the boys (so to speak). You needed precision jumping skills and supreme concentration to excel at this game, ...

Computer Games - Short Lesson -- sam
Make sure you have a variety of games. It's pretty easy to find a video rental place that will rent them out. If you have two youngsters to entertain, try getting two Game Boys and two Pokémon ...

Game - Hana Ichi Monme: traditional Japanese children's game - Lesson -- sam
Hana Ichi Monme (花一匁?) is a traditional Japanese children's game. The game is similar to the game Red Rover in the Western world. This game is often played in kindergartens ...

Game: Hopscotch - Short Lesson -- sam
Hopscotch is a simple jumping game that is easy to set-up and easy to learn. To play outdoors, all you need is a package of colored or plain white chalk, child-safe items like colored stones for the ...

Game: Red Rover - Short Lesson -- sam
This game is fun when you have a big group of kids involved. Pick teams of equal size. Each team member holds hands tightly to create a chain. One side starts by picking someone on the opposing team ...

Game: Four Square (2) - Short Lesson -- sam
Much like hopscotch you can create your own four square arena by drawing one with chalk or using masking tape. You will also need a rubber ball, or any ball that is good for bouncing. Draw or lay out ...

Game: Tag (2) - Short Lesson -- sam
Tag is one of the oldest and most exciting outdoor games for children. An added benefit of playing tag is the level of physical activity – it is a great source of exercise! While there are many ...

Game: Heads up Seven up (2) - Short Lesson -- sam
You need at least 14 people for this, another reason why this game was often played in school. Pick seven people to be 'it'. Everyone else puts their heads down and their thumbs up. The ...

Game: Hot Potato - Short Lesson -- sam
This works well for Christmas parties or other gift-exchange parties, or perhaps would be a good way to distribute goodies. You will need a wrapped gift for every child that will be playing and music ...

Game: Improvise - Short Lesson -- sam
This is fun for older kids, age ten or so and older, and for groups of five to eight. Two kids start out acting a scene which can be anything at all: playing ball, dancing, eating a meal, driving a ...

Game: Splat! - Short Lesson -- sam
This is much less complicated than it sounds. It works for numbers from eight upwards and is suitable for kids aged eight onwards. 1.Kids stand in a circle, adult stands in the middle. 2.Adult makes ...

Game: Any Number - Short Lesson -- sam
The group is divided into little groups of around three or four, and given a piece of A4 paper and some crayons. The piece of paper is folded from top to bottom so that there is a section for each ...

Game: Pass the Parcel - Short Lesson -- sam
A many-layered parcel is passed around. Whoever has it when the music stops gets to remove one layer. In the middle is a prize. If you don't want anyone to lose, put a prize in each layer and rig ...

The Book Game - Short Lesson -- sam
Each person should choose a book from the shelves, hopefully providing a mix of familiar and obscure volumes. One player commences by reading the title of their book and any 'blurb' from the ...

Game: Who Am I? (2) - Short Lesson -- sam
For this game you will need some slips of paper. On each of which you write the name of a famous figure, like say Marilyn Monroe, Donald Duck, Mozart, Godzilla, Lieschen Müller or George W Bush for ...

Game: Balderdash - Short Lesson -- sam
Balderdash is simple, fun, and lets everyone get involved. You'll need a dictionary, paper, and pencils and around 5-10 people, so at a big party you could make several groups. Each player gets a ...

Game: Chaos and Confusion - Short Lesson -- sam
What happens is this. •Arthur approaches Belinda, and they introduce themselves and shake hands. They then swap names. •Arthur (now Belinda) shakes hands with Colin. Now Colin is to call himself ...

The Triangle Game - Short Lesson -- sam
This works best in a medium size group where only one or two people know the game. A person starts by saying 'This triangle goes from x to y to z'. Basically, x, y and z may be anything - ...

Game: Four People on a Couch - Short Lesson -- sam
This is a game for two teams of four (any two equal teams will do, but four seems traditional) and it is best played in a lounge, since you'll have a couch there. The aim of the game is to get ...

Game: 21 - Short Lesson -- Park
All the players should sit in a circle. The basic idea is to go round the circle, counting upwards from 1. The loser is the person who says '21'. To start, the first player says 'To my ...

Game: Paper, Rock, Scissors - Short Lesson -- sam
The game of Paper, Rock, Scissors is both a means of entertainment and a way to make quick, easy decisions when confronted with two different options or opinions. This game is almost exclusively ...

Game: Piñata - Short Lesson -- sam
Using a Piñata Traditionally, the piñata game is played as the highlight of a party – at both children's and adult's parties. It is often used to replace more traditional games such as ...

Game: World's Worst - Short Lesson -- sam
The premise of this game is that the four people are given categories of world's worst something or other and they all give examples of something in that category, for example, famous messages ...

Game: Super Heroes - Short Lesson -- sam
All four people take part in this game. It starts with one super hero sitting around. His super power is usually suggested by the audience as is the crisis that he must face, for example, the world ...

Game: 90-second Alphabet - Short Lesson -- sam
This game includes three people. It starts as these three people are placed in a certain situation, suggested by a member of the audience, and they interact in various ways. The catch is that ...

Game: Questions - Short Lesson -- sam
All four people take part in this game. The premise of this game is that two of the four people are put into a certain imaginary situation suggested by someone, and simply have a conversation that ...

The Yes/No Game - Short Lesson -- sam
One of the basic forms of this game is to choose absolutely anything and allow the target individual to ask questions with a possible Yes/No answer. The game is played with one player as the victim ...

Game: Hit, Miss Or Maybe - Short Lesson -- sam
The game2 revolves around a single player being interrogated by the rest of the people involved to seek their hidden identity. The player under the spotlight decides upon a famous individual (past or ...

Game: Who Am I? - Short Lesson -- sam
Played in a group, with everyone involved sitting in a circle with no reflective surfaces nearby, the object of this game is to be the first player to guess their own identity correctly. The set-up ...

The Dictionary Game - Short Lesson -- sam
Everyone sits in a circle and the first player takes the dictionary and is allowed to look at it for about five minutes. The player chooses an interesting word and writes it on a slip of paper along ...

The Name Game - Short Lesson -- sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins ...

The Kevin Bacon Game - Short Lesson -- sam
Slightly older children might wish to take part in the Kevin Bacon Game. The theory is that every living actor in Hollywood can be linked to Kevin Bacon in just five steps - plus some of the dead ...

Game: The City Alphabet - Short Lesson -- sam
One player names a town/city eg New York. The next person has to name a town beginning with the last letter of the previous town/city in this example Albany would do. No repeats of towns are allowed, ...

Game: The Car Alphabet - Short Lesson -- sam
Another word game involves number plates on other cars. What you do is take the three letters on the number plate and try and make up a sentence/phrase/name that these letters could be an acronym ...

Games: Lorry Spotting - Short Lesson -- sam
This game involves the spotting of various makes of lorries. The scoring is as follows: •Eddie Stobbart = 1 point (spot the name on front = bonus point) •Prestons of Potto = 5 points •Norbert ...

Various Spotting Games - Short Lesson -- sam
•Pick an object ahead (say a lamp post), close your eyes and say 'Now!' when you think you are beside it. •Every time you spot a flag you make a blowing sound like the noise of a flag ...

The Humming Game - Short Lesson -- sam
For this you need one child who is the quiet, studious type, and one who is the loud, sadistic type. The first child is required to either attempt to read a book, or simply go to sleep. The second ...

Game: Getting the Last Word - Short Lesson -- sam
This game requires patience and subtlety. The first player makes a statement, the second player must disagree by saying 'No it isn't' or words to that affect. The first player says ...

The Quiet Game - Short Lesson -- sam
The Quiet Game is where you sit as quietly as possible for as long as you can. The last one to make a noise is the winner.

Game: I Went to the Store - Short Lesson -- sam
In this game, the first player will start the game by saying 'I went to the store, and I bought...', followed by something that starts with the letter 'A'. The next person says the ...

The Question Game - Short Lesson -- sam
You get a couple of students and the first one asks a question. For instance 'Why are we playing this game?', and the following person has to respond with a question, such as 'I don't ...

Games: Who's Missing - Short Lesson -- sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats ...

Games: Zip and bong - Short Lesson -- sam
Playable by three (and to some extent two) or more players, the game involves the participants (if numerous, then seated in a circle) "passing" the word zip to the person on their right with their ...

Game: Forty forty - Short Lesson -- sam
A player is chosen as "it" and a landmark such as a tree or lampost is chosen as the base. Players who are not "it" run and hide, while "it" counts to a certain number, usually 40 or 100. "It" looks ...

Game: Radio - Short Lesson -- sam
Usually 7, 8 or 9 people are required to play this game (However it is possible to play with 5 or 6 people). Once enough children are found to play the game, they all must sit in a circle. Then a ...

Game: Silent ball - Short Lesson -- sam
Silent ball is a children's game in which a ball is thrown from player to player while everyone remains silent. The game only requires a single ball and participants will either sit on an ...

Game: Simon says (with samples) - Short Lesson -- sam
Simon says is a game for three or more players (most often children). One of the people is "it" – i.e., Simon. The others must do what Simon tells them to do when asked with a phrase beginning with ...

Clapping game - Short Lesson -- sam
Claps commonly included in patterns are clapping one's own hands, clapping both hands of a partner, and clapping one hand of a partner, generally across such as the right hand of each player. The ...

Game: Two balls and a wall - Short Lesson -- Tom
Is a children's game played in the United Kingdom. The game is played by standing next to a wall and throwing a ball at the ground so that it bounces off the ground, then wall, and returns to the ...

Game: Chinese whispers - Short Lesson -- sam
As many players as possible line up such that they can whisper to their immediate neighbors but not hear any players farther away. The player at the beginning of the line thinks of a phrase, and ...
Re: Game: Chinese whispers -- variation
If you have an exceptionally large group, it is possible to split them into equal teams. A word/phrase is picked at random (this can be from a dictionary, thesaurus, any other book or magazine), and ...

Guessing game: I spy - Short Lesson -- sam
One person starts by choosing an object (a cow, for example) and says "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with C" or simply "I spy something beginning with C." The other players look ...

Classroom game for kids - Short Lesson -- Teacher
Call out a number (usually 2-10 depending on how many kids you have) and the kids have to get into groups of whatever number you called as quickly as they can. Whoever isn't in a group sits out. ...

Classroom Math Game - Short Lesson -- Teacher
Students go in teams of 4. The teacher draws a table on the board - one row for each team and three columns. (Eg. If there were 5 groups, there would be 5 rows of 3 boxes). The object of the game is ...

Game - Who's Missing - Short Lesson -- sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats ...

Game: Seven Up - Short Lesson -- sam
Seven Up (sometimes called "Heads Up, Seven Up", "Heads Up, Thumbs Up", "Thumbs Up, Seven Up", or "Heads Down, Thumbs Up") is a traditional children's game that is played in primary schools, and ...

Chinese jump rope - Short Lesson -- sam
The game is typically played by three players (although more can participate) with a rope (or, more frequently, a string of rubber bands) of about 5-6 meters in length that has been tied into a ...

Games: Blind man's bluff - Short Lesson -- Teacher
Blind man's bluff or blind man's buff is a children's game played in a spacious area, such as outdoors or in a large room, in which one player, designated as "It", is blindfolded and ...

ESL game: vocab words - Short Lesson -- Teacher
We do Connect Four with the vocab. Two teams - boys against girls. I ask the definitions and all of the vocab words are listed on the board. The kids collaborate with their teams before answering and ...

Time-line board games - Short Lesson -- Teacher
Time-line board games are fun to make. You just need poster board arts n craft supplies, dice, 3 x 5 cards a time line from early US history. What to do: Make a path for the time line on the poster ...

ESL game: Something's Different - Short Lesson -- lee
Get the whole class together. Ask one of them to leave the room, then get the remaining students to change five things about the classroom. For example, you could put a chair on a table, or get two ...

ESL games: Party Invitations - Short Lesson -- lee
The whole class sits in a circle. Tell them that it’s your birthday next week and that you’re planning a birthday party. They are all invited... but on one condition. They must bring you a ...

ESL game: Simon Says - Short Lesson -- lee
A party game that works well with English students as a way of practising listening to and understanding commands. The teacher says a number of simple commands, such as, ‘Put your hands on your ...

Games to teach kids about going green and saving the environment (video) -- td
Start with: Save water, introduction to recycling, how to use recycling containers, paking things in cloth bag, don't litter, show the video below ... Video author: Shanthi Balraj Baboo - ...

Some good games for teaching ESL: abc game - Short Lesson -- Teacher
The abc game. Do all word's starting with A going in a circle. When they can not think of any more go to B and so on.

Teach Pre-K kids numbers 1-100 - Short Lesson -- Teacher
A good way to get them into routine is by when you transition you could clap all the way to 10 at the beginning of the year and then every few weeks extend it to 20 then 30 then 40 and so on and so ...

ESL game: crazy cubes - Short Lesson -- Teacher
Game called "crazy cubes" where we would roll this big pair of dice. One of them had a vocabulary word on each side and the other had a silly action. So say I rolled the dice and on one of them the ...

How about a lesson about all the crazy stuff in English - Short Lesson -- Teacher
-- such as the following: 1. Words such as "brought," "caramel," or "colonel" which have pronunciations that in no way resemble their spellings. 2. The insane number of confusing homonyms, such as ...

Free Reading Comprehension Activities - Three Brilliant Ideas! - Lesson -- Renee Goodrich
These activities are designed for primary/elementary students. 1. Taking it Personally Ask your students to do the following. Draw the face of one of the characters of the story you are exploring on ...

Games for a classroom - Short Lesson -- PL
when i was in 6th grade i used to love doing trivia reviews where we would split the class into 2 teams and have them get in single file lines and face off against each other to answer questions, the ...

Game that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names - Short Lesson -- PL
I teach high school, but I think this could work in a smaller class of younger students too. The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name ...

What to do when the students are not interested? - Tips -- PL
Ask them questions about anything (friends, neighbors, family, hobbies, food: noodles, sushi, kinchi, pizza..). Also allow them to ask you questions. Find out what they like and want to do. Good luck!

Great classroom games - Short Lesson -- PL
you should really do something with the kids that they enjoy, not what you feel is fun. cause ive been in classes were the teacher does some boring games. for example you should do some games that ...

some good classroom games - Short Lesson -- PL
Got this idea from Hocus Focus- from the newspapers, usually near the Comics section: Get two or three students to go in front of the class. There will be a "before and after" comparison. For the ...

Good ice breaker/introduction game to play with my students - Short Lesson -- pr
Snow ball fight: 1. Have students write down three interesting facts about themselves. 2. They ball them up and throw them across the room. 3. Everyone picks one up and opens it 4. The object is to ...

Icebreaker game for class - Short Lesson -- trent
put silly words in a hat and get everyone to pull out two and thats what everybody has to refer to that person for the rest of the year then when your all done laugh and say got yah then give them a ...

Icebreaker games - Short Lesson -- trent
have everyone say their name, and their favorite hobby.

Icebreaker game - Short Lesson -- trent
You have someone in the middle of a circle of people with a ball and they have to throw the ball to someone and the person who recieves the ball has to tell the group somethin about themselves.

Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson -- trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their ...

An ice breaker game with 15-18 years old - Short Lesson -- trent
I was on a company training course and this was quite good. Each person draws a quick picture to reveal things about themselves, (does not have to be a picture can be anything) to give clues their ...

Speak English inside the classroom - Short Lesson -- PL
Tell them that they should speak English inside the classroom. If they forget about this rule, they should pay at least 5 cents per day. And if ever the money reached to $50-$100, well, buy something ...

'Point-de-la-mot' game - Short Lesson -- PL
One game I played when I taught french to elementary students during my student teaching year was 'Point-de-la-mot' (creative, I know - haha.. not at all - Point to the Word) I would make two ...

Game - Short Lesson -- PL
Given a blackboard or white board, draw a steaming bowl of rice on one side of the board and a person with a head of hair with a few little bugs in it. Then flip a coin and make a sentence like: He ...

Alphabet cards game - Short Lesson -- PL
Make up the alphabet cards...big enough to place on the board and be seen by all (if you have a magnetic board put magnets on the back of the cards). Game: 1) Introduce the game by introducing each ...

Find the error: Classroom games - Short Lesson -- PL
1) go around in Germany, and take pictures of sign that have some English errors....show the picture in class and see who can find the error first, and then get them to suggest corrections. 2) same ...

Running Dictation - Short Lesson -- PL
(Suitable for active students up to about 15 years old.) 1.) Take your students to an open area or school hall. Place a paragraph of suitable English on the wall at one end. Sit the students with ...

That's a paradox: Classroom game - Short Lesson -- PL
Paraphrasing: In Catch 22, you can get out of the military if you are crazy. If you are sane, then you have to stay. However, to fly the missions, you have to be crazy. Only thing is, if you know its ...

THE "OH REALLY" GAME - Short Lesson -- val
Again, verb practice for all tenses you have studied. With emphasis on the "time" to use each tense. Students must use a verb, and an expression of time for each. Student One: "Yesterday, I bought a ...

Drama in ESL Learning - Short Lesson -- Lara
Although many cultures don't typically teach drama in school, it is still a useful tool in the classroom. A fun way to teach inflection and tone is through script work. You start with a skeleton ...

Instant Coloring Page Lesson Ideas - Lesson -- Renee Goodrich
Here are seven instant lessons ideas that use coloring pages to extend and engage your class. This is a terrific way to settle younger students - ten minutes coloring in will calm and focus them ...

Use Any Noun Worksheet Or List For These Lessons -- Renee Goodrich
1) Using All The Nouns - After using a noun worksheet, ask the students to create a story that includes all the nouns. The challenge is to use them logically and without placing them in a long list. ...

Reading Comprehension Lessons For Primary-Elementary Students -- Renee Goodrich
Reading comprehension lessons for primary/elementary students that you can do with any text. 1. Dictionary Meaning - Select a paragraph of a text and ask your students to circle the words that you ...

ESL Kids Game: Bowling - Short Lesson -- Max Powles
Here is a game I stumbled upon on 'youtube'. check it out.

Free online ESL games & quizzes -- gh
English Vocabulary: Basic Elements (Chemistry) (Flash) Capitals of the World (Beginner) (Java) Write the Capital (Intermediate) (Java) Match Game (Beginner) (Java) Reading Speed ...

A Limerick: Sillyvizations - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Day BSc MSc BEd
When sillyvizations collide (Invented word here, a pun.) one´s best to take it in stride. (In stride is an idiom.) There´s a lot of confusion and sometimes a fusion. (Fusion of what?) They come, ...

Kindergarten Activities - 30 Minutes Craft Activities (Art) -- Maegan Wong
Creative expression begins early in life. Babies are top-notch explorers who will experiment with toys, touch and taste everything within reach, discover their body parts and mastering their body ...

ESL English Listening Comprehension Activity For the Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson -- Andrew Lawton
An ESL teacher always needs to get his students speaking and listening to English. As we all know, our students many times don't hear English outside of class. Many immigrants work and live with ...

ESL Games - 2 Games That Are a Must in the ESL Classroom -- Kelvin Nikkel
ESL Games are an absolute must in the ESL classroom. If you are teaching ESL and not including games in your ESL lesson plan, then you are totally missing out on some serious enjoyment and your ...

ESL Activities Uncovered! -- Kelvin Nikkel
ESL activities are a crucial part of any ESL lesson plan. If you are not including activities within your class or tutorage, then you are missing out on one of the strongest tools at your disposal. ...

ESL Game - Word Delete -- kr
Title: Word Delete Type: Concentration game Target: Any sentence, question, or conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: One student at a time says one word from the chosen pattern. For ...

ESL Game - Word chain -- kr
Title: Word chain Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence form Materials: None Procedure: The first student must say a vocabulary word or sentence such a “I played soccer.” ...

ESL Game - Whiz Bong -- kr
Title: Whiz Bong Type: Active game Target: Any Vocabulary (small amount, 2-5 words) Materials: None Procedure: Get the students to stand in a circle. The first person starts by asking “Will you ...

ESL Game - Whispers -- kr
Title: Whispers Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. Each team stands in a line. The first student from each team comes to the ...

ESL Game - Wheel of Fortune -- kr
Title: Wheel of Fortune Type: Game Target: Any vocab, sentences, and conversation patterns Materials: Wheel to spin Procedure: Put a hangman sentence/word on the board in blanks. Divide the class ...

ESL Game - What time is it Mr. Wolf? -- kr
Title: What time is it Mr. Wolf? Type: Active Game Target: Time Materials: None Procedure: One student is the Wolf. All the rest line up far away from the Wolf. They ask in unison “What time is it ...

ESL Game - Voice disguise -- kr
Title: Voice disguise Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students close their eyes and one student is chosen by the teacher. That student must say the ...

ESL Game - Unscramble sentences -- kr
Title: Unscramble sentences Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, but especially phonics related Materials: scrambled sentences on the computer or the board Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Put ...

ESL Game - Tug of War -- kr
Title: Tug of War Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, sentence forms, conversation, review Materials: Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. Draw a rope on the board with a certain number of ...

ESL Game - Tic Tac Toe -- kr
Title: Tic Tac Toe Type: Paper activity Target: Past tense or any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: Students are in pairs and write down plain present tense verbs in each square of a ...

ESL Game - Telephone Game -- kr
Title: Telephone Game Type: Concentration game Target: Any vocabulary, pronunciation Materials: None Procedure: A vocabulary word is chosen and whispered by the teacher to the first student. They ...

ESL Game - Teacher Says -- kr
Title: Teacher Says Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Make up actions for different vocabulary words. If your theme is sports then make up actions for “play ...

ESL Game - Sumo -- kr
Title: Sumo Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: 2 students come up to the front of the class. Pin a card on their back so they can’t see it. Don’t let the ...

ESL Game - Snowball fight -- kr
Title: Snowball fight Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: Pictures printed on paper Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams and make a line which the teams cannot ...

ESL Game - SLAM game -- kr
Title: SLAM game Type: Active Game Target: Any Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Let’s review the words. What room is this? (show the room picture cards) Okay now we are going to play a ...

ESL Game - Round the World -- kr
Title: Round the World Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into groups of about 5-6 Each group will have on leader. The leader keeps the ...

ESL Game - Relay Race -- kr
Title: Relay Race Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: Divide the class into 2 teams and have each team form a line. The 1st person from each team runs up to me. ...

ESL Game - Red Light, Green Light -- kr
Title: Red Light, Green Light Type: Active Game Target: Colours, Traffic Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Students start at back of room and when I show green card they yell green light and run ...

ESL Game - Pictionary -- kr
Title: Pictionary Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a ...

ESL Game - Picasso -- kr
Title: Picasso Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide students into teams. The first student from each team comes to the board and the teacher tells them a word in ...

ESL Game - Musical Chairs -- kr
Title: Musical Chairs Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or Alphabet Materials: Picture cards, music Procedure: Arrange the chairs into a circle and attach a picture card on each chair. The ...

ESL Game - Monkey in the middle -- kr
Title: Monkey in the middle Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: mini word/picture cards Procedure: Students sit in chairs in a circle. Each student has a mini word/picture card. One ...

ESL Game - Memory -- kr
Title: Memory Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word and picture cards Procedure: Divide students into teams. On the board place the picture cards in grid formation. On the other side of ...

ESL Game - MASH -- kr
Title: MASH Type: Paper activity Target: House Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Now we are going to play one of my favourite games when I was a kid. It is a fortune game. It is called MASH ...

ESL Game - Line Quiz -- kr
Title: Line Quiz Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, or conversation pattern Materials: flashcards Procedure: 2 teams stand in a line and I ask the front 2 people a question such as “What do you ...

ESL Game - Line by Line -- kr
Title: Line by Line Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Draw a picture of the vocabulary words slowly, one line at a time. Teams guess what I am ...

ESL Game - Last Man Standing -- kr
Title: Last Man Standing Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Ask one row of students to stand up. The others remain seated. Ask “What do you want to do?” to all ...

ESL Game - How many Can you name? -- kr
Title: How many Can you name? Type: Paper Activity Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: This is basically a pop quiz, but challenge the students to close their books and make ...

ESL Game - Hot Potato -- kr
Title: Hot Potato Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: Ball Procedure: In the background, play some music. While the music is playing the first student should ask the target ...

ESL Game - Harry Potter -- kr
Title: Harry Potter Type: Active Game Target: “What are you doing?” verbs, commands Materials: None (or newspaper wands for fun) Procedure: 1/3 of the students get wands and become Voldemorts. ...

ESL Game - Going Camping -- kr
Title: Going Camping Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocab, or phonics Materials: None Procedure Tell the class you are going on a camping trip. If the students want to join, they have to say ...

ESL Game - Go Fish -- kr
Title: Go Fish Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, but especially phonics related Materials: playing cards related to your theme Procedure: Make up a set of cards for each group of students. Groups ...

ESL Game - Giants, Wizards and Dwarves -- kr
Title: Giants, Wizards and Dwarves Type: Active Game Target: Fairy Tale theme Materials: None Procedure: This game is an active version of Rock Scissors Paper. Instead of Rock there is Giants, ...

ESL Game - Funky Mummy -- kr
Title: Funky Mummy Type: Active Game Target: Health, Body parts, Halloween Materials: toilet paper rolls, body picture cards Procedure: Each group has one doctor. The rest are the patients. The ...

ESL Game - Food Chain Evolution -- kr
Title: Food Chain Evolution Type: Active Game Target: Animals Materials: None Procedure: Brainstorm with the students to develop a food chain of 5-7 animals from smallest to biggest. Review the ...

ESL Game - Frozen Tag -- kr
Title: Frozen Tag Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: None Procedure: One student is IT. IT tries to tag all of the other students. When the other students are tagged ...

ESL Game - Find your team -- kr
Title: Find your team Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a certain card on a theme. There should be at least 2 matching cards within the whole set. ...

ESL Game - Fast/slow motion -- kr
Title: Fast/slow motion Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: picture cards Procedure: Have a pile of picture cards and show them to the class one by one in either fast motion or slow motion. ...

ESL Game - Duck Duck -- kr
Title: Duck Duck Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Students sit in a circle and close their eyes. I pick 2 students by touching them on the back. When I say go ...

ESL Game - Disappear -- kr
Title: Disappear Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: Put picture cards on a table and give students 10 seconds to look and memorize. Then they close their eyes and I ...

ESL Game - Dice Addition -- kr
Title: Dice Addition Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Divide the students into groups and brainstorm sentences on the theme, for example what did you do yesterday; ...

ESL Game - Detective -- kr
Title: Detective Type: Game Target: Possessives (Is the your __?) Materials: Student’s personal objects Procedure: Students take turns being "it" and go out of the classroom and wait for a while. ...

ESL Game - Days Card Game -- kr
Title: Days Card Game Type: Game Target: Days of the Week Materials: cards available form genkienglish.net Procedure: The days of the week in English have a special meaning. They each go with a ...

ESL Game - Cowboy -- kr
Title: Cowboy Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word/picture cards Procedure: 6 students with word/picture cards stand in a line with a chair behind them. I call out a word and the ...

ESL Game - Cover-up -- kr
Title: Cover-up Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, cover cards Procedure: Put pictures cards out on a table. Say each one twice and then give the students 20 seconds to memorize ...

ESL Game - Countdown -- kr
Title: Countdown Type: Concentration game Target: Any conversation, fluency Materials: Timer Procedure: The first student says the question part of the conversation, for example, “Will you help ...

ESL Game - Copy cat -- kr
Title: Copy cat Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students say a vocabulary word and do an action to go with it. The student beside them must copy exactly the action and ...

ESL Game - Concentration -- kr
Title: Concentration Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocab or conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: Assign each student an answer to the conversation question or a vocabulary word. ...

ESL Game - Clueless -- kr
Title: Clueless Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word or picture cards Procedure: One student has a card pinned to their back or stuck on their forehead. The rest of the class knows what ...

ESL Game - Clothes Relay -- kr
Title: Clothes Relay Type: Active Game Target: Clothes vocabulary Materials: Old clothes Procedure: Students line up across from a pile of clothes in teams. The first student runs to the pile of ...

ESL Game - Clap-clap -- kr
Title: Clap-clap Type: Active game Target: Any conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: Make up actions for the answers to the question. For example, to practice “What’s the weather ...

ESL Game - Clap Attack -- kr
Title: Clap Attack Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary, song or chant Materials: None Procedure: Students stand in a circle with their hands overlapping, each students right hand is in ...

ESL Game - Circle It! -- kr
Title: Circle It! Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None (or picture cards) Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. Write the vocab words on the board. 2 students from each team ...

ESL Game - Charades -- kr
Title: Charades Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a ...

ESL Game - Card Collection -- kr
Title: Card Collection Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a collection of cards of a certain number and on a certain theme. They write their name ...

ESL Game - Button, Button -- kr
Title: Button, Button Type: Game Target: Can you help me? Materials: A button (or a small coin) Procedure: In this game there is one searcher and one hider. The hider has a button cupped in his ...

ESL Game - Body Clock -- kr
Title: Body Clock Type: Active Game Target: Time Materials: circle marked on the floor Procedure: Ask students to make the hands of a clock with their bodies inside the circle on the floor. Yell out ...

ESL Game - Bingo -- kr
Title: Bingo Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: paper and pencil Procedure: Students draw a 3x3 (or bigger) grid and fill in the squares with vocabulary words. Call out vocab words at ...

ESL Game - Betting on Mr. Monkey -- kr
Title: Betting on Mr. Monkey Type: Game Target: any conversations Materials: Picture cards, fake money Procedure: Hand out fake money to the students. Ask each student a question from the target ...

ESL Game - Battleship -- kr
Title: Battleship Type: Concentration game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into 4 or 5 teams. The teams are now crews on a Battleship at war with the other ships. ...

ESL Game - Banana Tree Game -- kr
Title: Banana Tree Game Type: Game Target: Review Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into 2 teams. Draw a banana tree on the board with about 9 rungs up the tree. Each team has a ...

ESL Game - Balloon Relay -- kr
Title: Balloon Relay Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Divide students into teams. Each team is split in half and stands in line opposite from each other as in a ...

ESL Game - Balloon Game -- kr
Title: Balloon Game Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Practice vocabulary words. The students then stand in a circle and a balloon is hit into the air. The object ...

ESL Game - Ball throw -- kr
Title: Ball throw Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence patter Materials: Ball Procedure: Throw the ball to a student. The student catches it and says a word or sentence, for example, ...

ESL Game - Angry Gorilla -- kr
Title: Angry Gorilla Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, angry gorilla cards Procedure: Have a pile of flashcards that you want to review. Mix in a few angry gorilla ...

ESL Game - ABC back drawing -- kr
Title: ABC back drawing Type: Concentration game Target: Alphabet Materials: None Procedure: The teacher draws a letter on the back of the first student. The student then tries to decipher which ...

ESL Game - 4 corners -- kr
Title: 4 corners Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: One student is it and stands in the middle of the class with their eyes closed. Each corner is represented by a ...

ESL Game - 2 min Speed -- kr
Title: 2 min Speed Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Timer Procedure: Set a timer for 2 mins. Challenge the students to see how many times they can recite the vocabulary ...

Six Physical Education Games and Activities Your Elementary Students Will Love -- Honey Krumholz
The physical education games that are described in this article can be played at the beginning of gym class as part of a warm exercise, during the period wholly or partially devoted to games or ...

ESL Game - 5 Corners -- Joe Tosczak
This game is called "Corners." It is very easy to play and it is a lot of fun! You can play this game at the beginning of class to warm the students up; or at any time that you sense that the ...

ESL GAME 5 Change Seats If -- Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up ...

ESL Game 3 Heart Gun Bomb With Cards -- Joe Tosczak
Heart, Gun, Bomb is one of the newest and funnest ESL Games in the world. This game is specifically for ESL teachers that want to help their students learn faster and have fun at the same time. ...

ESL Game #1 - Tic Tac Toe -- Joe Tosczak
To play Tic Tac Toe in class is very easy. But to be able to play Tic Tac Toe in class and still be teaching English at the same time is the tricky part. Any and every new ESL teacher will eventually ...

ESL Game 4 Wheel of Fortune -- Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called WHEEL OF FORTUNE. First divide your ESL class into two teams. One team can be the RED team and the other team can be the BLUE team. The teacher will think of a sentence or ...

ESL Game 2 - Taboo -- Joe Tosczak
This game is called "TABOO." TABOO is a fun game that helps reinforce new vocabulary and it is a hoot to play! To play this game the teacher will first divide the class into two teams. The teacher ...

The Living Rope -- Kenny Kiskis
To demonstrate the impact the first 18 years has on the remainder of a person’s life, ClassroomProducts.com has developed the concept of “The Living Rope”. Children and young adults have ...

asking for/ giving directions -- pep2u
Lesson Plan Level Elementary Lesson length 45 mins Objective To be able to ask for, give and understand instructions Target Language Where is the.......? Can you tell me where the.........is? Is the, ...

Teaching ESL to Children Using ESL Classroom Games -- Stephen Stocker
There are times of the day when special activities such as ESL classroom games are very appropriate. Although the daily school timetable varies from country to country, it is usual for children aged ...

ESL Lessons -- englishlci.com
Meaning, a Brief Grasp for Foreign Speakers Accent is one of the vital parts to dominate if we wish to get and replicate native-like spoken English. It amounts to one of the main factors that will ...

Teachers - Five Great Games and Activities For You to Get to Know Your Students -- Honey Krumholz
Now that the new school year is fast approaching, it's important that teachers get to know their new students, students get to know their teacher and students get to know each other. During my 30 ...

Preschool Activity - Cutting Shapes and Lines -- Rachel Paxton
Cutting with scissors is a learned activity. By three years old your child should have no problem holding a pair of child-sized scissors. It takes them awhile to master this new skill, however, so be ...

Download free lessons, quizzes, exercises, lessons plans, ESL ebooks -- SC
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How to Encourage Kids to Read -- Christine Gayle
In over twenty years as a teacher the number one question parents asked about most was How To Encourage Kids To Read. This is a problem that most parents face at one time or another. My advice to the ...

7 Activities to Promote Reading For Preschoolers -- Christine Gayle
Have you ever noticed how much little 4 and 5 year old children like to just play? They seem to take even the most trivial of activities and turn them into something fun. So why not make a game out ...

Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers -- Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize ...

The “Getting Students to Read” Problem -- ESLTiger
In some EFL/ESL teaching settings, students do not necessarily value reading. It is a constant struggle for teachers to get students to read in and out of class. When faced with such an attitudinal ...

Making Student Presentations Fun -- Ontesol
English is the global language of business, but it is also the language of Hollywood and Shakespeare! So learning English can be fun. Have you ever bored your students to tears by making them recite ...

Making Book Reviews Easy For Your ESL Class -- Jane Wangersky
Reviewing a book in a foreign language seems like an overwhelming task at first - but it's one you can lead your ESL students through by getting them to answer the right questions and respond to ...

Music in the Classroom Set-Up Helps in Comprehension Development -- Tina Sanchez
Input of Music on Children Balances Prep Schools and Helps in Reading and Comprehension Children, especially those in the introductory level, tend to get distracted easily as their attention span ...

Primary Classroom Activities - CLT Fun Learning Experiences in Action -- Larry Icabandi Nabiong
Communicative language teaching or C-L-T is one of the best ways of learning the language. What with the interactions by the pupils through varied activities, learning is both fun and meaningful. ...

How to Teach Your Child (student) to Read! -- Monica Ryan
When learning to be a preschool teacher I found the literature for teaching children how to read was overwhelming. I was able to read from 3 years of age, yet I didn't understand how to teach it ...

Teaching ESL to Children Using ESL Classroom Games -- Stephen Stocker
There are times of the day when special activities such as ESL classroom games are very appropriate. Although the daily school timetable varies from country to country, it is usual for children aged ...

Tips on Learning Numbers and Counting -- Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to count and identify numbers: 1. Children must learn the sounds of the numbers one, two, three etc, first. Sing number rhymes ...

Tips on Alphabet Learning -- Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to identify the letters of the alphabet: The alphabet song: This is perhaps the most basic, but is very useful. Do sing the ...

Playing the ‘Switch’ Card Game -- Silven
Before there was a card game called Uno, there was a great game called Switch which families have enjoyed for generations. The Uno game utilizes the Switch rules and has created purpose designed ...

Phonics: A teaching method -- Silven
Teaching Phonics simply means to teach of the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The aim of phonics lessons is to instruct students in common sound-spelling relationships so that they ...

Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker - Part 2 -- Cashmere Lashkari
Some time back I had written an article on teaching first generation speakers of the English Language basic conversation skills. I had focused on areas that they will need to be comfortable speaking ...

Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker -- Cashmere Lashkari
One of the most daunting tasks a Non-English Speaker faces abroad is making basic conversation for essential requirements. Even if they are somewhat fluent in the language specific vocabulary fails ...

How to Teach English Pronunciation Using Phonemes and Games -- Shelley Vernon
Proper pronunciation is often overlooked in the language teaching field. English textbooks and instruction manuals barely touch on the subject. Yet proper pronunciation is a major part of learning ...

Preschool Circle Time Activities -- Stephen Carr
First thing a preschool teacher needs to do, is to get a carpet or rug and make your circle on it. It needs to big enough to hold all students, but small enough to have students and teacher close ...

Typing Lessons For Kids -- Ash Tan
Typing lessons aim for three things, speed, discipline and accuracy. Kids naturally have the speed, but discipline and accuracy are not something that they like very much. For kids, typing lessons ...

How to Make a Poster in 60 Minutes - Design and Layout Tips -- Jennifer Hogan
Are you someone who has had to make a poster, but wasn't sure where to start? Maybe you needed to make it for a school assignment, for a bake sale, for the science fair, for a baby shower or even ...

Ten Ways to Make Nightly Reading Assignments Enjoyable -- Julie Rebboah
It's hard to fit reading into a busy family schedule. With the tips listed below, it can become a treasured time in your daily routine. Incorporate these ideas into your child's reading ...

17 Activities That Teach Writing Without Worksheets! -- Julie Rebboah
The recent push for early academic achievement has left many preschoolers and kindergartners dealing with an excessive amounts of worksheets. Children learn best through hands-on experiences. ...

Spelling Activities That Improve Spelling -- Kimberly Arslan
Your child should get 100% on their spelling tests, right? Easier said than done because some parents struggle every week with getting their children to study their spelling lists. Never fear, ...

Fun Easter Games For Kids -- K. Ryan
With Easter right around the corner, your kids will be excited about coloring eggs. There are egg dying kits in most stores which are inexpensive yet provide you and your children hours of fun. ...

Early Morning Entry Tasks For Teachers -- Caroline Mackay
Many new teachers make the mistake of not utilizing every second that a student is in school. Many waste the first 10-20 minutes taking care of, what I call house keeping tasks such as; roll call, ...

Learning The Alphabet Letters - Use Food To Teach Your Child The Alphabet -- Deanna Mascle
As the parent of a preschooler, you should make alphabet lessons an important part of your daily routine. Waiting until your child starts preschool or kindergarten to begin work on the alphabet will ...

Interesting Facts By Trivial Topics (2) -- Deanna Mascle
Question: What was the first animal to fly in a manmade device? Answer: If you answered a sheep, duck, rooster or dog you were right! Interesting Fact: A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a ...

General Knowledge Quiz Questions From Fun Trivia -- Deanna Mascle
Question: Who were ziggurats? Answer: Stepped towers or temple towers Interesting Fact: A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively ...

Learning The Alphabet Letters By Making Learning Fun -- Deanna Mascle
Learning the alphabet letters is an important part of early childhood education but it can be fun, too. Here are some fun suggestions to make alphabet fun for your child. A Fun: Make paper airplanes ...

General Knowledge Quiz Questions -- Deanna Mascle
Question: What is a blue moon? Answer: Second full moon in a calendar month Interesting Fact: 'Once in a Blue Moon' is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon? ...

Alphabet Treasure Hunt For Your Preschool and Kindergarten Group -- Narcissa Summerfield
Struggling with your class recognizing the alphabet? You are not alone. Teachers everywhere must accommodate many forms of learning to reach every student. Although the following suggestions are not ...

The Importance of Child's Play in Child Development (Games to play in class) -- Brenda Geier
Children’s playtime should always be learning time. Parents, teachers and caregivers can conveniently accelerate three, four, five, six and seven-year old child development skills during playtime ...

Learn to Speak and Read English (lesson) -- Brenda Geier
Learn to Speak and Read English Brenda Geier (K-12 Educator/Reading Specialist) It is easier than most think, learning the English language. I’m referring to learning how to speak and spell ...

Preschool Learning Activities: Emotional Development & Fine Motor Skills Development in Preschoolers -- Marisa Robinson
Preschool learning activities vary in many different forms. If you use alittle creativity, you can come up with great preschool activities and learning activities for preschoolers and children. ...

Fun games to teach a class -- answers.yahoo.com
I have an assignment to make a game for a class. It has to be educational, and it can't be bingo or jeopardy. If you can remember any games you play with a class that would be cool. I am teaching ...

Good outdoor games for a Kindergarten class -- answers.yahoo.com
Creative games to play with a group of 20 six-year-olds outside.

Some great geometry/math games i can play with my students in class -- answers.yahoo.com
It must be interactive so students would want to play.

Icebreaker games for co op class -- answers.yahoo.com
I am teaching a co-op class of kids that range from 1st through the 4th grade and I would like some ideas for games that the kids can play to get to know each other better.

Good games to play in class -- answers.yahoo.com
thankyou for all your answers!

Ideas for in-class learning games/activities for college students -- answers.yahoo.com
This activity is called "snowball fight".

Games or mini games to play in my PE class -- answers.yahoo.com
please not tag or something lame.

What Games would a class of kindergarten children like better -- answers.yahoo.com
Would they like board games , a series of computer games, or ball/sports games?

Games I could teach a high school class that would involve writing on the board -- answers.yahoo.com
Try this:

What's In My Food? A health lesson based on swan food -- Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. / theregalswan.com
What’s In My Food? Expected Learning Outcomes It is critically important that students have an understanding of supplemental foods required by swans. Assuring that swans have an appropriate and ...

Animal Crime Scene Investigator - A science and ESL lesson -- Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. / theregalswan.com
Expected Learning Outcomes Students will understand predation and how nature controls the over-population of species. Students will have an understanding of how crime scene investigation requires the ...

English as a Second Language Teaching Tips -- Celia Webb
ESL students often develop sticking points or plateaus in learning English. To work past the difficult phases, teachers can try these classroom tested techniques which work with all age groups. Do ...

The Ultimate Checklist for Adult and Teen ESOL Language Learners -- Steve McCrea
OBJECTIVE: To motivate students to set their own goals for the week. This worksheet helps students find their passions about why they are learning English. Send your suggestions for other activities. ...

Active Learning Activities - Response Cards -- Adam Waxler
As a teacher I am always looking for ways to keep my students actively involved in my lessons. One of my favorite active learning activities is to simply have students use Response Cards. The reason ...

Active Learning Activities - Guided Lecture -- Adam Waxler
Wow...lecturing and active learning are certainly two concepts that one would not expect to see in the same sentence. In fact, as a proponent of active learning activities, lecturing is not something ...

games for my class -- answers.yahoo.com
hiya i have a class of 12 year olds, pne of 8 year olds and one of 6 year olds

controversial topic for my english class -- answers.yahoo.com
It needs to be something that you wouldn't expect anyone to talk about, but not to crazy It cannot be anything like steroids in baseball, abortion, video game violence, racism. Something that you ...

Ideas for a fun English class -- answers.yahoo.com
What are some ideas for games and activities for English students? I have a group of eight students learning English as a second language (they're pretty fluent), all about 20 years old. What are ...

9th grade English class read longer selections, such as The Most Dangerous Game -- answers.yahoo.com
Do you have them read in groups? Or in pairs? Or individually? I am limited because we only have a classroom set of books, so the students may not take them home. Thanks for any suggestions!

Some good games that you can play in any English Class -- answers.yahoo.com
Games that involve reading, writing, grammar, etc.? I teach English in a high school but I'm looking for games to use with other age groups too.

What games can i play with my english class -- answers.yahoo.com
they're kids like 8 to 11, and they re really basic, since they barely started studying english and their first language is spanish. i played games like hangman, and tic tac toe but i need more ...

Free Preschool Lesson Plans For Making Music With Your Preschooler -- Denise Willms
Here are some free preschool lesson plans for making music with your preschool class or your own preschoolers at home. These are very simple, and will introduce your preschooler to listening and ...

What are some good card games to use in an ESL classroom -- answers.yahoo.com
So far we´ve played Uno (great for colors and numbers), BS, and Go Fish (great for "Do you have___?¨") Can you think of any others?

Interesting and easy ESL games -- answers.yahoo.com
To teach 5 - 7 year olds 1. acticles and 2. Pronouns

Esl games for large classes -- answers.yahoo.com
i am teaching english in china, and i am needing games!! i have been teaching for a few months already, so do have quite a few games that i play, however, everybody seems to only know a limited ...

How to Teach the Alphabet -- Mark Pennington
The old "Alphabet Song" has proved to be a remarkable tool to assist learning the pronunciation and sequence of the English alphabet. The melody, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has certainly ...

Kinesthetic Learning Activities - Try a Gallery Walk to Address the Kinesthetic Learning Style -- Adam Waxler
It is very important for teachers to address a variety of different learning styles, including the kinesthetic learning style in which learning takes place by the student actually carrying out a ...

1001 Descriptors - For Vocabulary Development - Primary Grades Through College (And Beyond!) -- Meggin McIntosh
I love words - and I am assuming that if you are reading this article, then you do, too. Over the years I've done several different projects where I "messed around" and played with language. For ...

Teachers - Poetry For Children - 8 Suggestions For Experiencing Poetry -- Meggin McIntosh
There are so many ways to experience poetry. Nodelman (1992) offers eight suggestions on how to do so. For each of his suggestions (used as subheadings below), I will provide writing activities that ...

Teachers - Poetry For Children - 4 General Types -- Meggin McIntosh
O Sliver of Liver (by Myra Cohn Livingston) O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go away! You tremble and quiver O sliver of liver-- You set me a shiver And spoil my day-- O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go ...

Teachers - Steps to Maintain Classroom Management - Dealing With Misbehavior -- Meggin McIntosh
Behavior...misbehavior. Control...chaos. Learning...messing around. Teaching...babysitting. The truth is that, as a teacher, if you are unable to create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere, ...

Teachers - Tips For Parents to Help Students Become Readers and Studiers -- Meggin McIntosh
Teachers need parents to be part of the teaching and learning team. In some cases, parents know exactly what to do and are immense resources for supporting and extending the learning that is going on ...

Dares, Deals and Challenges -- Hedda Tan
It's been 8 days that I have not had a taste of my dear old, old friend - the soda! I was telling my kids about it when suddenly, I was struck by inspiration. And I thought to myself, why not? ...

My Game Plan -- Hedda Tan
I have been teaching teenagers for almost 5 years now, and I find this group of students both challenging and rewarding to work with. The kids are challenging because they are at the beginning of ...

The Secret Santa ESL Christmas Game -- Bill Ralens
Hello everyone. This is Bill Ralens from www.naruhodo-eigo.com. If you teach English in Japan, say as part of the JET program, an ALT or whatever, then you know that the idea of English as a Second ...

Critical Thinking Lesson Plans - Four-Corners Debate -- Adam Waxler
In today's world it is even more important than ever for teachers to create critical thinking lesson plans that challenge students to think for themselves. One of my favorite critical thinking ...

For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students -- Joan Pougiales
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order ...

How to Control Your Class -- John Parks
Even the most skilled teachers will have days when they lose control of their classroom. All it takes is a single rowdy kid and before you know it, you're sitting at your desk unsure of how to ...

Facebook in the Classroom VERSION 2 -- Steve
Using Facebook In the Classroom (Revisited) I posted an article about using Facebook in the classroom” on several teachers’ web sites and I got the following response: Steve: I found your plan ...

Four Ways to Encourage Students to Complete Homework -- J.C. Sprenger
For most students, homework is considered to be an unwanted burden to be avoided at any cost. Other students will embrace the challenge of homework as well as the excitement of learning. While ...

How to Compose a Welcome Letter to Prospective Students & Parents -- J.C. Sprenger
Many questions come to the mind of a first year teacher when trying to compose a letter to students and parents. Sometimes the fear of acceptance comes into play, as well as a host of other ...

Teaching Seasons With Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms - Integrating Science and Technology -- Kathy Cothran
A Michigan radio commercial announces that the "Greatest Show on Earth" happens every fall. I ask children to identify this show. You don't need a ticket. It happens outside. You can probably see ...

Thanksgiving - Fact Or Myth? Teaching Children to Investigate the Story Behind Thanksgiving -- Kathy Cothran
Is what we celebrate in America today based on fact or myth? Did the pilgrims and the Native Americans really have a peaceful relationship that lead to a beautiful sharing feast? What primary ...

Teaching Latitude and Longitude to Elementary Students Using Technology -- Kathy Cothran
Teaching children about latitude and longitude is challenging at best. Asking children to visualize imaginary and invisible lines that only seem to exist on a map is beyond many young minds. When I ...

Creative Shoebox Diorama Ideas For the School Season -- Will Kalif
Shoebox Dioramas are a part of every school year and in just about every grade they serve as a wonderful learning tool. They are used to learn the arts and crafts of making things and they are used ...

ABCs of Thanksgiving - An Elementary Lesson With Reading, Writing, Speaking, Drawing & Technology -- Kathy Cothran
You've explored the Pilgrims. You've investigated the lives of the Wampanoag Indians. You've reenacted the harvest festival of 1621. You've made your students dress up. What else can ...

Teaching Sight Words in Context - Moving Beyond Flashcards -- Carolea Williams
Sight words (also known as high-frequency words) are words good readers must instantly recognize. These "workhorse" words make up about 50 to 75 percent of the words children encounter in early ...

Childrens Educational Games - Fun Must Be in the Learning, and Learning Must Be in the Fun -- George Mcnaney and Jan McNaney
Childrens educational games can be a great way to learn and they form an important part in your child's life. Childrens educational games develop a child's mind to learn to think logically, ...

English Lesson Plans With Color Pictures -- Alexander Golishev
There has been an ongoing debate among ESL/EFL teachers whether color pictures and other visual aids can help learners of English improve vocabulary acquisition. As an ESL teacher, I have always been ...

English Lesson Plans - How to Avoid Writing a Plan For ESL Class -- Alexander Golishev
Teaching languages can be the most fun and rewarding experience; however a lot of ESL teachers get really frustrated with having to write lesson plans over and over again. Here is the typical ...

Classroom Games - Statues & Squiggles -- Lucas Kent
Statues This is a fun game to give your students a break and some exercise. 1) Have the students stand up and push their chairs in so they have lots of room to move around. 2) Choose a scenario which ...

Classroom Games - Draw the Teacher, 3D Tic-Tac-Toe & More -- Lucas Kent
Stand Up, Sit Down, Turn Around This is a great review game for shapes, angles and more. 1) Draw the various shapes on the board. 2) Point to each shape and say its name. 3) Students repeat the ...

Educational Classroom Games - Wheel of Fortune -- Lucas Kent
GREAT GAME Wheel of fortune A useful tool to have for playing educational games in the classroom is a Sticky Ball. A Sticky Ball is a small plastic ball that is covered with miniature suction cups. ...

Classroom Games - Word Relay, Teacher Basketball & More -- Lucas Kent
Word Relay This game is good to help review vocabulary and spelling. 1) Split the class into two teams and have a player from each team come to the board. 2) Divide the board in two and write a word ...

Classroom Games - Math Relay and Super Word -- Lucas Kent
Here are a couple of great games for your daily lessons! Math Hurdles This is a great game to review number facts and to get some exercise. 1) Tell students to find a partner that is about the same ...

Using Facebook in the ESOL classroom -- Steve McCrea
Dear Teacher Using Facebook in the classroom How do we build bridges? One of the challenges of teaching “the next generation” is finding an activity that can be engaging and stimulating, as well ...

For ESL Learners - Five Tips to Help You Remember New English Vocabulary Words -- Joan Pougiales
Learning new vocabulary is easy. Remembering new vocabulary is much more difficult. This is what my students tell me all the time. Experts who study memory say that we need to hear or see or use a ...

Nine Things ESL Teachers Need to Plan For the First Day of Class -- Jane Wangersky
Maybe it's the first time you've taught ESL, maybe you've been doing it for a while - but every new class is a new challenge. How do you get it started on the right track? · Find out the ...

For ESL Learners - 10 Questions and Answers About Thanksgiving -- Jane Wangersky
When did Thanksgiving start? The first Thanksgiving in the land that later became the U.S. was in 1621. It became a national holiday in 1863, during the Civil War. The first Thanksgiving in what ...

Using Trade Books in the Classroom -- Celia Webb
Looking for a way to encourage your students' interest in a topic? Trade books can provide the needed spark. Trade books, which are primarily designed to entertain and inform outside the ...

Kids' Art - Making Halloween Spider Webs -- Anthony Vecchioni
Here's a Halloween art project to do with your toddler or preschooler. It's very easy and it looks great around the house. Here's what you need: -8.5" x 11" black construction paper ...

Lessons on Sharing and Respect -- Rita Webb
Children are miniature adults. They are people with their own feelings, their own personalities, and their own preferences. So the question begs to be asked: How would you feel if the governing ...

Teaching Space and the Solar System -- Robert McKenzie
Outer space and the solar system is one of the most interesting topics discussed in school because of the countless colorful heavenly bodies occupying the universe and the idea that there is actually ...

Make Vocabulary Games a Part of Your Free English Class -- Ling L. Tong
Many adults that start learning English do not realize the value of games as part of their learning in a free English class. Young native English speakers regularly play games in school to enhance ...

The “Students won’t talk” Problem -- ESLTiger
Some students will not talk in class because they are too shy or anxious. This is not only true for beginners, but also for some students who are fairly advanced in their listening, reading, and ...

Ideas for Storytelling -- Chris
This idea comes from the tips newsletter, a free service provided weekly at Heads Up English. Storytelling always works well in the classroom or as homework. It allows students to incorporate the ...

First Steps to Learning to Podcast With Your Students - Teaching With Technology -- Kathy Cothran
You've heard your students talk about the various podcasts they are downloading to their ipods, but you are wondering what it is and how it can apply to your classroom. A podcast is a digital ...

Back to School Ideas For Using Your Digital Camera -- Kathy Cothran
School's back in session. In most elementary classrooms around the country you find teachers taking digital photos of their students on the first day. What can you do with those pictures? Do you ...

How to Make Pop Up Cards That Really Deliver -- Scott Henderson
Pop ups are greeting cards that deliver a surprise. When you open the card, pieces inside move - they jump out at you, blossom into a 3-D construction, or move across the page. Pop ups have a long ...

Stuck Inside - 5 Fun Things to Do When It's Raining -- Lisa Kirby
It's raining, it's pouring, I'm stuck inside, and it's boring! Is it raining cats and dogs? Are you going bonkers with the free time? Well then, have I got news for you! You can get ...

Jigsaw Puzzle Picture Frame -- Lisa Kirby
Don't throw out those old puzzles when you lose a piece. Save them for these cool picture frames. They make great gifts. You can add paint, glitter, or any fuzzy, sparkling, or other crafty stuff ...

2 Great Preschool Polar Bear Activities -- Paula Jones
In the United States, Polar Bears have become synonymous with Coca-Cola advertisements. We watch cute polar bears have parties and fun while drinking Coca-Cola soda in the Arctic. Preschool children ...

2 Great Penguin Preschool Activities -- Paula Jones
Penguins have always been an interest to preschool children. The distinctive penguin waddle is a sight to see as well as their characteristic tuxedo type body. Penguins are so popular with preschool ...

3 Great Preschool 'Roof Over Your Head Day' Activities -- Paula Jones
Roof over your head day is December 3. This is a great time to expose children to the different types of homes people live in, both here and around the world. Talk about the homes your children live ...

3 Great Preschool Cookie Day Activities -- Paula Jones
December 4th is National Cookie Day. Kids love cookies and will be excited to try these preschool cookie day activities. Try baking and decorating cookies with your children. Read stories about ...

3 Preschool 'Read A New Book Month' Activities -- Paula Jones
December is Read a New Book month. This is a great opportunity to expose your children to new books. Spend some time focusing on early literacy skills during this month. Your children will enjoy ...

Preschool Lesson Plans - A Helpful Place to Go For Resources and Ideas -- Melissa Brehaut
Preschool Lesson Plans are a great idea for any preschool educator or homeschooler of a preschooler. There are many free sites online to get many resources and I find these helpful as well. However I ...

Food Quotations for Advanced ESL Students -- ESLTiger
1.“Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.” —Aesop 2.“The proof of the pudding is in the eating. By a small sample, we may judge the whole of a piece.” —Miguel De ...

Teaching Ideas For the First Day of School -- Tonia Lee
As teachers eye their empty classrooms the day before school starts where not a creature is stirring and hopefully not a mouse, teachers are filled with anticipation about what they will get for the ...

5 Easy Steps So Kids Can Write Articles Too -- Kenton Verhoeff
I learn at home, and mom insists that writing is important. I agree. But, I don’t like to just write for a grade, so I wanted something more important to do with my work. I write articles to sell ...

Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore -- ESLTiger
Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore Problem: You walk into a classroom and there is a loud chatter going on. How do you quiet down the students without stressfully shouting your ...

How Teachers Can Decrease Classroom Management Problems by Increasing Class Participation -- Adam Waxler
One of the major factors contributing to classroom management problems is the fact that the students simply are not involved in the lesson. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that if a teacher can ...

Improving Comprehension With Closure Activities -- Adam Waxler
One of the most important parts of the any lesson is the how it ends. Teachers need to have some type of closure activity at the end of each lesson if they are truly interested in improving ...

Kinesthetic Learning - Use Kinesthetic Learning Activities to Improve Comprehension -- Adam Waxler
Did you know that while many students are visual learners and many others are auditory learners, most students actually prefer a combination of visual, auditory, AND kinesthetic learning. So what is ...

Improve Reading Comprehension Through Purpose-Setting -- Adam Waxler
These days, teaching reading is the job of ALL teachers regardless of the subject area or grade level. The fact is if you want your students to do well they MUST be able to comprehend the material ...

The Right Cooperative Learning Strategies Can Eliminate a Major Problem With Cooperative Learning -- Adam Waxler
Cooperative learning has long been touted as a great way to improve academic achievement. However, many teachers object to cooperative learning activities and other types of group work because they ...

Cooperative Learning Activities - 3 Things to Remember When Using Cooperative Group Learning -- Adam Waxler
Most students learn better with one-to-one interactions or in small groups where they can follow the conversation better and indicate when they don't understand. This is one of the big advantages ...

Back to School Get to Know You Activities -- Adam Waxler
Success in the classroom is all about relationships...both the teacher-student relationship and the student-student relationship. By building upon these relationships teachers will see a decrease in ...

Get to Know You Activities - Create Bingo Cards For Get to Know You Bingo -- Adam Waxler
I recently wrote an article discussing the importance of teachers using get to know you activities to reduce classroom management problems and improve academic achievement. In that article I shared ...

Conversation : Getting Started -- ESLTiger
Activity One Divide into groups of four. In conversation, it is often helpful to show other people that we understand what they are trying to communicate. A smile, a nod of the head, and eye contact ...
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