DIY spinny spellers and repurposing Duplo bricks Almost a year ago I made a couple of DIY spinny spellers for my kids, because they were learning to sound out letter combinations and blend sounds to start reading. The spinny spellers you can buy are all upper case letters though, and I wanted something that was lower case, so I just used a bit of dowelling and some wooden beads and some letter stickers we had handy. It worked a treat and I agreed with my older daughter's kindergarten teacher that it would be a good tool for the classroom, so I've got a box of wooden blocks that her husband kindly cut and drill pressed holes in, plus a bunch of dowelling and all the left over wooden beads from a thrift store find, to make over 40 of these things. I'm hoping I can get my act together and find some appropriate letraset cheaply to put letters on all the blocks and varnish them. I was going to try this method (which is very cool), but with nearly 500 surfaces altogether, that would take my until the kids were in college!
English Language Resources from Macmillan Dictionary We frequently create unique English language resources from our dictionary content. These resources are designed to help make the information on macmillandictionary.com more accessible to English language learners. Using all of our expertise in the area of language learning, we create educational material that is both unique and entertaining. Literature: "Matilda" by Roald Dahl Global rating average: 0.0 out of 50.00.00.00.00.0 These sites include children’s book reviews and drawings, online quizzes, discussion questions, and suggested activities for the book “Matilda.” There is a link to eThemes Resource on Author Study: Roald Dahl. Grades Links
Juggling With Kids: Sight Word Parking Lot My son started Kindergarten this year and has a list of sight words he is required to memorize. It can be quite boring and frustrating for kids....so I am trying to search for ways to make learning this a little more fun. My son had a lot of fun learning his sight words by playing the Parking Lot Game. ESL Treasure HintsConceal a card or piece of paper with a word written on it from the students. Give them 3 hints as to what the word is i.e. 1. I am very big 2. I’m an animal 3. I’m gray (word=elephant). Give them a minute to shout out guesses. fiction - What breaks suspension of disbelief? - Writers Beta - Stack Exchange There are two failures of storytelling that can cause me to lose my suspension of disbelief: Violating Established Rules In Act I through the first half of Act II, the story should establish the rules by which this fantasy or scifi world operates. This is usually told from the perspective of the protagonist, who is thrown into this new reality along with the audience.
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption: Context Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine, his home state for the majority of his life. King’s father, Donald, abandoned his family when King was only two, and King never saw or heard from him again. His mother, Nellie, was left with the burden of raising him and his adopted brother, David. In his early years, King occasionally went to live with relatives on both sides of his family. The family moved around, living in a succession of small towns before finally settling in the Maine community of Durham when King was eleven.
Phonics for Kids: Free Worksheets, Songs, Videos, and Audio Lessons New! Dream English Touch and Say Phonics Program: I am very excited to introduce to you my new Phonics Program. Click on a letter to be directed to the page with a Phonics Song Mp3, Touch and Say Audio Lesson Mp3, and Matching Phonics Worksheets and Flashcards, all free to download and use in your classes! A , B , C , D ,E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, "I love the Dream English Touch and Say Phonics Program!"
ways to finish a lesson – so that the students take something away with them There are lots of ways to start off a lesson beautifully, maningfully, logically, etc. For example, to talk about how your students spent their week (here are 2 worksheets to help), or to ask about their plans, or to discuss the weather/ news, or to remember vocabulary from the previous lesson in some creative way, or to revise some grammar, like here or here, or….well, the list is almost inexhaustible, as I am sure you know). But how do we finish a lesson? “the homework is on page 5, thanks, see you on Wednesday”? Well, it’s possible and it happens all the time. But this is not the best way to finish off a good lesson, it seems to me. Suspension of Disbelief In the world of fiction you are often required to believe a premise which you would never accept in the real world. Especially in genres such as fantasy and science fiction, things happen in the story which you would not believe if they were presented in a newspaper as fact. Even in more real-world genres such as action movies, the action routinely goes beyond the boundaries of what you think could really happen.
How can film help you teach or learn English? What can film and video add to the learning experience? Kieran Donaghy, who won the British Council’s TeachingEnglish blog award tells us why film is such a good resource and recommends some useful websites, in one of our top five articles of all time, illustrated by artist Jamie Johnson. Language teachers have been using films in their classes for decades, and there are a number of reasons why film is an excellent teaching and learning tool.
20+ Activities to Start Learning Letters To continue on our quest to reading, we’re continuing on reviewing [for Henry] and learning letters [for George] right now. They have to know them before reading, right? Be sure to check out what Jillian of A Mom with a Lesson Plan is sharing about Reading Rewards today for our summer reading program! The very first step is to recognize letters. But, I can even put this into three categories: Simply introducing letters to the child. Conversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom If this is your first time here, then read the Teacher's Guide to Using These PagesIf you can think of a good question for any list, please send it to us. Home | Articles | Lessons | Techniques | Questions | Games | Jokes | Things for Teachers | Links | Activities for ESL Students Would you like to help?
Myths from Around the World Rome Aeneas tightly clasped a golden tree bough in his hand. It would give him safe passage on his terrible journey — to the underworld to seek out his father, Anchises. The Trojan hero followed his guide, the wise woman, the Sibyl of Cumae, deep into the dark forbidding cave that led to the land of the dead. They traveled the road of lost spirits, shadows adrift, and frightening horrors of disease, death, and discord until they reached two rivers.