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American Summer Activities- 4TH of July

5 Jul

Yesterday was an important day in the USA- the 4th of July.  It’s our Independence Day and is a holiday so most people don’t work.  It’s typical to have a barbecue and see fireworks.  People cook lots of food also (especially red, white and blue!)  You can see some pictures of typical food:

Here are some great worksheets you can do to learn about this holiday and other fun Summer things!  Enjoy!


Root word flashcards

23 Jun

Root Word Flashcards

(SOURCE: http://www.skillsworkshop.org/resources/root-word-family-cards)
Root word family cards are two sets of flash cards that can be used to visualise the concept of root words to entry level and L1 students.

The entry level cards contain a number of root words and their word families, with a picture representation of each word. The level one sheet contains a higher level of vocabulary and the pictures have been removed.

Lesson Ideas

  • The cards could be given to the students to group into word families. Entry level students could then look up the words in the dictionary and then write down their definitions.
    E3-L1 students could look for rules and patterns such as:
  • common suffix -ed What happens when a verb ends in a consonant + ‘e’ ? Omit the ‘e’ and add -ing to create the new word.
  • All levels can use the cards as a prompt for finding more words with the same root. E.g. applying, activity, enact, hoping (compare it with hopping), etc.
Physical format:

2 pages – 32 word cards, 16 picture cards

Word Formation and Grammar Review- Selectividad

10 Jun

Forming Nouns:


Connectors and Prepositions – Selectividad

10 Jun

Here’s a quick review of connectors with an activity:

Here are some exercises to practice the prepositions and a list of common verbs and adjectives with prepositions:

Olympic Games 2012

6 Jun

 Where is it? 

It’s in London, England.  

Can you find it on the map?

Oscar’s Games Challenge.

Play a game about the SPORTS in the Olympics!

Lots of Printables (Activity Village)

Olympic Worksheets (Bogglesworldesl)

The European Countries that are participating:  (Click on the picture to learn about other countries)

Click here to learn about your country…SPAIN!

Click here to learn about my country…United States

There are many different stadiums or venues:

(PICTURE SOURCE: http://www.london2012.com/photos/venue-galleries/)

Learn how to say “hello” in many different languages….

Classroom Idea:  You can organize some simple classroom olympics.  We are going to do a mixture of physical activity and review games of vocabulary.  Of course I will print some metals for the winning students.  Check out some ideas below:

FOR HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS: Download this great reading comprehension by arol Lilian at busyteachers.org.
olympics games reading

“Going Green”-The Environment

5 Jun

Practice your vocabulary here!

Take a quiz on how to save the environment!

play a recycling game! 


Write the correct vocabulary word

1.  _______________________ = things that harm the environment.

2. _______________________=cutting down trees.

3.  ______________________ = rising temperatures all around the world.

4. ______________________ = killing animals.

5. ______________________ = not having enough food to eat.


1.  We will die of hunger if we don’t find some food.

2.  Leather comes from the skin of an animal.

3.  Many people carry their shopping in plastic bags.

4.  You can recycle your rubbish depending on the material it’s made of.

5.  Global warming is the rising temperatures all around the world.

6.  When many trees are cut down, it’s called deforestation.

7.  Some materials are recyclable such as glass, paper and plastic.

8.  Countries in Africa suffer from hunger.

9.  We save and collect plastic bottles.

10.  We must help protect our environment.

NAME  5 different materials:
_____________________, _____________________, _________________,__________________, _______________________


Download Worksheets

Environmental Isuues Vocabulary-Speaking Exercise (eslflow)

Natural disasters- Vocabulary and Speaking (eslflow)

Species in Danger (more advanced)

Environment (advanced) – (TEFL.net)

The Environment and Pollution (Englishclub.com)

READ about Hunting Whales and do activity

READ about Pollution and Cars

Future Tenses- Going to and Will

28 May

Download Activities to Print:

Future Tense Worksheet (BogglesWorldESL)

Game Board -FUTURE (BogglesWorldESL)

Going to board game

The future-going to-intermediate (Oxford University Press)

Online interactive Activities by Caroline and Pearson Brown

http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/goingtoorwill/exercise1.html http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/goingtoorwill/exercise2.html http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/goingtoorwill/exercise3.html  http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/goingtoorwill/exercise4.html
GOING TO FUTURE, by jecika
Find this and other future tense exercises in English Exercises .org

Do this Activity by Isabel Perez – will or going to

Let’s Read a Story– No Dogs!

21 May

BBC’s children’s story– “No Dogs”

Download the BBC’s worksheet to do with this video:Playground Actvitiy

Playground activity- easy

You can also download and print my activity “Draw a picture of your playground”  Students must invent a playground and then describe it.  Draw a picture of a playground

To teach the vocabulary: (I print and laminate the cards)


playground labels

You can play a memory game, where students must match the word with the picture.  You can ask “Is there a swing set in your playground”  Respond “Yes, there is” if you’ve got the word card or the picture card.  If you make a match, you have another turn.

Use of English Selectivity (selectividad) Practice

14 May

Here are some of the exercises from the “Use of English” part of selectivity exams.  The examples are taken directly from past exams in Andalusia.  Hope it’s helpful.  

For a quick download: use of english selectividad 2

Word Games

10 May

A great way to improve vocabulary and grammar is to play a fun game!  Here you’ve got some links to some great sites where you can learn.  Hope you enjoy!


Sushi Spell from BBC


Word Wangling


Many Games- including vocabulary and grammar! 



Scramble-Saurus- different categories such as Sports, Science and Geography


Young Kid English Games