Reading My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes is fun, but making cats in boxes is even more so.
I stumbled on this very sweet short film this week. I’m planning to use it in a short (40-minute) lesson for advanced 6 and 7-year-old learners, but the video is wordless so it could be adapted to beginner learners too. I started by exploring crop circles and their meanings, then watched the video and asked […]
Here are eight printable worksheets for you to use with Eric Carle’s The Bad-Tempered Ladybird. Worksheets can be helpful for supporting children to consolidate their understanding of vocabulary, and as a quiet activity after a loud one. These ones make use of matching activities, substitution tables, gapfills, and the child’s personal perception of the book. You can […]
I have recently been lucky enough to observe The Bad-Tempered Ladybird being recreated by a bunch of smiley and ever-patient 9-year-olds. This was one of my favourite books as a child, and I’m happy to report that they’ve done the book proud! The class is a big one, so they have been divided into two […]
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle: a perennial favourite! I’m planning on laminating these and keeping a set in a box in the classroom – any time a child needs a bit of quiet time, or has finished early, she can complete them with a whiteboard marker and bring it to me to check. […]
These first two are Quiet Time Worksheets for kids to work on individually. You could also keep a few of these on standby in a “Fast Finisher Box”, for any students that finish other work too quickly. Practising and/or assessing listening skills – teacher says, “Number 1 is caterpillar.” Students circle caterpillar. If you are […]
Bill Martin Jr.’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? book is great for EFL learners – lots of repetitive language, easy vocabulary that they will encounter elsewhere (colours and animals), and beautiful Eric Carle drawings. Like other books, I’ve adapted mine by photocopying it, and enlarging the pictures and text for kids to see, […]
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a great book for English-speaking kids, but EFL learners also really enjoy it. I have adapted my copy slightly, making the language a little easier to understand, and creating A3 laminated pages that I can show to children one by one. I also use a few different […]