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5 Fun Sites for Young Learners

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Starfall itself is an amazing site but if you click on this link, you will be taken to an amazing list of activities and games. All About Me  is a fun game on starfall that your young learner will create a character and hear how to say the words.

On toytheatre.com you can find games, stories and some tools to write and create stories, even print or save them on your computer. I especially loved the crossword puzzle page where the learners can play a word game by sliding the crossword bars up and down and left to right to exchange letters 

Roomrecess.com is focused on providing children with free educational games. The students can choose a game on vocabulary, reading or math. They are really fun to play. 

Learn English Kids  is a secure environment for the kids and has lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities to have fun and learn English.

English for Young Learners  is a site where you can find free fun learning resources on reading, listening, speaking and writing.jelly beans for faves

5 Cool Literature Sites You May Want to Visit This Year

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VirtualLit is an awesome site any teacher or a student who is interested in literature will love very much. VirtualLit is a step by step multimedia tutorial for a number of poems, novels, short stories and plays.

Teaching Literature is a wiki dedicated to teaching literature. It is actually the companion website for Teaching Literature to Adolescents,  by Richard Beach, Deborah Appleman, Susan Hynds, and Jeffrey Wilhelm. The website is organized according to Chapters and Generic categories. When you click on Chapters, you will find LinksActivities, and Further reading.  When you click on Generic categories you will find Links related to different aspects of teaching literature.

Another Teaching Literature site is full of links for your interests and can be bookmarked for future projects.

Britlit is one of my favorite sites which I visit very often during the academic year. Britlit is a literature project and each BritLit resource kit has downloadable, printable materials to help teachers using literature in the English language classroom. You can use Britlit kits for very young learners, teens and adults.

Story Toolz is an amazing site and a tool to play with literature. You can use the story idea generator to start writing a story. All you have to do is take the three conflicts presented to you and ask the standard who, what, why, when, where, and how questions.You can also use the random conflict generator or half title generator to find an interesting title for your story.

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33rd ELT Blog Carnival, Using Songs and Music in Class

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Welcome to the 33rd ELT carnival. The theme is Using Music and Songs in EFL Classes and today I’m happy to introduce a wonderful album to you. If you are ready grab a cup of coffee (hot or cold), put the record on and enjoy …

Here we begin

SIDE 1

From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras

The Day Coldplay Came to Our Classroom

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From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras
The Day Coldplay Came to Our Classroom

from Linguistic Consultancy by Marisa Pavan

A Song to Motivate Students to Speak

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from Linguistic Consultancy by Marisa Pavan
A Song to Motivate Students to Speak

From EFL Classroom 2.0 by Chris Hoade

The Chris Challenge 

The Chris Challenge

From EFL Classroom 2.0 by Chris Hoade
The Chris Challenge

From Wondering about ELT by Eduardo Siemens

Her Morning Elegance

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From Wondering about ELT by Eduardo Siemens
Her Morning Elegance

From EFL Classroom 2.0 by David Deubelbeiss

Lesson in A Can #124 – Simply the Best

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From EFL Classroom 2.0 by David Deubelbeiss
Lesson in A Can #124 – Simply the Best

From Vicki Hollett’s Business English Teaching and Video by Vicki Hollett

A Business English Sing Along

Vicki Hollett

From A Journey in TEFL by Anna Musielak

Using Songs

Anna Musielak

 

From B’s Life with English by Baiba Svenka

Hollywood is dead or is it?

From B's Life with English by Baiba Svenka Hollywood is dead or is it?

From B’s Life with English by Baiba Svenka
Hollywood is dead or is it?

 

SIDE 2

From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck

Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics

and a bonus Not another Cloze! How else to use songs in EFL classes

From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics

From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck
Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics

 

From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy

Director’s Chair Top 10

From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy Director’s Chair Top 10

From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy
Director’s Chair Top 10

 

From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek

Everything at Once – Lenka

and a bonus: Love Street – The Doors

 

From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek Everything at Once - Lenka

From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek
Everything at Once – Lenka

 

From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan

Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies

 

From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies

From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan
Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies

 

From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson

Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?

 From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?

From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson
Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?

 

From ELThq by Alex Barboza

Stronger: Song Activity To Teach Comparatives

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From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell

20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics

From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell 20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics

From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell
20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics 

From Merve Oflaz’s blog by Merve Oflaz

Give me some sunshine!

From Merve Oflaz's blog by Merve Oflaz Give me some sunshine!

From Merve Oflaz’s blog by Merve Oflaz
Give me some sunshine!

The 34th ELT Blog Carnival will be held here and the theme is pronunciation!

You can always revisit the previous carnivals to get inspiration for your lessons from The ELT Blog Carnival home page 

If you have a song lesson that you want to share with us, please leave a comment below 🙂

 

“The Great Gatsby” Class Resources

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There is a buzz going on about The great Gatsby. It’s of course because of the new Gatsby movie. I’ve seen so many links and resources on twitter, interest recently. Then I just remember I also have some resources for the novel.

My The Great Gatsby resources

A pre-reading animoto

Research before reading

Chapter 4 and 5 ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS

a web Quest

An interview on Jazz Age and The American Dream

A cool site I recommend tudents to watch 

My student’s blog post

An awesome PBL product on Jazz Age and Roaring Twenties (cross-curricular)

 

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Just came across with these on the web via @curriki on twitter.

Edutopia’s Bringing Web Tools to Gatsb’s Party

Lots of resources on Curriki

I know that soon I’ll watch the new version of The Great Gatsby but I know that my favourite Jay Gatsby will remain the same, Robert Redford

Reading Short Stories ~ Roald Dahl in Class

 

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One of my favourite writers for the ‘Reading Class’ is Roald Dahl. I’ve been using his short stories for almost a decade and the students have always loved them.

I just came across with this pdf http://www.msad54.org/district/literacyspecialist/pdf/blooms.pdf

But you can also get more ideas for using Bloom’s taxonomy in reading classes which I find very practical when preparing my own handouts for my students http://www.scoop.it/t/blooms-taxonomy-in-efl-classroom

I mostly use the following Roald Dahl stories with my 11th and 12th graders.

The Landlady, a very shocking story and teenagers love it.

Here are some great lessons of the story I found on the net.

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/britlit/landlady

http://mysite.verizon.net/zila84/_llady.pdf

Word games and puzzles http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/wilder/williams_d/thelandlady.html

An adaptation on YouTube http://youtu.be/4tcj5P3jjeI

My suggestion as a follow up:

Pretend you are Billy. You just found out what happened to the two young men and realised you were also poisoned, and locked into a room. Luckily you have still your mobile (as the landlady is a little bit old-fashioned she hadn’t known anything about mobiles and social media). Write a text message to a close friend, update your status on Facebook and send a tweet to the whole world and ask for help. Write your version of the story.

Create a scrapbook based on the setting, events and characters from the story. (You can use a web 2.0 option for this task)

My students’ web 2.0 projects on the story. http://englishwithgrade12fld.blogspot.com/2011/10/landlady-by-roald-dahl.html

The Way Up To Heaven

http://www.roalddahlfans.com/shortstories/wayu.php

A YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJAPwN9eAqk

A suggestion on how to analyse this story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcNMaD8Vnww

A pre reading task:

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5484042/The_way_up_to_heaven_by_Roald_Dahl

Lamb to Slaughter

Years ago my students adapted the story to stage, wrote the script and performed. Unfortunately in those years, technology was not like this and I was also a bit technophobic so even a simple camera recording isn’t available now.

Here are some links to inspire you to prepare your own

A Short story inspired writing lesson http://writingfix.com/Short_story_Prompts/Lamb_slaughter1.htm

From Roald Dahl’s fans http://www.roalddahlfans.com/teachers/lamb.php

http://www.brighthubeducation.com/homework-help-literature/123135-study-questions-for-lamb-to-the-slaughter/

http://lk-theroadnottaken.blogspot.com/2010/09/teaching-roald-dahls-lamb-to-slaughter.html

A web 2.0 suggestion:

You can watch a clip fro Hitchcock’s ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ then ask the students to redirect the movie. They have can prepare a PowerPoint presentation, a prezi or a glogster and introduce to the class their cast, soundtrack, setting, etc giving their reasons why they chose the actors and the music. They can also create a movie poster.

More ideas for reading classes:

Or if you can read all the stories in a row, maybe you can ask the similarities of these three women.

Fun with Class Readers 1

Fun with Class Readers 2

Fun with Class Readers 3

Reading Challenge

And don’t forget to visit the beautiful official Roald Dahl page

 

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