Maple Leaf Learning has more than one hundred videos on their YouTube channel for young learners, including immensely useful series that teach the sounds of the alphabet and how to read CVC words. Their animal guessing series has also been a surprising hit in my classroom, which just goes to show that you can never predict what children will like.
There are four videos in the series: “Whose Tail is It?”; “Whose Mouth is It?”; “Whose Ears are These?”; and “Whose Feet are These?” The lyrics go something like, “Whose tail? Whose tail? Whose tail is it?” and then a cropped image of an animal’s tail is shown. The kids then go wild guessing whether it belongs to a lion, a pig, a monkey, or something else entirely. This is followed by the big reveal of what the animal is, which causes no shortage of ‘I told you so’s among the children.
Can you guess whose tail it is?
Between reviewing animals, body parts, and introducing the concept of possessives, there’s a lot of useful English being taught in a way that students can readily pick up. The lyrics are surprisingly catchy too, and you’ll soon find yourself, not to mention your students, absentmindedly singing the song while washing the dishes (and drawing strange looks from your spouse).
Give them a watch, you won’t regret it.
Phew! It took some doing but I uploaded my Let’s Go 5 unit 2 worksheets to the ESL Review Store at Teachers Pay Teachers. If you’re teaching superlatives and comparatives like I was for the past week, these will be a big help in the classroom. There are games, puzzles, extra writing exercises, and a much improved unit test, 65 pages in all. And good to my word this worksheet packet was
will be available here to download on my blog for free for one week only! Of course by buying it you’ll get lots of free quarterly updates in the years to come. Let me know what you think. Happy teaching!
Last week I began teaching Spectrum Writing Grade 4 to my advanced class of elementary students, a series I’d definitely recommend as the most fun to teach out of the entire Spectrum line. The first lesson is about sorting items by categories, to supplement which I dug up this fantastic FREE activity on ISL Collective, by Philip Roeland, an EFL teacher based in Thailand. It’s a simple enough board game in which to win children roll a dice and land on squares that instruct them to list things in a certain category, like name 3 things that are black or name 3 things that need electricity, with both easy and difficult version of the game. My students had a real blast with them.
Superheroes excite the imagination of elementary school students in South Korea just as much as the United States or other countries – which make them great for teaching comparatives and superlatives to kids! But truth be told, Superman, Iron Man and company are just a bit too super – I prefer my superheroes a bit more average. Thus, the Amazing Team was born.
“But teacher, that one can only fly up to 200kph! What’s with that?” one astonished student demanded.
“Well, that’s why he’s not SUPERman,” I replied.