December 13

General Knowledge Christmas Trees

Here’s a fun alternative to a Mariah Carey gapfill for your last lessons of the term.

Decide how many teams you’ll have in the class and cut out a tree for each one.  Then for each team, cut coloured paper into a different decoration – this can be a little labour intensive, but it makes the trees pretty!  Ideas are: baubles, candy canes, bells, tinsel, stars, stockings…anything festive!

Give the team the coloured paper shapes and tell them to write a general knowledge question on each – it’s probably best to brainstorm some common general knowledge questions first: sports, films, science, history, music, cookery – there are lots of options.

When the questions are ready, it’s time to play: the first time chooses another team to ask them a question; if they get it right, they stick that decoration on their tree. If not, it can pass over to other teacms and, if nobody gets it, the team which asked the question gets to keep the decoration for their own tree.

July 1

They better all like football…

World Cup Elementary Lesson

This is the first day of Summer School for me and keeping with the theme of all things football, our first project is devoted to the World Cup.  In this lesson, students will be focusing on vocabulary related to countries, nationalities and languages and by the end of the lesson will be able to talk quite fluently about footballers from around the world (hopefully!).

Football pitchAt the end of the lesson, we’ll play a game in which teams have to advance up the pitch by answering questions about the players we’ve just looked at.  A team can answer as many questions in a row as they get correct, with the aim being of scoring a goal (the counter will be a football), but when they answer a question wrong, the other team steals the ball and has a chance to play back up the pitch to score.

Please feel free to download and use/adapt the PowerPoint presentation at the top of the post.  I have also posted the accompanying worksheet and questions about footballers on the Activities for your Classroom page.

December 16

It’s Christmas time!

I don’t know what it is about Christmas, but it always seems to sneak up on my lesson-planning, leaving me completely unprepared!  Every year I say I’m going to get a CD of Christmas songs, and every year I end up hunting on the Internet, desperately trying to download some tunes.
So there is no Christmas music this year either, I’m afraid.  But I have a back-up plan.  I’m going to make a really simple board game with dice and counters and have students answer questions about Christmas things – some which they might know and others they might not.  They’ll win points for the question, depending on how hard it is and then the winning team can get a litle prize.
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April 2

Easter Fun for Kids

Here’s an Easter Card idea for kids…

You need:

  • Two pieces of card, in different colours
  • Colouring pencils / pens / crayons
  • Scissors
  • One split pin
In the centre of one of the pieces of coloured card, draw an Easter image, or write a message.
On the second piece of card draw an Easter egg which is bigger than your Easter image/message and decorate it. With younger students, it might be an idea to give them a template of the egg so that it is a good size.
Cut out the Easter egg and cut through the centre as if it has broken.
Using a split pin, attach the two pieces of the Easter egg to the first piece of card so that when you open the egg, you can see the picture inside.