History first Thanksgiving is a celebration of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvests. It is celebrated not only in the USA, but also in Canada, some Caribbean islands and Liberia. The Canadian and American history slightly differs from each other. I’d focus on the US history. Pilgrims, Puritans, Mayflower, New England, Plymouth, 1620s, 4th Thursday of November While talking about the...
Reading is crucial! The act of reading is very important, sounds like something too obvious. But with the technology development reading for fun may be endangered. The pleasure of sitting comfortably on a sofa with an interesting book may not be known to younger generations. I was thinking, what can be done to prevent this trend? As researches show Poland’s reading trend...
Remember, remember the 5th of November… Bonfire Night is a celebration to commemorate the attempt to kill English king James I. There was a man called Guy Fawkes and in 1605 he was the leader of pro-catholic movement against the king. It didn’t succeed and finished with a huge fireworks display. It is a very important part of the UK’s culture....
Halloween is only two days away and you still do not have enough time to think about what you can do in your class? Worry no more!       Here are some last-minute arts and crafts you can prepare at home at bring to your classroom as a part of Halloween lesson. Illustration to the well-known Halloween song or cartoon You can use simply...
  If you feel like celebrating Halloween with your class, you may find this ultimate list of songs very useful. They are divided into 4 main categories. I also put some more information about appropriate age, purpose, scariness, some follow-ups, etc. Enjoy and have a bewitching Halloween.     Vocabulary oriented songs Knock Knock, Trick Or Treat? | Halloween Song | Super Simple Songs Children knocking...
In and out From my experience, I am aware that at the beginning young learners need to have something more than just intrinsic motivation. Usually, some kind of extrinsic tool need to be adapted first. Motivation is a very complex phenomenon, which only partly depends on the teacher. Generally, pupils are interesting in discovering new matters. We as teachers can deepen...
Let me introduce you to 'The Voice-o-meter I must admit that the noise level at primary schools is rather too high. Shout, cry, howl, bleep, tumult, scream, clamour... Circle the correct word Children mess around the corridors and even when the break's over; they still talk, murmur and produce too much unnecessary noise. Idea! I wasted my time saying 'Ok, be quiet, it's lesson time, etc.'...
Opposites, lesson for 2nd grade, 45 minutes Materials needed: a copy of the story, a set of pictures to the story, words on small pieces of paper, magnets, board, a copy of lyrics for every S, computer with internet connection, projector *if you download the song at home you can use your mobile and Bluetooth speaker to play the song. Video...
I said YES. Knowing my opinion about smartphones in the classrooms, I will present one idea of using mobile phones/smartphones/anything that has internet connection effectively during the lessons. How about playing online quizzes with our students? For those who are not familiar with Kahoot.com, it is an online platform with quizzes created by its users. Everyone can sign in just using an...
What is your opinion about smartphones in the classroom? Smartphones are glued to your kids’ hands, right? If they are able to, they would play, snap, record all the time. Usually teenagers spend their free time in this way; however, the trend is also visible among students who are 9-10 years old. School rules In my school, we have no phones policy. Phew…...