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Idea 138: Silly Stories

While discussing writing techniques with a few teacher friends, my girlfriend mentioned how her teacher back in her primary days gave the class some time to write ANYTHING they wanted, and to do it ANY WAY they wanted (plan, don’t … Continue reading

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Idea 137: Spelling Blitz

Every Friday we have our weekly spelling test. I start the lesson by eliciting the spelling words and writing them on the board. After I have the words of the week on the board, we play a few rounds of … Continue reading

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Idea 136: Easy Sudoku

I introduced my class to the game of sudoku recently. It’s great for making the students think things through logically; plus when they’ve finished they should be able to check their own work to make sure they’ve done it right. … Continue reading

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Idea 134: 3D Hand Drawing

A simple art idea. Have students trace their hand, then draw straight lines going left to right. When they reach their hand, they then draw a curved line. This gives the impression of a 3D hand on the page. Some … Continue reading

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Idea 130: Silent Directions

This is a bit of fun that you can use to help focus your class’ attention, or to help bring down the noise level of your classroom. At the end of my classes, the children line up by the door … Continue reading

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Idea 128: Number Bomb game for greater than / less than Math

This is a fun game I learned in Taiwan that is great for studying ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’. The teacher chooses any number between 0 and 100. This is the BOMB number! EXAMPLE: the teacher secretly writes down ’65’ … Continue reading

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Idea 123: Hit the Fish P.E. Game

This is a really fun activity and helps children burn off some pent-up energy. Cut a fish shape out of a piece of paper; one will be needed for each student you want to race at the same time (I’d … Continue reading

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Idea 112: Holding-Hands PE Relay Race

HOLDING HANDS RELAY This was a race that we had for the kindergarten sports day which I thought worked well. Split the kids into groups of about 5. One student from each team goes first, runs a set distance and … Continue reading

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Idea 111: Using Rory’s Story Cubes in Class

STORY CUBES This is a game that I picked up from an upscale market in Bangkok recently. The game consists of 9 cubes, each cube having 6 unique images printed on it. Add-on packs can be bought if you want … Continue reading

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Idea 110: Using ‘Pears in Pairs’ in Class

PEARS IN PAIRS This is another game I have at home which I am introducing to my class for use as a ‘centre’. The tiles in Pairs in Pears are bigger than Bananagrams, with fewer vowels. Pears in Pairs comes … Continue reading

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