I used to struggle with explaining the difference between these for a long time till I realized a very simple truth. Countable things are easy to count and clear to see Uncountable are difficult to count/separate into individual elements. Next time you have class on this try bringing a glass of water and demonstrate how difficult it is to count each drop. Then show how easy it would be to count one glass of water and you have the essence of the shift between countable and uncountable nouns.
This exercise then asks students to decide if nouns are countable uncountable or both. I recommend having them work with a partner and always give them time to come up with their own answers.
pdf here countableuncountable
This is one of my favorites. Students are put into pairs or teams in which they brainstorm vocabulary for food. Filling out the first page. Students are then told that they are going to use those ingredients to make a menu for a new restaurant. Then can use any ingredient more then once but they must create 4 starters 4 main courses and 4 desserts.
For added fun have the students make a name for their restaurant and tell other teams their menu.
Pdf here Crazy recipies
So yeah missed yesterdays update this has made me more determined to get the other ones done.
This exercise is based on minimum pairs (words which only have one sound difference). The teacher put some minimum pairs on the board. the students then can copy them into the spaces to tell them to turn left or right.
man turn left men turn right
The students listen and try to follow the path to the animal at the end.
Pdf here phonics journey
There are many ways to use this activity you can give students an email to read and then ask them to supply the replies or the conversations. You can ask the students to fold the page in half write an email inviting someone to a party. The students hand the sheet to the person on their left who writes a reply and then hands it back.
I’m sure there are hundreds of more good ideas for it have fun.
so this one isn’t so much an activity for students as a method of signposting what everyone is supposed to be doing.
The idea is you cut out the arrow and use a paper pin to stick it to the clock face so that you can turn it. Whenever the teacher moves to a new activity they turn the arrow so the students can see what they are supposed to do. teachers can use this with very young learners to make sure they know the activities that are going on in the classroom.
what time is it teacher?
This is an activity I suggested in a Daegu compass article for classroom management. I will post a link to the article soon.
In this one students use an info gap exercise to fill out a chart. The teacher should ellicit or give one example of like with the verb plus ING ending before the exercise starts and then monitor to ensure that the students are using full sentences.
likes and dislikes info gap
so this is activity 19 only 11 more to go to reach my target. I have to say this has not been easy so far but I am looking forward to getting it done.
So this is an exercise for increasing vocabulary. The students place the words into the boxes and then use the organizer to create sentences.
So today I have a little something different for everyone. This is a teachers guide handout I produced. The aim of the handout is to enable teachers to run a creative writing class using minimum materials.
let me know what you think of the format and if people like I will post more in that style.
sleeping student 1
so I am officially halfway through my month challenge and I have to say it has been a lot more difficult then I expected.
Coming up with an activity a day is challenging. But on the pluss side the guys I work with are really happy to have the sheets.
Anyway this one is based on countries and nationalities the students use one sheet as a guide and then write sentences about the women in the picture on the second sheet. Simple and to the point its a nice little exercise at least in my opinion.
countries and nationalities
This is a quick exercise in which students are asked to identify a sport or a hobby from a a series of pictures and then decide which is the odd one out. There are several possibilities for the odd one out and the students answers will help the teacher with t understanding the students better.
After the students identify all the vocabulary they then place the words in a graphic organiser with the verb that collocates. Students then must think of other examples of collocates for the same verb. The teacher can then use this activity to discuss questions like how often do you…..?
Pdf available here
sports and hobbies collocations