Let it snow!

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This year kids had an amazing winter celebration. They worked really hard to make this plastic cup snowman. In its cups there are snowmen made of balls for table tennis. They gave all the little snowmen to future students and invited them to join our school, learn English and have fun. We were listening to music while making it. One of the students was playing the piano. The joy they felt cannot be explained by words.

Happy winter holidays!

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„All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy“

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Bill

Learning is a process during which we extend our knowledge, but we shouldn’t forget to have fun. Having fun while learning is mandatory in our classroom.

So, meet our friend Bill. Bill can be both happy and angry. He can have either big or small teeth. He can either smile or shout. Start you own story and make your own friend. Revise emotions, body parts, colours or adjectives

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Back to school: Knowledge idioms

 

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Welcome back from a long summer holiday! I hope you had a lot of fun and you are now ready for new challenges!

 

 

Let’s start with something interesting:

 

 

I haven’t got a clue about it! I have no idea about it.

I know it like the back of my hand. ⇒ I know it really well.download

It’s common knowledge.Everybody knows it.

I’m learning the ropes. Learning basic details of a particular job

My English is a bit rusty.It needs improving

It’s second nature to me at the moment.I know it really well.

 

 

Have fun with past tense

Learning tenses in English doesn’t have to be a big deal if you know how to have fun while doing it. 🙂

Here is a good example how you can remember irregular verbs without having to learn them by heart. Have fun and make your own irregular verbs chart.

Or you can simply cut out phrases and verbs and enjoy practising with your classmates or friends at home.

Past Simple Tense

The Past Simple Tense is used for:

  • Actions which happened and completed in the past

Columbus discovered America in 1492.

  • Habitual actions in the past

He always studied hard when he was in college.

There are two ways of forming the past tense:

If the verb is regular, we simply add -ed (talk-talked   watch-watched)

If the verb is irregular, we look it up in a chart of irregular verbs (see-saw make-made)

Question form

We form the questions with DID + infinitive of the verb

Did you go to the cinema? Did your mum make a cake?

Negative form

We use DIDN’T + infinitive of the verb

We didn’t talk in class. I didn’t see Peter at the party.

 

Class activity: Listen-Draw-Make a story

Here’s one activity from additional classes in the fourth grade.

Activity: Students get a task to listen carefully to a description of a creature. They have to draw what they hear.  After they finish drawing, students have to make a story and „bring their creature to life“.

Special thanks to my student Luka K. whose work you can see above 

Result: Besides having fun, students revise parts of the body, shapes, colours, present tense and vocabulary. They end up laughing at their creatures and stories not realising that they are making comparisons and still working on their English.

Try this and have fun right now!

Possessive pronouns vs possessive adjectives

Hello again! Long time no see! 🙂

Here’s something my students find very confusing.

What is the difference between possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives?

First thing you need to know is that adjectives describe nouns and pronouns replace nouns.

I really like her new dress. (describing the noun „dress“)

I like my dress. I don’t like hers. (replacing the noun „dress“)

Sometimes possessive pronouns have the same form as possessive adjectives.

Possessive pronouns Possessive adjectives
MINE MY
YOURS YOUR
HIS HIS
HERS HER
ITS ITS
OURS OUR
YOURS YOUR
THEIRS THEIR

NOTE: Don’t mix their and there

It’s their book.         There is a book on the desk.