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  1. Simple Tenses Conversation QuestionsSimple Tenses Conversation Questions
    This is a list of several questions designed to help teach verb tenses. The questions are divided into Simple Present, Simple Past, and Simple Future. This worksheet also contains a bunch of Mixed Tense questions. These questions are great for praticing conversation and fluency with intermediate students, or beginners who already grasp the three simple tenses (though the vocabulary might be a ...
  2. At the Pool Word SearchAt the Pool Word Search
    Cap. Whistle. Lifeguard. Towel. What do all of these words have in common? They are all words related to the pool. Look at the list of words. How quickly can you find all of the words in the list? Remember to look diagonally and backwards in the puzzle too!   This worksheet was created using the HelpTeaching.com word search game maker.
  3. Write It Thrice! A Spelling ActivityWrite It Thrice! A Spelling Activity
    The best way to learn how to spell new words is to write them down. On this worksheet, students will practice writing each new word three times. First, they'll write it normal. Then they'll write it pretty. Finally, they'll write it using a rainbow of colors   Find more spelling worksheets at HelpTeaching.com.
  4. WH Questions: Who? What?WH Questions: Who? What?
    Who did that? What did you say? Many questions begin with the words "who" and "what." Read each question and choose the correct answer. Once you have answered all of the questions, try coming up with some questions of your own. Make sure each question starts with "who" or "what."   This worksheet was created using Test Maker at HelpTeaching.com.
  5. Is it a Palindrome?Is it a Palindrome?
    A palindrome is a word that is spelled the same forward and backward. Look at each word. Determine whether it is a palindrome. After completing the worksheet, try to think of some other palindromes. Can you think of any names that are palindromes? I bet Anna can!   This worksheet was created using Test Maker at HelpTeaching.com.
  1. At the Pool Word SearchAt the Pool Word Search
    Cap. Whistle. Lifeguard. Towel. What do all of these words have in common? They are all words related to the pool. Look at the list of words. How quickly can you find all of the words in the list? Remember to look diagonally and backwards in the puzzle too!   This worksheet was created using the HelpTeaching.com word search game maker.
  2. Is it a Palindrome?Is it a Palindrome?
    A palindrome is a word that is spelled the same forward and backward. Look at each word. Determine whether it is a palindrome. After completing the worksheet, try to think of some other palindromes. Can you think of any names that are palindromes? I bet Anna can!   This worksheet was created using Test Maker at HelpTeaching.com.
  3. WH Questions: Who? What?WH Questions: Who? What?
    Who did that? What did you say? Many questions begin with the words "who" and "what." Read each question and choose the correct answer. Once you have answered all of the questions, try coming up with some questions of your own. Make sure each question starts with "who" or "what."   This worksheet was created using Test Maker at HelpTeaching.com.
  4. Simple Tenses Conversation QuestionsSimple Tenses Conversation Questions
    This is a list of several questions designed to help teach verb tenses. The questions are divided into Simple Present, Simple Past, and Simple Future. This worksheet also contains a bunch of Mixed Tense questions. These questions are great for praticing conversation and fluency with intermediate students, or beginners who already grasp the three simple tenses (though the vocabulary might be a ...
  5. Write It Thrice! A Spelling ActivityWrite It Thrice! A Spelling Activity
    The best way to learn how to spell new words is to write them down. On this worksheet, students will practice writing each new word three times. First, they'll write it normal. Then they'll write it pretty. Finally, they'll write it using a rainbow of colors   Find more spelling worksheets at HelpTeaching.com.
  1. Talk for a MinuteTalk for a Minute
    This ppt is a good game for your students to practice speaking for one minute on one of the topics that they are going to choose by luck, it is appropriate for a conversation class ( beginner- intermediate), I hope you enjoy it, it 's very interesting.
  2. Verb Tenses BoardgameVerb Tenses Boardgame
    Here's another board game I made to get your students into verb tenses. I've used the present simple and present continuous/past simple and past continuous but you can of course use all tenses, it's up to you. I made a rule that one student tells they other student in which tense he/she has to make a sentence. Play it the way you want and of course it's fully editable!Let me know if you spot a ...
  3. Songs To Study English 2Songs To Study English 2
    This Teacher's resource pack contains 16 songs to study (and - I hope - to speak) English. I used them during my lessons, made some corrections and finally decided to share. The structure of the pack is: Teacher's notes for a song followed by a students' page (worksheet). Unlike Songs To Study English 1, you can use more games and other activities with songs. That's why Appendix was added. I ...
  4. Christmas Materials Package 2010: Tons of ActivitiesChristmas Materials Package 2010: Tons of Activities
    Here's a huge 41-page Christmas materials package kindly provided by www.learnwell.fi (also publicly available from their website) that is filled with dozens of ready-to-print Christmas materials, seasonal exercises on vocabulary and grammar, Christmas dialogues and more. Download it and see for yourself - and you won't be disappointed! Merry Christmas! Activities include: Christmas board game ...
  5. Christmas BookletChristmas Booklet
    In this booklet designed for my primary school pupils, who study English for five years, there are some of the most beautiful Christmas songs (Oh Christmas Tree, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, White Christmas, Happy Christmas) and fun activities (color by number, riddle, crossword puzzle, write a letter for Santa, Christmas acrostic write, read and ...

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