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  1. Rhyming RiddlesRhyming Riddles
    In this worksheet, students read riddles to try to figure out the mystery word. The clues include words that rhyme with the mystery word. Students will not only learn rhyming words, but they will also improve their pronunciation and reading skills.Find more rhyming worksheets on HelpTeaching.com.
  2. Daily Grammar: Rio de JaneiroDaily Grammar: Rio de Janeiro
    Learn about Rio de Janeiro and practice building grammar skills at the same. Each sentence in this passage contains an error. In the accompanying multiple choice questions, students must identify the error or the best way to improve each sentence.More daily grammar worksheets are available at HelpTeaching.com.
  3. Dialogue and Role Play Exercise (Two Siblings Fight Over a Car)Dialogue and Role Play Exercise (Two Siblings Fight Over a Car)
    This is a dialogue and role play exercise. Two students fight over the car, but then, one of them goes out, and something unexpected happens. The dialogue sets the pattern of talking in English, and leads gently into the role play exercises. The whole activity took around 1 hour for Chinese middle school intermediate students. Best for intermediate level, ok for pre-int to upper int. 
  4. Fruit and Vegetables Word SearchFruit and Vegetables Word Search
    How many names of fruits and vegetables do your students know? Using this worksheet, students can learn the names of different fruits and vegetables. To enhance the value of the worksheet, encourage students to say the name of each fruit or vegetable as they find the word in the word search puzzle.This worksheet was created using HelpTeaching.com's Puzzle Generator.
  5. What Begins with A?What Begins with A?
    Begin to teach letter and word recognition with this simple "What Begins with A?" worksheet. Students must circle all of the pictures that represent words that begin with A. Does cat begin with A? How about ant? After students complete the worksheet, challenge them to come up with other words that begin with A.Find more letter recognition worksheets on 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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8 Instant No Resource Warmers and Fillers

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