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Present Simple Negative Animated Video Background

Present Simple Negative Animated Video Background

Grammatics
  Young learners can watch and have fun coloring this background used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video, finally creating their own Present Simple Negative sentence.
1 Views 2,418 BegElem
Present Simple Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Writing Worksheet

Grammatics
    This Present Simple Writing Worksheet is used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch while they do their first lesson then have fun practicing ...
1 Views 2,694 BegElem
The Right Word

The Right Word

Marco Fialho
  This short worksheet is for students at the upper- intermediate level. It focuses on vocabulary and includes a fill-in-the-gap exercise. It might be helpful for those who intend to take ...
1 Views 1,695 Adv
Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards

Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch this animated video and order the story cards as a way to help reinforce their understanding of this aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have completed ...
1 Views 2,442 BegElem
Farm Animal Flashcards with real images

Farm Animal Flashcards with real images

  If your class likes farm animals, they will love this colorful set of farm animal flashcards. They can learn about 12 different farm animals, including cow, pig, goat, donkey, horse, she ...
2 Views 3,530 BegElemPre-Int
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Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards

Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and order the story cards to help reinforce their understanding of this aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have completed the worksh ...
1 Views 2,077 BegElem
Farm Animals Lesson  Kids Lesson Plan

Farm Animals Lesson Kids Lesson Plan

Raedmund Gibbons
  This ESL Pals kids resource covers the topic of ‘Farm Animals’.  The lesson provides the opportunity for young learners to learn new words, and phrases and form sentence ...
1 Views 2,676 BegElem
Present Simple Negative Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Negative Writing Worksheet

Grammatics.education
  This worksheet on the Present Simple Negative is used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch while they do their language lesson, then have fun practicin ...
1 Views 2,819 BegElem
Present Simple Question Animated YouTube Video

Present Simple Question Animated YouTube Video

Grammatics
    This background is designed to be used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and 'do' their language lesson, then have fun coloring and finally ...
1 Views 3,282 BegElem
Present Simple Positive Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Positive Writing Worksheet

Grammatics.education
  This worksheet is designed to be used in conjunction with our animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and 'do' their language lesson, then have fun practicing writing and finall ...
1 Views 3,403 BegElem
Present Simple Question  Order Story Cards for Animation

Present Simple Question Order Story Cards for Animation

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and order the story cards as a way to help reinforce their understanding of the Present Simple tense. When students have completed the worksheet, s ...
1 Views 4,237 BegElem
Present Simple Negative  Video Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Negative Video Writing Worksheet

Grammatics
  This worksheet is designed to be used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and complete their language lesson They can then have fun writing and creati ...
1 Views 3,050 BegElem
Present Simple Question  Background for Animated Video

Present Simple Question Background for Animated Video

Grammatics.education
    This background is designed to be used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and do their language lesson, then have fun coloring and finally cr ...
1 Views 2,480 BegElem
Present Simple Question YouTube Writing worksheet

Present Simple Question YouTube Writing worksheet

Grammatics
T   This worksheet about monkeys is used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and complete their language lesson, then have fun writing and creating their ...
1 Views 5,294 BegElem
Present Simple animated YouTube video - Accompanying Background

Present Simple animated YouTube video - Accompanying Background

Grammatics
  This background is designed to be used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and 'do' their first lesson, then have fun colouring and finally creating t ...
1 Views 4,201 BegElem
ESL Activity Sheet For Children  Winter Vocabulary

ESL Activity Sheet For Children Winter Vocabulary

Ellie @ Osito ESL
    This ESL Activity Sheet for children provides 12 picture cards to help teach/revise winter vocabulary. The pictures can be used to make flashcards, bingo boards, or simple games ...
1 Views 6,011 BegElem
Listening/Reading/Writing/Speaking

Listening/Reading/Writing/Speaking

JAVAD HARIRIAN
  Knowing the experiences of other teachers can be helpful for good class management. Individual differences in a class make a teacher consider many methods of approach. When there is a nu ...
1 Views 5,837 All
Introduction Cards

Introduction Cards

  This worksheet contains 16 cards which you can use whenever your students are practicing how to introduce themselves and giving personal information. You need to cut them out and give on ...
1 Views 10,976 BegElem
Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

  Students listen to the lyrics of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi through the given link and fill in the verbs in the Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses, including the verb t ...
1 Views 8,588 ElemPre-IntInt
M&Ms  Getting Acquainted

M&Ms Getting Acquainted

iulkahrynkiv
  If you are looking for a way to start a lesson with a new group, this activity is ideal for you. It is catching, entertaining and easy. Besides, it's appropriate for both young learners ...
1 Views 9,283 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
ESL Activity Sheet For Children  Label The Snowman

ESL Activity Sheet For Children Label The Snowman

Ellie @ Osito ESL
  This ESL Activity Sheet for small children can be used to talk about body parts and clothing and to teach/revise vocabulary. Children can label and color in the sheet (reading and w ...
1 Views 5,608 BegElem
Numbers Concentration Game

Numbers Concentration Game

Helen Close
  This game is ideal for students who are learning basic English numbers. This Numbers Concentration game using the numerical and written form are matched up e.g. one/1, two/2, etc. The ca ...
1 Views 6,515 BegElemPre-Int
Describing Appearances PPT

Describing Appearances PPT

Jeff Genet
  This is a powerful visual aid to teach your students vocabulary and expressions to describe appearance. Use this Power Point to pre-teach vocabulary, as a warm up for lessons or as the c ...
1 Views 8,854 ElemPre-IntInt
Animal Flashcards

Animal Flashcards

Tamas Dukai
  These six colorful animal flashcards are suitable for young learners, beginners and children. Use them for teaching vocabulary relating to animals. This free flashcard worksheet was kind ...
1 Views 9,337 Beg
Tic Tac Toe (To Practice Any Tense)

Tic Tac Toe (To Practice Any Tense)

This is a great activity that you can use as a warmer, as a review activity or even as a filler. It can be used in ANY level to practice any tense for affirmative, negative or questions. It's a g ...
1 Views 20,692 All

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