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Iraq & Oil Production – Recommendation

I recently used the “Read a Pie Chart” handout found in lesson 2 here:

Thumbs Up Scholastic News In-depth: Rebuilding Iraq

It took 10-15 minutes to discuss the chart and the questions with a group of lower-level 11 and 12 year olds. It is best if you have a world map, or at least a map of the Middle East to go along with this.


Family Q&A Board Game – Recommendation

I have used the Family Q&A board game available at with great success. It goes well with lessons on family vocabulary and relationships, and students always love a game.

Take a look at it here:

Thumbs Up board games

(scroll down to where you see “Who’s in your family?-Family Q and A”).

Revising “Getting to know you” Vocabulary & Structures

With beginning students (or with any students for that matter), it can be a good idea to revisit things they already know in order to reinforce them. The usual “Getting to know you” questions run along the lines of:

  • What is your name? My name is…
  • Where do you live? I live in…
  • How old are you? I am … years old
  • Do you have any brothers or sisters? Yes, I have … / No, I don’t
  • Do you have any pets? Yes, I have… / No, I don’t
  • What do you like to do for fun? I like to…

To revise the questions at a later date, I will give each student a picture of a person from a magazine. I try to make sure the pictures are not of famous people. I then ask them to imagine the answers to these questions for the person I have given them.

Each student then tells the others what they have come up with for their picture.

1. Change the questions to include other topics, such as jobs, children, etc.
2. Give all the students the same picture and have them brainstorm the information for the person together while you write their ideas on the board.

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Bill of Rights Worksheet

This goes along with a lesson on the Bill of Rights. The cloze/rebus activity includes the first letter of each correct answer, and the vocabulary list includes translations from English to French.

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St Patrick’s Day

Here’s a very brief information sheet I put together for St Patrick’s Day. It focuses on the immigration of the Irish to Boston, Massachusetts.

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