Suggestions (I)

As you know, Internet hosts a lot of useful resources to put into practice in your ESL classes. In this blog, you can find some recommendations in “Useful ideas for teachers” (on the right-hand side) but from today I propose a new section called “Suggestions”, where I will include other no less interesting resources to set with or without interactive whiteboard. Have a look!

Today, I am going to recommend two meaningful websites to carry out exercises using the interactive whiteboard in the classroom. Both of them collect many activities for kindergarten and Primary School students... I am talking about ABCya! and TES iboard. Click on logo!

It is a website which provides computer games for Kindergarten kids (Grade K) and children from First Grade through Fifth Grade (Elementary School). You are going to find a lot of activities organized into Letters, Numbers, More (Shapes, Geometry, patterns, Mouse Manipulation or Art) and Holiday (Thanksgiving or Trick or Treat). 

It will attract your students´ attention so that they will feel more implicated in each task. Furthermore, they will learn to interact with ICT in an easy way and at an early age. Create your own wordsearch according to the topic that they are studying, or review mental arithmetic in English language. Each activity indicates goals and grades. In this way, the teacher will know what the game involves and for what level it is recommended. 

Nowadays, it is a perfect resource for students who are being incorporated in bilingual curricula. It is essential that your shool have interactive whiteboards.

This website includes many activities and games aimed to children from birth to five years old (Early Years Foundation Stage) and children immersed in the first two Key Stages (according to the English and Welsh education system). EYFS follows a structure of learning, development and care for kids and enables them to learn through a range of activities. The period of compulsory education is divided into four key stages: Elementary or Primary School: Key Stage 1 (from 5 to 7 years old) and Key Stage 2 (from 7 to 11 years old); and Secondary School: Key Stage 3 (from 11 to 14 years old) and Key Stage 4 (from 14 to 16 years old).

In this case, EYFS activities are based on communication, language, literacy or problem solving. However, KS1 and KS2 divide their contents into Years and subjects according to the level (Numeracy, Literacy, Phonics, Science, ICT or Geography). The teacher will find an extra help when he/she clicks on any activity, as well as its link to copy it, for instance, on a teaching blog and share it with students.

This resource is also a perfect site for students who are being incorporated in bilingual curricula and ideal for parents who want to introduce their children to use of ICT too. Therefore, it is essential that your school have interactive whiteboards, but that goes without saying.

Both resources are just two examples of what you are going to find in this kind of posts. Any suggestions?