Monday, 4 December 2017

12 Points of Christmas

Christmas is nearly here...and here at Matt-Erials, we love Christmas! 

Let's get into the seasonal spirit with "12 Points of Christmas", a powerpoint based points spinner. there is one spinner with 12 points spread around. All your students have to do is produce the language point for the lesson, or answer a question you have set and then they can spin the wheel (by clicking anywhere on the screen) and record their points, simple!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Grammar Collection - Transition Card Sort

Grammar Collection - Transition Card Sort

When we are writing or speaking, we often need to transition between sentences, clauses and even ideas. We can use transition words to show similarity, exception, order, time, example, emphasis, cause and effect, evidence and conclusion. 

There are a lot of transition words but knowing when to use them and for what purpose, can be difficult for students. Transition Card Sort can help with that. 

It includes 5 pages, each with 2 sections for the 10 types of transition words. It also includes 2 sheets with 32 word cards each (that's 64 in total). Obviously, you don't have to use all 64 as this might get a little overwhelming for your students. Once you've printed everything out, have your students (in groups if you prefer) sort the cards into the correct categories. There is also an answer sheet included to help you, and later your students. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Grammar Collection - It's All Relative Pronouns

Grammar Collection - It's All Relative Pronouns

The relative pronouns (who, that, which, when, where, whose) can be hard to practise without any real context. You can try and get students to produce a sentence using any of the pronouns, but that can often leave them stumped, quiet and embarrassed. 

"It's All Relative Pronouns" is a board game containing 35 pictures. Each picture is, admittedly a little odd but, great for using the relative pronouns. All the students have to do is to roll the dice, move their counter and then describe what they can see in the picture using one of the relative pronouns. The pronouns are listed on the board, just to help them.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Grammar Collection - Sequence Sam

Grammar Collection - Sequence Sam

The Grammar Collection has had all the sabbatical it needs, and is back with an activity to practice using adverbs of sequence, Sequence Sam!

Sequence Sam is made up of 9 adverbs of frequency cards and 8 comic pictures. Print them out and distribute a set of each to groups in your class. The groups then have to decide on the order of the pictures and the adverbs of sequence that link them together. Once they have made their decisions they present their story to the class, giving them practice of using the adverbs of sequence in a realistic way.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween - Ghost

I am well aware that today is actually halloween (and it is a little late, but it has been a long day in the classroom today), but...I am sure halloween activities will be going on for a few days yet! So here is one final, powerpoint game for halloween 2017!

Ghost is a quick and simple click and find game. Once you've asked your student a question (and they have given you the right answer) have them come to the board and click on a pair of eyes. If the eyes disappear, they lose. But, if their click reveals a ghost hiding behind those eyes, they win! The aim, of course, is to find the hidden ghost. There are eleven different levels to choose from, each with a ghost hiding in a different location. Click on the level icon in the top left hand corner of the level to go back to the level selection screen.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Halloween - Skeleton Stroll

With about a day to go before H is another powerpoint halloween activity to spook up any lesson or classroom!

Skeleton Stroll is a race game for 5 teams. Assign a skeleton to each team and ask them questions. If they answer correctly, they can press the button for their skeleton and it will walk forwards. The first team to answer seven questions correctly and move their skeleton to the end of the screen, wins!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Halloween - Halloween Threes

It's getting closer and closer and spookier and's nearly Halloween...

Halloween Threes is another halloween based powerpoint game, but this is like connect four, but for three teams.

Split your class into three teams and assign each team a halloween character (spider, pumpkin or witches hat). Then you ask them questions, any questions you want. Here is where it gets a little tricky. There are 35 squares on the board and the students need to touch a square to place their character on that square.
If they are the spider, they need to touch the top third of the square.
If they are the pumpkin, they need to touch the middle third of the square.
If they are the witches hat, they need to touch the bottom third of the square.

They can touch any square they want. The aim is to get three of their characters in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal are all fine). Once their is a character in a square, they can't change it. Which, of course, means they have to be a little careful as to where they touch each square.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Halloween - Stranger Words

Seeing as it's very nearly halloween and Stranger Things 2 is finally here (yes, I am watching it as I type), it's time for a Stranger Things themed activity.

Stranger Words is a PPT warmer/vocab game. Press the space bar and the lights will light up indicating a letter from the alphabet. Have your students individually, or in teams, write a word stating with each letter that lights up. The catch is, they have to do it in the order they appear, so they have to keep their eyes on the quickly flashing lights!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Halloween - Dead or Alive the Board Game

Halloween is dragging itself closer and closer towards us, so time for another activity...

This time it's a board game!

Dead or Alive is a blank board game that either you can use to create a board game or you can give to your students for them to make their own board game. 

There are 48 blank cards to use, if you want to, for any vocabulary or grammar you need.

When playing, have students roll the dice, move and pick a card and produce the language. If they land on a "Dead" square, they don't need to choose a card, but they do miss a turn. If they land on an "Alive" square, they don't need to take a card immediately, but they do go forward 3 spaces and land on a space as normal.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Halloween - Scared Crows

Halloween is drawing ever closer...

So, time for another Halloween activity for your classroom!
Scared Crows is a powerpoint based rewards game. As usual, have your students click on the screen (anywhere will do) or the mouse or spacebar to move the pumpkin one step closer to the scarecrow and scare away all the crows! It's quick and easy and will work well for revision, or even classroom management!