Friday, 19 January 2018

Pin the Apostrophe on the Its

I thought I would start of 2018 with something fun, quick, easy to play yet still educational activity.

Many people, including native speakers struggle with where to put the apostrophe in the word its (I know that is wrong but I wanted to write it without any apostrophe). 


Pin the Apostrophe on the Its is a great game to play with teenagers and adults, as a reward or warmer or even review.

All you need to do it blindfold them, you can even spin them around a few times, and have them touch the screen (you will need an interactive whiteboard) to place the apostrophe where they think it will go. The chances of them getting it correct are slim, but it still makes for a fun game.


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2018 Update

Matt-Erials had been a little quite of late, and I would like to apologise for that. I had big plans for this Christmas and the New Year but with a move to South Africa appearing from the blue things haven't quite worked out as planned.

I am still trying to work out what to do with this year, I might continue with the Grammar Collection (the page definitely needs updating) but I might also try some new stuff too). I promise that, whatever I do, it will still be more than useful for you and your students.

Oh, and one more thing...


...the eagle-eyed amongst you will have already noticed that adverts have recently started appearing on the blog. Don't worry, you shouldn't notice any difference to how the blog runs and, you definitely won't notice any difference when it comes to the activities and the blog itself! 

I will try and ensure that the majority of adverts are suitable and useful for ESL teaching, and if the advertising thing really doesn't work out I won't drag it out for longer than necessary.

I'd like to thank you all for your continued visits (and hopefully downloads of activities) and your patience as I sort things out for this coming year!

And good luck to everyone in what ever they are doing in 2018!

Monday, 18 December 2017

A Christmas Schmorgesborg (9 Activities)!

First of all, a Merry Christmas to one and all!

Secondly, many apologies for not having uploaded much recently. This Christmas sees Matt-Erials based in sunny South Africa and, with this, a host of internet issues. So...

Thirdly, and to make up for the lack of activities, here is A Christmas Schmorgesborg for you all (I also know it's a little late, but better late than never, right?)



24th December
A powerpoint game where students help Santa to deliver a present. 
Simply ask your students questions and, if they are correct they can press the spacebar and move the present that little bit further. 

Click Here to Download 24th December

A Christmas Mad-Lib
We all know mad-libs, this one is a Christmas version!
Best used with teen or adult classes. Use the list at the top of the page to elicit various words and then slot them into the story, and see what your students have created.

Click Here to Download A Christmas Mad-Lib

Christmas Gift Craft
Kids love crafts and parents love something their children have made!
Christmas Gift craft requires your students to colour, cut and stick a Christmas themed item into a gift box, that they have also coloured, cut and stick, before writing a message to their parents as a Christmas gift.

Click Here to Download Christmas Gift Craft

Christmas Reindeer Dice
A simple, six sided dice to print (best on card) and build. 
You can have your students make their own, or create one for your class. Each number is represented by a number of coloured reindeer.

Click Here to Download Christmas Reindeer Dice

Christmas-O-Matic
A Christmas pudding and powerpoint based version of heads or tails.
Great for teaching anything where there is a choice of 2 options i.e. Like/Don't Like, Yes/No, Eat/Drink. Assign a colour to each option, press the launch button and have the student produce the corresponding sentence. Once all the Christmas Puddings are used up, press the refill button and continue.

Click Here to Download Christmas-O-Matic

Fix Father Christmas
A powerpoint and dice based reward game of chance!
The aim of the game is to fix Father Christmas, but you can only do that if you answer the question correctly and then roll the number that corresponds to the correct body part. Students have to roll the dice so that the numbers appear in order, and can only use each body part once. The dice is also available,  

Click Here to Download Fix Father Christmas Powerpoint
Click Here to Download Fix Father Christmas Dice

Santa Stroll
A powerpoint race game, for 4 teams.
Split your class into 4 teams and ask them questions. If they answer the question correctly, have them press their team button to make Santa stroll. 7 correct answers will win them the  race.

Click Here to Download Santa Stroll

Snowball
A powerpoint based points game for individual players or teams.
Once a student, or team, has answered a question correctly or produce the language have them click the space bar or the screen to make Carlie Brown throw a snowball at the target and record the score!

Click Here to Download Snowball

Target Grinch
A powerpoint target game for sticky balls.
Have students throw a sticky ball at a smart board to try and hit the moving target. If they hit it they will here the grinch laughing. Remember you need a smart board AND a sticky, or soft ball (press the space bar to start the target swinging).

Click Here to Download Target Grinch


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 day...here 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 spookier...it'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.