Working on the story for my little girls reminded me how much I rely on the Internet for some of my resources. I use a recognised, graded ESL book whenever possible, but sometimes you need extra resources or, as in the case of the girls, a book is not suitable. So here are some of my favourites for other teachers desperately looking for resources. Today I’ll concentrate on resources for children. We’ll look at adult resources another day.
Sparklebox has got to be one of my all-time favourites. Find it here. It was there that I found the gorgeous flashcards for the caterpillar story. The site is aimed at primary school teachers, but the literacy resources are wonderful for teaching English. And best of all – they are all free! A quick browse of the site reveals new winter resources (words and pictures) and new editable resources ranging from flashcards and activities, bingo boards and labels to display banners and target board posters. I tend to haunt the stories and resources directory, a treasure trove of resources for both popular books and traditional tales. A big thank you to the developers of this site and to the teachers who have contributed their resources.
Did you know that http://www.teachers.cambridgeesol.org has resources for all the Cambridge English Tests? My favourite resource from here is a series of four posters and worksheets: The beach, The classroom, the sports field and the house. The posters have a lot of “strange” things eg. a computer and a snowman on the beach or a bath in the garage. The kids love them! It’s a much more fun way to learn “there is..” and “there are…”. They learn the vocabulary in a fun way as well. This resource is called” YLE school posters and worksheets” if you want to look for it.
Want to encourage your child or students to read? If you are in a place where obtaining good, graded English readers is difficult, why not try the Oxford Owl reading site? This marvellous site has over 250 e-books available which children can read on-line. The directory is arranged according to age, making it easier to choose suitable books for each particular child. The audio facility means that children of non-English speaking parents can hear the correct pronunciation when they read the books at home. What an excellent idea this site is, and I’m sure that many parents will buy some of the other books which are not available as e-books. I told some parents about this site and the children excitedly told me which books they had read last week.
So that’s my three for the week. There are so many more, but I wouldn’t want to overload my reader. Let the others be revealed another day. What sites do other teachers use? Where do you find your resources?