Saturday, 31 March 2012

Crimes and Cases Arcade Game

I know you love the Manic Miner game so here it is to reinforce your knowledge about verbs related to crimes and cases. I'm sure your intuition will tell you how to play but just in case, here are the rules. Help Willy the miner in his mission. At the bottom of the screen, there are verb definitons and you will see three options moving all over the screen. Choose the right one, answer three questions correctly, collect the key and jump down the toilet to get to the next level. You have five lives, monsters kill you on contact and incorrect answers drain your energy. There are many levels. Go!



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Crimes and Cases: Crossword

Here's a crossword to practise spelling with verbs about crimes and cases. In total, there are sixteen verbs. When you finish the crossword, you can refresh the page to see a different one.



Occupations in mystery and adventure stories

I'm here to show you a set of flashcards illustrating different professions, and also occupations that we can see in thrillers and adventure stories. Each card shows a picture, the English word and its translation into Spanish. You can do matching, listening and spelling exercises, and play games too. After that, unscramble the letters in the words of the game to practise spelling. To check your answers, just click on the check button.





Clothes and Accesories

Do you like costume parties? Do you like dressing up? Have you got a favourite costume? A pirate, a police officer, a nurse, an animal, a princess, a waiter? Here are some tips about clothes and accessories. Look at the set of pictures, the English words and their translations into Spanish. Don't forget to click on the loudspeaker so that you can learn their pronunciation. Then move on to the matching, listening and spelling activities. There are also quizes and games. After that, have a try with the hangman game. Click on the letters and try to guess the mysterious words.




My Home Sweet Home

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy said there is no place like home. Do you agree? Well, vocabulary about homes is important and that's a fact. I've got several exercises for you today. In this blog entry you can see a sequence of flashcards with words about houses, pictures and translations into Spanish. Click on the loudspeaker to listen to them and do the spelling and matching exercises. You can even play games to improve your knowledge. Then move on to a matching activity and select the words of each category. Finally, you can do a crossword and a word scramble activity with words about houses.










Friday, 30 March 2012

Object Pronouns Test

I've got a challenge for you. Don't worry! It's not sumo! Let's play "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to revise object pronouns. When you give a correct answer, you can choose rock, paper or scissors and try to beat me.
These are the rules of this classic game:
1. Paper wraps the rock but scissors cut the paper.
2. The rock smashes the scissors but paper can wrap the rock.
3. The scissors cut the paper but the rock smashes the scissors.
To get the right answers, substitute the object of the first sentence for its correct object pronoun. When you finish, play again to try different sentences.



Rock, Paper, Scissors by Pilar

Crimes and Cases Game

This game is called Cannonball Fun. Complete the sentences with a suitable verb. Do you need any clues? Well, I'll tell you. Look carefully at verb tenses and the context. You start the game with 10 cannonballs, you get a fresh cannonball each time you land a ball on top of a correct answer. When you lose all of your ammunition, the game is over. Use the arrow keys to control the cannon, hold down the spacebar to build up the velocity and release the spacebar to launch the cannonball. Good luck!



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We've got a case here

Today's lesson is about crimes and cases. The flashcards below will show you verbs about this topic. You can see the verbs in English, pictures and translations into Spanish but that is not all. Click on the loudspeaker to listen to their pronunciation and do the spelling and matching exercises, it will help you study. You can even play games. After that, play the hangman game. Click on a letter and try to escape the gallows. By the way, why don't you read any detective stories? They are fun, thrilling and full of suspense. Once you start, you can't stop reading.





The Neighbourhood

These flashcards will help you learn words about neighbourhoods. You can see their English names, pictures and their translations into Spanish but that is not all. If you click on the loudspeaker, you will listen to their pronunciation and if you do the spelling and matching exercises, it will help you study. You can even play games. Then, move on to do the word search. How many words about places in a neighbourhood can you find? Words are across, down and diagonal, sometimes backwards, but that's not a difficult challenge for you, is it?






Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Too and Enough

The word too means also when it's at the end of a sentence but when it's before an adjective, it means excessively. For example, if I say "I'm too hungry", I mean that "I'm very very hungry". The word enough means a balanced or adequate quantity of something. It is placed before nouns as in "I have enough rooms in my house" but when it goes with an adjective, it's placed after it as in "My house is big enough for me".
Get it? Then answer the questions of the Do You Want to Be a Millionaire quiz?
It's too easy. Can you win enough money to buy things that are good enough?





Too and Enough Game by Pilar

Home Sweet Home

Hey! Here are some hangman games to practise vocabulary about homes, furniture, accesories and appliances. Choose the letters at random and try to guess the words. After that, you can do a crossword with several options and a scrambled word game. Click on the check button to see if you got the right answer. Good luck with these brain games!









At home: Word Scramble

Here are some electric appliances and typical objects you can find in almost every home. The words are scrambled, drag the letters to put them in the right order, and click on the check button to see if your anwer is right. Then, move on to the next word. How many words can you unscramble in ten minutes? Time's already running out, start now!



Monday, 26 March 2012

Our House



These flashcards will help you learn words about homes. You can see their English names, pictures and their translations into Spanish but that is not all. If you click on the audio button, you will listen to their pronunciation and if you do the spelling and matching exercises, it will help you study. You can even play games. When you finish the flashcards activities, move on to the hangman games. Click on the letters and try to guess the word before you get hanged.





Saturday, 24 March 2012

Comparatives and Superlatives Jeopardy: The Final Challenge

How about a Jeopardy game to prove how much you know about comparatives, superlatives and the use of too and enough? You can play alone or in teams with your friends and classmates. There are different categories with a different score and if you are lucky, you might have the chance of playing for the "daily double", a special case which will allow you to get more points. But be careful! You could lose more points if your answer is wrong. For each category, you have to answer questions correctly; the more correct answers, the more points for your team.



Comparatives and Superlatives Jeopardy by Pilar


Free Rice as an educational tool for teachers and students



Freerice.com is a website that combines education and solidarity. It's a very helpful tool for both teachers and students; moreover it's available in several languages and the activities can be used in a wide variety of school subjects such as Maths, Literature, Science, Art, History, Geography and Languages. This makes it a great resource for CLIL and PILC teachers, who can help students reinforce content and vocabulary here.






Free Rice: your learning donates food



Today I'd like to encourage you all to visit the site freerice.com
Freerice belongs to the World Food Programme, a branch of the United Nations that provides food to 90 million people every year. You can collaborate if you enter the site and play the educational games. For each right answer, you donate 10 grains of rice. Sponsored banners pay for the rice donated and the game improves your writing, speaking, thinking and, as a consequence, your marks. Click here and give it a go.



Nature

These flashcards will help you learn words about nature. You can see their English names, pictures and their translations into Spanish but that is not all. If you click on the audio button, you will listen to their pronunciation and if you do the spelling and matching exercises, it will help you study. You can even play games. When you finish the flashcards activities, move on to the word scramble exercise. Click on the letters and drag them to their right position to create words about nature.




Can you recognize these places?

Here are some shops and places we can find in a city or a small town. Click on the boxes and write their names. Do you want a clue? I'll give you the words of the first pannel:
market, music shop, clothes shop, bookshop, bakery, shoe shop, pet shop.
In the second pannel the words are:
library, mosque, supermarket, cinema, post office, chemist's, café, bank, church.
Easy, isn't it? Now do it and check your spelling.





Adjectives

In the exercises below, you will find some common adjectives of the English language. In the first activity, unscramble the letters to get an adjective. Just click on the letters and drag them to their position. Then, click on the check button and go on until you have done all the adjectives. Your time limit is ten minutes. Can you get a good score? In the second activity, click on an adjective and then, on its opposite. If your answer is wrong and you want to unselect the adjective, click on it again. Here we go!




Saturday, 17 March 2012

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day is on March 17th and it's a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland. St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and is the patron of this country. He used a kind of clover called shamrock to explain that The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are all the same. There are more legends about him, one of them tells us he drove snakes out of Ireland. As in Ireland, St Patrick's Day is celebrated in other countries, people with Irish heritage proclaim their origins and dress themselves in green. Dublin's parade is amazing but the largest takes place in New York and it lasts for hours.











Space Attackers Game

This is a game to practise comparatives and superlatives and it's called Outer Space Attackers. You must answer 10 questions about grammar with vocabulary in context. Remember to revise spelling rules first before you put them into practise. To play this videogame, use the left and right arrows on the keyboard to move your ship. Hit the space bar to fire at the aliens. Be careful, they are trying to destroy your ship! Can you become the best player? Come on! I want you to say that those attackers aren't better than you. They can't beat you.



Comparatives and Superlatives Game by Pilar

Shopping, money and commerce

In this entry we are going to learn and revise some words about shopping and money. To do so, we are going to use a series of flashcards. In each flashcard, you will see an English word, its definition, its Spanish translation and a picture to illustrate it. Click on the arrows to see all of them. Then you can do a lot of activites such as practise spelling, test your memory, match pictures to their definitions and play the Space Race Game. You can do all of these activities by simply clicking on the link below, which will lead you to the main flashcard site.




Shopping, money and commerce

Adjectives

Today we are going to learn and revise some adjectives, words to describe people or things. To do so, we are going to use a series of flashcards. In each flashcard, you will see an English adjective, its definition, its Spanish translation and a picture to illustrate it. Click on the arrows to see all of the adjectives. Then you can do a lot of activites such as practise spelling, test your memory, match pictures to their definitions and play the Space Race Game. You can do all of these activities by simply clicking on the link below, which will lead you to the main flashcard site.




Adjectives

Friday, 16 March 2012

Fill in the gaps and play

Play the manic miner game to practise the use of comparatives and superlatives in context. Choose the right answer to complete the gaps in each sentence. Decide if it must be a comparative with than, a comparative of equality, a superlative, etcetera. After you answer three questions, don't forget to get the key so that you can get into the toilet and get to the next level. Beware of your enemies and avoid false answers because they will make you lose your energy. Good luck!



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Word-scrambling

Some extra exercises about comparatives and superlatives will be helpful. In this one, you just have to unscramble the words by dragging each letter to its correct position. There's a time limit, so try to be the smartest and quickest. Do you best and good luck!



Karaoke: Rolling in the Deep by Adele

If you are one of those people who love music and translate songs to learn a foreign language, you will surely enjoy karaoke activities. First of all, listen to this song by the British singer Adele and fill in the gaps of the lyrics  in the exercise. Once you've finished, you will find the key in the second page of the document. Then, why not sing karaoke by looking at the lyrics and listening to the instrumental version of the second video?



Rolling in the Deep by Adele



Thursday, 15 March 2012

Introducing ... Akinator

This is a short entry to introduce you to Akinator. The character also known as The Web Genious is supposed to guess whoever you are thinking about after asking you a few questions. You don't believe it, uh? Why don't you see with your own eyes? Think about a famous person, a fictional character or someone who is close to you. This genie is not infallible but chances of Akinator giving you the right answer are very high. Will you tell us if he got it right or if you beat him?



Akinator

Words about Nature

I'm sure you have played Hangman a thousand times to improve your spelling or just for fun. Give it a go agian and learn words about the environment. What? Do you want me to explain the rules? Choose an underlined letter from the alphabet to see if it is in the hidden word. For each letter you pick that is not in the word you come one step closer to losing. Will you be able to escape the gallows?