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28 boring words & what to use instead

Are you bored of using the same common words?

In this infographic there are a selected  number of alternatives that you can use instead and that help you to make your speech and writing more varied and exciting.

 

Words like new, next, things, feel, seem, best, young, just, almost, right, old, long, other, important, sad, happy, good, bad, like, nice, only, real, sweet, funny, little, bit, pretty or smart.

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Jack Prelutsky

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Jack Prelutsky is an American writer of children’s poetry. He lives in Seattle, Washington 

Here some of his poems that you can hear

Here I leave this  nice and great  poem that I recommend you. In this poem you can listen to the writer  with great extra  sounds that I am sure yor children will love.

You can also download the poem

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Here another great poem 

my brother has a habit

From: Jack Prelutsky poem

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FromPoetry writing with Jack Prelutsky

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HOME SCHOOL SHARE

lapbooks homeschoolshare1A great page totally recomendable: Homeschool Share (HSS) is a on-line cooperative effort of several homeschooling moms to provide free but quality literature-based unit studies and resources. Here, you can  find lots and lots of useful resources, ideas and lesson plans for different ages and levels.


Are you looking for resources in order to exploit some books or stories with your children? If so, this is the right  page. Have a look  and don’t miss it.

Personally, I love “lapbooks” ideas and how they  work. They are mainly based in different story books.

Here I leave the different sections of this wonderful page in order you can  go there directly.

LEVEL ONE For ages 2-4 it’s  a perfect introduction to literature-based unit studies .

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LEVEL TWO  For ages 4-6 These units have more structure to the lessons.

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LEVEL THREE For ages 6-8 the books are more complex than Level 2 and usually have more text.

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LEVEL FOUR For ages 7-9 the books tackle more complex lessons on topics such as geology, astronomy, etc.

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LEVEL FIVE For ages 7-12 The lessons involve more writing as well as require the student to research various topics. 

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LEVEL SIX They are designed to challenge the student to analyze, research, and think critically, while helping the student toward greater independence in their academics.

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ANIMAL STUDIES These units can be used with a variety of ages. They are not based on living books, so it is recommended if your student ares interested in.

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MULTI BOOK THEME These units revolve around one theme and are dependent on a variety of books to enhance learning.  They allow a more in-depth study of one particular topic.

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CONNECTIONS Each theme contains multiple Homeschool Share units: animals, arts, maths, geography…plus a library list of suggested go-alongs.

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MULTI-AGE These units and lapbooks can be used with more than one age group (especially great if you are teaching multiple ages at once)!

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MASTER LAPBOOK LIST.- List of all the free lapbooks from schoolshare .Master lap-book list

LAPBOOK TEMPLATES .- Many interesting and  free lapbooks templates .lapbook templates

LAPBOOK  YOUTUBE VIDEOS .- Great ideas well explained in this channel .

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TITLE INDEX .- The site with the whole index .lapbook title index

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PREPARE YOUR TOEFL EXAM

Oxford preparation exam for TOEFLThe Oxford Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT Exam gives students the key skills for success on all four sections of the exam. The course takes a communicative approach that reflects current methodologies designed to maximize language acquisition. The dynamic, relevant topics will appeal to students,offering an opportunity to engage in meaningful research and thought-provoking discussions.

 You can download it 

Key features:  

Step-by-step instructions and summary charts clearly outline the best approach to each type of question

Exam-specific skills including note-taking, speed reading, paraphrasing, and summarizing are reinforced throughout the text

Exam tips assist in ensuring students attain the highest possible TOEFL score

Students are given ample opportunities to sharpen their skills by completing practice exercises and three complete practice tests

Includes contextualized skills instruction that is essential for success at colleges and universities

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ISL Collective

 Internet SecoISL COllective2nd Language Collective is  an international community of half a million ESL/EFL language teachers sharing self-made language teaching materials.

Enjoy their free teaching resources whether you’re teaching English as a second language (TESL) or foreign language (TEFL) in a school or via one-on-one tutoring.  You will find printables, projectables and teaching tips of any level  or material for your classes.

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You can also  consider sharing the printable worksheets (doc/docx) and powerpoints (ppt, pptx) you created or type in ” teaching tips and ideas(“UPLOAD” menu) for others to benefit from.

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ATTENTION!! To download the materiaISL Collective4ls you have to log in but it is very easy and it’s free!!!!

If you are using iSLCollective for the first time, you can sign up right here with your email or using your Facebook or Google account. If you sign up using your email, make sure to drag the blue box to the right before you click on the Sign up button to show that you’re not a spam robot.

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Interactive e-books of writing prompts 4 Students

From authointeractive e-bookr Bill Zimmerman, creator of the page Bill’sTreasurechest.com and MakeBeliefsComix.com.

This page offers a new, interesting and interactive collection of  e-books to read and  write online (then, you can download or save your own copy in your computer)

 Bill Zimmerman created these  books of writing prompts over the years teaching English language learners and literacy students. Its intent is to help students discover their writers’ voices and express the rich thoughts within them as they master the English language. Students are encouraged to write about their family, their friends, their old life and their new life, feelings, dreams and goals.

 Click on any cover book below to read details and download any free e-book from their pages.

To read and write in the books, just click on the cover to go to each page. They are formatted as an interactive digital journal or diary. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the writing prompt areas with lines on each of the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries. You also can print out any pages that you want. And, if you wish, you can send the completed digital book as an email attachment to someone with whom you wish to share all your special memories.

PLEASE NOTE: If your web browser does not support interactive PDF then please download the PDF to your computer and use Acrobat Reader 8.1 or above for all interactive features.

sth to write aboutThese writing prompts encourage students of all ages to write about the things in their lives that are meaningful to them–their childhood memories and family stories, the people they love and admire, their hopes for the future, their deepest beliefs. Zimmerman says, “I have always believed that everyone has a story to tell–if only someone would ask, if only someone would listen.’’ This book gives teachers a way to draw out students’ stories and help them communicate their thoughts through writing.

words I wishThis is a book of encouraging words to help young people as they make their way in the world. Every girl and boy needs to hear them.
If you’re a young person reading this book, think of each page as a personal letter of caring words from the author to you, like the ones an older friend or relative might say. If you are a parent or teacher, you may find some of the thoughts offered echo what you may have said to a child in your life, or perhaps they will give you new ideas for future personal messages.

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This do-it-yourself e-comic book provides a place where you can use your own words and thoughts. In this comic book, unlike any others you’ve read, you’ll get to decide what happens and have the final say. All you need to do is just follow the prompts and fill in the talk and thought balloons to determine what the characters say and think.
Many of the fill-in pages are funny, and some are also serious. Many are about family , friends or  people you know. Others are about your dreams, things that give you pleasure or puzzle or worry you. 

make believes to spark your writing

The intent of this book is to let your mind roam to new places and ideas and express all the wonderful things that are within you.  For example, make believe someone discovered a note you had placed in a bottle that washed up on the beach.  

 Bill Zimmerman’s books  are used in writing and literacy programs throughout the world.

hummingbird Joy

This book will reveal a new memory book for you to write about all the good things in your life that are worth remembering. With your written words,Hummingbird Joy will become your own treasure chest of personal wonders.
This book features a variety of writing prompts. Some will elicit memories of many of the things that have given you joy. Others help you recall the different things in your life for which you are grateful. Writing helps affirm our joy and gratitude.

 laptop letters

This book is not permitted to write  or download.

This book helps you do something very special for your children or grandchildren: to pass on to them some of the important things in your heart that you want to share with them.

Using your computer, send messages of love and wisdom to your children, even as they mature into young adults. Just a way to hand down your family legacy.
Inside are writing prompts for composing important, loving messages, sheets of paper to make notes about what you want to say, and sample letters to inspire you in your own writing.

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Interactive sites for education

interactive S 4 educ1This a good page with an incredible collection  of fun, educational, interactive games and simulations for math, english language arts, science, social studies, 

These activities work great with your SMARTboard or interactive  whiteboard for whole group or small group instruction or use in the computer lab  or at home for individual learning.

 INERACTIVE SITES

Choose from them! 

Here I put all the subjects but you will find some of them in its specific area of this web.

interactive s 4 edu3abcalphabetical ordercapitalisationcompound wordsgrammar

parts of speech

phonemes & words

poetry

punctuation

 

reading & sight words

rhyming

sentences

spelling

vocabulary

writing

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civil war

 

colonial times

 

communities

 

continents

 

 

countries

inmigration

 

landform

 

maps & directions

 

 

native americans

revolitionary war

 

states and capitals

 

US president and government

 

 

US government

 

 

US president

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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animal adaptation

 

animal clasification

 

biomes

 

body systems

 

bones & skeleton system

 

 

cells

 

clouds & condensation & water cycle

 

colours

 

 

constellations

 

dinosaurs

 

earth moon &sun

 

electricity & energy

 

 

float & sink

 

food chains

 

habitats

 

healthy living

 

insects & bugs

 

 

landforms forces of nature

 

life cycles

 

light

 

living things

 

 

magnets & compass

 

matter chemivcal & physical changes

natural disasters

 

physics & motion

 

 

 

rocks & minerals

 

season & weather

 

senses

 

solar system

 

 

temperature

 

 

volcanoes

 

interactive S 4 edu2adition substraction division

 

addition

 

algebra

 

angles

 

area &perimeter

 

circles

 

classsifying & sorting

 

 

coordinates

counting & numbers

decimals

 

division

 

estimation

 

 

fractions

 

geometry

 

geometry shapes

graphing

 

greater than less than and equal

 

 

mean median & mode

 

 

measurements

money

 

multiplication

 

number lines

 

number order

 

 

patterns

 

percentage

 

place value

probability

 

substraction

 

 

tamgrams & tessellations

time & clock

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autumn fall

 

christmas

easter

halloween

 

St Patrick's

 

thanksgiving

 

valentine's

 

winter

interactive S 4 edu8composing musicmusic fun

virtual instruments

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LITERACTIVE -reading on line-

literactive4Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online.

The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child’s reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner.

Developed and approved by teachers and parents across the United States, Literactive is the acknowledged leader in early learning online. All the material is available for free from literactive (free register )

ATTENTION!!! To play the Activities live you need to have the Flash 5 plug-in installed on your computer.
 Click here to go to the Macromedia site and install the Flash 5 plug-in.

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You will find different levels and a very interesting collection of photocopiable worksheet to download for preschool.

ATTENTION!!! Here it’s the  link but  you  need to register (It’s free)

NURSERY RHYMES 2

(they are read, no sung) Also you have different games in each one 

The North Wind

The Grand Old Duke of York

Baa baa black sheep

Jack and Jill

Kilkenny Cats

Going to St. Ives

Ride a Cock Horse

Six Little Mice

READING LEVEL 1

(You can read it and hear it or you can read by yourself) Also you have different games in each one 

Dad

I Want My Hat

At the Store

Look at Me!

My Face

My Room

New Clothes

Our House

Rex

What am I?

READING LEVEL 2

(You can read it and hear it or you can read by yourself) Also you have different games in each one 

At the Park

I Like Books

In the Pool

My Friend Ben

Rex and the Cat

Surprise!

My Family

Recycle

We Clean the Car

Shadow Play

 

READING LEVEL 3

(You can read it and hear it or you can read by yourself) Also you have different games in each one 

The Bad Puppy

Get the Vet

Mop Gets Muddy

Noisy Monkeys

Fire!

The Big Hippo

Tibby’s Week

What Can You See?

Zak Is Lost

The Hungry Bears

READING LEVEL 4

(You can read it and hear it or you can read by yourself) Also you have different games in each one 

Ali’s Bike

Bobby’s Carrots

Hiccups!

Pancakes!

Rick the Rooster

Ron Makes a Friend

The Sleepover

Too Small

When I Grow Up

Where Is Wiggles?

READING LEVEL 5

(You can read it and hear it or you can read by yourself) Also you have different games in each one 

Bob’s School Bag

Grandma’s Glasses

Hairy Mary

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FREE ENGLISH VIDEO LESSONS

engvid1 Learn English for free with 806 video  lessons by experienced native-speaker teachers. Classes cover English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, IELTS, TOEFL, and more. Join millions of ESL students worldwide who are improving their English every day with engVid.

Totally recommended!

You have different levels: Begginer, intermediate and advanced and different lesson topics.

The videos last between 7 and 15 minutes more or less depending on the subject.

I really like it!

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IELT success: Writing Effective Paragraphs

When writing essays, it is very important to stay on topic. In the IELTS and CAE writing exams, you will lose valuable marks if you don’t answer the question. So it’s really important to make sure your writing stays on track. In this lesson, you will learn a structure for writing paragraphs that will help you with the content and flow of your essay. You will also learn about the dos and don’ts of these exams.

Of course you can find many examples and videos. For the moment I have chosen these ones because I consider these lessons are  explained really well and, besides, they have subtitles “in case of”.

WRITING EFFECTIVE PARAGRAPHS

In this lesson, you will learn a structure for writing paragraphs that will help you with the content and flow of your essay. You will also learn about the dos and don’ts of these exams.

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12 COMMON ERRORS IN ACADEMIC ENGLISH

Watch this important lesson to avoid the most common mistakes students make in academic writing. As you know, in English, there are a lot of differences depending on the context. So even if you know your grammar and write a correct sentence, you might still be wrong because the structure or tone was not appropriate for an academic setting! .

EASY INTRODUCTIONS

In this lesson, you’ll learn different ways to write easy but effective introductions to your essays. You don’t need to be imaginative with your introduction — all you need to do is follow the structure you watch in the video.

6 WAYS TO COMPARE

 One of the most common types of essays you will have to write at university as well as on the IELTS or TOEFL is a comparison essay.  By the end of this video, you will be able to use terms such as “alike”, “similar”, “in the same way”, “likewise”, and more.

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