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Sensory Bins

I have been looking for a way to incorporate sensory bins in my EFL classroom and these is what I made!

Sensory Bins Grammar Edition

Sensory Bins Fairy Tales Edition

Sensory Bins Nursery Rhymes Edition

Sensory Bins Fables Edition

Sensory Bins Vocabulary Edition

Sensory Bins Phonics Edition

My kids love this hands-on way to learn English as a Foreign Language!

What can you do with sensory bins?

These are some suggestions for the little ones:

Listen and point.

Point and say.

Show me your favorite picture.

Use the new words in sentences.

Clap your favorite word.

Count syllables in a word.

Sort pictures by shape, color, size.

Find a picture that begins with “A”.

If you are working with older kids they can:

Find an animal that can fly.

Find 2 items of clothing.

Find a compound word.

Find a word that has 3 letters.

Find a word that sounds like ...(specify a word).

Find rhyming words.

Find similar and different pictures.

Find the plural of …(specify a word).

Find these words in a book or text.

Find words that begin/end with (specify a letter).

Find words that end with (specify a letter).

Find a descriptive word, an action word

Sort the words by beginning/ending sounds.

Sort the words by number of consonants/ vowels.

Sort words by number of syllables.

Sort words by category.

Sort words by stress.

Sort words by story / fable / nursery rhyme.

Write the words and check them together with your teacher.

Write the words in alphabetical order by the first letter, second letter, etc.

Use the words to make riddles.

Use the words to write a story or a poem.

Use the words to write sentences.

May is here!

What can you during May? I made this list with ideas to make every day count!

M is for May and for…

Put May words in abc order

Use the May l words to write a story. Draw and colour a picture to go with it.

Use the word May to make new words.

What do you like doing in May?

May Day

Plant some flowers for May day

What is celebrated in May day?

Where is it celebrated?

Mother Goose Day

Draw a picture of your favourite Mother Goose character

What’s your favourite nursery rhyme?

Cinco de Mayo

Do you like Mexican food?

Design a Mexican hat

Listen to Mexican music

What do you know about Memorial day?

Can you clap the word Memorial? How many syllables has it got?

Research about the holiday and write about it.

Labor day

What’s your father’s job?

Teacher Appreciation Day

Draw and colour a pic of your teacher. Write what you like about him/ her

Mother’s day

Write about what makes your mother special

Make a list of 10 questions that you would like to ask your teacher

Letters, Chants and a Coconut tree

One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.
  • went on a picture walk through the book.  We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • cololored the cover of our folder. 
  • learned that C is for coconut, T is for tree. Kids cut and pasted pictures from magazines and sorted them. C /T
  • created a big coconut tree and pasted letters and words
  • graphed our favorite disguise
  • read different versions of the story
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • used the necklace to recalled the events of the story. 
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words
  • answered some questions using ordinal numbers such as: what's the first letter of the alphabet? what is the fifth? what is the last?
  • made letter puppets
  • finished the sentence A is for_______
  • sorted letter for vowel and consonants
  • worked with the pronunciation of the letters, encouraging them to group them by sound
which letters sound like "hay"? (A-H-J-K)
which letters sound like "bee"? (B-C_D-E..etc)
  • looked for words that rhyme with A (bay, hay, rain)
  • found other words that sound like B (bee, tree, see)
made individual cards with the letters of the alphabet. Scattered them on the floor and asked students to step next to the letters as you name them aloud.

wrote the individual letters of certain known words and scattered them around. Spelled the word(s) for  the children to step next to the individual letters as you do so. Finally asked the children to call out the word spelled.
  • made sentences using the words they found and created rhymes
  • in a blank sheet of paper we drew one picture for each letter in our names. For instance for ANA, I pasted ant, nest, ant. When finished I showed the cards and children had to guess each other's names using their vocabulary knowledge.
  • with older kids we solved tasks such as: make two words that end in the eighteenth letter of the alphabet, make a word that includes the fifth letter of the alphabet.
  • with older kids we answered questions such as: how many different letters are there in the word tyrannosaurus rex? how many different consonants are there in the word hippopotamus?  

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